More information on my original thread, "All Show And No Go"
One More Reason Why Ford DESERVES To Go Bankrupt.
This is why American car companies are bankrupt. Nobody wants their worthless, junk cars. Let them go out of business and go extinct like the dinosaurs.
No tax payer bailouts!! It won't solve anything. They will always need tax payer bailout money, so they can continue to get away with making more crap vehicles.
I bought my Mustang about two years ago with 134,000 miles on it.
It now has 160,000 miles on it, and apart from replacing the battery terminals (less than five dollars,) tires, gas, and regular oil/filter changes I have not spent a dime on it.
This is a fantastic car, and I tear up the road with it on a daily basis.
It has a custom exhaust; I constantly get compliments on how beast it sounds (no dis on John Deer, but they don't sound beast).
Great power for a six cylinder, although if I bought another stang it would be an 8 cylinder.
I did swing out a bit in adverse weather conditions at first, but you must learn how to handle the weight differentials with the power.
I do not know what's wrong with your car, but as a whole I believe they are built Ford tough.
First off, FORD hasn't had any taxpayer bailouts. It doesn't need them. They are currently selling like hotcakes and outselling Toyota 2 to 1. The Fusion is rated higher in reliability than Camry or Accord, and 75% of Ford's line up receives a "recommended" status from Consumer Reports (the same percentage as Toyota).
Ford reliability has never been an issue with us. One of our Fords lasted 325,000 miles with only routine maintenance. It was traded in good running condition for another Ford. I've owned 7 Mustangs and currently own a 2007 4.0 V-6. I've owned 4's, 6's and 8's over the years. My last one was a 5.0 V-8. All of them were flawless and totally reliable. I never had a problem with any of them.
To the comment posted on June 22, 2009.
I will never buy another American car, especially a FORD. I've had my full of Ford! Up to my gills. You've read all the problems with my car. And I hope you read the article I posted about the 3.8 liter engine, and the intake manifold gasket leak, it is notoriously famous for. Unfortunately, I have the leak that the (3.8) is famous for. I don't ever want another American car in my driveway. Especially a rattle trap, leaking piece of junk, called a Mustang.
I like that Genesis Coupe, in lime green. That's a nice looking car! I'm saving for one now.
Why is it that when someone buys a used car with an uncertain past and has problems the immediate response is "All domestics are CRAP, I'm buying an IMPORT". I've owned imports. THEY were crap. We've owned lots of Fords, several GM cars and 4 Chrysler products. We never had a single problem with any of the domestics. One of our Fords made over 325,000 miles with less than $500 in total repairs over 17 years. A Dodge made 240,000+ miles with two brake jobs, two timing belts and one heater hose. Our Buick LeSabre made 277,000+ miles with ZERO repairs beyond routine maintenance.
My family's Honda was bought brand new. We KNEW it had not been previously abused. In spite of the best of care, it began disintegrating shortly after the warranty ran out and was sold to a junk dealer with less than 100,000 miles on it. Our Mazda was built in Japan before Ford took over and drastically improved the quality. It was such a lemon I traded it at 86,000 miles for a Mustang with 139,000 miles. The Mustang was by far the better car.
People need to realize that no used car is ever a sure bet. ANY car that has been abused (and especially overheated) will seldom ever be reliable... EVER. Running to even LESS reliable Japanese or Korean cars is NOT a very wise thing to do. Ford currently is building more reliable cars than anything Honda or Toyota build. The Fusion is rated two full levels above Camry in reliability, and one full level above Accord. The Mustang is (as it has been for years) the J.D. Powers pick for Best Sporty Coupe, beating out the Toyota Solara. It is also a Consumer Reports Best Buy. Check the facts before getting stuck with a Japanese or Korean lemon. If you're saving up for a NEW car, go for a NEW Mustang instead of a used-up old beater. You might be pleasantly surprised.
I own a 1998 Mustang V6 5 spd that I purchased used at 110,000 miles. 3 years later I am at 150,000 miles. This car has been amazing. I bought the V6 for gas mileage and am pretty satisfied. It is as good as the 1990 2.3l I used to own with a lot more get up and go.
I would not characterize any problems that I have had as being anything other than general wear and tear. Replaced brake calipers once, wheel bearing hubs once... that is it for the biggies. I do have to replace one of the window regulators, shocks are necessary. Love to upgrade to dual exhaust. I really like the relatively sparse interior. Styling is great.
I have owned a couple of other Fords and was not happy with some design and construction decisions. I'd say they got the Mustangs just right, for what they are.
Leave the dual exhaust to the Mustang GT. The dual exhaust doesn't sound good on a V6 Mustang. Car fans all know that you would be wanting to imitate a Mustang GT. If you want your V6 Mustang to look like a Mustang GT, get a Mustang GT!
Yep, I have to agree, the OP probably needs to revise his thinking based on all the positive comments on this car. I have a 2008 Stang, and the 1998 V6 (150k miles) is my daily driver. I am very hard on this car, and have had very minor issues. Clutch and fuel pump to be exact.
I also drove over a median during a rain obscured event where the car launched itself into the air with no issues after the incident.
American car companies have to compete with Japanese companies, but they don't have all the ridiculous labor, health care, 401K, union etc costs, and still the cars are great quality...