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Pre-Owned Profile: 1994-1999 Ford Mustang

Source: AutoTrader.com

The Ford Mustang has become an icon of American automotive history. It is a practical sporty car that is offered in different versions to appeal to different buyers

Many cars become classics. But there are few that have managed to survive as classics for more than a few years. The Mustang is one of those exceptions. The original pony car celebrated its 35th anniversary on April 17th 1999.

It has been the most popular car in the fashion conscious small sporty segment for most of its illustrious career. The reasons are simple - it offers good looks, good performance, and pleasant driving as well as great value for the money.

There are several variations to choose from in the pre-owned market, ranging from a base model with V-6 engine and manual transmission through to a high performance race-bred Cobra model that will give many sports cars a run for their money at a lot less cost.

If you want a fun car with a presence that is easy to drive take a look at a Mustang.hat You Need To Know:

1. Review of a 1995 Ford Mustang GT
2. Summary of Good and Bad Points by Owners
3. History of Mustang
4. Review of Current Model
5. Basic Facts
6. Changes Year-to-Year
7. Safety Information
8. Value Guide
9. Option Installment Rate
10. Sales History
11. Awards and Commendations Earned
12. Other Reviews
13. Recall Information
14. Price of Spare Parts

 

1. Pre-Owned Vehicle Evaluation - 1995 Ford Mustang GT
Likes: classic looks, powerful V-8 engine
Dislikes: quality of interior finish
Competitors: Chevrolet Camaro, Pontiac Firebird
Miles: 45,800
Condition: B
Price when new: $20,700 (est.)
Estimated Value:$14,690 (March 1999)

Call it brotherly love. The 1995 Mustang GT I tested belonged to the brother of a Chevrolet Camaro Z28 owner. It was a good opportunity to try the two cars side by side.

I doubt whether there are many Mustangs that have not been modified. It seems that owners of these pony cars always want to individualize their cars. It's not necessarily a bad thing but it does mean the buyer of a pre-owned Mustang has to look carefully to see what has been modified and if it meets his or her requirements.

In this case the major modification was an all new gearbox from a different manufacturer. According to the owner the original gearbox had been making a lot of whining noises and the Ford dealership agreed to swap it for a different transmission, which cured the problem. The new gearbox is now standard in all Mustangs with a manual transmission.

Beyond that the car had a modified exhaust system which made the car a little noisier and a couple of other minor changes that helped increase its performance slightly.

I was immediately reminded of what power is all about when I first set off. The car romped down the road. I was impressed at how nice the shifter felt. The engine growled and the car felt quite firm on the road. The ergonomics of the driving position are quite good — a lot nicer than in the Camaro, for example.

The beauty of a large V-8 engine such as the 215 hp 5.0-liter in this Mustang GT is that the car does not have to work very hard to deliver a lot of performance. The car proved docile enough to be able to potter around slowly or to roar away from traffic lights leaving most cars behind in the traffic light grand prix.

The driver and front seat passenger will find there is good space for a long distance ride. Rear seat passengers on the other hand would be better off staying at home unless they are young kids. There is not much room in the back. The seats can be folded down providing a decent amount of storage space for a weekend trip for two.

About one third of Mustangs sold are convertibles, which makes a lot of sense in this sort of car. I also had the opportunity to briefly drive a 1997 convertible powered by a V-6 engine with a manual transmission. I was not disappointed. Even with two-thirds the horsepower the car still performed quite well. There is less storage space in the convertible because of the area set aside to store the ragtop when it is in the down position. Otherwise the convertible is much like the coupe to drive. Naturally the interior is noisier as a ragtop just cannot provide as much sound insulation. The top retracts up and down at the touch of a button, which is neat feature that used only to be found on expensive convertible cars.

How does the Mustang compare to its archrival the Camaro? It is less sporty with its upright driving position. On the other hand this makes it more pleasant to drive over longer distances or for pottering around town. Overall it really is a much more practical car for everyday use.

2. Summing It Up - Owners' Views
Good:
Looks better than a Camaro
Comfortable seating position
Everything within easy reach

Bad:
Water drips in (convertible)
Noisy transmission replaced (1995 model)

3. History of Mustang
When the Mustang was first introduced in 1964 it was an immediate hit as it offered good looks and performance in a compact package at an affordable price. The car quickly became an American icon. In its first six years it grew a little bigger each year reaching a size that was too big for the times in 1973. A new smaller Mustang II replaced it in 1974 but this was not well received as it proved to be less sporty than previous models. Ford reacted to the criticism and introduced a new Mustang in 1979 that harked back to the original design. This proved to be more successful but sales were still not as good as before.

