This is the second Mustang I have
owned, the first being an '86 LX 5.0.
Both cars are very similar and I have
over 180,000 on each. They are rock
solid reliable until about 160k mi when
the TFI ($45), Heater Core ($40), and
Water Pump ($45) should be changed. At
170k, you're looking at a rebuilt trans
($750). The engine and heads should
exceed 200k mi. Struts and springs
hold up well past 200k mi. The car
easily revs past 5500 rpm and while the
220hp is matched by many modern cars,
the 215lb/ft of torque at 4000rpm is
not matched by many. Since torque is
felt and HP seen, the fun is in the
gobs of low-end torque.
Hmm. The motor, suspension, trans, LX
body, and the ability to put wide
sticky tires (255x17x50) on it without
My 1986 had metal door handles that
don't break, whereas the 1992 had
breakable plastic. The ashtray door is
broken on just about every 88-93 I see.
I have a 92' LX Coupe and have never had a problem with this car. I have driven through rain, snow, and sand, and you would never know it. The car has a strong engine (as far as 2.3L/105hp go), is reliable, and has the best looking body (88'-93')of all mustangs. Its ok on fuel(370 miles per tank highway, 200 city or 24/13). Over the years maintenance has been affordable...and that is the key. Oil changes and fixing problems as they occur has kept this car in mint condition. The only problem that I have consistently is that the steering wheel vibrates over 60 mph. But lucky for me my 2.3L doesn't make it much past there.
My favorite feature is the Mustang emblem on the front-right side dash.
The car runs great with a
2.3L, I had to replace the air pipe
just for preference of air flow, the
list of repairs: Starter, alternator,
timing belt, battery, front brake pads,
clutch cable, master cylinder (still
don't know if it actually needed it
though), Brake preassure splicer, door
handle, center console peices, twice.
The rotors are now warped and I think
theres something wrong with the
differential. I think whoever had the
car before me didn't take care of it.
5 spd. good pick-up, for a 2.3L, good
actual motor, just ford's other parts
that suck. excellent on gas, 25/35MPG.
better air intake, stronger door
handles/console peices, factory stereo
sucked, but all ford stereos from that
time do. Parts are outragfously
priced, go aftermarket only, if
possible. seats need to be more durable
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