2002 Ford Mustang GT convertable 4.6L SOHC V8 from North America


A complete disappointment!


4 transmissions in 5 months, 3rd gear grinds. 500 miles, check engine light, wiring loom crushed between trans and trans mounts. 1000 miles, front two tires separated. Radio would not eject Cd's, had to be replaced. Amplifiers for sound system are out, radio sounds like alarm clock radio. Car shimmies down the road at 60mph. Slop in the drive train that a tech called "normal". Window sprayers don't work. Brake fluid resevoir leaks, filled it twice since purchase of vehicle. Problems with car shutting off during deceleration. Seal between convertible top and windshield had to be replaced, it was installed incorrectly.

General Comments:

If you looked up the definition of a lemon you might see a picture of my car. I have all of the service records to back all of the statements I have just expressed. I am very disappointed with my brand new candy apple red premium Mustang GT convertible. I purchased this vehicle to drive the Pacific Coast highway with my girlfreind. The car has been in the shop for most of the time I have owned it! All of what has happened to this vehicle has happened in only five months. I am sure you can understand my complete disappointment with this vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th March, 2003

2002 Ford Mustang Base 3.8L V6 from North America


Excellent value! Unbeatable deal


The rear window weather stripping came loose and rear side window weather stripping was "in" too far.

General Comments:

This car is the best value of all cars on the market for year 2002. I shopped around for my wife for over a year because she refused to decide, so after being familiar with what was available it was my turn and my choices for sports cars were based on many factors, but for $16,000 you can't beat a base model Mustang, which is all power, key-less entry and 16 inch alloy wheels.

It was a great car for its price and no one compared to the value. I bought it for the price and value, and considered the bad reputation of Fords an opportunity cost for buying a $16,000 Mustang, but so far I'm very pleased with what I have.

The only thing that has disappointed me is the gas mileage. If you're considering a v6 for that reason, get the GT instead; they use the same amount in the city.

With rebates and discounts, I bought mine with an automatic for less than the invoice price of a 5 speed.

Great value, comfy and spunky.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th January, 2003

2002 Ford Mustang Cobra 4.6 Supercharged from North America


Incredible Performance Car


Perfect car except rear portion of headliner is a little lower than it should be.

General Comments:

This is one incredible car. The acceleration is unbelievable. It just throws you into the seat, and you have to try to make the shifts before hitting the fuel cuttoff. Unlike any other Mustang I have ever had in acceleration and handling... and I have had a 1970 428SCJ Mach 1, and a 1999 Cobra. SVT got this one right.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th January, 2003

23rd Feb 2003, 06:04

Drive a 2002 Trans Am and you won't be praising your Cobra so much...

16th Nov 2003, 20:17

Well, if the 2002 Trans Am was so great, it's funny that it was discontinued. And drive a Cobra, and see why it's still in the market, and not the Trans Am.

8th Dec 2003, 02:13

Hi, I'm 25 and I drive a Trans Am. I also have a mullet and drink budweiser, beat my wife and kids. thanks.

2002 Ford Mustang GT 4.0 from North America


Lemons--cheap, shoddy vehicles--do not buy..


Knocking engine until oil circulates into engine--after approximately 15,000-20,000.

Backfiring and extremely rough idle.

Air conditioner freezing--no airflow from vent.

Windshield washer totally broke after.

Starter not always engaging.

CD player hot and destroyed 3 new CDs.

Loud thump hitting underneath floorboard after turning steering wheel.

Leak from passenger window--speakers soaked--have to pack with a towel.

Leather driver seat worn.

General Comments:

A $30,000 lemon--pile of junk!

A lemon to which Ford refuses to back up their product--warranty about to exhaust.

Initially, taken to local Ford dealer for convenience--had to pay for rent car:

Their Ford mechanic initial diagnosis for knocking engine--replaced censors and wires.

Air conditioner part ordered and replaced.

Windshield washer part ordered and replaced.

Wires and censors replaced for starter.

Advised--normal for CD player to get extremely hot after 30 minutes of play.

Order part and replaced for leaking window.

After a short time--same issues with exception of window washer.

Taken to dealer where purchased to be given a loaner:

Their Ford mechanic advised he heard slight tick and was caused from previous oil change--found 1/2 quart over of oil--changed oil and engine noise eliminated.

Air conditioner o-rings replaced.

Adjusted leaking window.

Thump hitting floorboard--found shock to be loose--tightened.

CD player removed and repaired.

After 1 week--retrieved car, and loud knock, not a tick, still present--service supervisor heard--car did not leave premises.

They supposedly contacted Ford engineer for guidance on knock.

Another week--service supervisor called--knock was determined this time to be timing chain tension rod.

Attempted to drive car home--loud thump hit floorboard--returned to dealer.

Another week--service supervisor called--tightened every bolt for loud bang.

Two weeks later--knock in engine--apparently, mechanic was instructed to pour engine treatment to eliminate knock.

Air conditioner broke again.

Still leak in passenger window.

Loud bang after turning steering wheel.

Back to dealer for repair:

Ford mechanic called Ford engineer again.

Ford service supervisor admitted engineer instructing him to pour can of engine treatment into motor--obvious shady business practices to exhaust warranty.

Ford female engineer flown from Michigan to dealership.

Car kept 1 month.

Ford engineer called for maintenance records--produced showing oil changes every 3,000-4,000 miles.

Two weeks later, December 2002, Ford engineer made the timely determination knock in engine is now a characteristic of Mustangs.

Three different diagnosis now on the knocking engine.

Strange, Ford just now, December 2002, made the convenient determination a knock in engine is now a characteristic of a Mustang.

Obviously, air conditioner will not be properly repaired either in order to exhaust warranty.

I will never own another Ford product as long as I live--the manufacture nothing but cheap, shoddy vehicles.

Is there anyone out there who can help me?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th December, 2002

4th Jun 2003, 07:46

I am having same knocking when steering wheel turns. I also have rough idle, sometimes dies at a stop sign. in shop now. I am trying for ford to take back. I have 13,000 miles. been worked on 3 times so far. have you tried to return car? HELP also!!! ps. I have 2002 mustang GT deluxe standard trans... any comments on how to remedy problem?