10 Glaring Problems With Modern Muscle Cars Companies Don’t Want You To Know

Owning a muscle car is a point of pride. Taking it on a spin, showing off the power and performance, and simply turning heads is the primary goal of any muscle car owner. Unfortunately, there are glaring problems with modern muscle cars companies don’t want you to know about.

Modern muscle cars include the Ford Mustang, the Chevrolet Corvette, the Chevrolet Camaro, the Dodge Charger, and the Dodge Challenger. While gearheads loved the return of these classics, we can’t ignore the glaring problems muscle car companies try to hide.

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10 2014 Ford Mustang Rough Idle and Stalling

The 2014 Ford Mustang has a history of rough idling and stalling issues. These issues are most common on the 4.0L V6 Mustang and accompany other problems such as misfires, loss of power, and check engine lights.

At the heart of this problem is an O-ring on the intake manifold that creates a rather large vacuum leak. Replacing the intake manifold gasket fixes the issue, but expect it to cost around $600.

The last thing you want to happen during a car accident is flying projectiles. Unfortunately, for some Camaro owners, the airbag could propel the plastic logo during deployment. Chevrolet has recalled several Camaros between 2017 and 2021 that could have this issue.

The problem is with the Chevy logo on the steering wheel. Chevrolet didn’t correctly secure this logo to the steering wheel in the recalled models. That allows the airbag to launch the logo when there is an accident.

8 2016 Dodge Challenger Transmission Shifting Problems

Dodge’s most famous muscle car, the Challenger, has its fair share of problems. One of the worst is the shifting problems in the 2016 model. Many owners report issues downshifting from 4th to 3rd. At the same time, more complain of sticking gears, metal on metal sounds, or inability to shift.

Dodge applies a TCM software patch to solve the issue in some cases. However, the problem is mechanical for some Challengers and requires extensive repairs.

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7 2019 Chevrolet Corvette has Bent Rims

Chevrolet’s C7 Corvette is, without a doubt, a cool car. That’s what makes the bent rims all the more tragic. The issue plagues Z06, and Grand Sport trims and arises due to casting the wheels instead of forging.

The problem is so bad that Corvette owners from 18 states rallied to file a class-action lawsuit against GM. Despite attempts to block the suite, judges will allow the case to head to court.

6 2014 Dodge Charger Alternator Recalls

In 2017, Chrysler called for a warranty replacement of alternators on specific models of 2014 Chargers. The problem impacted other vehicles, such as the Chrysler 300 and the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

In this recall, Chrysler admitted that the alternator could fail, resulting in a sudden loss of power, even while driving. The perfect storm occurs with the 3.6L V6 and the 160 amp alternator models.

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5 2016 Ford Mustang Vibrates at Highway Speeds

Driving a Mustang fast is half the reason for owning one. Unfortunately, the 2016 Ford Mustang is susceptible to vibrations at highway speeds. What’s even more irritating is the number of reasons that cause the vibrating, to begin with.

Sometimes the vibrating is caused by unbalanced wheels, which can wear quickly. It can also be a result of an unbalanced driveshaft. If not resolved, the vibrations could result in an accident.

4 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Has Lawsuits from Cooling Issues

More than 30,000 C7 Corvettes fell victim to overheating issues. The problem is so bad that the Corvette failed to finish a test lap. Now, owners are mad enough to file yet another class-action lawsuit against GM, apparently for the fourth time.

The cooling issue puts the Corvette into “limp mode,” which allows the Corvette to crawl at a max of 40 MPH to avoid damage to the engine. Owners complain the engine will enter limp mode while traveling at highway speeds, which is terrifying if you’re behind the wheel.

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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 that won’t turn off. The issue was pervasive enough for Chrysler to recall many Charger SRT Demons to resolve a wiring fault that caused the problem.

In a devastating blow, this wasn’t the first cruise control issue that Dodge endured. Dodge determined more than 4.8 million vehicles to have a similar issue. Luckily a software update prevented a massive problem.

2 2021 Dodge Charger Transmission Clunks on Startup

For several models, including the 2021 model, the Challenger experiences clunking or lurching during startup. Owners claim the issue is bad enough to move the car forward when attempting to turn the engine.

The problem seems to be with the driveshaft trying to turn as the engine starts. As a result of the turning, the noise and lurching motion become evident.

1 2021 Chevrolet Camaro Separating Axle Shaft

Just months after a recall over incorrect bolts used for seat belts, the Chevrolet Camaro was once again the subject of a recall. However, this time, the issue would be over a retaining ring resulting in the axle shaft separating.

GM really didn’t want word getting out that they needed yet another recall for the classic muscle car. GM made owners wait several months to repair the issue, making matters worse. They claim that owners needed to wait for their recall notice in the mail.

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