1988 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 HO from North America


Thrill ride!


My alternator went out at 180,000 miles.

My driver side seat broke at 170,000 miles (racing)

The battery completely died at 220,000 (due to cold weather)

I bent the rear pinion at 225,000 miles (due to racing again)

The light switch went out at 200,000 miles (due to high powered bulbs)

I repainted my car at 230,000 miles for a change.

General Comments:

I love this car and could not give it up for anything.

As you can tell the only problems I have with this car is from racing or from old age.

I think its really neat that I could bend a ring and pinion with a almost stock engine by racing it everyday.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th February, 2004

1988 Ford Mustang LX 2.3L Automatic from North America


An OK car


Bad power steering pump.

Oil leaks from the cylinders.

Rear right speaker channel fried.

Fan sensor malfunctioned, had to rewire it so it was always on.

Broken Fuel Gauge.

Broken A/C.

Accelerator would sometimes stick when floored, had to replace.

Trunk will not stay up.

Muffler rusted out, replaced.

Timing belt jumped, had to replace.

General Comments:

Engine accelerates very slow, espacially with the automatic.

Still pretty fast for a 4 cylinder.

Really good gas mileage.

Comfortable seats.

Needs a new quart of oil every 3 months.

Engine starts right up in any weather.

I do not know the miles because when I acquired the car the engine was rebuilt and someone messed with the odometer.

Overall, the car is fairly decent, although some annoying think goes wrong from time to time.

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

Review Date: 16th January, 2004

1988 Ford Mustang LX 5.0 HO from North America


Throw me the keys to that horse!


- Electrical gauges on the dash.

- Mufflers rusted from sitting through Canadian winters in a heated garage.

- Front disks warped from heating up too much (too fast maybe).

- Stock stereo speaker blew after the first month. It's very hard to put speakers in the doors. Get someone with the right tools, trust me!

- Rear hatch doesn't stay up.

General Comments:

Let me say this to all the people out there looking to buy a new Mustang - don't. Outside of the minor problems that I have had with mine, I have talked to other people that have bought new - they all ask me if I want to trade STRAIGHT ACROSS!

I love my car, I will never get rid of my 5.0, because of the way it makes me feel when I stomp on the gas man! It looks brand new and drives like new; better gas economy than the new ones too!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd December, 2003

23rd Dec 2003, 11:51

These people you claim that "bot new" Mustangs and want to trade for your rusted '88 "strieght across"--like your spelling teacher, they don't really exist, now do they?

24th Dec 2003, 19:02

Ya, we can see why you own a 88 instead of a new one. Maybe you should have gotten that high school diploma after all...

1988 Ford Mustang LX 2.3 from North America


2.3L Five speed is fun and economical


Air conditioning needs re-charge every 2 years, but no other service.

Has needed coolant added every 2 weeks since day 1, but has no visible leak.

Has used 1 quart oil every 1500 miles since new, but lately has needed oil every 1000 miles.

It needed clutch replaced once.

Some electrical wiring has shorted, but I was able to repair it myself.

Two in-tank fuel pumps have failed, but never left me on the side of the road.

General Comments:

Cheap to operate: 35+ miles per gallon on the highway, 30 miles per gallon combined, and 25 in-town with air conditioning on.

With 5 speed manual, car accelerates OK. I would not buy a 2.3L mustang with automatic transmission, due to low acceleration.

Car has never left me stranded and has never been in the shop. I was able to repair everything myself.

Non-Ford parts, like the water pump are cheap.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th December, 2003