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2008 Ford Mustang

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2008 Ford Mustang Review

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The 2008 Ford Mustang shows not only Ford's commitment to keeping alive a legendary name, but the public's underestimated love of the traditional American muscle car. Shortly after its introduction, rivals Chevrolet and Dodge were sent scrambling, spending much of last year showing off revitalization plans for their own muscle car greats, the Camaro and Challenger. But show cars are no cars when it comes to sales and, for the time being, the Mustang is the only game in town. Unlike the terminated Pontiac GTO, the Mustang is blessed with iconic good looks, a choice of V6 or V8 engines and, most importantly, a really affordable sticker price. Make no mistake, serious competition is on the way but, for now, look for Ford to make the most of the Mustang's solo success.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're a fan of the affordable, powerful, rear-wheel-drive vehicles that have defined the American muscle car, you'll find the 2008 Ford Mustang a properly refined version and thoroughly satisfying.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Although the 2008 Ford Mustang is noticeably larger than the previous generation, it still lacks much of the practicality -- like a roomy rear seat -- some people may need.

What's New for 2008

High-Intensity Discharge headlamps (HID) and an ambient interior light package are offered as options, while side airbags are made standard on all models. Two new Shelby Mustangs, the GT and GT500KR, are made available for 2008.

Driving the Mustang

Driving Impressions The 2008 Ford Mustang fires up with the satisfying snarl every red-blooded American expects from one of the country's most identifiable vehicles (although the growl is more pronounced with the...

V8). On the road, the Mustang's chassis and suspension deliver both an insulated ride and controlled handling. Road irregularities are less jarring than in previous generations, and the car corners more confidently. While increased power from the V6 and V8 engines is part of the Mustang's appeal, the refined suspension is the car's most valuable improvement.

Front-End Styling
With or without the GT's two additional grille-mounted headlamps, the new Mustang's front end defines it as both a modern muscle car and a tribute to the car's celebrated heritage.

Rear Suspension
The Mustang's suspension includes a newly designed solid rear axle that delivers improved ride and handling while still allowing for impressive smoky burnouts.

2008 Ford Mustang Details
Interior

If the 2008 Ford Mustang's exterior puts you in a retro state of mind, the interior will transport you like a time machine. A steering wheel with three metal-look spokes teams up with a speedometer and tachometer that rest deep in their own chrome-ringed wells to deliver a driver's-seat view as retro as any. On the flip side, this throwback's instrument panel features a modern illumination system, color-configurable with 125 different lighting combinations. Seating is comfortable and the new car's added exterior dimensions allow for a noticeable increase in headroom and legroom. A few less hard-edge plastic surfaces would go a long way to turning a good interior into one that's great.

Exterior

By borrowing liberally from the Mustang's past, the new car's designers have created a vehicle that wholly captures the essence of the original. The long hood and short rear deck that have defined the Mustang from day one are joined by the return of round headlamps and vertical "tri-bar" taillamps especially reminiscent of the 1967 model. The Mustang V6 features nifty multi-spoke wheels with real three-point spinners and both the V6 and GT offer plenty of room for aftermarket customization.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Mustang V6 Deluxe includes a 4.0-liter SOHC V6 engine, five-speed manual transmission, four-wheel disc brakes, cloth sport bucket seats, 16-inch painted cast aluminum wheels, AM/FM stereo with CD and auxiliary input jack, manual air conditioning, one-touch up/down power windows, power mirrors, remote keyless entry, rear-window defroster, tilt steering wheel, front side airbags and cruise control. The GT Deluxe adds a 4.6-liter V8 engine, anti-lock brakes (ABS), traction control, fog lamps, rear spoiler and 17-inch cast aluminum wheels.

Optional Equipment

Features available only on select trim levels or as stand-alone options include the Pony Package (V6 only), the California Special Package, the GT Appearance Package (GT only), five-speed automatic transmission, 500- or 1000-watt audio system with six-disc CD/MP3 changer, leather seating, navigation, sport bucket seats, heated seats, anti-lock brakes (ABS) with traction control, HID headlamps, ambient interior light package, rear spoiler, 18-inch aluminum wheels, a 125-color instrument panel and the Warriors in Pink package, with proceeds going to help raise funds for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.

