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2015 Ford Mustang GT Long-Term Road Test

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Quick and Easy 20,000-Mile Service

by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on February 12, 2016

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Our long-term 2015 Ford Mustang GT recently crossed over the 20,000-mile mark. This signaled a reminder in the car that another service was needed. Thankfully, the Mustang only requires an inspection, tire rotation and oil and filter change at the 20,000-mile service, so I hoped we could get in and out of the shop in just a few hours.

I dropped off the Mustang at Santa Monica Ford around 10:30 a.m. I didn't make an appointment, so I was quite pleased when I was immediately greeted by a porter and directed to a service advisor who helped me right away.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Needs an Oil Change

by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on February 1, 2016

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Our long-term 2015 Ford Mustang GT needs an oil change. How do I know that? It chimed in to tell me so the last seven times I started the car. But instead of a photo of the gauge cluster, I thought I'd show you a pretty shot of the Mustang hanging out in the mountains, lookin' all purdy and stuff.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Finding and Fixing a Speed Hole

by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on December 17, 2015

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While walking up to our 2015 Ford Mustang GT last night, I noticed something hanging out under the passenger side of the front bumper. Our Mustang sits a little lower thanks to its Ford Performance suspension. It looks like someone found out the difference in ride height the hard way.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Awkward Dipstick Location

by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on December 8, 2015

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Our 2015 Ford Mustang GT wins the award for the most awkwardly placed dipstick of this model year. There it is on the right, tucked down beneath the strut tower brace. The dipstick pulls out about 3 inches before it must be bent significantly to circumvent its neighbors.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: The Engine Just Shut Off

by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on December 7, 2015

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I am sitting here at the test track in our 2015 Ford Mustang GT. It's early still and there is time to kill before the rest of the crew arrives. The Mustang is idling so I can listen to music while eating my breakfast.

A chime from the car catches me by surprise. It is accompanied by this warning on the IP. The countdown starts at 30 seconds but I can't get a decent photo until it reaches 1 second. And then it makes good on its threat.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Source of Mysterious Noise Identified

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on December 2, 2015

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The saga of our long-term 2015 Ford Mustang GT didn't end when the wheel locks were removed with force. It was a goat rodeo that was just beginning.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Tires and Tribulations

by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on November 16, 2015

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To say that we've enjoyed our long-term 2015 Ford Mustang GT might be a bit of an understatement. A more expressive exhaust and a revised suspension have injected new life into the car and moved it back up the ladder of in-demand vehicles.

Senior Road Test Editor Mike Monticello drove the Mustang to a track-day wedding on Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Soon after, Photo Editor Kurt Niebuhr stormed around at a Willow Springs track day. A week later, the Mustang was called in to perform skidpad duty during a driving school event.

By this point, the tires were quite literally coming apart.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: 15,000 Miles and Counting

by Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor on October 27, 2015

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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."

During the reporting of my award-winning four-part series “A Hike, a Bike and a Track-Day Wedding,” I was aware our 2015 Ford Mustang GT was approaching the 15,000-mile mark.

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."

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Path to Performance Continues With Short-Throw Shifter

by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on October 22, 2015

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The suspension isn't the only thing sitting lower on our 2015 Ford Mustang GT.

While it was up on the lift at Galpin Auto Sports getting the Track Handling pack installed, we also installed a short-shift kit from Ford Performance Racing Parts.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Path to Performance Potential Requires New Suspension

by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on October 13, 2015

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We're taking the first step down the rabbit hole.

Although our 2015 Ford Mustang GT has shown itself to be respectably fast and surprisingly capable, its handling has left a few of us wanting. It has performed admirably at track days and on curvy roads, but we've found the more you turn up the wick, the less communicative each end of the car becomes. Compounding this vagueness is a constant sense of pitch and roll when you settle the car down into a corner. 

The solution?

We're trying out — deep breath — the Ford Performance Racing Parts Mustang Track Handling Pack (part number M-FR3A-M8). That long name comprises a pair of front struts, larger anti-roll bars, and dampers, springs, and toe links for the rear. The kit also includes new bushings, bump stops, and strut mounts.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Oil Change, No Rotation at First Service

August 5, 2015

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Our 2015 Ford Mustang GT notified us it was due for its first service during Mark's road trip to Arizona. The Mustang's performance-based maintenance calculator determined our treatment of the car fell into the normal vehicle use interval. The "Oil Change Required" message triggers between 7,000 and 10,000 miles under normal conditions.

More frequent maintenance is required under severe (every 5,000-7,000 miles) and extreme (3,000-5,000 miles) conditions. We made an appointment at our local Ford dealer the moment the Mustang came back to L.A.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Time for a Change

July 10, 2015

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Somewhere between Los Angeles and Barstow on my round-trip to Sedona, Ariz., our 2015 Ford Mustang let me know that it's closing in on the 10,000-mile mark with this warning. Knowing I wouldn't exceed the milestone by much, it wasn't a concern.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Will Monty's Little Road Bike Fit?

June 12, 2015

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I've struggled to fit bicycles into Mustangs before and was curious if the 2015 Ford Mustang GT would also pose a hassle. It's a crapshoot anytime you're finagling with a trunk instead of a hatch and it all comes down to the size of the pass-through and how flat the rear seats will fold.

I needn't have worried.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Manual Transmission's Thud or Clunk Sound

March 23, 2015

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I've noticed an odd aspect to our 2015 Ford Mustang GT's manual transmission. When shifting gears, there's often an accompanying "thud" or "clunk" like sound. This sound is not obvious, and I think it took me a few days of driving the Mustang before I picked up on it. But now that I know it's there, I notice it all the time. It bugs me, and I doubt it's "normal."

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Hard To Check the Oil

February 11, 2015

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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.

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2015 Mustang GT: Front Plate Installation

February 10, 2015

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Most states require a front license plate to be displayed by law. Not surprisingly, California is one of them. Personally, I'm not a fan of front plates, but my objections are based mostly in aesthetics.

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