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2005 Ford Mustang Premium 4.0L V6 from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 4.0L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired17500 miles
Most recent distance29500 miles
Previous carVolvo S40

Summary:

Fun car, but not a V8

Faults:

Dealt with a frozen parking brake twice.

- First time, no damage

- Second time, had to have the brake cable replaced because it rusted out.

One warped wheel when I bought the car.

Cracked another wheel after hitting a curb driving on ice during a snowstorm.

Bubbling under the paint on the edge of the hood from the factory, fixed under warranty.

No major issues with the car yet.

General Comments:

It is the Mustang V6 with leather seats and the Shaker 500 stereo; both are nice. The interior has a retro touch, but a cheap plastic feel. Then again it is just a cheap car, so I was not expecting an Audi interior.

No ABS or Traction control, which is fine 98% of the time, but as my daily driver in New England, some snow storms can be a slight hassle. I drove it last winter with factory wheels and Pirelli all season tires (from a GT Mustang) and a semi-locking differential. For the most part it was not bad in the snow once it was going, but initial takeoff and going up hill it struggled to find traction. If you know how to drive in the snow/ice, then it should be no problem.

Suspension is stiff but not unbearable. The handling is nice, but far from a European sports car. Still just has a live rear axle, which people either love or hate. After owning two front wheel drive cars prior to this, I never want to go back to FWD. I just love the classic layout: engine in the front, transmission in the middle and power to the rear. The rear wheel drive is just right.

It has a very simple 4.0l SOHC V6 with 210 HP and 240 Ft-Lb of torque. While this is under powered compared to similar displacement motors, it is enough for this car. While it does not have the sound of or ego boosting two extra cylinders it holds its own. Daily driving (mixed highway and city) I average 18-20 MPG but I do not take it slowly either. I have got it up to about 28 with long distant cruise control driving. The engine woke up with a true dual custom exhaust and Air Raid cold air intake, not to mention now it sounds a lot better than factory.

Biggest fault with this car is the automatic transmission. I just do not like that is never is in the gear I want to be in, and takes too long to down-shift for merging.

As for styling it is the best looking Mustang since the original fastback. A way to have the style of a 1967 Mustang Fastback with the modern technology all for a reasonable price. Still turns a lot of heads, and many people still commit on the car, especially an all black Mustang.

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

Review Date: 22nd March, 2009

2005 Ford Mustang V6 from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired16 miles
Most recent distance60000 miles

Summary:

I wouldn't buy it again, but a good first car

Faults:

Passenger seat handle (to recline) broke off literally the first time it was used.

General Comments:

Struggles to switch gears.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th January, 2009

2005 Ford Mustang Roush Convertible V8 from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission V8 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired21000 miles
Most recent distance39000 miles
Previous carBMW 5 Series

Summary:

Check out a used one before you buy, to see the faults that develop

Faults:

The top leaks and puddles up in the floor boards. Have been to the dealer to fix and all they did was apply some caulk to the windshield, still leaks. (3 visits)

Have a pulsing from the brakes. The dealer replaced the parking break cable and re surfaced the rear rotors, problem is still present and they have no idea how to fix, and in turn have extended the warranty on the brake system to 40k miles. (4 visits)

Had the throttle body sensor go out. The dealer informed me it was the throttle body itself, so I replaced just the throttle body at a much higher price ($350) to find out it was actually only the sensor that was bad, a $60 part.

General Comments:

The car looks amazing and is fun to drive. Although it can't compare to my old 540i, it's still a lot of fun.

The gas mileage isn't all that great (14mpg), but that's not why I bought it LOL.

Overall it probably won't hold up all that well from what I can tell so far, but I probably won't be keeping it too much longer.

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

Review Date: 4th October, 2008

Average review marks: 6.3 / 10, based on 17 reviews