The Mustang GT does more than go fast in a straight line. Agile handling and good brakes, a tolerable ride and comfortable seats, easy access and a good view out all contribute to a satisfyingly enjoyable drive. It doesn't hurt that the V8 is a hell-raiser that sounds great and the six-speed manual has short throws and an easy shift action.
Alerts
There are 6 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).
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).

Owner Reports

Worse Better
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.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
NA
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.
NA
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

The Mustang GT does more than go fast in a straight line. Agile handling and good brakes, a tolerable ride and comfortable seats, easy access and a good view out all contribute to a satisfyingly enjoyable drive. It doesn't hurt that the V8 is a hell-raiser that sounds great and the six-speed manual has short throws and an easy shift action. (The V6 also provides decent oomph.) The rear seat is very tight, but not impossible to use. Fit and finish are mostly good.

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
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 3.7-liter V6 (305 hp)
  • 5-liter V8 (420 hp)
  • 5.8-liter V8 supercharged (662 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 Ford Mustang owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

"water pump severe leak"

Anonymous, SC (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"If the car is parked in a downward slope and it rains the interior carpet gets wet to the point of becoming a puddle behind the front passenger seat in the back foot well."

Drew J., OR (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Every rain, floorboard woul be soaked and water sloshed in doors."

Anonymous, AR (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)
Squeaks or rattles

"Car has loud squeaks coming from rear. Can't seem to find why. Dealer replaced struts, etc. but did not alleviate noises."

Jeb H., VA (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"Under carriage squeeks were unable to be repaired by dealer. Convertible top alignment likewise could not be repaired."

Anonymous, SC (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"At 36000 just after warrantee expired the car developed variety of rattles and squeeks!"

Drew J., OR (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"Clunking noise in trunk area. Dealer replaced shock and strut but noise is still occurring . Considering returning to dealer to check"

Jeb H., VA (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"I had a rattle in the left rear, but when I removed my winter tires/wheels and put on the summer wheels and tires, it went away. No clue yet as to why"

Brian Y., NY (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"Rattles in rear area"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"Noise by the back trunk area, especially when you go over bumps in the road"

Curtis T., WI (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"Numerous suspension squeaks and rattles. Sounds like I'm driving and old wooden sailing ship"

Thomas B., CA (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"Dash rattles"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"has a terrible squeak in the rear related to suspension bushings and is terribly annoying. Have had to dealer at least 3 times and they say it is just the bushings and they cant do anything about it"

Anonymous, TN (2013 Ford Mustang 3.7-L V6)

"Right rear sway bar was replaced, was under warranty"

D G., NY (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"Rattle under passenger dash which was promptly corrected"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"There is a rattling coming from the right side of the car"

Dennis E., FL (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"Rear suspension squeaks as the vehicle raises and lowers when going over bumps."

Anonymous, VA (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"Continue to have noise from rear section of car. Have had shocks changed,etc. but dealer can't seem to find problem."

Jeb H., VA (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"Loud squeaking and groaning from both the front suspension and rear suspension. Have been unable to fix and believe that front lower A arms and rear suspension bushings will need to be replaced."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"Rattles in dash/console that just keep getting worse."

Drew J., OR (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"Rattle doming from inside the dash"

Charles M., CA (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"Squeaking noises coming from rear of car. Bushings were replaced to correct the problem."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)
Wind noise

"constant wind noise due to poor front windshield installation"

Anonymous, SC (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"The window closure has been improved from my older 1998 model. However, there is still quite a bit of wind/road noise coming into the passanger compartment from the rear well. At times it sounds like a truck is next to you on the road"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"The body by the front tires would pop out a little periodically. I would have to push it back in by hand along the wheel well. It happened on both sides."

Robert R., VT (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"Front spoiler bottoms out in driveways"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"When I hit a bump the front right bumper comes loose from one of it's bolts around the right front tire. I had to bring it in to have the technician put it back in place The second time i was able to get it back in place"

Robert R., CA (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"front bumper clips were broke off without impact"

Kenneth S., OR (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"I had a lot of issues with the paint on the hood specifically chipping."

Christopher H., FL (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"Had the hood replaced just as the warrantee ran out. Aluminum hood started corroding on leading and trailing edges!"

Drew J., OR (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"Paint bubbling on lip of hook Paint shop said it was reaction of glue on aluminum hood"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"cracking paint spots"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"Paint blister on hood"

Neal T., FL (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"2 quarter sized holes opened up on my hood. Due to aluminum hood being formed with steel rollers at the factory. Surface prep inadequate, steel deposits formed bubbles underneath paint, and eventually broke through. Clear coat on rear truck decklid faded off vehicle, creating a matte finish. Also a common issue with 2013/2014 mustangs."

