1988 Ford Mustang Reviews - Page 2 of 11

1988 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 liter from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 5.0 liter Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance75000 miles
Previous carFord Mustang

Summary:

I've owned it since new and it's a fun car of decent quality, and it's a keeper

Faults:

Needed a new clutch, Needed a new fuel pump, Rattles and squeaks.

General Comments:

Lot's of fun. Powerful, great rumbling sound, smooth transmission, decent handling.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th December, 2005

1988 Ford Mustang LX Hatchback 2.3 Liter 4 Cylinders from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 2.3 Liter 4 Cylinders Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired105000 miles
Most recent distance121000 miles

Summary:

Reliable Mustang for the Money

Faults:

Leaking transmission fluid, replaced the gasket.

Rear Brake seal broke, got that replaced.

Muffler needed to be replaced, got that replaced, but I guess that is part of "wear and tear"

Power door lock will only lock the passenger door, but not the driver's side.

No cup holder.

No tilt wheel.

Key can be taken out of the ignition even when the gear is in D. *dangerous... I guess Ford didn't invent the lock until later, it didn't start the next day I bought it, got some friends working on it, no luck and we were going to push it into friend's yard, that's when the problem was discovered, I left the gear in D. DUH*

Air conditioner didn't work, never bother to get that fixed.

Radio was cut off, never bother to get that fixed.

Dome light comes on and off at random times, it was from the trunk.

Faded headlights *I see that on lots of older Ford's*

General Comments:

Other than the problems above, I loved my Mustang. It was my FIRST car and I'll never forget it. I got it for only $1,995.

I drove it to Washington, DC from Arkansas and back with no problems. Never break down on me.

Hatchback, easy to put huge things through the trunk into the rear seat, like a college sized refrigerator.

Quite fast for a 4 cylinder engine. A car was next to me was revving and my friend was like you're not going to beat him. I was like watch me. As soon as the light turned green, I zoomed, and he missed his exit. Haha. 11 years old car doesn't mean it can't do any good. It CAN!!! :-)

I miss that car and I would buy one again if I find a 88 Mustang that is well taken care of without any stupid modifications! But with 5 speed!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th April, 2005

1988 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 V8 from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 5.0 V8 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance103000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

Teenagers can't handle a 12 sec car!

Faults:

The passenger window stopped working.

The Driver side seat belt buckle stopped latching (dangerous)

Crashed due to poor suspension handling.

General Comments:

My Mustang had a souped up engine, and pumped 350 HP and 350 ft lbs of torque, which is quite a bit over the stock 225/300.

0-60 in 4.0 seconds flat.

Quarter mile in 12.6 seconds at 109 MPH.

The cars suspension was not designed for this much horsepower, and was very squirrley. Trackion control would have been a dream.

This muscle car would win any race whether up against a corvette (my favorite to beat) or the silly import cars that kids like to drive.

There's no feeling like the "throw you in the back of your seat" torque feeling you get when you drive a true mustang.

The 5.0 mustangs have a lot of potential and I highly recommend this car to fix up. There are lots of bolt on parts available to make this car go faster.

Dyno tuning if available adds more horsepower for the money than any upgrade you will do.

Drive safely!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th November, 2004

5th May 2005, 03:54

The 1987 mustang gt was rated with 225 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. Not the 225 stated in the review. The torque output of the mustangs of the late 80's was probably the biggest reason why they were so fast compared to other sports cars of that time.

2nd Nov 2005, 18:00

Correct, the 1987 Ford Mustang GT has 300 foot lbs of torque stock. I noticed the 1st entry on this page titled "Teenagers can't handle a 12 sec car!" claiming the 1987 Ford Mustang GT stock has only 225 pounds of torque, therefore this comment should be have not been overlooked by the staff here at (carsurvey.org) and should have never been allowed to be posted, just like this one.

Trav.

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 38 reviews