AD #2249 – Most Takata Airbags Still Unrepaired, Why Ford Dropped the V6 in the Mustang, Top Automakers in Mexico

December 8th, 2017 at 11:38am

Runtime: 7:34

0:29 Most Takata Airbags Still Unrepaired
1:26 Top Automakers in Mexico
2:36 Budweiser Orders 40 Tesla Semi-Trucks
3:13 Ford Plans Autonomous Tests Next Year
3:47 Watches Made from Old Mustang Parts
5:00 Why Ford Dropped the V6 in the Mustang

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23 Comments to “AD #2249 – Most Takata Airbags Still Unrepaired, Why Ford Dropped the V6 in the Mustang, Top Automakers in Mexico”

  1. Mark Says:

    Mustang. 4 banger. Shake rattle and roll.

  2. John C Says:

    Re the airbag issues – I’m still waiting for parts for my ’06 Mustang GT. I was notified a year and a half ago that there was a problem. Just checked the Ford website and parts are still not available for my car. Just letting you know that there are those of us that want to do the right thing and don’t understand the long wait for a safety issue.

  3. MJB Says:

    The Takata airbag quandary is prime evidence to me that a majority of U.S. car buyers/owners view their vehicles as nothing more than a tool, barely worthy of maintenance and upkeep. Why else would one be so blase when it comes to addressing potentially life-threatening factory recalls?

    These are the exact folks that will likely account the lion’s share of autonomous car sales. The ‘care free’ buyer.

  4. JWH Says:

    The 2.7L V6 twin turbo used in the Fusion Sport at 325 HP would be a good replacement for the 2.3L I4 turbo in the Mustang (cover both the I4 & the old NA V6). We got the Fusion last month to replace my wife’s Contour, & the 2.7L V6 is a very nice package in the Fusion.

  5. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Perhaps the analogy of playing “Russian-roulette” with an old Takata airbag might get some better response. Too lazy to bring it in is one thing, pointing a (possibly) loaded gun in your face, quite another. I hope these owners that don’t respond to the recall at least pull the fuse to deactivate the ‘bag’.

    Fifteen hundred bucks for a one hundred dollar (I’m guessing here) watch because it is made out of old-steel; there’s a sucker born every minute.

  6. Sean McElroy Says:

    @John C – Thanks for the feedback. That really stinks your parts are taking so long.

  7. Sean McElroy Says:

    @MJB – After spending over 13 years in a repair shop, I think I’ve seen every car owner there is and you’re right, too many people just don’t care about maintenance. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked at a car’s tires in a parking lot (yup, I’m THAT guy) during the winter and the drive tires are worn out, bald or worse the steel belts are showing, while the others look brand new.

  8. Lisk Says:

    I agree with MJB entirely on the Takata airbags. I’m sure on some of these cars, when they do the recall, the deployed airbag will be stuffed back in the steering wheel pad, carefully secured with duct tape. As for the others, I would think as more time passed, the explosive nature would even more dangerous.

    So Budweiser ordered 40 Tesla truck? Wow. If they were hoping to have these in service by 2025 to help with reducing their carbon footprint they might look into ordering from M-B/Fuso. Hopefully they didn’t order any Faraday FF1s for their execs.

  9. Lambo2015 Says:

    Hey if anyone is interested I am selling water bottles for $600. I will include a description of the vehicle it was recycled from and a touching story of how it was loved so much it ended up in the junk yard.

  10. Drew Says:

    @1/Mark – You need to drive the 2.3L Ecoboost Mustang. I drove the new 2018 model. It is very civilized in terms of vibration and harshness… that is, no vibration and not harsh in any way. The sound quality from in the cabin is much improved and appropriate for an entry level Mustang. Acceleration is very good. You may notice an initial lag (less than 1 second), but no worse than any Mercedes.

    There are three key benefits of the Ecoboost over the 5.0L Coyote V8 – price (about $7k), fuel economy (4-5 mpg), and handling balance (a lot less weight over the front wheels).

