27th May 2010, 11:50
You're smart. You still have way less money in your car than if you'd bought a GT, you have lower insurance and better gas mileage. Right off the lot my 4.0 was faster than my old 5.0, and with a few mods it's very respectable.
27th May 2010, 16:29
Doesn't matter when you also add in the extra 95 hp. You don't have to push it that hard to get to 60 in 5.4 seconds vs. the 6.5 you get now with the 4.0 (if you have a manual that is)... Plus, that new smoother revving V-6 will be much happier at higher rpm's so you wouldn't mind winding it up more!
18th Jan 2011, 13:47
Excellent comments. My wife and I are considering a Mustang. The "big" dog is the GT, hands down however in the real world the V6 does everything well and a lot more affordable. If performance is the bottom line, get the GT. If cruising and style is the priority, get the V6. The great news is, over the last five years Ford has been doing amazing things to the Mustang.
16th May 2012, 19:03
I too own a 2007 4.0 Pony Package. I bought it kind of on impulse, because of the classic lines and the Vista Blue with white stripes. Classic Mustang colors!!
It has a cold air intake, Bama tune chip and Flowmaster... as well as chrome Bullitt rims.
I am generally happy with the decent performance and sound now, but being an automatic, I get at most 27 MPG on an easy highway cruise. I'm in the process of trading it for an identical in every-way appearance-wise 2008 GT with a 5 speed. I am pretty sure the mileage will be almost the same on the highway, but with added power and sound :)
It would have been soooo nice if the new 3.7 V6 was in the 05-09 models. That way you get a very decent trade-off as far as gas mileage goes with a more powerful motor. I think the 08 looks better than the new ones, so who cares. Kinda sucks that the 4.0 is a bit of a Ranger hand-me-down, and could have used some refinement and tweaking, but you get what you pay for. I would happily keep a sixer around for a nice second car.
17th May 2012, 19:50
I got rid of my V-8 Mustang and opted for the much more affordable 4.0 V-6 in 2007. My insurance dropped dramatically, the cost was 7 grand less, and no one can tell the difference unless they are a Mustang fanatic.
I get a kick out of all the guys who rant about the "performance" of the V-8's. Yes, they are a little faster, but when can you ever actually USE that power? Even a Dodge Viper takes 20 seconds zero to 60 when it's merging onto a freeway behind an anemic Corolla.
As for gas mileage, my V-8 got between 11 and 17mpg, with the highest ever being 20.5 on a long, mostly downhill stretch of interstate with the cruise set on 55. No V-8 Mustang gets the kind of mileage I see in all the wild claims on here.
23rd Nov 2014, 21:17
I agree with the original review, as well as the comment: yes, if you can afford the higher price of the car itself, you should consider the V8 instead of the V6, because the mileage difference is very small. I have a heavy foot and average 24 MPG; on long highway runs, from SF to LA, I have gotten as high as 28 MPG in my 2008 GT with 5 speed manual transmission and mild exhaust and intake modifications. Interestingly, the MPG when keeping strictly to 55 MPH (and getting passed by a lot of semis) is not much better than when doing 70-75 MPH, perhaps 1 MPG less. Unless you are really driving your 4.6 as a taxi, then the gas mileage factor isn't significant. The V8 is also pretty darn reliable from what I've heard.
14th Jul 2015, 23:27
I agree, I have a V6 modded and it gets up 400 horses with turbos, headers and exhaust for sound, throttle body and BBK intake for the extra acceleration. Oh and yes I have beaten plenty of V8s, so don't sleep on the V6 because you can be embarrassed by one... 0-60 in 4.7 second... And I'm not done modding; next I'm adding a Pro Charger and extra 80 to 100 horses - do the math...
15th Jul 2015, 10:07
There is no substitution for cubic inches. We have a Viper 0-60 in first gear in under 4 seconds. It's tracked on the high end at numbers you will never see. Why bring this up? We started with Mustangs and modded V8. Comparisons of a modded 6 to a stock V8 are irrelevant when you start with a V8 and do many mods and have 100 shot in the trunk. Unless it's a Grand National, why buy a 6 cylinder sports car? If insurance is an issue, stay away is my thought. It's the same with tubers running in the verge if blowing up for HP. Mustangs are a great bang per buck. Pick up a nice inexpensive Fox body with the 5.0 and have a great starting point. Even many minivans can be so called fast off the line to 60 today. Something about a 6 will never sit right with us. Even people racing diesel vehicles as well. Buying a non GT and dropping in a sleeper V8 is cool.