In 1994 a heavily revised Mustang was introduced with some strong styling cues from the original car, such as the matching dual-cowl dashboard. At the same time Ford dropped the anemic four-cylinder and hatchback models.

For 1999 Ford further refined the car making its ride and handling better while fine tuning the exterior design to evoke even more of the car's heritage in memory of its 35th anniversary. Over the years various limited edition high-performance various have been produced. Currently there are two such variants, the Cobra and the SVT version. The Cobra has an independent rear suspension for the first time, which helps improve the ride and handling.

4. Review of Current Mustang
I have driven a couple of different samples of the newest 1999 Mustang, and I like them all. But (surprise, surprise) my favorite was the base V-6 powered Mustang with a manual transmission. Its performance was quite impressive, and it was more pleasant in everyday driving. However, if I were to opt for an automatic transmission, I would go for one with a V-8 engine as it has enough power to cope with the inherent losses caused by the automatic transmission.

The newest Mustang is quieter, and its ride has improved. The steering felt as responsive as in any car I've driven. Although I like the design of the latest interior I still found the materials to have a rather cheap finish to them There were a couple of sharp plastic edges from the molding that could graze one's skin.

When you compare the price of a base V-6 Mustang or even a Mustang convertible with a V-8 engine and compare the performance with other cars, it is readily apparent what a bargain the Mustang is compared to other cars on the market. It certainly provides a lot of pleasure for not too great an outlay in today's money.

5. Basic Facts: 1994 - 1999 Mustang
Vehicle Type: Compact Sporty Coupe/Convertible
No. Passengers: up to four
Origin of assembly: Dearborn, MI
Engine: (standard): 3.8-liter 145 hp V-6
(optional): 5.0-liter 215-240 hp V-8 ('94-'95); 4.6-liter 215-225 hp V-8 ('96-'98); 4.6-liter 305 hp DOHC V-8 ('96-'98)
Transmission: 5-spd manual, 4-spd automatic; rear-drive
Length: 182 inches
Wheelbase: 101 inches
Width: 72 inches
Height: 53 inches
Curb weight: 3100 lbs. (approx.)
Cargo volume: 11 cu. ft. (convertible 8 cu. ft.)
Fuel tank capacity: 15 gals.
Fuel Economy (EPA City/Highway):20/30 (3.8-liter, manual); 20/20 (3.8-liter, auto); 17/24 (5.0-liter, manual & auto); 18/27 (4.6-liter, manual); 17/24 (4.6-liter, auto)

6. Changes in the Ford Mustang Line 1994 - 1999
1994 Model Year (first year of new model)
All-new Mustang with slightly longer wheelbase and changed sheetmetal. Four-cylinder and hatchback versions dropped.
Dual air bags become standard.
Disc brakes all round
Convertibles get power-operated roof

1995 Model Year
No major changes

1996 Model Year
A 4.6-liter overhead cam V-8 engine replaces the old pushrod 5.0-liter V-8
Cobra version gets a tuned version of engine producing 305 hp
V-6 engine power increases by 5 hp

1997 Model Year
Trim-level changes

1998 Model Year
Increase of 10 hp in GT version
Air conditioning, remote key lock, power windows now standard

1999 Model Year
Optional traction control
V-6 engine refined, power output increased to 190 hp
V-8 engine power output raised to 260 hp

7. Safety Notes
NHTSA Crash rating (‘94 model year): Driver 4; Passenger 4 (5 is best)
ABS optional on all Mustang models from 1994
Dual air bags standard from 1994

8. Value Guide
Prices listed are for base models. Options can add considerably to the lowest price listed as these are usually "stripped" models. In many cases, very few vehicles are ever sold at the lowest price listed! Source: Kelley Blue Book

