1980 Ford Mustang Reviews

1980 Ford Mustang Ghia 2.8 V6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership1980
Most recent year of ownership1986
Engine and transmission 2.8 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance56000 miles
Previous carDatsun Violet

Summary:

Fun to drive, compact, and fairly economical

Faults:

Nothing major went wrong on this car in the time I had it. The only thing I had done to it was servicing.

The only thing I can think of is having to replace tail-light bulbs rather a lot. They seemed to blow out quite frequently.

Alloy wheels suffered from surface corrosion.

General Comments:

One of the better cars I have owned.

Great fun to drive being a sporty rear wheel drive car. It drove similar to a Capri. In fact the 2.8 V6 fitted to my car was a German-built engine and was the same as fitted to the Capri.

Fairly economical on fuel. 26mpg.

Compact dimensions make the Mustang an ideal American car for the UK.

I also loved the fact that my Mustang was a hatchback coupe - it made it that much more practical.

Whilst quick it was no muscle car, being more like a cut-price European GT.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th October, 2003

1980 Ford Mustang Coupe 200 straight 6 1BBL from North America

Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 200 straight 6 1BBL Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Ciera

Summary:

It is very awesome

Faults:

Nothing major has gone wrong yet.

My starter doesn't dis-engage every once in a while.

It smokes a little, but you will have that at old age.

Plus sometimes the lifters chatter going up big steep hills.

Other than that, it's a good dependable car.

General Comments:

The car handles good, and acceleration is good too.

It starts up perfect every morning. All I have to do is pump the gas 2 times and it fires right up.

It hasn't given me any trouble yet.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th January, 2003

1980 Ford Mustang 2 door fastback 6 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired266000 miles
Most recent distance266879 miles
Previous carFord Truck

Summary:

A great reliable car for long distance

Faults:

Overall the car has not caused me any trouble even though I have bottomed out numerous times. The dash board is cracked very badly and is loaded with bumper stickers. I think that the clutch pedal is a bit to loose, but overall it's not bad at all.

General Comments:

This car handles very well and can take almost any off-road challenges you can dish out. I have been driving this car on dirt roads since I've had it and no problems have come about. I would reccomend this car as a good car for driving off-road and will hold up very well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 2nd October, 2002

25th Feb 2004, 11:12

This page was alright, but I could have done better myself, but it wasn't too bad. They really need to change a few things on it like showing the car on the page. Most other sites are a lot better because they actually put the car with the advertisement.

1980 Ford Mustang 2.3 liter from North America

Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership1980
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.3 liter Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance140000 miles

Summary:

Too dumb to die and too reliable to get rid of!

Faults:

The air conditioner compressor blew about 1987. After replacing it, it blew again around 1991. I gave up after this and have just been hot for the past 11 years or so!

In 1989 the engine started smoking REALLY badly, producing huge clouds of opaque blue-white smoke. It also started loosing several quarts of oil from time to time. It turned out that the PCV valve had clogged up, sucking oil straight into the engine where it burned. This was easy to fix, once it was diagnosed correctly.

Around 1991 the power steering pump had to be rebuilt because it was leaking badly.

The alternator has been rebuilt or replaced 3 times.

The heater core blew 1997 and had to be replaced.

The shifter for the automatic transmission had to be fixed in 2001. A radiator hose blew this year, too.

This year the accelerator cable had to be replaced.

Now, at about 140,000 miles, I think the engine is finally wearing out.

General Comments:

This car has just been too dumb to die. Yes, there have been some problems, but nothing major for about 22 years!

Most problems have been relatively cheap to fix, too.

The car has been very sturdy--I've been rear-ended 3 times in it, and rear ended one person, and there has been almost no damage to my car.

On the other hand, to seats have limited adjustments and are only passibly comfortable.

Handling is tolerable, but acceleration with the 2.3 liter 4 cylinder engine has always been lousy. (0-55 in 17 seconds!!)

On the other hand, for hauling stuff it has been quite good. I filled the car up with books and cinder blocks once when moving a library, and drove it up a steep hill (bottoming out on every bump) with no problem. A more agile, less heavily loaded Nissan Sentra almost didn't make it.

Note that this line of Mustangs also had fairly poor traction on wet roads for some reason.

No real rust or major paint problems given the age of the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th May, 2002

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 4 reviews