  11. Albemarle Says:

    i think the system needs to track cars past the first owner. We get recalls in the mail for vehicles we haven’t owned for 10 years. The states and provinces have all the registration info. Can’t car companies get it from them?

  12. Chuck Grenci Says:

    If you watch the Mustang Autoline afterhours it is discussed that the 2.3 Ecoboost is smooth, powerful and virtually vibration free (John mentioned that the only harshness he felt was when decelerating from a high rpm, and this, only minor). The Ford guy also contributed that the Mustang has noise cancellation and sound enhancement, which led to the assertion that the Mustang probably sounds better inside than outside (that’s why you want the V-8 if you want to impress the neighbors). The V-8 also has quiet (start-up) mode for those early morning startups.

    While not a Mustang kind of guy, it was an interesting program (if you’ve got the time to watch it all) it’s worth it.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I haven’t driven a current Mustang, but I’ve driven a turbo 4 automatic. It has plenty of power, and is generally smooth, and the Mustang is probably equal or better in performance and refinement. Still, if I wanted a non-V8 pony car, I’d rather have a six with no turbo. The Camaro six sounds better than the four, is a little quicker, and gets barely worse gas mileage. The most recent Mustang six was a good, refined engine. Also, a turbocharger and the hardware to go with it adds a lot more complexity than two extra pistons and connecting rods.

    Still, everything from a Honda Civic to a Mercedes E-Class to a Cadillac CT6 has a turbo four, so the bottom line is that turbo fours are taking over autodom at all levels, because they get a little better mpg on the EPA tests.

  14. Lambo2015 Says:

    Keeping the Mustang V6 really didn’t make sense once the 4cyl was producing 10 more HP weighs less and gets 3 more MPG both city and Hwy.
    The only appeal was to the few folks that didn’t want to pay for a V8 but also are afraid of owning a turbo. But since they market it as “eco-boost” rather than turbo. Sadly many people are unaware its a turbo.

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #13 Oops. Word missing…

    “…but I’ve driven a ‘Camaro’ turbo 4 automatic.”

  16. Len Simpson Says:

    “I don’t need to mess w/my bags because I ain’t never gonna have a wreck”—
    That’s the general attitude , but seriously, in my case ,–been driving since 1944,most in SE US. Average commute was 18 miles per day, no tickets except 2 speed traps , never a chargeable accident,. Wouldn’t dare buy a touchscreen car

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The Mustang and Camaro turbo fours both beat the Camaro V6 by 2 mpg EPA “combined” 25 to 23 I suspect a “lead foot” might get better real world mpg with the Camaro six than with either turbo.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Oh, and I don’t hate turbo fours. I have one in my 1989 minivan.

  19. Roger Blose Says:

    I also have a 2006 Mustang GT and have been to the local dealer three times to see if they can get the replacement air bags. Not available yet despite a recall notice 18 months ago.
    The Ecosoot engines still do not have dual fuel injection like the 5L motor. Here comes the carbon build up on the intake valves and no cheap way to clean it. This issue comes beyond the 3 year / 36000 mile factory waranty as expected.

  20. rick Says:

    is anyone really buying the bs about mustang 6 cyl. when the 2015 mustang came out the 6 was de-tuned from 6 in the 2014 so they could sell the bill of goods that is ecoboost or eco-bs, but do agree 6 cyl mustang isnt competitive with chevy camaro 6 or dodge challenger 6 cyl. why is there an ecoboost 6 cyl. in ford gt and raptor again???

  21. phred Says:

    A lot of hand waving and head rocking side to side to NOT justify the dropping of the V6. Sounds like it was a Corporate Mileage thing!!

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I just found that the NA V6 in the F-150 shrunk to 3.3 liters, but its power is up a little at 290 hp. Jalopnik liked it in the pickup.

    A Mustang with that engine should be quicker than a big, heavy V6 Challenger, but slower than the V6 Camaro.

  23. Lambo2015 Says:

    It would be interesting to see the weight differences of the eco- 4cly vs the V6. I really don’t see there being that much weight savings from an aluminum V6 to a turbo 4cyl when you add the weight of the turbo, plumbing and intercooler.