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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 1645 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

Fun Fast coupe

By on Monday, June 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Bought new in 2015 so got used car price"

Cons: "Has louvers on side window which blocks outward vi"

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

"Wanted 6 spd manual but ended getting automatic and glad i did since this is my daily driver and traffic can be a PIA at times and the auto is perfect.Don't know why everyone complains about the interior or solid Axel on this gen Mustang I think its fine and i haven't noticed any hopping on the rear end over bumps."

My car is a champ!

By on Thursday, June 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 88,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive, decent mileage (tank lasts a week)"

Cons: "Not a long distance commuter car. big tires."

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

"I purchased this car in 2012 as a used fleet vehicle. She has a shaker sound system and usb port for plugging in your smartphone or mp3 player. She can be upgraded to add a visual system in the car for video and her engine is in fabulous condition with regular oil changes performed, she has not needed any major maintenance in the 3 years I have owned her. The top is pristine with no rips or runs in it and the tops mechanism works great. Latches are clean with no breaks or warping. She had a fender bender shortly after purchase, which was immediately repaired by a reputable body shop and she looks gorgeous. I get compliments on this baby all the time. All original carpets, keys and upholstery. She needs a detail to make her A+++, right now she is an A+."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Instant Legend

By on Tuesday, June 23, 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
10/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Power, Handling, Comfort, Styling"

Cons: "Blind Spots"

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

"This car has a great amount of power, handles really well, and is very comfortable. The styling on this car is beautiful both inside and out, much better the the '03 Mustang I previously owned. I absolutely love this car and its a great value for its price!"

Love to upgrade with all the after market things

By on Monday, June 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive, fun to upgrade, easy to work on"

Cons: "some noise in rear, puddle lamp quality issue"

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

"The only thing I've encountered is rear end whine with the Track Package and 3.73 with Torsen rear gears. It's a joy to ride, each time. Installed Ford Racing Handling Package, MGW shifter, custom stripes, BMR LCAs, UCA with brackets, Michelin pilot sport tires, SCT 93 octane tune, FRPP touring axle-back (by Borla).Added an MMD ducktail spoiler and custom leather console and shift boot. Ordered mine with the glass roof, comfort package with the puddle lamps and heated seats, and standard premium package."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

best car for single and couples (perf & comft )

By on Monday, June 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 49,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun to drive & comfortable & affordable & badA**"

Cons: "hood corrosion - can be prevented with care"

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

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"Pro:- 1.Best car for the price, sure performance and comfortable for atleast two, but i had no problems/complaint even with four, I went for many 5-hour drives with family and friends and never got any complaints from rear seat passengers (yes leg room is less compared to four doors but its just fine) 2.with V6 u get 31MPG on HW thats sweet for performance car 3.traction control on 2011 and onwards is amazing so dont worry about snow anymore, at the max u need winter tires. Cons: 1.hood is aluminum to reduce weight & there is rust issue with all of them. So if you are in snow/rain location then keep checking ur hood specially edges for rust indication. they will fix it only up to 30K, as a precaution wax it every month in rain/snow season at least the hood)"

7 people out of 13 found this review helpful

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INSTANT CLASSIC

By on Saturday, June 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 47,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Unbelievably usable power, handles as well."

Cons: "No back seat room, just fold em down. Forget it."

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

"Like driving a race car. Revs to 7000 rpm in drive mode, with an automatic transmission. Sport mode? Available at a fingertip, but I rarely use it. I can usually ride in air conditioned comfort and "take care of business" at the same time. If I do need to punch it, the a/c kicks off above 5000 rpm on the occasion of needing extra power. Then the a/c resumes while your opponent disappears behind. QUITE a car, and at the price, in a league of it's own. 93 octane gets 420 hp and 390 ft lb. 0-60 in about 4.8, quarter in 13.1 at 110 mph. Faster cars? Sure, but they will be priced at 48000 and above. Just get one...you know you want to...."

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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