1992 Model Year
New: $11,163 to $20,988

1993 Model Year
New: $11,285 to $21,425

1994 Model Year (first year of new model)
New: $13,840 to $22,345

1995 Model Year
New: $15,030 to $26,105

1996 Model Year
New: $15,680 to $23,995

1997 Model Year
New: $15,880 to $28,660

1998 Model Year
New: $16,495 to $24,495


9. Option Installment Rate
Generally, when you order a new car you have a choice of factory-installed options. When you buy a pre-owned vehicle the choice is limited to what was actually installed on vehicles sold in that model year. Use this option installment rate as a guide to the chances of finding particular options on a pre-owned vehicle. Source: Ward's Automotive Yearbooks

1994 Model Year (first year of new model)
Installment Rate

Engine:
3.8-liter V-6 50%
5.0-liter V-8 50%

Transmission:
Auto 55%
Manual 45%

Body Style:
Coupe 64%
Convertible 36%

Air Conditioning: 100%

Cruise Control: 89%

ABS Brakes: 55%

Power Windows: 89%

Remote/Keyless Entry: 90%


1995 Model Year
Installment Rate

Engine:
3.8-liter V-6 57%
5.0-liter V-8 43%

Transmission:
Auto 57%
Manual 43%

Body Style:
Coupe 73%
Convertible 27%

Air Conditioning: 100%

Cruise Control: 84%

ABS Brakes: 50%

Power Windows: 81%

Remote/Keyless Entry: 65%

Leather Seats 24%

1996 Model Year
Installment Rate

Engine:
3.8-liter V-6 57%
4.6-liter V-8 43%

Transmission:
Auto 55%
Manual 45%

Body Style:
Coupe 73%
Convertible 27%

Air Conditioning: 100%

Cruise Control: 84%

ABS Brakes: 50%

Power Windows: 84%

Remote/Keyless Entry: 72%

Leather Seats 29%

1997 Model Year
Installment Rate

Engine:
3.8-liter V-6 64%
4.6-liter V-8 34%

Transmission:
Auto 60%
Manual 40%

Body Style:
Coupe 76%
Convertible 24%

Air Conditioning: 100%

Cruise Control: 90%

ABS Brakes: 51%

Power Windows: 90%

Remote/Keyless Entry: 83%

Leather Seats 27%

1998 Model Year
Installment Rate

Engine:
3.8-liter V-6 NA%
4.6-liter V-8 NA%

Transmission:
Auto 65%
Manual 35%

Body Style:
Coupe 75%
Convertible 25%

Air Conditioning: 100%

Cruise Control: 75%

ABS Brakes: 32%

Power Windows: 100%

Remote/Keyless Entry: 100%

Leather Seats 28%

10. Production/Sales Volume History
Normally a model year runs from October to September. Often though, when a new version is introduced it hits the market before October. Legally, a model year can start as early as January of the preceding year. Accurate model year sales counts are almost impossible to collect as different model year vehicles are regularly sold side-by-side for several months. Production figures, when listed, often include vehicles made for export to Canada, Mexico and overseas. Source: manufacturers/Ward's Automotive Yearbooks

1992 Model Year
Production run: Oct. 1991 through Sept. 1992
Total number produced: 79,280
Total no. sold in U.S.: 85,515

1993 Model Year
Production run: Oct.1992 through Sept. 1993
Total number produced: 114,412
Total no. sold in U.S.: 97,089

1994 Model Year (first year of new model)
Production run: Dec. 1993 through Sept. 1994
Total number produced: 137,074
Total no. sold in U.S.: 147,744 (includes some '93 models)

1995 Model Year
Production run: Oct. 1994 through Sept. 1995
Total number produced: 174,924
Total no. sold in U.S.: 138,867

1996 Model Year
Production run: Oct. 1995 through Sept. 1996
Total number produced: 124,698
Total no. sold in U.S.: 129,718

1997 Model Year
Production run: Oct. 1996 through Sept. 1997
Total number produced: 117,866
Total no. sold in U.S.: 112,311

1998 Model Year
Production run: Oct. 1997 through Sept. 1998
Total number produced: 143,972
Total no. sold in U.S.: 136,488


11. Awards and Commendations

1994
"Car of the Year" - Motor Trend

1996
"All-Star Award" - Automobile (Mustang Cobra)
"Top Ten Best Engines" - Ward's Auto World (4.6-liter V-8)

12. Quotes
"The Cobra is subdued at all but wide-open throttle compared to the brashness of the boisterous Pontiac Formula. That said, after a day of driving, you delight in the Cobra's lack of engine noise and its easy clutch engagement." - Road & Track, June 1994

