2015 Ford Mustang GT: 15,000 Miles and Counting
by Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor on October 27, 2015
We usually try to document our long-term cars exactly as they turn the odometer over every 5,000 miles. To the zero. A bit silly, yes, but it's one of our things. And ya gotta have "things."
Yet I can't tell you what was consuming my time on the drive home from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca that kept me from noticing the exact moment. Maybe Senior Editor Josh Jacquot, driving the 2015 Dodge Viper GT, was talking my ear off on the phone about where he wanted to eat lunch (for a scrawny guy, he gets awfully cranky when he's hungry). Or maybe I was rockin' out to Shania Twain on the stereo. I have no idea. But I completely missed the turn-over point. Off by 96 miles, in fact.
"Swim, swammy, slippy, slappy...oh, Samsonite. I was WAY off."
Okay, enough with the Dumb and Dumber quotes. So how has our Ford Mustang GT been holding up?
Not bad, thanks for asking. Despite some serious use, including multiple track days and a "teach your CEO how to do a burnout" day, the Mustang has been pretty much bulletproof. A few editors have complained of a thud or clunking when shifting, and the passenger seatback release lever can be a bit fussy, but that's about it.
We're impressed with its durability.
We've also made some improvements. Most on staff felt the 'Stang's exhaust was too quiet, so we added a Ford Racing Performance Parts cat-back exhaust. To improve further upon our Performance Package's upgraded suspension, we recently added a few even more serious suspension bits.
It's also just about due for its second set of tires. Like I said, we've been driving the snot out of this thing. And having a blast.
Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor @ 15,096 miles