1998 Ford Mustang 3.8 V6 from North America
Very reliable and fun!
Mechanically, almost nothing has gone wrong with this car during my five years of having it. I replaced a couple hoses, and other routine stuff like that.
The check engine light has only came on for me twice. Once, I needed a new sensor, under $40, and the second time was because I hadn't replaced the spark plugs in a minimum of three years.
I was 16 years old when I got this vehicle, and I drove it like a teenager would for the first 3 years of having it before I started to be a little bit more gentle with it. I never had any transmission problems! And I needed to flush the tranny for almost 2 years before I actually did!
The original CD player only worked for a few months after getting this car. Basically any CD player will fit well in it though.
The seats do break down a little with age. My driver's seat started to not stay in the up-most position around 160K, causing it to lean back a little more than I liked. I just kept a small blanket in the car as a little pillow. Considering I put over 100K on it in less than five years, what can you expect?
This car was amazing to me! It isn't the fastest thing, but it is pretty good considering it's the lower model. Mine had a governor that would only allow it to go 110 mph. (Which probably wasn't a bad thing for being 16 with a sports car!) It's very comfortable in my opinion (until your seats start to wear out). It always got great gas mileage. It would get at LEAST 20 mpg, always.
Within two weeks of getting the car, I basically totaled it. I crashed so hard that it bent the driver's front side of the main frame. Spent $2500 for repairs. I rear ended some one, but the damage was very minor. It got side swiped parked in front of my house one night. This car seriously took a beating and stacked up a LOT of miles in five years! And it still ran perfect!
The only reason I don't still have it, is because someone T-boned my passenger side, and their insurance declared it totaled.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th November, 2010