Under the Hood

For those not bothered by the lack of V8 growl, the V6's output is more than sufficient to get your blood flowing. Originally designed for use in the Ford Explorer SUV and Ranger pickup truck, the Mustang's V6 demonstrates a noticeable amount of vibration and harshness, and the single exhaust note just doesn't quite cut it---but the performance is surprisingly peppy. The GT is clearly faster and more refined, and its V8 is one feature many male buyers wouldn't dream of sacrificing. Ford's three-valve per cylinder technology allows the big V8 to breathe easier, producing better low-end power without sacrificing fuel efficiency. The true powerhouse, however, is the limited-production Shelby model, which features a 500-horsepower supercharged V8.

4.0-liter V6
210 horsepower @ 5250 rpm
240 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/26 (manual), 16/24 (automatic)

4.6-liter V8
300 horsepower @ 5750 rpm
320 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/23 (manual), 15/22 (automatic)

5.4-liter V8 Supercharged
500 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
480 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20

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2008 Ford Mustang Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 1663 Ratings for the 2005 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

Love this car!

By on Tuesday, September 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Looks good, is fast."

Cons: "Drinks gas"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Car runs great and is extremely fast. Have to set cruise to avoid speeds excess of 100 miles/hr. Look great, love the color and design."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

It's a muscle car. THE muscle car.

By on Tuesday, August 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 57,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Powerful, Well-priced, Fun, Loud, Easy To Drift"

Cons: "Mediocre MPG, Easy To Drift (for beginners)"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I bought my mustang in August 2014, and have loved every minute since. But, I must add the disclaimer that it IS a MUSCLE CAR. It is not designed for someone who thinks cars are just cars. This is a car for someone who loves cars and knows what they want in one. You're not going to find all of the creature comforts that you will even in cheaper vehicles. Unless you go aftermarket or pay a load extra at the dealership, you will not have a backup camera or sensors, heated seats, touchscreen radio, power passenger seat, GPS, or multiple driving modes (at least not until the 2015 model). This car was designed for the person that loves to DRIVE and KNOWS HOW TO drive. Not saying it can't be a first car (mine is), but if you don't know some basics about cornering, breaking, accelerating, etc... you will find yourself losing traction quite a bit. Overall, if you like cars for the performance and the wow-factor, a mustang is a great choice. But, if you are looking at this car in the same light as a Civic or Altima Coupe, stop, and reconsider this car."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

My First Brand New Car - at 51 yrs. old LOL!!

By on Monday, August 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Speed, Appearance comfort."

Cons: "To light in the backend. Wind will wreck you."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is our baby. She doesn't go outside in rain,snow ice or cold weather. Only driven when the Ky. weather is pretty ( subject to change at the drop of a hat). Husband wants a Shelby but I can't part with this Grabber Orange Beauty!"

Really enjoy driving this vehicle.

By on Sunday, August 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,002

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Just a good Car."

Cons: "Seat belt is tough to get on at times."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Am over 70 yo and have taken this car on 2 road trips of over 11000 miles and have no problems, except lack of a provided spare tire,. Very well handling, excellent mileage for a performance vehicle. 26 mpg. Really no short comings, except for the lack of spare tire and no can tell me why."

Won a trophy in the last car show entered

By on Sunday, August 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 27,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great condition"

Cons: "small paint ding on passenger rear rim, repainting"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Custom 2 tone leather interior, dual 9" silver racing stripes, silver/gold pinstriping, custom cool air intake, custom tinted windows. Spent about $5000 on custom improvements. Car always garage kept. All service papers. Have twin grandkids now and they don't fit in the back too well:)"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Great retro "muscle car" for the money

By on Sunday, August 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 37,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Nothing like a V-8 with a set of mufflers"

Cons: "Tires cupping"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"Added the GT500 Cat Back exhaust and it sounds great. No issues with the engine or trans. But on the 3rd set of tires due to tire "cupping". Went through 2 sets of Pirelli P-Zero's and just put on a set of Michelins. Everything is aligned and good, the tires just seem to cup/feather and then the road noise comes. Did not have this on my 2010. Other than that, the car is great. Check the tires before you buy a used one."

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