1987 Ford Mustang Reviews - Page 3 of 5

1987 Ford Mustang GT 302ci(5.0L) V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1987
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 302ci(5.0L) V8 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance121273 miles

Summary:

Affordable - Sporty - Useful

Faults:

I replaced the alternator at 2,000 miles.

Other than that and regular maintenance the car has run like a champ.

General Comments:

Overall this is a pretty strong car. Good handling, acceleration, braking and everyday usefulness. Not going to win records on the race track, but on the street it doesn't shy away from speed.

Paint is almost like-new. No dings, scratches or even rust spots.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd October, 2002

1987 Ford Mustang LX Convertible 2.3 EFI from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.3 EFI Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired98508 miles
Most recent distance109384 miles
Previous carChevrolet Truck

Summary:

Rust away in your driveway

Faults:

Camshaft cover gasket, causing oil to drip onto the exhaust manifold and smoke.

Drive belt slipped off.

Belt tensioner bearing froze (new tensioner and belt).

Seats ripped and torn from use.

Convertible top ripped.

Alternator caught fire.

Left rear window stuck, broke trying to force it down.

Ash tray cover broke, no longer stays up.

Arm rest latch broken.

Rust on edges of door and on trunk lid.

Paint faded and clear coat chipping away.

Rubber molding falling off.

Front shocks gone, causing the front to be dropped about two inches.

Transmission slips.

General Comments:

This is a great car! That's what I'd be saying back in 1987. I bought this car as a fixer-upper. It's a great car, but has not been taken care of by the previous owner. For starters, the engine is noisy when accelerating from a stop. The transmission sometimes slips. The front shocks are gone, causing the front to be very low. It looks cool, but it's not very effective when going over speed bumps or under hard breaking (bottoms out). The camshaft cover gasket was replaced because it was leaking oil causing it to drip onto the exhaust. Since I bought it I have been fixing it up to make it run better and more reliable. It has a lot of power for a 4 cylinder, and handles well. It smokes a little, and looks cheap because of the numerous dents, scratches, chipping & fading paint and slight rust spots. It was also broken into when the previous owner had it, so the convertible top was sliced good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd September, 2002

1987 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 5.0 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired128000 miles
Most recent distance136000 miles
Previous carFord Bronco II

Summary:

Bang for your Buck!

Faults:

The paint has been bad since I first bought the car.

The headlight switch has gone out three times, within two years of owning the car.

The transmission went out the first year of ownership, but mainly because of drag racing.

The transmission went out the second time because of drag racing, and the way it was rebuilt the first time.

The fuel pump went out on it at about 132,000 miles.

The throttle position sensor went out at about 136,000 miles.

The rear tires are impossible to keep in good condition because of the tremendous amount of torque.

General Comments:

This car is blindingly fast for the money. My car has seen speeds of over 130 mph and it's an automatic.

If you don't have much money and want the fastest car in town, this is the car for you.

The exhaust tone is magnificent. One that could only be reproduced by another Ford 5.0 liter.

The engine is bullet proof. I installed a nitrous kit and had it for the good part of 8 months. Once the kit was taken off there were no after effects.

The cars handling is decent. It's no Ferrari.

The interior is perfect for the car. The gauges are easy to read, the switches all at your finger tips, and the seats are comfortable, yet supportive.

The exterior is aggressive yet easy on the eyes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th August, 2002

16th Feb 2004, 11:58

Was the Engine in the 5.0 stock when you had the nitrous set up? And how much Horsepower did the nitrous give you?

1987 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 5.0 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 miles
Most recent distance197000 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

An American legend

Faults:

Radiator had a leak at 160000 miles. Clutch wore out at 165000 miles. Replaced Battery at 169000 miles.

Seats are badly worn.

General Comments:

This is truly one of America's greatest cars. It features a classic design with loads of torque and horsepower. The car also handles extremly well. It has been very reliable. Replacement and performance parts are inexpensive and plentiful, plus the car is easy to work on. Resale value is high. Looks, performance, reliabillity and a rich history... what more could you want in a automobile?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st May, 2002

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 19 reviews