1986 Ford Mustang Reviews - Page 5 of 8

1986 Ford Mustang SVO 2.3L turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.3L turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired106000 miles
Most recent distance143000 miles
Previous carJeep Cherokee

Summary:

One of the best driver's cars of the 80s

Faults:

Cam seal started leaking at 130k miles, replaced.

Turbo bearings failed at 142k miles, replaced.

Valve seals are leaking slightly, causing an occasional puff of smoke at startup.

General Comments:

Extremely fun car to drive. The SVO isn't a straight-line car like the V8s. This car was designed to compete against touring cars like the BMW 3-series. Twisty-road handling is incredible, 4-wheel disc brakes, Koni shocks, and 16" aluminum wheels all from the factory makes this a serious road car.

Not a large aftermarket for the 2.3 turbo, but parts from other cars can be adapted to work. Fairly easy to make good power from the small engine.

If you drive one, be prepared to answer a lot of questions from curious people. (main question is "Does that have a 5.0?").

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd March, 2003

1986 Ford Mustang LX 3.8TBFI from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 3.8TBFI Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 kilometres
Most recent distance202000 kilometres

Summary:

A good strong car

Faults:

Muffler, and a bit of an oil leak, that's it.

General Comments:

I bought this car when I was seventeen, I drove the heck out of it. I had it for four years. I mean, I even took it 4x4 many times. Nothing went wrong. It was red, with some 5L fat rims. Now you might thing it's kind of an ugly ride, however when I was seventeen the ladies liked it, and I'm only twenty-two now. This car is good for city driving, highway driving and 4x4 driving. You will get a bit of an oil leak from your valve cover gaskets and the manifold in the front, but no big deal. Also the tranny is very strong. In the end, I sold it to a good friend, and he had to replace the water pump and radiator, no big deal. He also is still driving it every day.

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

Review Date: 27th November, 2002

1986 Ford Mustang SVO Turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.7 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carNissan Sentra

Summary:

Enjoy it while it lasts!

Faults:

This is a car for someone who wants to collect, not to use. When it runs, it is incredible fun. The major issue is the availability of parts specific to this SVO Turbo model. Major parts like timing belts and core engine components are no problem, but things like wiring harnesses, and exterior trim parts are impossible to find outside collector clubs. I started having electrical problems with harnesses that were going to have to be hand made and wired, which was going to cost at least a thousand dollars to do. I sold it to a mechanic who could never identify all of the misterious electrical grounding issues it had after rewiring. For the most part, mechanics will not even take on these cars because of the wiring problems they had.

General Comments:

A great car when it runs, but don't count on it as dependable transportation. If you find one, have it professionally restored, and then store it until it becomes a collector's item. Definitely a head turner though. I would always find crowds around it in parking lots! Very fast, and incredible pickup when the turbo kicks in.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st November, 2002

3rd Mar 2003, 02:48

I also own an 86 SVO. They're great cars to drive when they're running right, however lack of aftermarket support makes it difficult to keep them running well.

Most Ford dealers don't have a clue how to work on these cars.

Compared to a 5.0 GT, the SVO has slightly slower standing-start acceleration, but the SVO handling is incredible. You'll be out looking for twisty roads.

1986 Ford Mustang GT 5.0L V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 5.0L V8 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired177000 miles
Most recent distance198000 miles
Previous carMercury Tracer

Summary:

Goes mid 13's and get 25 mpg

Faults:

The only problem I have had with the car is the first time I took the car over 5,000 rpm, the heater core started to leak. Also I had a problem with the stator in the distributor with wouldn't let the car start.

General Comments:

The car is otherwise excellent and performs great for a vehicle that has nearly 200,000 miles. I take the car to the drag strip all the time and it goes 13.7's at 102 mph with an off road H-pipe, flowmasters and 3.73's.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd November, 2002

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 24 reviews