"It [Mustang V-6] performed particularly well on long trips, where the quiet, low-revving engine, the heavy flywheel, and the relatively serene ride on smooth pavement made the car a good tourer. The revamped structure is acoustically well-damped, so the slight rush of wind around the glasshouse did not seriously compromise the comfortable noise levels or the performance of the fine Mach 460 sound system." - Car and Driver, May 1994

"I was most impressed by the base Mustang with the V-6 engine, with either the manual or automatic transmission. It provides plenty of power to make the car pleasant to use on windy roads or around town." - New York Times Regional Newspaper Group,John Rettie Test Drive, Oct. 1993

13. Recalls (Only major recalls listed)

ID Number:95V062000
Component:interior systems: seat: material
Potential Number of Units Affected:54,000
Year:1994
Manufactured From: May 1993 To: June 1994
Year of Recall:'95
Summary:The wire harness on these seats is banded to the front seat cushion supports. The end of one of the supports can puncture the harness, resulting in a high resistance electrical short. Overheating can result, and melting, smoke and possible ignition of the surrounding materials can occur.

ID Number:97V180000
Component:structure: hood assembly
Potential Number of Units Affected:769,000
Year:1994 - 96
Manufactured From: Oct. 1993 To: Dec. 1995
Year of Recall:'97
Summary:Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles and mini vans. Tearing of the bond between the inner and outer hood panels during minor front end collisions can result in a gap at the leading edge of the hood. Air forced between the inner and outer panels can produce enough pressure to force the outer panel upward. This condition can result in total separation of the outer hood panel.

ID Number:95E006002
Component:interior systems: passenger restraints: air bag: frontal: passenger
Potential Number of Units Affected:8,600
Year:1995
Manufactured From: Jan. 1995 To: Feb. 1995
Year of Recall:'95
Summary:The passenger side air bag has an inflator body that cracked during forming of the curl that retains the igniter plug in the end of the inflator. Also the igniter end cap can separate from the inflator. The passenger side air bag may not inflate properly resulting in reduced occupant protection in a vehicle accident. If the igniter end cap separates in a frontal collision, hot gases can be released and ignite flammable material or cause burn injuries.

ID Number:97V216000
Component:fuel: fuel injection system
Potential Number of Units Affected:8,000
Year:1998
Manufactured From:Aug. 1997 To: Nov. 1997
Year of Recall:'97
Summary:Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles equipped with 4.6L engines. Some of these vehicles has missing or inadequate braze joints between the fuel rail body and the fuel rail mounting bracket(s). If the bracket separates from the rail, the rail can lift one or more of the injectors, and fuel leakage will result. In the presence of an ignition source, a fire could occur.

ID Number:99V062000
Component:fuel: throttle linkages and control
Potential Number of Units Affected: 917,000
Year:1998
Manufactured From: Mar. 1998 To: Mar. 1999
Year of Recall: '99
Summary:Vehicle Description: 1998-1999 Mustangs equipped with 3.8L, 4.6L 2-valve or 4-valve engines and speed control built from March 2, 1998 through March 4, 1999. A speed control cable can interfere with the speed control servo pulley and not allow the throttle to return to idle when disengaging the speed control. If the speed control is used and this condition is present, a stuck throttle could result, which could potentially result in a crash.

14. Cost of Parts (relative to other vehicles)
Headlight unit:$256 (above average)
Side marker lamp:$32 (average)
Door (left front):$609 (above average)
Fender (left front):$213 (average)

Note: these are estimated retail prices for commonly replaced body parts on a 1995 model. Prices are current as of early 1999 but will vary from region to region and are subject to change at any time. Source: ADP Collision Repair Services

The Rettie Report and Pre-owned Profiles contain objective information from a variety of sources. The subjective comments are those of John Rettie.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std

Road Visibility

Fog Lamps Std
Intermittent Wipers Std

Security

Anti-theft System Std
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To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
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Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Manufacturer's 7 years / 100,000 miles Powertrain Limited Warranty from original in-service date. 12-month/12,000-mile Comprehensive Limited Warranty. See dealer for details.. See dealer for details. Rental Reimbursement $30/day.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 model years or newer / less than 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 172
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

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