10 Glaring Problems With Modern Muscle Car Companies You Don’t Want You To Know About
Owning a muscle car is a source of pride. Pulling around, showing off the power and performance, and just turning heads is the primary goal of any muscle car owner. Unfortunately, there are some glaring problems with modern muscle car companies that you don’t want you to know about.
Modern muscle cars include the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Corvette, Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Charger, and Dodge Challenger. While gearheads loved the return of these classics, we can’t ignore the glaring problems muscle car manufacturers are trying to hide.
ten 2014 Ford Mustang Hard idle and stalling
The 2014 Ford Mustang has a history of idling and stalling issues. These issues are most common on the Mustang 4.0L V6 and accompany other issues such as misfiring, loss of power, and check engine lights.
At the root of this problem is an o-ring on the intake manifold that creates a fairly large vacuum leak. Replacing the intake manifold gasket fixes the problem, but expect it to cost around $600.
9 Camaro 2017 to 2021 with a projectile logo
The last thing you want to happen in a car crash is throwing projectiles. Unfortunately, for some Camaro owners, the airbag could propel the plastic logo when deployed. Chevrolet has recalled several Camaros between 2017 and 2021 that may have this issue.
The problem is with the Chevy logo on the steering wheel. Chevrolet has incorrectly affixed this logo to the steering wheel of the recalled models. This allows the airbag to launch logo when there is an accident.
8 2016 Dodge Challenger Gear Shift Problems
Dodge’s most famous muscle car, the Challenger, has its fair share of problems. One of the worst is the 2016 model’s shifting issues. Many owners report downshifting issues from 4th to 3rd. At the same time, more are complaining about sticking gears, metal-on-metal sounds, or the inability to shift gears.
Dodge applies a TCM software patch to resolve the issue in some cases. However, the problem is mechanical for some Challengers and requires major repairs.
7 The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette has bent rims
The Chevrolet Corvette C7 is, without a doubt, a cool car. This is what makes bent rims all the more tragic. The problem afflicts Z06 and Grand Sport versions and occurs due to casting wheels instead of forging.
The problem is so serious that Corvette owners in 18 states have rallied to file a class action lawsuit against GM. Despite attempts to block the sequel, the judges will allow the case to proceed to court.
6 2014 Dodge Charger Alternator Recalls
In 2017, Chrysler requested warranty replacement for alternators on specific 2014 Charger models. The issue has affected other vehicles, such as the Chrysler 300 and Jeep Grand Cherokee.
In this recall, Chrysler admitted that the alternator could fail, causing a sudden loss of power, even while driving. The perfect storm occurs with the 3.6L V6 and 160-amp alternator models.
5 The 2016 Ford Mustang vibrates at high speed
Driving a Mustang fast is half the reason to own one. Unfortunately, the 2016 Ford Mustang is likely to freeway vibration. What is even more irritating is the number of reasons causing the vibration, to begin with.
Sometimes vibrations are caused by unbalanced wheels, which can wear out quickly. It can also be the result of an unbalanced driveshaft. If left unresolved, vibration could lead to an accident.
4 2017 Chevrolet Corvette is sued over cooling issues
More than 30,000 C7 Corvettes have suffered from overheating issues. The problem is so severe that the Corvette failed to complete a test lap. Now the owners are crazy enough to file another class action lawsuit against GM, apparently for the fourth time.
The cooling issue puts the Corvette in “limp mode,” which allows the Corvette to crawl at a maximum of 40 MPH to avoid engine damage. Owners complain that the engine goes into limp mode when driving at highway speeds, which is terrifying if you’re behind the wheel.
3 2018 Dodge Charger Cruise Control Won’t Turn Off
What happens when you let a bat out of hell? You get a Dodge Charger Demon with cruise control not turning off. The problem was widespread enough that Chrysler recalled many Charger SRT Demons to fix a wiring fault causing the problem.
In a devastating blow, this wasn’t the first cruise control issue Dodge has endured. Dodge determined that over 4.8 million vehicles had a similar problem. Fortunately, a software update avoided a huge problem.
2 2021 Dodge Charger transmission slams on start
For several models, including the 2021 model, the Challenger experiences slamming or lurching on start-up. Owners say the problem is serious enough to cause the car to move forward when they attempt to rev the engine.
The problem seems to be that the driveshaft tries to spin when the engine starts. Following the turn, the noise and yawing motion become evident.
1 2021 Chevrolet Camaro Splitter Axle Shaft
Just months after a recall for incorrect bolts used for seat belts, the Chevrolet Camaro was once again recalled. However, this time the problem would be on a retaining ring causing the axle shaft to separate.
GM really didn’t want word out that they needed another encore for the classic muscle car. GM made owners wait several months to fix the problem, which made the situation worse. They say owners had to wait for their recall notice in the mail.
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