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Ford Issues Mustang Mach-E Stop-Ship To Address Quality-Related Issue

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As we reported just two weeks ago, the very first 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E deliveries were already taking place as several early adopters have since received their shiny new all-electric crossovers. However, it appears that customers who are still awaiting delivery might have to wait a bit longer, as Ford Authority has learned from its sources that Ford has issued a Mach-E stop-ship for all models to address a quality-related issue.

According to these same Ford Authority sources, the Mach-E stop-ship will delay shipments by as much as 60 days. It’s an unfortunate development for the automaker’s very first mass-produced EV, which has won a number of prestigious awards in recent weeks and has received universally positive reviews thus far.

“As part of our commitment to delivering high-quality vehicles, we are conducting additional quality checks on several hundred Mustang Mach-E models built before dealer shipments started last month,” a Ford spokesperson told Ford Authority. “As part of our quality process, we want to ensure they meet the quality our customers expect and deserve. We notified affected customers that they may receive their Mustang Mach-Es on different timing than previously discussed. The team is working to expedite these vehicles, and we hope that customers receive them ahead of targeted dates, providing there are no COVID-19-related transportation delays.”

This Mach-E stop-sale is something the automaker has been working hard to avoid following similar issues with the 2020 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator, launches that were riddled with problems due to quality issues from the start. It’s quite possible that the Mach-E’s delay could be an attempt to prevent these sorts of problems from reaching customers as well.

As we recently reported, Ford has also been storing thousands of early-production 2021 Ford F-150 models in both Detroit and Kansas City, which were built at the Dearborn Truck Plant and Kansas City Assembly Plant simultaneously with prototype pickups. The automaker stated that it was performing final quality checks on those models before shipping them out, while models currently in production are heading straight to dealerships.

New Ford CEO Jim Farley recently made it quite clear that he intends to reduce warranty costs and improve new vehicle launches moving forward, and even had extra workers on standby in case problems surfaced with the 2021 F-150 during its early stages of production. As of right now, it’s unclear what is causing the Mach-E stop-sale, but we’ll have more to report very soon.

We’ll have more on this as soon as it’s available, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Mustang Mach-E news and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.

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Written by Brett Foote

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. I make the disclaimer that I’m not a fan of the MUSTANG nor this new version of it. However, it’s pretty clear that FORD has crossed over from somewhat hopeless to no hope at all.
    Wasn’t this supposed to be the time where they really really really got control over their quality problems this time?

    • There’s a reason why everyone only calls it the Mach-E and not the Mustang Mach e. The only model I’ll be maybe willing to call a Mustang is the GT model. Also the quality can’t be that bad. There’s no one way that it’s even close to Tesla’s quality which literally has the roof fall off and miss matched panels. I have to had it to Ford for actually addressing that they have quality issues in the Mach E and fixing them. I hope that the auto industry doesn’t go back to the 90s though early 10s quality. I don’t know what they were thinking when they started the back to basics trend but it set them back by a lot. I mean imagine showing a designer from the 50s-60s all the plastic that they use in cars then and still do in some.

      • They are probably going through each and every car because of drug problems. Example: A lady bought a new car from autonation ford in Amherst, ohio. She was going down the road and her front wheels seemed to be out of balance. She brought the car back to the dealer and they taken the tires off the rim. In the tires were packed with mary Jane. No the woman didn’t get the weed back and the police were called to pick it up. I wonder what quality that weed was?

  2. Oh man, this is like the 1980’s/90’s Ford quality issues all over again. Who in the hell is in charge at Ford? Is it the guy that likes to race cars? “Oh how cool” Maybe he ought to concentrate on running the company and fire the morons who can’t get the job done right the first time.

    • My mom bought a brand new 1980 MUSTANG and I learned to drive in that car. So while I have fond memories of that car in that respect, it had more problems than you can get think of. It had the 3.3L 6 with about 90hp. Seemed powerful for a young driver but I can’t imagine how weak the 4 cylinder was and rough. So I guess FORD is going back to the good old days when they built crap.How’s that for nostalgic thoughts?

    • You’re blaming Jim Farley?
      The guy who’s been ion charge since the first of October of 2020?
      That’s a strong stance to take.

  3. Ford has been in the industry for over 100 years. They were the one that invented the assembly line. Why do they all of a sudden not know how to build a vehicle. This is ridiculous. Get some people in there who know how to run a company, because you are doing a disservice to the Ford name. Henry Ford is rolling in his grave right now.

  4. Unbelievable. After 41 years of car ownership, my only hard loyalty to Ford is the friendship I have with a particular salesman. But that will only go so far. Ford seems to have completely lost its way.

  5. I love my Mustang. The electric crossover is great. The Mustang Mach E is a terrible name.

    Whatever the inspiration, a crossover is not a Mustang. The Mach scale is numeric, not alphabetic.

    The best name for that electric crossover would be “Falcon”. One of the most efficiently swift predators on the planet.

    But then again, no one asked us loyal customers.

  6. FORD needs to get some real car people in this company “ Quality” is supposed to be “ JOB 1”. Not No More, let Jim Farley and his cronies go racing for good get them out of there before they Destroy the FORD MOTOR COMPANY for good. Any one who makes this many mistakes would have already been replaced

    • Amen to that!! It’s really hard because I’ve been a Ford Loyalist for many many years, but to be honest they are losing me. I think they really need to step it up. This crap would’ve been tolerated years ago but now with other companies like Kia, Hyundai, Ram, and even Jeep really stepping it up, they have to as well. They better not take their customer loyalty for granted, because with better competition recently, it is getting harder and harder to justify buying a new Ford

    • @Roy

      Agreed….. I wish someone at Ford’s Management had Half a Brain. Or at least intelligence commensurate with the $Millions they’re overpaid.

