An acknowledged icon among American sports cars, the Mustang continues to generate a lot of buzz among the media and enthusiasts. Our tests show this version of the Mustang is a major upgrade over the previous model in terms of style, comfort, and performance. With this redesign, Ford reached into the vehicle's early history for styling influences, as the interior and exterior are reminiscent of early Mustangs.
Alerts
There are 8 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Side air bags available from 2005, standard from 2008. ESC standard from 2010.
Road Test

An acknowledged icon among American sports cars, the Mustang continues to generate a lot of buzz among the media and enthusiasts. Our tests show this version of the Mustang is a major upgrade over the previous model in terms of style, comfort, and performance. With this redesign, Ford reached into the vehicle's early history for styling influences, as the interior and exterior are reminiscent of early Mustangs.

We tested a GT coupe with a 300-hp, 4.6-liter V8 and a five-speed manual transmission. The base model has a 210-hp, 4.0-liter V6 with a five-speed manual or an optional five-speed automatic. Despite the use of a solid rear axle the Mustang is agile and capable, but the ride is stiff and jostling at low speeds. As is typical of many coupes, rear seating is tight and rear access is difficult. Overall, the Mustang remains true to its formula as a quick, stylish and affordable car. Side airbags are standard.

Seating
2 front, 2 rear
Drive Wheels
Rear
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
convertible
coupe
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 4-liter V6 (210 hp)
  • 4.6-liter V8 (300 hp)
  • 4.6-liter V8 (315 hp)
  • 4.6-liter V8 (319 hp)
  • 5.4-liter V8 supercharged (500 hp)
  • 5.4-liter V8 supercharged (540 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2008 Ford Mustang owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"door panels falling down on both doors"

Robert F., FL (2008 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)

"The leatherette inserts in both door panels came unglued and peeled away, both door panels had to be replaced"

Stephen B., GA (2008 Ford Mustang GT 4.6-L V8)

"Fabric liner on passenger side door became detached from the backing so that it hung down. Had to have it re-glued by an independent retailer"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Ford Mustang 4.0-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"front and rear plastic bumper cover, spider cracks in paint"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt 4.6-L V8)

"FRONT HOOD HAD TO BE REPAINTED TWICE IN 3 YEAR PERIOD AS HOOD IS ALUMINUM AND KEEPS PEELING ON THE FRONT EDGE AND FORD ONLY WARR. 3/36 MILES ONLY BUT ADMITS IT WILL ALWAYS DUE THIS???"

J B., FL (2008 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)

"hood clear coat coming off. rear bumper looks terrible"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)

"Clear coat peeled off hood, some other spots on fenders. Hood repainted approximately 1 month ago."

Anonymous, SC (2008 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)

"CLEAR COAT PEELING OFF"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)

"peeling paint on bumpers and hood"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)

"Absolute failure of paint on aluminum hood."

Patrick M., HI (2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 5.4-L V8 supercharged)
Rust

"Rusting through all along to front of the Hood. Will need to replace the hood soon"

Paul B., ON (2008 Ford Mustang GT 4.6-L V8)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

"One end broke (not form hit of any kind) causing pad to collapse and damage rotor"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Ford Mustang GT 4.6-L V8)

"Had to replace calipers on front and rear brakes"

Anonymous, SC (2008 Ford Mustang GT 4.6-L V8)

"Currently replacing the brake system. For the age of the car, this is not an unexpected issue right now. I have never had any serious issue before with the brakes except for replacement of the pads as needed"

W W., PA (2008 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)
Master cylinder

"In a panic stop the master cylinder failed a few days later"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 5.4-L V8 supercharged)

"fluid container had a problem and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"The rear brakes needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, OR (2008 Ford Mustang GT 4.6-L V8)
Rotors

"Had to completely replace front brakes w/rotors. Wasn't expecting rotor replacement-probably caused by previous owner"

Kathryn B., CO (2008 Ford Mustang GT 4.6-L V8)

"Currently replacing the brake system. For the age of the car, this is not an unexpected issue right now. I have never had any serious issue before with the brakes except for replacement of the pads as needed"

