1996 Ford Mustang GT 4.6L from North America

Summary:

The Mustang isn't just for girls anymore!

Faults:

A/C needed a recharge.

Tires replaced.

Other than that, not many problems.

General Comments:

I'd wanted a Mustang since I was a kid ever since my grandma and sister owned one. I understand that a majority of Mustang drivers are women, and it's considered a 'girls' car, but who cares? It was what I wanted.

I think it's a great first car for someone who wants a V8, but doesn't want to worry about it getting away from them or crashing.

It sounds mean, but it wouldn't take much to pass one on the road. I live in a prominent San Francisco gay neighborhood, and get compliments all the time about the styling and appearance. Just a couple of revs, and the next thing I know, I'm rolling 3 deep to the local club.

The handling isn't the best for a sports car, but it can get out of its own way just fine.

The interior fit and finish has surprisingly held up after over a decade. As far as reliability goes, I haven't had any problems yet.

All in all, whether you're gay or straight, male or female, if you want a Mustang just get one. Who cares what others think? At the end of the day, all that matters is what you want. And I'd recommend this car to anyone!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st January, 2010

2nd Feb 2010, 12:54

Only a V6 powered Mustang is considered a girls car. Not the GT, that's a man's car.

4th Feb 2010, 12:56

The ironic thing is that the 1996 is one of the Mustangs I do consider a girls car, even in GT form. The performance was horrible and I hate the '94-'98 styling. It was actually designed by a female. At least they fixed it in '99, making it look more masculine once again.

4th Jun 2010, 23:08

On balance to the other comments, I have owned 3 Mustangs. A 2000 Mustang Coupe V6, a 2007 Mustang Convertible V6, and now a 1996 Mustang GT Convertible V8. I bought the 1996 Mustang because of the styling. Its body lines are more detailed than either of the other 2 Mustangs. I will keep it for a long time. I am a 65 year old male.

11th Jun 2010, 11:42

Being an older male who owned a '96 I agree that it does have great styling. However I fell in love with the "retro" look of the 2005-2009 Mustangs because it reminds me of the Mustangs of my youth. Sadly, Ford really messed it up in 2010 and lost that beautiful retro look. Now I'm looking at Challengers.

1996 Ford Mustang V6 base 3.8 V6 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Good 2 door coupe for long distance motorway cruising

Faults:

Head gaskets went at 41,000 and auto box shudder from purchase. This was cured on the second attempt with a complete flush and refill, including the torque converter and cooler.

General Comments:

The car seems to be well built, the interior is solid, but there is a substantial amount of noise transmitted over bad roads, not clonks as such, more the sound of the tyres hitting the bumps, its only noticeable on very bad roads though, possibly because the car is poly bushed.

I have changed the stock 15 inch wheels for 17 inch wheels of a 98 GT, and it transforms the look of the car. My car was imported in 2006 from Japan, and is in as-new condition.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th November, 2007

1996 Ford Mustang GT 4.6 Liter from North America

Summary:

Fast muscle that can hang with most, but unstable at times

Faults:

Replaced rear tires. Tires were nearly skinned to the rim.

Changed all four brakes. Rear right brake caliper and rotor were so rusted they didn't even engage.

And either the starter or the clutch safety switch is messing up, because some days it will start like a new car, others it takes 4 to 5 key turns to ignite the engine. Going to get it checked out when I get some more money in my hands.

General Comments:

My first American Muscle car! It took me 4 years, but I finally got some muscle.

I bought the car from an "As Is" dealer that obviously didn't even take a look at the car. The interior was trashed. You want to know what dirty and messy looks like? I should have taken pictures. Fast Food wrappers, razor blades, plastic baggies, sand, dirt, etc. The tires nearly were stripped to the rims. It was bad. The previous owner even felt the need to TWO TONE the paint job. Yes, top half = black, bottom half = silver. The travesty to this car was borderline illegal.

But...it only had 71,000 miles on it. For an eleven year old car, I'll take it.

This car is quick! This car uses all 285 ft/lbs. of torque it has, and then some! I have to admit I was looking for a Camaro or a Firebird, and still am actually, but this will definitely do. The acceleration is excellent. The straight line performance is top notch, it almost amazes me that there is only a 4.6 liter engine underneath the hood.

The ride is very bumpy. That's to be expected though because the suspension is ridiculously tight on this car. Any bumps or cracks in the road, and you are going to be jolting up and down.

The interior is modest, a bit too cramped for my tastes (I'm 6-1), but very Ford-ish. Lots of curves and single color schemes. The back seat is a complete joke for any person over the age of 10. But when kept clean, it looks very nice from an aesthetic point of view. It compliments the front seats.

As for some minor gripes, this gear box is ridiculous. I have never seen such long throws in a car. Perhaps since I'm coming from a Celica it seems extra heavy and long, but come on. The second to third gear gate is dangerous, and I have grinded gears one too many times because of the awkward "angle" the shift knob is located at. The clutch is also very honest, and doesn't grab until it is nearly not depressed at all. Unless you time it perfect, the car will buckle.

Also, cornering in this car is at your own risk! The rear end will get away from you if you do not take turns smart. I have spun out a few times with the bad tires it had on before, but after replacing the rear tires, I can take corners with a lot more confidence now.

I also mentioned the paint job, which really takes away from the beauty of this car. I am debating whether I should go ahead and just fork out the ridiculous amount of money it will cost just to get it one color again, or if I should just save the money and buy a GM Muscle Car. We'll see...

Other than that, this car is a blast to drive and I will never go back to foreign "rice" ever again. As an American, I feel I am finally experiencing what every red-blooded American needs to before they die. And that is driving American Muscle!

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

Review Date: 5th May, 2007

6th May 2007, 12:17

Interesting point of view. Trashed out car. Mechanical problems. Bad Paint. Bad handling. Difficult to shift. But you like it. I hope you got a good deal. It sounds like the previous owner did not maintain it, so you will pay the price of deferred maintenance later. Perhaps, it would have been better if you had spent a little more and got a clearner example.