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This Shelby GT350 Lawsuit Is Bullshit

Shelby GT350 Mustang owners are suing Ford. Well to be more specific, owners of the base model or tech package GT350s are suing Ford. Just last week on March 22, 2017, they filed a class action lawsuit against Ford claiming their transmissions and differentials were overheating during track use and sustained high speeds. It’s very annoying to have your new “track ready” Mustang overheat and fall into limp mode, but this lawsuit is unwarranted.

Here’s the language directly from The Lawsuit: “According to the firm’s investigation, Ford has sold these Shelby GT350 vehicles as track cars built to reach and sustain high speeds, but Ford has failed to disclose that the absence of a transmission and differential coolers can greatly diminish the vehicle’s reported track capabilities. Shelby owners are reporting that this defect causes the vehicle to overheat and go into limp mode, while in use, even when the car is not being tracked. If you own an affected Ford Mustang and have experienced limp mode, fill out the form to find out your consumer rights to compensation.”

When Ford released the GT350 you could purchase a based model or tech package and maybe splurge for the truly track capable GT350R. Ford offered an optional track package for these original GT350s that included a transmission and differential cooler. Kind of like the Z51 package on the new Corvette Stingrays. Today the track package is standard on all GT350s.

Now, we’re all reasonable people and when we shop for a car and see something labeled “track package” it’s usually not something the manufacturer dreamed up to make money. Sure it does make them more money, but they have a point and purpose. So when someone buys a car they think is track capable but doesn’t get the package designed for a race track should we feel bad for them when their car is “untrackable?”

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Then there are these “sustained high speeds.” How higher were they? How long were they sustained? Also, how did Ford fail to disclose “the absence of a transmission and differential coolers can greatly diminish the vehicle’s reported track capabilities” when there was clearly an optional track package? That’s like buying a burger and getting angry when there’s no bacon on it. I can hear the argument now: well the bacon was an optional extra, right there on the menu.

It sucks their cars aren’t performing up to owner’s expectations, but it’s hard to feel bad for someone who clearly didn’t read the options list. Driving a car that’s in limp mode is very dangerous. But driving at “sustained high speeds” is also dangerous. It’s quite a situation for Ford and I am very curious to see the outcome. But this is a reminder that just because your car looks track capable doesn’t mean it is. You know what gets hot on a race track? Everything. And without the proper coolers no car could survive. So anyone who bought a GT350 with the intention of tracking it should have known better.

Written by Chris Okula - Contributor

Chris was raised on Top Gear and automotive magazines, which still

dominate most of his free time today (he is not a fan of the new

TopGear). After he graduated from Desales University, Chris started his career in the pharmaceutical industry, but missed writing which lead him to the creation of his own automotive blog. This blog lead him to work with Road & Track and now as a contributor here at Shifting Lanes. In his free time, Chris is constantly on the popular automotive auction site, Bring a Trailer, as well as Craigslist looking for ways to destroy his savings account and skip student loan payments.

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  1. Did these idiots buy the “tow package” when they bought their trucks ? I bet they did knowing they would be “towing” with them.

  2. Chris, excellent article and you’re 100% correct. I am a GT350 Track Pack owner, fantastic car, I can drive 300 miles to Road Atlanta, track all weekend and then drive 300 miles home – bulletproof. In 2015 when I was ordering the car my dealer sent me 2 options Track Pack or Tech Pack. I reviewed the differences on my Smartphone and after 10 min called back the dealer and told him I want the track pack – because I like to go to the track. Very simple. These tech pack guys who are born again track rats need to either sell their car and buy a track version or be quiet. This lawsuit is disgusting, and I look forward to Ford crushing this law firm.

  3. Super cheap and easy to put your own coolers on your self… probably cheaper than said package and probably better than what would come in package…

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