Anonymous, PA (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"Rear sail panel on trunk. Have painted it three times and it looks great for about a month, then the cracking begins. NOT satisfied with this at all."

Mark M., MO (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"The car has an aluminum hood with paint bubbling/blistering due to ferrous contamination during painting that caused a problem with the paint bonding to the metal due to electrogalvanic issues."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)
Rust

"The GT has an aluminum hood, yet I had paint blistering and bubbling on the leading edge of the hood. Ford refused to fix it since it was a "rust through.'I spent my own $ to fix it"

Brian Y., NY (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Coolers and lines

"water pump broke at 20000 miles. Dealer at first said no problem. It wasn't until I brought dealer a jar full of coolant that they agreed there was a problem"

Anonymous, SC (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)
Gear selector or linkage

"Shifts harder onto second gear in cold weather"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"It didn't want to go into gear at lower RPM's. Eventually it bent a shift fork."

Anonymous, (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)
Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

"Slave cylinder malfunctioned causing clutch pedal to stay on the floor"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 5.8-L V8 supercharged)
Rough shifting

"This has been happening for a long time. I'm talking years. Since it doesn't effect the car during normal driving I delayed having it looked it. The only problem I have is when I'm shifting from 2nd to 3rd (manual transmission), and I'm trying to shift quickly at high rpm, near the redline. Most of the time the shifter will no go into gear and I have to keep trying or lower the rpm's by slowing down to get it to go into gear. This only happens under these conditions and only from 2nd to 3rd. When the technician said that to resolve the problem they would have to tear down the transmission, I told him to forget about it. It's not worth spending thousands of dollars to repair something that only causes a problem when I'm trying to maximize acceleration. The only time I'm trying to maximize acceleration is when I'm trying to do something I'm not supposed to be doing anyway."

Laurence C., VA (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"I have BOSS 302 and the gears will grind every once in awhile when changing gears from 1st to 2nd and it's difficult at times going in to 3rd due to the gate. it will go in to 5th or between the two. MT82 is not a good transmission Ford should recall"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"The rough shifting is what lead me to discover that the transponder was going bad. It started a couple years earlier but was not often enough to find the issue. I had the transmission fixed at a local shop and it cost me $600 and about 4 hours. The Ford dealership wanted twice that amount and said they would have my car for over a week!"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"Transmission leaked causing rough shifting. Closed system meant fluid cannot be added but entire system had to be replaced out of warranty. Very expensive. Shouldn't happen on car with so few miles."

Jeb H., VA (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"Smell of burning transmission fluid when going uphill at high rpm"

Thomas B., CA (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"Trans oil pan leaking fluid. Repaired under warranty"

Larry T., ON (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"This was a big issue as the 6 spd auto tranny would not sift out of first gear at random times. Turns out there was a magnetic speed sensor in the tranny that would get fouled with metal shavings (go figure- in a tranny) and malfunction periodically. This was a very expensive fix according to the Ford service dept as it required a whole new harness supposedly"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Ford Mustang 3.7-L V6)

"Transmission shifted roughly"

Karen L., CT (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"The problem started a couple years ago. It would shift really hard or seemed to be slipping. I would shut it off and restart and the issue would be gone. Then a year ago it started slipping a lot on a short trip. I took it to Auto Zone and they ran code on it so I knew what was wrong. I took it to a well known local shop after talking to the Ford dealership. The dealership wanted $1200 and almost 2 weeks to fix my car. The local shop wanted $600 and it took about 4 hours from the time I dropped it off till I picked it back up."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-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

"Top wouldn't go down"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"The problem is with both rear quarter panel drain tubes causing water to be retained in the quarter panels. Sometimes it takes 2 or 3 days for all the water to drain out of the panels. Dealers have been unable to unstop or replace the drain tubes."

Anonymous, NC (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)
Doors or sliding doors

"Both doors would fill up with water when it rained for any period of time, requiring me to remove the drains to get the water out."

Christopher H., FL (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)
Mirrors

"The puddle light on driver side fell out"

Larry B., OR (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"Rear view mirror vibration - replaced under warranty"

Dan M., CA (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"puddle lamp problems"

Kevin F., IN (2013 Ford Mustang 3.7-L V6)

"driver's side exterior mirror fell off, and was NOT covered by warranty, there was no indication that something hit it?? Ford wanted $500 plus to replace it, had a friend reconnect with a $20 rubber washer...it is still on"

Mike S., CA (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"Mirror controls stopped functioning."

