2004 Ford Mustang User Reviews
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- $4,847 - $9,568
- No trim specified for this review
- Awesome sound, Tough appearance (dispite all scoops etc. being fake), Easy to push to it's limits.
- Doesn't have a strong low end torque feel, not much power south of 3,500 rpms.
Purchased As Used
The goods- I bought my GT about two years ago, Always been a chevy guy but I've got a good respect for the 99+ PI 4.6's. I don't think you can get a full appreciation for things like these until you've owned it. Mustang's can't be beat in terms of exhaust note, all the ducts and scoop give it a fairly menicing appearance, which is a good thing.. These Mustangs kind of emphasize the man's man thing.
When you push it north of 3.5 or so on the revs, the car gets its legs quickly, pushing fairly hard to redline. It's fun to drive, and is by far the easiest weekend quarter mile car I've ever owned, power builds fairly seemlessly and is extremely easy to control at it's limits, in a straight line or in the turns, it handles remarkably well for a rear drive pony car.
Steering feel is great, feels very precise for what it is, good stiffness with the wheel and it has a good turning rate. The 6 disc Mach system sounds great. Peddle positioning is good for heel/toe, overall comfort is better then expected, as is ride quality. So far no real reliability issues.. Ha, it's got a bit of a mind of its own, if I go 10 miles over the recommended oil change mark, it develops an attitude, sputters a bit at idol and takes a bit to work out the first start engine chatter.. Most cars do, it's just reallyyy noticeable with this 4.6l.
The bad- (Now remember though, this comes from owning both types, not playing favorites.) The interior is dated, the extent of the plastic was typical for the type of car, I do love the premium's black and silver coloring. The clutch feels like it's going to up and die after a few hard runs.. The 3650 tranny is far superior to the old T45, gearbox whine is pretty normal for cars like these in first and reverse, however in this Mustang it's highly audible in first, second, and third gear.
There is a significant amount of drivetrain clunking that I thought was either tranny mount or u-joints when I got the car, but after checking it out and doing some research, thats just how the drivetrain's are in these. Also it loves to bob back and forth in first gear in parking lots and situations like that.
I was really dissapointed in the power output, even after a tune, cai, lt's, x-pipe, and dumped super 44's (which sound awesome btw.) which did help very noticeably, the motor feels overwhelmed trying to push the car. In my Chevy's (94 LT1 Z28 6sp, 2k3 50th C5) I'm used to having huge low end torque, and the rpms flying off idle to top scream, either by grabbing and going, or sittin and burning, precise- not too high shifts to stay in the powerband, constant feel of rear kick, and literaly miliseconds looking from the rpm gauge to the road/track in front of me..
Not with the Mustang, you can punch it in revs, look around, wave at someone, give a thumbs up, and it would almost be time to shift.. Now I know some people say all that is a great thing about Mustangs, but I disagree.. This car gives you nothing to be afraid of. Pony car's by origin were light weight, smaller cars running with small and large block's that to any sane person, had no right being in the engine bay. I believe a true pony/muscle/sports car should scare you, and when it does, you'll respect it.
These GT's can be tough, and can be just enough to get some, namely younger or irresponsable drivers hurt. But from a gearhead's perspective, there's nothing to fear from these, it is a good value, fun little car.. But if serious driving, power, and the occasional weekend open drag's are your thing, this isn't the car for you. It just doesn't deliver, however, 03-04 Mach 1's and Cobra's... Completely different ballpark, also, LT1 and LS1 F-bodies are still out there.
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