1986 Ford Mustang GT/LX 5.0 EFI V8 from North America
A trusty and reliable sports car for a good price
Very simple things have gone wrong-
Drivers Seat torn on side when purchased.
Fan Clutch bearings shot when purchased.
Water Pump replaced at 100k from previous owner.
Wheel bearings replaced by previous owner.
Sway bar bolt broken by previous owner.
New clutch around 90k from previous owner.
Rust holes in floor, and rusted body panels.
Broken fog lights.
Bouncy idle problem never solved.
Needs new struts on all sides.
When I purchased this car I thought it would be a potential nightmare because the way it had looked - rusty.
I decided to turn it into a small educational project to learn to take apart the motor and replace and gaskets and sensors, etc.
It was fairly easy to work on. This car is so easy to find parts for and there are so many Mustang enthusiasts for the 5.0 EFI engine that you can ask anyone how to work on them that probably owns one of these bad boys.
Not only did I take the engine apart, but I decided to learn how to mod this engine, and it was fairly easy to do also.
Handling and steering hasn't been up to par due too bad struts.
It is fairly quick and its much much quicker than my 1984 Z28 Camaro with a 305.
This car should not be driven in any snowy conditions, obviously because its rear-wheel drive and it's a sports car and it won't stay on the road too long.
The engine bay is fairly roomy, I've heard of people dropping in a 460 C.I. motor.
The fog lights always break, time and time again.
I get 25mpg, I don't know if its because of the K&N Air Filter and the Tornado or not.
I beat on this car at least 4 times a day and it still seems to run just fine.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st September, 2006
I assume that you are using the term "Sports Car" lightly.
I consider more of a sports coupe or "pony car".
I save the term "Sports Car" for the Porsches, Corvettes, Ferraris etc.
I even consider MGs & Miatas sports cars, but sorry, not Mustangs or Camaros.
I think "sports car" is a great term to use for his mustang. I have had an of those "sports cars" you named beat out my 1985 390cid LX yet so I think sports car is a great term for this car.