      They think that since Tesla can keep turning out Crap that they can do it too – where the situation is that people on the ‘Tesla Holy Grail’ will excuse all kinds of horrid problems – that somehow FORD can get away with the same junk. I doubt it.

      Besides GOOFY door operators on the Mach-E. I was going to be one of the first buyers in my area of the vehicle, but after envisioning those doors in the cold February Winters here, I’m standing aside. I want to see HOW OTHERS deal with it first.

    • You…didn’t do any research beyond googling the CEO of Ford, did you?
      Jim Farley has been CEO for a grand total of…almost 4 months.
      I’m not saying he’s perfect or that he’s going to be, but he’s hardly the one to blame for the problems that Ford has had for a while.

  7. These are the same circumstances that gave Honda, Subaru and Toyota a foothold back in the day. Excellent point Alexander. Look at KIA and Hyundai now and how they’ve stepped up with design and quality while Ford steps down. Have you’ve seen the new Sorento? The Telluride? The K5? That’s serious competition now.

    • The Kia Soul?! 🤣 That doesn’t dismiss the fact that out of every car you see on fire most are Kias and Teslas. The entire point of Japanese and Korean cars is they’re supposed to be reliable and supposed to deliver great fuel economy and Kia doesn’t do either. But seriously what Ford vehicles are you comparing to where the modern Fords quality is down?

  8. Max: The EcoBoost engine fiasco is a big one. Coolant leaking into the engine. There’s no excuse for that. The Bronco Sport interior feels cheap and plastic-ity. The refreshed Explorer a couple of years ago had some quality issues. Why can’t they just make em right the first time? It all goes back to the over paid executives who are asleep at the wheel.

    • They said clearly that the Bronco Sport was a last minute thought so what do you really expect? It’s not a luxury vehicle either. It’s just meant for a more affordable off-road vehicle. Also, I never had a problem with my ecoboost engine in my Navigator and I had it for almost 3 years and had very minimal problems. Overall the quality regardless is still pretty good but they should figure out quality before they release their products. They have done this for multiple vehicles in a row and I hope the only reason why the Bronco is being held off is so they can address those problems. I mean they screwed up their biggest sellers (the Explorer and the Aviator) and they know if they screw up the Bronco they know that it’s going to take years to recover. I’d rather wait for mine then have to go in for a recall every month.

    • I sincerely hope you don’t complain about car prices being too high if you’re going to whine about parts of the car feeling cheap and like they’re made of plastic. It’s because some of the parts are made of plastic. The plastic is effectively just there so it’s covered. Most cars have this, even my 2006 Crown Victoria. The plastic parts also aren’t typically caressed and rubbed very thoroughly. I mean, I don’t USUALLY kink-shame, but…

  9. I’m confused by the comments by people complaining about Ford quality while simultaneously complaining that Fors is taking longer to insure quality 🤔

  10. You see, the problem with the stop sale on this and the holdback on the F-150 might solve the issue of problems getting into owners’ hands, but it still creates a ton of bad press. Both of these are already all over the internet. And I expect that first-year issues with the Escape will carry over to the Bronco Sport, in part because of that pigheadedly stupid 3-cylinder that no one likes.

  11. I bought a new 2017 F150 Lariat twin turbo and it has been an excellent truck. It is my first Ford and I would certainly buy Ford again.

    • What’s wrong with the number 3 in regards to the arbitrary number of cylinder arrangements the modern internal combustion engine can have?

      • There is no natural primary balance. Two of the pistons are always opposite one. A balance shaft is required to counter the off balance, which adds weight and complexity to a motor you are trying to make simple and light.

  12. Too much “work-from-home” engineering in my opinion. I see a lot of hipsters out jogging and in line at Starbucks during prime working hours around my neighborhood. If you want to see recalls, just wait until thousands of these Mach-E’s get into customer hands.

  13. @RG


    Internet QB/Troll: Quality has to be the best!
    Ford: We are making sure that pre-production models are the same quality as production models and some orders may be delayed.
    Internet QB/Troll: Your quaility must suck because you are fixing things before yhey reach the customer! You must execute and every new model must be 100% when it rolls off the line! ESPECIALLY THAT NEW MODEL THAT YOU NEVER MADE BEFORE AND IS A COMPLETE REVAMPING OF YOUR WHOLE MANUFACTURING PROCESS!!!!!

  14. So Gene!. We spend 45K or more on a Ford… but we should expect problems, service bulletins, and recalls? Are you normalizing and excusing crappy production? Just grab the inside of the armrest in the Bronco Sport, you can feel the seem in the plastic. Thats a lack of attention to detail and just plain
    cheap. I have an 18 Escape SEL and Ford couldn’t even put a lightbulb in the shifter column.

    • “but we should expect problems, service bulletins, and recalls? ” Well, apparently you fail in your analysis. They are doing what they are doing so they get exactly the opposite of what you describe. Try thinking about it for a minute or two longer… if you can.

      • Bruce, Chris seems to have this weird fetish where if he finds plastic in a car, he talks dirty to it and strokes it just because it’s there.
        Than complains about high vehicle prices.
        I don’t get it either.

    • True but most people don’t want to work for free. Then they want all of the premium benefits when they do a lousy overall job. That means everybody.

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