Wow. It’s been just short of 5 years since I bought my first Ford Mustang, a car I’d been dreaming about for 15 years. I wrote about that day, and did a 60,000 mile review in 2014. Since then, Lucy has definitely gone through some stuff, but she’s continued to be a reliable, fun daily driver, as well as a backroads weekend driving adventure car all-in-one for me.
As I look back at that 60,000 mile review, the Pros and Cons of it still hold true but here’s some updates/additional thoughts:
- My overall gas mileage is about the same (22.7) in mixed highway/city driving – likely about 75% highway. The car continues to be very efficient – I’ve had multiple tanks this summer of 25+ MPG and one of 27.3 even, going 75-80 MPH on the highway with the A/C blasting. If I went 65-70 with no A/C, 30 is likely! Definitely no complaints about the mileage – one thing I will say is that the gearing seems to make a huge difference. I have the 3.31 (tallest) gears available on this car, and from what I can see on the forums I’m a member of, the guys with 3.55 gears and 3.73, especially, do much worse, frequently struggling to hit 20 mpg.
- I’ve had a fair amount of body work done to this car, sadly. I was rear-ended in 2013 and that did $8,000 in damage. A co-worker dinged the passenger side pretty badly early this year, which cost me my $500 deductible. And a hailstorm this summer did $3,500 in damage so, while the car looks perfect still thanks to great repair work, every body panel has been worked on at some point and all but the roof/driver front quarter have been repainted so far.
- The fantastic 5.0 Coyote V8 motor continues to run perfectly, with seemingly as much power as ever, zero problems and continued strong mileage.
- Same with the Getrag MT82 transmission – it’s not perfect but it hasn’t developed any problems in the least. I’m still on the original clutch as well.
- I have continued to drive her year-round and am still on the original Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 winter tires I got when I bought her. The car handles winter weather with no complaint.
- There’s not a spot of rust on her anywhere either, though there’s not that much road salt down here in Kansas City and I am very good about washing any of it off as soon as it’s practical.
- The interior has held up extremely well too – there’s little noticeable wear on the leather and everything else still looks and works like new.
As far as maintenance is concerned, here’s what I’ve done, maintenance-wise, beyond normal oil changes/tire rotations:
- 7/2014: driver’s side power seat track assembly + right side blend door actuator replaced: $700 total cost for parts+labor
- 5/2015: the stock brakes weren’t squealing and completely toast yet, but I had a track day coming up and wanted to have fresh brakes on, so I put on all new pads/rotors, as well as upgraded brake lines, for a DIY cost of $680.
- 2/16: 4th set of spring/summer/fall tires bought. The 1st two sets of OEM all-season Pirellis didn’t last more than 25K even with rotations ever 5K, and the 3rd set (Continental ExtremeContact DWS) was awesome, but a nail in the sidewall led me to replacing all four prematurely (around 33K on the tires). For the 4th set, I went to summer only Continentals, rather than the all-seasons I’d had previously – I’m curious to see how well they hold up.
- 6/15: transmission fluid changed for 2nd time
- 6/16: the hood of my car was starting to suffer from the infamous Mustang aluminum hood corrosion problem, which is common enough that it’s a trend but not common enough for Ford to do a TSB or recall, sadly, so I purchased a new, pre-painted hood from Cervini’s, which I love, for $1,054.
- 7/16: the stock struts/shocks were not completely blown yet but given the age of the car and how I drive, I figured it was time and replaced them with new Koni orange (non-adjustable) units. That DIY job cost me about $700.
- Not fixed yet: faulty SiriusXM antenna that stopped working in the past 3 weeks
Maintenance-wise, that’s it – nothing has gone wrong that wasn’t normal maintenance beyond that power seat. I was annoyed at some of the little problems I was running into back when I wrote the 60k review, but the car has been basically flawless since.
In fact, I just got back from a 2,800 mile road trip adventure with some buddies from Wisconsin; we met in eastern Tennessee to drive Tail of the Dragon and other amazing roads in TN and North Carolina together. The car performed flawlessly throughout the trip and that only made me love it more.
I love this car for all the reasons I always have, but even more now because it’s proven to be a car a normal person can own and drive every day, and not break the bank. The only way I’m ever getting rid of this car is if I get another Mustang to replace her with!