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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-10-2019 Thread Starter
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Looking at a 2018 GT

I looking at a new 2018 GT Manual transmission. Hearing different things about the ďtickĒ. Should I be concerned? Is there anything to look for on these besides the tick? How serious is it and how many here have had an issue? Thanks for any help.

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It doesn’t seem to hurt the engine by itself. A lot of evidence points to piston slap. we don’t know how the engine will hold up long term. Ford is warranting the engine and the new engine is just as bad or worse. You can get a 15-17 supercharged for the same price or less. The only reason I would think about the 18 is if I wanted the 10speed auto but you want stick so I would stay away from the 18. Makes sure you know what you are getting into

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I have a 2018 GT manual since June 2018. I have heard the "tick" maybe like 2 to 3 times total, and it only did it at start-up, then went away. No big deal for me so far. Of course, long term i don't know how it will turn out. But I am not worried about it. So far so good with everything else on the mustang. I am enjoying it. No performance issues.


Just try to remember that you have all those complainers on you tube etc, it makes it seem like it is worse than it actually is. There are probably more mustangs without the tick or very rarely, then there are that have it really bad, percentagewise, this is not a concern for me. And check this out, the people that complain about a minor tick noise, installed or want to install a LOUD-A$$ exhaust system...lol SMDH
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To be honest this tick issue has been starched way out of proportion. Many sources agree with this. I will say it has been around since 2011 when the 5.0 made it's first comeback. Had it in my 2011 GT and pretty sure I had it on my 2013 Boss 302, but with the side baffles taken out of the Boss from the previous owner and me not finding them hidden in my book when I sold them it was always so loud I never heard it. haha

With that said what I am saying is I had the tick and no issue arose in either of the cars. I also experienced the famous trans whine in my 2011 GT. So bad people would ask at gas stations or parking lots what supercharger I was running. Ford claimed the whine was like the tick and no worries to be had. Over I put over 30,000 miles on the 11 GT and around over 20,000 miles on the Boss 302 (Sold it with I think 50,000 miles as I bought used) and never had issues with either due to the tick or whine.

Not to sound harsh, but as people told me in the past on this site and a Boss 302 site we aren't buying grandma's Cadillac and we are buying sports cars or in the Boss case a race car and they are going to have sounds and quirks from times as that is just part of the deal.

Beautiful think with the 2018 is you have a full 5yr/60,000 miles to find any mechanical issue with the engine, trans, and major drivetrain parts and get them fixed for free. (Assuming you keep the car feee of most power adding mods and tunes.)

I am in your shoes currently and looking for my next Mustang and the tick is the last thing on my mind as a hold up.

Just my thoughts from owning many Mustangs! Hope it helps!
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Picked it up on Saturday and so far Iím beyond happy. Wanted one of these for quite a few years. I donít plan on anything crazy as far as upgrades. Plenty fast enough for this old guy. No tick that I can hear. Did a 30 mile test drive and really enjoyed it. Time will tell I guess.
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If you’re going to hear the tick it will be on start up when it’s cold
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Picked it up on Saturday and so far Iím beyond happy. Wanted one of these for quite a few years. I donít plan on anything crazy as far as upgrades. Plenty fast enough for this old guy. No tick that I can hear. Did a 30 mile test drive and really enjoyed it. Time will tell I guess.
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If youíre going to hear the tick it will be on start up when itís cold
This and normally happens after the first oil change or at least early on oil changes.

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