2011 Ford Mustang Long-Term Road Test


2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0: Brake For AdvanceTrac

November 15, 2011

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I get a huge kick out of driving the Mustang GT 5.0 on the rare occasions that it's actually available for the night (or even better, for the whole weekend). Love that engine, both the power and sound, and this 'Stang actually handles pretty well. Could do without the occasional axle hop.

I am bothered, though, that the Mustang GT is one of those cars that won't let you turn off its stability control (in Ford's case, called AdvanceTrac) once you've started moving. You can turn off traction control once you're on the road, by just hitting the AdvanceTrac button once, allowing for big burnouts.

But if you want to be free of stability control nannies through turns and to powerslide the car, you have to hold the button for about 5 seconds with the brakes applied before you get moving.

And don't think you can get around having to be at a stop to do this by driving with the throttle and brake overlapping while pressing the button. It won't turn the system off if you have the throttle applied at all.

So, yeah, I find that annoying. Because if I want to light the rear tires up exiting a turn, I don't want to have to pull over and wait five seconds first.

Won't stop me from driving it though. I just need to remember to turn everything off upon startup.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 17,375 miles.

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