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Ford Mustang test of vibrating LED shift knob

Gone are the days when kids are forced into learning to drive a manual as part of driver’s education, and even more prominent is the slush box automatic transmission.  But while the lack of rowing gears through the years might not have affected the Ford Mustang as much as other automobiles on the road, it’s easy enough to see that automatic and CVT transmissions are by far the majority the populous desires.

So, what’s a good compromise for the Mustang driver who wants the advantages and capabilities of a manual gearbox, but fears the sometimes intimidating initial learning curve which comes along with learning just what to do, and when, the time comes about to shift?  Well, how about a shift knob which both illuminates and vibrates when the “typical” shift point is reached, in order to help a less-skilled driver achieve the experience of driving a manual at a more rapid pace.

With LED technology, parts from an Xbox, and a little bit of Open Source crowd-sourcing, the following video gives you the answers to the questions held this whole time.  Enjoy!

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2011 Mustang & 2012 Mustang transmission scrutinized

What do you get when you cross the 2011 Ford Mustang and the 2012 Ford Mustang and a 6-speed transmission made in China?  An official investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration based upon numerous customer complaints, that’s what.  Well over two-dozen Mustang owners have officially vented filed their frustrations about unexpected inability to shift into gear on the 2011 Mustang and the 2012 Mustang, regardless of power plant (the commonality: the 6-speed manual gearbox).

What’s the basal impact here?  26,000 units, covering model years 2011 and 2012 of the Ford Mustang.  The government involvement and consumer backlash impact could deal a resounding blow to the Blue Oval; not what we wanted to hear on the eve of ‘Barackalypse Now’, guys.  Detroit has had its fair share of bad PR in the past few years–this one isn’t helping matters much…

Hit the jump to read the clip from Inside Line.

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