2015 Ford Mustang GT: Hard To Check the Oil
February 11, 2015
Yesterday I wanted to check the oil level in our 2015 Ford Mustang GT's 5.0-liter V8. Easy right? Pop the hood and pull the dipstick. We've all done it a million times.
Well, Ford decided to make it hard.
Turns out our long-term Mustang GT has the dumbest dipstick in the history of dipsticks.
It's as if Ford doesn't want you to check the oil.
Maybe I'm being overly dramatic, but the Mustang's oil dipstick is tough to get to. It's buried low in the Mustang's engine compartment, way back by the firewall and directly beneath the strut tower bar.
I'm not kidding when I say you have to wedge your hand down in there amongst the hot bits to grab its yellow handle. And you can't pull it straight out as you should. You need to bend it as you pull to get it past the strut bar, which, of course, scrapes it against the side of its tube, which makes me question the oil level reading. So you do it twice.
And getting it back in is just as bad.
This kind of thing is avoidable. And it should be avoided. Instead Ford spent time and money on this ridiculousness. Man, makes you wonder. Come on, Ford.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 2,544 miles