2004 Ford Mustang Consumer Review: V-6 = Noise, Vibration, no fun

2004 Ford Mustang - Consumer Review

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Base Coupe (3.8L V6 5-speed Manual)

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V-6 = Noise, Vibration, no fun at all
By Gone Ron on


2004 Ford Mustang 2dr Coupe (3.8L 6cyl 5M)


We purchased the car for the low price,
standard features and fuel economy. On
the plus side, fuel economy is good and
is near the rated numbers. The engine
is anything but smooth, and does not
like to be revved above 2,500 RPM
without a lot of coaxing. Clutch throw
is nearly a foot, transmission is
clunky; it is NOT fun to shift
especially around town. The computer
keeps the engine between 2,000-3,000
between shifts which sounds and feels
totally awkward. The car developed
several creeks and clunks right away.
Not impressed at all; I wished we would
have bought another Honda instead!

Best Features

Tremendous value with current dealer incentives. The car looks nice and had a long list of desired standard features

Worst Features

Shorten clutch throw for heel/toe clutch operation, redesign shifter gate and shorten shift lever for wrist- action shifting. Eliminate the engine RPM float between shifts. More effort is needed to balance engine and drivtrain. Make the car as fun to drive as it looks.
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