Anonymous, PA (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)
Windows

"Driver side window went out of alignment, creating a loud squeak, and risking greater damage"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

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

"Clunking sound coming from front of vehicle was corrected by replacing ball joints."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)
Bushings

"Control arm bushing are very noisy but I am now out of warranty. Ford had a program to replace these under warranty if people complained but my noises didn't start until the suspension was out of warranty. Now I'm looking at a $500 repair bill"

Thomas B., CA (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"Left front lower control arm replaced due to noisy, squeaking bushing. Replacement arm has a heat shield to better protect bushing from exhaust heat"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"The issue was only heard when the car went slowly over bumps and it was a grinding noise above the front tires. The dealership replaced the parts and indicated that it was not a safety issue"

Anonymous, MO (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Left front shock groaned when going over speed bumps or pot holes. Ford determined that the strut was broken and replace the entire unit"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"The problem was not solved after 5 visits to the initial dealer. I went to a new dealer and it took 3 times to fix the problem. There was a grinding, crunching noise every time I drove over a curb, speed bump or elevation in the road"

Dennis E., FL (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"noisy control arm stabilizer fixed under warranty. did not effect driving but quite noisy at times."

Amber-Ethan S., VA (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)
Tie rods

"Front lower control arms were replaced under warranty at 29890 miles"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)
Tire wear is uneven

"My problem is similar to "Bump Steer". The car wants to follow unevenness in pavement. The caster and camber can not be changed, only the toe in. Therefore, it requires a driver to constantly be aware of steering direction. A lot more so than any ot"

Larry R., OK (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"leaked at water pump"

Loyd P., TN (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)
Overheating

"Overheated in 1 minute...the A/C stopped working and 30 seconds later the car started to overheat really fast. Parked, solved by Ford, Relay replaced, if I had not been next to my university It could have damaged the engine"

Ivan P., FL (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)
Water pump

"water pump failed, common problem"

Loyd P., TN (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"The water pump failed. The only indication that something was wrong was that the internal heating was no longer working"

Holly L., WA (2013 Ford Mustang)

"Water pump leaking and has to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"Failed, stopped working, replaced it"

Anonymous, IA (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"Water pump sprung a leak. Ford picked up the car, replaced the pump and returned the car in less than 24 hours"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"In November 2014: Heat intermittent as well as engine temp getting up to 240 degrees, found coolant in engine bay and dealership diagnosed as bad water pump. Car out of warranty due to mileage so cost was $600.00"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"Stopped working. Replaced free under warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Since purchasing this Boss 302 Mustang I have replaced three compressors. The last one was three months after warranty expired and six months after last A C repair. Ford refused to fix free of charge in spite of clearly being an ongoing defect. I paid another AC mechanic to replace and hope that does the trick. I have a second car I drive every day now and have not put many miles on the car since last repair. Ford treated me very badly in spite of having bought one of their showcase cars. Will n"

Mark B., FL (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)
Automatic climate control

"Spent average $500 per year trying to keep it working after second year."

Anonymous, AR (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)
Evaporator

"This problem is hidden by the dash. My warranty would not kick in unless the lead was identified and the repair facility would not foot the bill for removing the dash to look for the leak. I had already paid for two A/C recharges so I felt fairly confident the lead was there. In the end Warranty Direct paid for the repair except for the attached Accumulator (not defective) which I paid for $130.70."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"The Evaporator is located inside the dash. Several refills with Leak dye were necessary to make sure it was the evaporator, because of the labor cost. The warranty would not give the go ahead unless I was liable for labor if it wasn't the evaporator."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)
Heater system

"Rear defroster cable came unsoldered. Couldn't defrost the rear window"

Michael H., WY (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)
Refrigerant leaks

"It was fixed and back on the road in no time"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"It wouldn't blow cold air starting last year."

Anonymous, PA (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"A/C unit would blow but would not cool the air. Recharged and worked for about 6 months. Need to have it checked. Will recharge and fix leak or replace compressor and/or evaporator and/or condenser."

Anonymous, VA (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

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

Differential

"Hard rubber case under rear of car cracked and had to be replaced."

