I own a 2002 Mustang Coupe V6 and have had it for six years. It's a great car. Of course I love the body style of the older models, but all in all it has been great.
The only time it really started acted up is after I wrecked it. And no car will ever run the same after it's been wrecked.
I would recommend it to anyone. Just take care of your car. If you mistreat it then of course it's going to give you problems, whether it's a muscle car or whether it's a standard coupe, and check the background on the car. If it's been wrecked before it may also give you problems down the road.
The only type of people I wouldn't recommend it for is someone who has kids. The backseat and trunk is small. It wouldn't accommodate many passengers comfortably.
To be honest, I've had a s197 (05+) V6 and GT... fuel mileage is actually comparable. The new 3v V8s do pretty dang good on gas if you're gentle with them. The new V6 is a great engine. It was pulled from the Ford Ranger pickup line. All Mustangs are Mustangs... the originals had a straight six as a base engine. The reason why the Mustang has lasted so long is because it offered a good reliable 6 cylinder with the car... something GM couldn't really figure out, I guess. I have an 08 Bullitt, but will probably have to trade down to an 02 GT vert due to the economy. Any Mustangs are cool in my book, GT or not.
I totally agree. A Mustang is a Mustang, regardless of engines. I recently attended a car show and two of the real hits of the show were 1966 Mustang convertibles with the 200 C.I. 6. There were also 2 current generation 4.0's and they were awesome as well. I own a customized 2007 4.0 with cold air induction and a few other mods. I've also owned 3 V-8's. All of them have been great cars.
I know your post is an old one. I have to laugh at the comment about the cheap interior. I got rid of a lemon 2008 Dodge Avenger. You have no idea what cheap interior is until you've owned that car. LOL. When I got into my V6 2002 Mustang, I found the interior a relief believe me. HAHAHAHA.
I bought this old Mustang because it's reliable and easy to work on.