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

12th Sep 2014, 12:29

The above review was written by me. My, my, my, how things went down hill soon after this was written.

The engine failed again at 50,000 miles (crankshaft bent of its own accord), needing a total engine replacement. When stripping the old engine, it was apparent that the metal used in the engine was exceptionally poor, with poor castings that had so much flashing they would cut your fingers.

The gearbox shudder returned and took three further flushes to fix.

Oil leaks, suspension failures, and just about every sensor needed replacing between 42,000 and 50,000.

The most 'original' fault was the front McPherson struts seizing - I've never seen this before in twenty years around cars.

The initial good impression sore off when it became obvious the car was completely worn out by 50,000 miles. Avoid this terrible poor quality car like the plague. The noise over bumps was general wear in the suspension; all the bushes and ball joints were starting to wear out.

I will never buy another Ford, or American built car. I now drive a SEAT Leon, which I have done 33,000 miles in (nearly 104,000 now), which has been a joy to own thanks to vastly superior VW build quality and engineering (SEAT is a Spanish company owned by VW; the Leon mk1 is essentially a Golf mk4 with a different body).

16th Sep 2014, 21:07

I found your Sept. 12 comment interesting. I live in the US and have owned many Fords over the years, including seven Mustangs with various engines. I have never encountered a single problem with any of my Fords before 100,000 miles. One of them was driven over 300,000 with virtually no problems at all. I currently drive an eight year old Mustang and a new Escape turbo. Both are absolutely flawless, and the build quality of the Escape rivals far more expensive vehicles. I would not hesitate to purchase another Ford based on the stellar experience we have had with all of ours.