1988 Ford Mustang GT Convertible 5.0L/302 from North America
Mustang fever till I die!!!
Throw-out bearing went out at about 132,000 miles.
Battery needed around 133,000 miles.
Traction-lock went out at 136,500 miles (only one tire burns rubber!)
Rear seat belt doesn't come out, need to replace.
So far I've dumped about $1900.00 into the car in performance parts. Which includes FMS 15/8 headers, JBA cat h-pipe, MAC Flowpath cat-back w/31'2 inch. tips. Sounds almost like a big-block.
Factory 5 rear upper/lower control arms, welded subframe connectors, Hurst/Saleen short shifter, MSD blaster coil, Crane 1.72 roller rockers, and lowered 2 inches.
I just bought FMS 3.73 gears and a posi clutch-pack, but I've decided to save them for my next car. I'm going to sell my heavy-weight convertible in favor of a light-weight LX hatchback. The LX is going to receive the brand new, out-of-the-box gears/clutch-pack and I'm going to switch the control arms over too.
The convertible GT is great and I hate to let it go, but the LX has the weight advantage and is safer to take to the track.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd April, 2001
2.3liter? I thought all fox bodied stangs had a 5.0 liter in em'?
I have the same exact car except an 89. I have had lots of problem with the fan and getting enough power to the amps and other electronics. But I can't complain too much I love the car she runs like a champ. She just rolled 145,000 so no major problems yet. I just put on new exhaust, shocks, water pump, belt and almost every thing under the hood($800 worth) except heads and major stuff. The best thing on this car is the interior and the body both are in immaculate condition.
I think it is a very bad idea to change a Mustang. It doesn't make sense. It's a very nice car and your putting a sub-woofer in it? The guy with the 2.3L Mustang, if you don't like losing, buy a 5.0L.
You mean 2002 Acura Integra type s?
Hey I have an 88Mustang GT. I just put Magnaflow's 2 1/2" inch catback system on it, but it still sounds the same as the stock I just took off? Anybody know if that's right or what I can do to get it sounding meaner? Thanks if anyone can help me out.
5.0L for life!
I have just purchased an 88 gt convertible with 17k original miles on it. I am wanting to do some exhaust mods on it, but I'm not sure which brand of cat-back to go with. any suggestions?
Where I live it doesn't matter if you're smog legal, so if you're in the same situation, take the cats out... they just rob power.
All V8 Mustangs sound exactly the same, just like all V8 trucks.
Don't take the cats out! It won't gain you any power and can create more problems than it would solve. Removing the cats will create unusual back pressure in the exhaust area, and it will drive the ECC crazy. Eventually, it could cause major problems for your engine. The whole "removing the cats will give you more power" thing is just a myth. The real hurt on power is the lowered compression ratios and crappier heads, etc. The cats only cost around 20 HP or so.
How does removing cats increase back pressure? If anything it's out and gone.