No major problems in 108k miles. Even with the v8 it was a bit underpowered compared to modern performance cars. Traction was extremely poor in snow. Seats were comfortable and controls easy to use. Tire selection was limited for the standard rims. Fuel economy could be better. Exterior design was dated, even at the time.
Engine and transmission were very solid. Hatchback was handy. Parts are relatively inexpensive.
More power for hills and better fuel economy. Higher quality exterior paint. Put grease fittings in more of the front end suspension parts to increase life.
I purchased this car in 11/93 when it only had 35k miles on it. It was well taken care of and most likely driven by a non muscle car enthusiast. That was until I got a hold of it. Now it's 13 years later and less than 3k miles from 300k. Yes! Original 300,000 miles (proof with receipts).There has been NOTHING done to the engine or transmission. The only items replaced was the normal wear and tear items like alternator, brakes, tires, fuel pump, heater core, lock actuators, passenger window motor gear, struts and a recalled ECM. This car has been MORE than what I thought I'd ever get out of a muscle car. It had great acceleration (100k ago) & still rides as smooth as new. A GREAT investment!
I think the best feature on this car is the fact it has lasted as long as 300,000 + miles with nothing major breaking in the car. Amazing! In its earlier days the acceleration was great and the ride is still smooth. High speed cornering is great. Sticks to the road. VERY fun to drive!
Transmission shifting from 3rd to OD jerky and loud (can be fixed with minor intake work), lock actuators (replaced 3 times already) and better braking. A/C could be colder in my opinion. Composite headlights get dull to0 quick and the EGR valve is ALWAYS going bad.
I've only had my 5.0 for about a week
or so, but so far I've had no problems
(except that I need tires lol). I went
from a brand new '02 VW Jetta that went
in for repairs 6 times in the year that
I owned it to my 1990 Stang. I loved my
Jetta, but I couldn't handle paying
$340 a month for a car that broke down
every 8 weeks or so. My boyfriend has
an '84 GT, and I love driving it, so
when I came across mine, I had to get
it. It's fun to drive (despite popular
belief, not just in a straight line
either), fun and easy to work on, and
it's fast, pure American Muscle :o)
The ooomph that comes from the peddle
all the way on the right...and the very
nice grumble that comes from the pipes
in the back :o)
Smaller turning radius!!! Power lock
actuater is broken, seems to be a very
common problem, also the latch on the
hatch on both of our mustangs is broken
and won't close without being slammed
REALLY hard. Gas mileage, but what do
you expect from a 5 litre V8?
I bought my Mustang in '98 with 68K on it. In
the 4-5 years I have owned it, I have not had
to do too much major stuff. A new AOD at
104K, a water pump at 120K, heater core at
120 also, and an alternator at 150K (just
this morning in fact). If you are a Mustang
fan you will know the lifespan of these parts
and know when to change them (and there
is a good chance you know how to do it
yourself). Incredible bang for your buck ratio
as with any 5.0 pony.
fun to drive
an all american musclecar
power lock actuator life
heater core life
heater core replacement difficulty!!!!! (a 9
hour job for a do it yourselfer)