Ford Mustang Problems
No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Ford Mustang reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.
Is the 2018 V8 Mustang worth the money?
That's the big question on our lips too John, and I'm afraid we won't be able to answer it until we drive it when the car arrives in June. Given the Mustang's popularity, I'd be very surprised if dealers were willing to deviate much from the recommended price after launch. Perhaps 18 months down the track when demand subsides though!
Should I buy a demo car?
Demos are not generally abused; they are mostly driven normally with reasonable care, often under the supervision of a salesman.
You’re worried unnecessarily, and besides, the car will still be covered by Ford’s warranty if it happens to have a problem.
When will the 2018 Mustang arrive in Australia?
A Ford spokesman told us: "The 10-speed automatic will be available in the 2018 Mustang, which is due in Australia most likely around mid-2018 at the earliest. An evolution of the current Mustang, the 2018 model will benefit from increased Driver Assistance Technology, including Autonomous Emergency Braking and Lane-Keep Assist. We would not speculate on the outcome of any potential future testing, but would reiterate that consumer safety is a priority for us, and we are constantly developing more safety technology for consumers. The 2018 Mustang will benefit from such advancements." With respect to a safety rating we can't say what it will be until the new Mustang has been assessed by ANCAP, but you would expect it would be given a higher rating than the Mustang currently has.
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Is the 2017 Mustang V8 safe enough to buy?
Ford says that the Mustang has met all relevant safety standards in America, which they say demonstrates that it is a safe car. But the Mustang is now a relatively old model, having gone on sale in the USA in 2014, and it doesn't have some of the safety features most other cars have. While it's lacking in some areas, it's not an inherently unsafe car, it's just not as safe as other cars that have a 5-star rating. Ford says the 2018 model will have features such as AEB, so perhaps wait for that.
Will a twin-turbo Mustang come to Australia?
It seems to me that they're quite different cars; the Golf R is an under-the-radar raider, the Mustang an in-your-face statement. If you want an exhilarating drive on those weekends away go for the Golf, if you want a more leisurely fun drive with a high look-at-me factor go for the Mustang. For my money I would choose the Mustang. There is talk of a twin-turbo Mustang coming as a GT500 Shelby in 2018, possibly with a 5.2-litre V8. Not sure if it would make to Australia.
Car bra or clear plastic covering, which is better?
I have no personal experience but know that car bras can chafe, potential cause overheating and can be difficult to fit and remove. Personally, and knowing that companies such as Porsche fit the clear plastics to all of their demonstrator cars for paint protection, I would choose it ahead of a car bra.
Mustang, 370Z, IS350F, 86 or MX-5?
If you don’t want a convertible, which rules out the MX-5 as my easy first pick, then the 86 is the car for driving enjoyment on a reasonable budget. But don’t overlook its Subaru twin, the BRZ, which is my choice of the two. Both get The Tick, having shared our Car of the Year award.
Is Ford looking to increase Mustang production volume?
When we rang Ford we were told that Ford is indeed trying to increase its supply of Mustangs following the strong reaction to the car from the Australian car buying public. Some of those cars might come from those allocated to the UK, but it depends on where the UK is in its launch program, so you can't say it will be the expense of the UK market. It also depends on the availability of right-hand drive parts when Ford needs them if they want more cars sooner than planned.
Mustang waiting times for employees?
Ford Australia president Graeme Whickman replies: "Mr Gillett was one of almost 200 Ford employees to have placed an order for Mustang but he was a little further back in the queue. With demand for Mustang exceeding everyone's expectation, a significant proportion of the launch production was dedicated to the initial retail customers. We do anticipate, with some of the recent increase in production for Australia, we will improve delivery times for orders including employee orders. However, we still anticipate up to a 16-month wait for deliveries ... balanced against our retail customer wait list that now extends to 12 months.