W W., PA (2008 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)
Squeaking

"Dealer can't fix terrible squeak coming from from front brakes"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Ford Mustang Base 4.6-L V8)

"when brakes are applied, a creaking noise is heard coming from both front brake calipers, brake pads changed 20,000 miles ago. they look fine"

Bob B., NJ (2008 Ford Mustang GT 4.6-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"At the beginning of a cross country trip as I was leaving my home state (CA) I felt an unusual shudder and attributed it to breaking tire traction. In Arizona I went to pass a big rig, down shifted and applied throttle. Upon doing so I saw my tachometer rise while the speedometer remained the same. Being I was on a car club trip I had to carefully continue until I reached our destination nearly 2500 miles away in NC. Ford motor company was aware of a defect in Mustang/Shelby GT500 clutches with many failing before the 17,000 where mine begun to fail. I had club members that had Ford replace their clutches and when I took mine to the dealer whom always serviced mine since purchase with about 5,500 miles I was told that mine showed none of the signs mentioned in the service advisory and would not be replaced. I had it serviced just before the trip and had mentioned to the dealer that I was having trouble (on occasion, not always) with shudder and gear engagemnent and was once again told there wasn't a problem. Less than 800 miles later the clutch failed. I would guess that I had a 500 horsepower motor and a 150 horsepower clutch which I was able to limp to a AAMCO transmission shop in Concord NC for a complete replacement with a McLeod clutch and flywheel package drop shipped from American Muscle. I just completed that same trip today and had no issues with this clutch. I was very disappointed with Ford over this issue but still love my Shelby which has been bullet proof other than this clutch issue."

Kevin W., CA (2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 5.4-L V8 supercharged)

"Moving to a small town with too many stop lights killed my clutch. The WORST was the Ford dealer service person treating me like someone (woman!) who didn't know how to drive a clutch. Infuriating. And last time I went to the dealer"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)

"This is an acknowledged fault by the Ford Motor company"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 5.4-L V8 supercharged)

"clutch was slipping needed to be replaced"

Walter H., MD (2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 5.4-L V8 supercharged)

"The clutch had issues since purchase such as chatter and noise, Ford has a service bulletin. On cross country trip just taken clutch began slipping on medium to hard acceleration and I had to get it replaced in North Carolina(live in CA.) Ford Shelby Mustangs are known to have this issue."

Kevin W., CA (2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 5.4-L V8 supercharged)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"It was getting old, parts were wearing and the shifting was sketchy. I fixed it before failure, which was eminent"

Chuck G., CA (2008 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)

"Manual transmission needed replacement at 89,000 miles along with flywheel and clutch. $8,200 repair bill."

Jeffrey A., CA (2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt 4.6-L V8)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Ball joints

"Worn"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Ford Mustang 4.0-L V6)

"On second replacement of ball joints only get 50,000 miles between replacement"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)

"Replacing the ball joints requires replacing the control arms, and having a front wheel alignment... a very costly repair"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt 4.6-L V8)
Bushings

"Bushings on rear torsion bar wore out"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)
Tie rods

"The roads in my area are beyond terrible. The potholes have potholes. I am amazed any car stays together under such punishment"

Rocco G., OH (2008 Ford Mustang GT 4.6-L V8)

"Front end noise. There is a tech service bulletin from Ford stating that factory tie rods are manufactured to wrong spec and a replacement is available to address noises coming from tie rods. parts alone from Ford are over $350.00"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Ford Mustang GT 4.6-L V8)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Drain hole around window was blocked causing water to run inside along floor which than caused mold."

Anonymous, MI (2008 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)

"A plastic part that holds in a temperature sensor cracked. This is quite common from what I understand. A metal part is available, and was used on earlier models, but plastic is what they used for mine. Plastic wears, plastic cracks, my car leaked fluid, but only at full temperature, and under pressure, so never where I could actually SEE it come out. Took a bit to work it out. It was a DIY repair"

Chad B., MI (2008 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)

"With a hard rain, the water leaks into the lights above the console and drips down onto the gear shift area"

Anonymous, SC (2008 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)

"During excessively heavy rain, water leaks into overhead security lights and runs down windshield and into interior."

