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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 1631 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

I own this car. My approximate mileage is 37000

By on Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Always fun to drive."

Cons: "None"

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

"This shows as new. always fun to drive. Maintained and garaged. Everything is as delivered from the factory."

Best bang for the buck!

By on Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,750

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fast, low cost, great quality, super fun"

Cons: "too small for a family"

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

"I have owned mustangs for 30 years and this 2009 GT continues to carry the torch as the best value fun/fast good looking car you can buy. After 69K miles I have had only 1 repair issue (power driver seat). The only aftermarket upgrades I felt were necessary for my driving style was the brakes and tires. While I am planning to sell my Mustang and move up to a high perfomance sedan, I would recommend this Mustang as one of the best cars I have owned.....and I am 50!"

Best value for a sleek, sporty, fun to drive car

By on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,000

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
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Best car for the money and very reliable."

Cons: "Electric mirror adjustment is in a weird place."

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

"This Stang is a great reliable car, I have 140K and has never been in for repairs. I have the 4.0 which has the take-off power of a strong running 302 of yesteryear, and I get 25 MPG doing it. I just replaced the second set of tires at 120K with new Uniroyal Tiger-Paws, which greatly improved ride & road noise. I love this car and would highly recommend it to anyone. Its not bad in the snow, had no problems this winter. Best of all-Women love it !"

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

My dream car

By on Friday, May 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive"

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

"The only problem I have had with this car came in the first week. Because of some wiring problem it left me stranded 75 miles from home. It was a nightmare to begin with but all was made right and I have love the car ever since then."

Dreamcar...lives up to expectations and then some!

By on Thursday, May 14, 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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Looks, power, sound, blast to drive!"

Cons: "6MT; Hard Plastic on door (where u rest ur arm)"

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

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"I own a '14 GT Convertible with 6MT. Race Red with tan top/interior. I added the Ford Racing Power Pack (GT500 axlebacks, K&N HP airfilter, and Ford Racing Tune - added ~16HP and 7 - lb/ft - best part is the shelby sound!). I get tons of compliments on the looks. Looks great, sounds great, and runs like the wind (when I want too!). The power is just so sweet, and when combined with this classic look (reminds me of the late '60 'stangs), it makes me want to drive all day! The only downside to me is the 6MT can be a bit sloppy."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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Best vehicle ever

By on Monday, May 11, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Insurance too expensive

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: "Fast, Fun to drive for a decent price, very strong"

Cons: "RWD in the snow, Insurance is $$$"

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

"I had a 2013 V6 coup mustang premium with black leather heated seats, leather wrapped steering wheel, pony package all wrapped up in grabber blue paint. Being that it was rear wheel drive it was not the best in the snow. I live in New England and drove this vehicle through three winters with no problem. I added about 300 lbs of sand in the trunk, this can be bought at a local Lowe's, which helped me get better traction on slippery roads. I reluctantly traded it in because my insurance was too expensive and I couldn't afford it because I am going to school. Besides my regular oil changes it only needed a new set of tires at about 36000 miles. I absolutely loved this car it was very reliable, strong, fast, and sexy. I would recommend this car to anyone interested in mustangs!!"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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