1996 Ford Mustang GT 4.6 SOHC from North America

Summary:

It's a good thing their competition is Chevy or they wouldn't be able to sell cars

Faults:

In the first week the car started overheating. The dealership said it was the intake manifold and replaced it under recall.

The car still overheats.

When they called me to pick it up it blew coolant all over their drive. Obviously not fixed.

The car can only be run with the A/C on.

The third week the car would not start. Dealership said it needed a new fuel pump ($380) installed.

I made so much fuss that the manager went and looked at it. Twenty minutes later it was fixed and running. The manager said it only needed a fuel filter and they paid for it. The mechanic was going to get me for $380 and the advisor was O.K. with it. Their service is unacceptable.

General Comments:

In comparison to Honda service these guys are the absolute worst. Honda always goes above and beyond. When I did have to pay for something and it was deemed a recall later, they reimbursed me the full paid price of the repair ($491).

These cars are builders and should never be purchased new. They always require work and the dealership rarely picks up the bill even under warranty. If you have to pay anyway go ahead and plan your repairs into the purchase price.

This is my second Pony in five years, the first one had the same problems and that's why I bought a Honda.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th January, 2002

1996 Ford Mustang GT 4.6L from North America

Summary:

This car goes fast

Faults:

The car is a good car, but when I first bought it the manifold blew and I had to replace it. By the way, it's a recall, but I never knew.

And now it has this weird computer problem, that makes the overdrive symbol blink and makes the car drive only up to 40kms. It's in the shop right now to get that fixed.

General Comments:

The car is one hell of a car, it has so much power and the looks to go with it, everybody loves it.

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

Review Date: 31st May, 2001

1996 Ford Mustang Cobra 4.6 DOHC from North America

Summary:

American power!

Faults:

Master cylinder broke, luckily at a slow speed. Managed to hit a wall (no brakes) and dented my front bumper.

Alternator died.

Ionizer died, 2 times.

Clutch blew at around 25k miles, had it replaced with a performance clutch.

The dealers lack the brains, patience, and personality to sell boiled peanuts, much less cars.

General Comments:

This car was THE bomb. Super fast. I modified a lot i.e. supercharger, full exhaust system, air intake, etc. But even before that it was a cheap rocket. Modifications for it were cheap and impacted performance tremendously. It has the ability to house 500 horses under the hood for under 5 grand.

On top of this the seats were well formed, made the American way. Long road trips were surprisingly comfortable. The sound system that came with it was never touched, it was always a wonderful addition.

The paint job on this one (Mystic) was amazing. I got looks from everyone, it was a classic cruiser car.

Considering its low cost, and super high performance, the problems I had with it figure into the overall value. I could easily blow away the most expensive Japanese or German imports in a car 1/2 the price. Its comfort level exceeded those cars as well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th April, 2001

1996 Ford Mustang 2 door coupe V6 from North America

Summary:

Cool

Faults:

Most serious is the check engine light would go on for no reason.

High pitched whining from exhaust.

Dealer could not trace so it remains!

General Comments:

V6 economy, very surprising.

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

Review Date: 28th January, 2001

24th Oct 2009, 01:31

I have a 2006 V6 Mustang. The "check engine" light comes on for no reason -- Mechanics cannot tell me why. Have you discovered the solution for your problem with this issue? Raymond.

24th Oct 2009, 14:37

Raymond, the check engine light on Fords is just VERY sensitive, and usually means nothing. We had a '96 Mustang, and the light came on several times. Each time just tightening the gas cap or running a tank of premium through it solved the problem. We had the same problem with our 3 Explorers. The light is programmed on most cars to come on at certain intervals so you will take it to the dealer and give them $500 to turn it off. As a mechanic I've learned to just turn the light off myself and ignore it. The light on my Dodge came on at 40,000, 80,000, 120,000, 160,000, 200,000 and 240,000 miles. Each time I just turned it off and kept going. Yours may just be coming on because it is programmed to at this point. I'd just try turning it off.

Jim.