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2009 Ford Mustang

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2009 Ford Mustang Review

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Last year, Americans once again purchased record numbers of Ford Mustang Convertibles, no small feat when you consider the Mustang's main rival, the Chrysler Sebring, offers a bigger back seat, more trunk space and a hard-top option. But the iconic Mustang offers something even the most tricked-out Sebring can't – instant cool. That's because the 2009 Ford Mustang Convertible has somehow avoided the genderization we Americans seem to assign such cars. It is seen as neither too masculine nor too feminine, an attribute that allows for a healthy cross-section of shoppers for the V6 and GT trims. Of course, a price tag starting around $25,500 doesn't hurt, either. In the end, it's a sure bet that even a more expensive price wouldn't deter people from making this convertible Number One.

You'll Like This Car If...

You'll like the 2009 Ford Mustang Convertible if you're looking for a sporty, four-passenger ragtop that's a thoroughly modern take on a classic model. In the GT trim, the Mustang offers more bang-for-the-buck than pricier models from BMW, Nissan and Audi, all wrapped in a package that smacks of the red, white and blue.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Though better than that of the last generation, the Mustang's rear seat is still not as welcoming as the Chrysler Sebring's or Toyota Solara's. The lack of an independent rear suspension may offend some enthusiasts, as will the abundance of hard plastic surfaces inside the cockpit.

What's New for 2009

The most notable change for 2009 is the addition of more features to the Premium packages.

Driving the Mustang

Driving Impressions The 2009 Mustang Convertible's rigid body results in limited cowl shake (the vibration seen in the dash and windshield pillars when the wheels encounter a rough patch of pavement), giving...

it a real sense of solidity. With the top down, there is moderate wind buffeting at highway speeds and, with the top in place, the Mustang's interior remains somewhat noisy. The 4.0-liter V6 packs an impressive punch, even with the five-speed automatic. More importantly, the V6 returns good highway fuel economy, though heavy-footed drivers may never see such rosy results. The GT's 300-horsepower V8 isn't very frugal with fuel, but it is the engine of choice for the boy-racer, providing blisteringly quick acceleration and a deep, burbling exhaust note that tells everyone exactly what's under the hood.

Spinner Alloy Wheels
Opt for the spinner alloy wheels on the V6 Premium model – they look great and add a real touch of nostalgia.

Shaker 1000 Audio System
The optional Shaker 1000 six-disc MP3 player sounds amazing, though the trunk-mounted subwoofer does eat up most of the usable cargo space.

2009 Ford Mustang Details
2009 Ford Mustang photo Interior

Not content to confine its retro design to the exterior, Ford also looked to the original car to inspire the Mustang convertible's instrument panel. Large round gauges feature a typeface reminiscent of the first Mustang, but offer variable-color lighting for a twenty-first-century touch. Seating is first rate, but some of the plastics around the console, door panels and speaker grilles feel flimsy and hard to the touch. Because the convertible was designed in conjunction with the coupe, the improved body rigidity allows for a tighter-sealing roof and less body flex. The snug-fitting top offers small rear pillars for better visibility and actually provides more rear-seat headroom than the coupe.

Exterior

Styling details from the original and second-generation Mustang convertibles are strongly evident, especially in the grille, rear deck and side scoops. The Mustang Convertible's top folds nearly flush when retracted, giving the car a clean, powerful profile. After nearly 25 years of history-making designs, that included highlights like the 1968 Mustang and lowlights like the Mustang II, the new Mustang finally has a look that appears to have evolved directly from the original.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The base 2009 Mustang Convertible has a power soft top, glass rear window with defroster, five-speed manual transmission, air conditioning, four-wheel disc brakes, keyless entry, power locks, power windows, front side-impact airbags, dual power mirrors, AM/FM stereo with CD and auxiliary input jack, cruise control, tilt wheel, 16-inch alloy wheels and variable wipers. The GT adds sport seats, anti-lock brakes (ABS), fog lights, black rocker panel moldings, 17-inch alloy wheels and traction control.

Optional Equipment

Options include leather seating, convertible-top boot, Shaker 500 and 1000 sound systems with MP3-capable six-disc CD changer, five-speed automatic transmission, traction control, anti-lock brakes (base), "MyColor" instrument panel, alarm system, DVD navigation, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, 18-inch wheels and a rear spoiler.

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 remarkably good. 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 version that features a 500-horsepower supercharged V8.

4.0-liter V6
210 horsepower @ 5300 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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2009 Ford Mustang Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 1682 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

Very Fast and Very Very fun!

By on Sunday, January 24, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000

10 10.0
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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: "Looks, Sound, Driving, everything!"

Cons: "not enough room in back seats for the kids!"

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

"I love,love, love this car, but I can no longer drive, so it must go. It is very fast and very fun, It has race stripes and matted black paint on the roof and spoiler, a never change air filter, Custom exhaust system with super 44 Flow master Mufflers. Handles like a champion! 0-60 mph in ? less than 5 seconds uuuummm ok!"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Fun Car

By on Thursday, January 21, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Beautiful looking car"

Cons: "Not enough room in back seats"

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

"I enjoy driving my Mustang. So far she has been faithful and true. The only thing I don't like sometimes is when you punch it, she kinda chugs and chokes. Doesn't pick up as quick as I though she should."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

It won me over.

By on Friday, January 08, 2016

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

10 9.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fast w good highway mileage. super fun to drive"

Cons: "visibility lacks. cupholders in the way of shiftin"

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

"I thought a six cyl small ford was just not gonna cut it. for a six it will move and Ive owned muscle cars. someone put a beefier sway bar on it and I love the handling. shifting is great. its just a real fun car to drive, now im considering get a newer GT. vroom."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Excellent running condition

By on Tuesday, December 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Nice car,real eye catcher"

Cons: "None that I can think of"

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

"Excellent condition inside &out. Custom hood with air induction,stainless steel flow master exhaust,grey with black striping with matching chrome & black wheels,grey leather interior with no tears and some minor cracking on drivers seat,rest of interior is immaculate. honestly car runs and sounds terrific."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Big improvement

By on Friday, December 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 69,000

10 7.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Big improvement over the 4.0 V6 / 4 speed auto"

Cons: "Still hoping for the 1969 style dash!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

Sun is up, top is down!

"The 2013 premium convertible was a big improvement over the 2007 convertible. Less cowl shake on the highway, better ride, and the new 3.7 V6 / 6 speed auto gets the window sticker fuel mileage if you are nice to it. The convertible top is stable in Kansas winds when up, reasonably quiet, and does OK in the car wash. The real treat is when the top is down, very stable airflow around the windshield with very little of the annoying side-to-side buffeting below 70 MPH. Only real wish is the interior design, sure wish the 2010 / 2013 re-style had changed the interior from the 1967 style dash to the 1969 style dash!"

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Sun is up, top is down!

Overall a great car, fun to drive.

By on Sunday, December 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 126,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Nice leather interior, custom cherry bomb muffler"

Cons: "5 speed is tiring in city driving."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"This has been a great first car for me, fun to drive, great handling. Custom cherry bomb muffler, tires only 4-6 months old. There have been some minor issues lately that I cannot deal with on top of car payments."

8 people out of 13 found this review helpful

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