Anonymous, SC (2008 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)
Wind noise

"The noise from wind, while driving, has increased over the years"

Anonymous, SC (2008 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)

"Wind/road noise louder now than when I bought car in 2011."

Anonymous, SC (2008 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"CDs jammed in CD player. Unit clicked continuously, even after car was shut off and drained battery. Had to have radio/CD player replaced with aftermarket unit"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Ford Mustang GT 4.6-L V8)

"it froze up...they replaced it under the warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)

"The CD player broke down and would not cycle the 6 CDs in the slot."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt 4.6-L V8)

"CD player would come on by itself due to a short in the fuse box assembly in the engine compartment"

Brian W., MS (2008 Ford Mustang GT 4.6-L V8)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"GPS SYSTEM FAILED. THE DEALER TRIED TO RESOLVE IT A NUMBER OF TIMES BUT THE PROBLEM WAS NEVER RESOLVED. I GOT TIRED OF GOING BACK AND FORTH TO THE DEALER. i HAVE NO GPS IN THE CARE."

Arthur A., MA (2008 Ford Mustang GT 4.6-L V8)
Rear entertainment system (e.g., DVD player, rear screen)

"CD player no longer plays and CDs are stuck in the unit."

Anonymous, OH (2008 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Convertible top

"The motor is starting to go. It will randomly stop working. The top itself is starting to deteriorate."

Anonymous, OH (2008 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)

"hydraulic leaks causes system to fail completely in the down position - had to replace both hydraulic cylinders"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Ford Mustang GT 4.6-L V8)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"A repair was done following an accident. It seems that adjusting the trunk closing depth and the bumper height is difficult, becasue the two touched and rubbed the paint off of both where they meet at the bottom of the trunk lid"

Chad B., MI (2008 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"Horrible shifting and banging going into and out of gears. Basically required replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Ford Mustang Base 4.6-L V8)

"extremely heavy effort on clutch pedal, clutch must be buried to floor to avoid missed shifts up or down, clutch chatter and noise while releasing. Sometimes must be shifted to a forward gear first to engage reverse gear. No slippage even when running hard through the gears but hard on the knee. Has Factory original clutch although many friends had their clutches replaced under warranty for these issues"

Kevin W., CA (2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 5.4-L V8 supercharged)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Probably not Ford's fault. The engine overheated when a small animal decided to live in the space under the manifold. Engine overheated and the catalytic converter was impacted."

Anonymous, ON (2008 Ford Mustang GT 4.6-L V8)

"Replaced the y-pipe assembly due to cracked/failed weld in cat converter. Have had to replace the y-pipe twice. I've been told it's probably because my commute is so short"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Heater system

"Could not get heating to operate properly"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Ford Mustang 4.0-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"A can of refrigerant with stop leak fixed it."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Again metal shavings in oil pan"

Anonymous, (2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR Unsure)
Turbo or supercharger

"Metal shavings in oil pan"

Anonymous, (2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR Unsure)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

"THE ACCELERATOR GOT STUCK IN THE QUICK ACCELERATOR MODE. IT CAUSED FOR AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS SITUATION. HE LOCAL REPAIRMAN SAID IT WAS RESOLVED BUT IT OCCURRED AGAIN. I DIDN'T GO BACK TAKE IT TO THE DEALER BECAUSE OF MY FAILED GPS SYSTEM NOT BEING RESOLVED BY HIM"

Arthur A., MA (2008 Ford Mustang GT 4.6-L V8)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Thermostat

"Thermostat plastic housing started leaking and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Ford Mustang Base 4.0-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"Oil leaks were detected from the valve covers, crankshaft seal and oil pan from an engine that has less than 50,000 miles"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt 4.6-L V8)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel injection system

"replaced fuel injector"

Anonymous, LA (2008 Ford Mustang GT)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

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