Dennis H., IN (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"Had to replace rear end carrier bearings - on warranty"

Dan M., CA (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"noise while driving at aprox 60 mph"

Anonymous, NH (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"Serious leak"

Anonymous, GA (2013 Ford Mustang)

"Had a leaking seal the dealer fixed promptly under warranty. No recurrence"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"excessive whinning. Pinion bearing had to be replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"Seal replaced and stoped leak"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)
Driveshaft or axle

"rattling in drive shaft"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 5.8-L V8 supercharged)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"recall-was fixed"

Stewart H., VA (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"Sync stopped accepting voice commands. Repair shop reset it but didn't reprogram it with my settings. I haven't used it since"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"System would lock up (stuck indexing) and not allow voice commands for the USB function. Vehicle health reports were not working. After two software updates, those problems are gone, but now Bluetooth automatic connectivity is less reliable"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"Not always reliable"

Bruce B., CT (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"airbag recall"

Amber-Ethan S., VA (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"Airbag for drivers front wasrecalled and replaced. The warning light came on even before I left the dealers lot. It’s never stayed off properly."

Robert B., VA (2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 5.0-L V8)
Pipes

"One of the exhaust pipes was slightly too close to the sub frame. This was causing a slight rattle, the dealer fixed it quickly and under warranty."

Anonymous, (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-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 cap

"The tubing that receives the gas pump is made of plastic. It cracked on our Mustang. It is one piece, all the way to the gas tank and had to be replaced. We were lucky that the car was still under warranty because it is an expensive repair"

Stan P., CA (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"Gas cap does not seal. Keeps triggering check engine light"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"The capless fuel system is touchy. The error light has come on twice in the last year. Both times a little silicone spray and readjustment of the fill pipe has fixed it. The annoyance comes from the "Check Engine" light being activated because of"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"It has no fuel cap, but it continuously turns on the CEL on the dash and when code is pulled, it is for a gross fuel leak from faulty cap. Reset too many times to count....all after the 36k warranty and Ford says you have to purchase the complete filler assembly....which is NOT cheap."

Mark M., MO (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Warning light came on. Took to dealer to fix."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Mustang 3.7-L V6)

"Sensor went out that forced a repair costing about $300 and a couple of days in the shop."

Kirby W., TX (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-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

Display screen difficult to see

"The radio display screen began frosting over. It began in one corner and spread to most of the screen before I had it replaced"

Anonymous, MO (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"The radio display would go blank for a few seconds periodically."

Robert R., VT (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"GPS antenna failed"

Robert W., WA (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Settings lost and must perform a hard reset (disconnect and reconnect battery) to fix"

Bruce B., CT (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"I brought the car back to Ford 7 times after replacing the clutch. The Ford dealership did not know how to properly bleed to hydraulic lines. It had to be towed twice, because the transmission was locked in neutral."

William V., (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)
Torque converter

"made noise"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Tansmission slipped, leaked and burned. Ford re-built it under warranty. Still must be leaking because it still smells"

Thomas B., CA (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"I had to have the transmission replaced twice because it got stuck in gear. They are known to have a "glass transmission" so although disappointing it was partially to be expected."

Anonymous, (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

"False knock was detected in high rpm/high load driving situations causing the ECM to shut down cylinders. Major annoyance when track driving"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"Tuneup due to fuel octane count"

Anonymous, BC (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)
Oil leaks

"Had an oil leak in the engine from a plug. Replaced the plug and fixed oil leak problem"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"There was an oil leak at the timing chain gasket. If my son had not stuck his phone down the front of the engine I would have never known about it"

Jean P., TX (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

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.

What Owners Say

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"mustang pony "puddle light" is an led and it came loose and fell out of it's socket on passenger rear view mirror"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)
Gauges

"Seems that fuel gauge was getting stuck at 1/2. Had to have mother board replaced twice. Was told to remove keys from ignition when refueling. This seems to work"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)
Horn

"It just quit working, they replaced switches in steering wheel"

L P., TN (2013 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Normal routine brake wear

"It used to be that when the pads were low, the brakes would make a squeaking sound and you'd know it's time to change the pads. I never heard this squeaking sound, and it turned out that I need needed the front rotors turned and the rear rotors replaced. When I asked why I never heard the squeaking sound, which would have saved me hundreds of dollars, the technician said that cars don't do that anymore. If they don't do that, then how is the driver supposed to know when it's time to change the pads. There should be some other notification system letting the driver know it's time to change the pads. Maybe Ford the adding this sound to the pads was too costly, and instead decided to rely on physical inspection to determine if the pads need to be replaced. I have lower than average miles on this car, and I don't have to equipment or the expertise to determine if the pads are low on my own. I hardly ever bring the car in for maintenance because I don't drive the car enough to need to bring it in for routine maintenance very often. I feel Ford should do something so that the driver is notified when I critical system is about to fail, or is about to cost them a whole lot more money if they don't take care of the problem soon."

Laurence C., VA (2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"Front pads down to 20%, time to replace."

Lance M., OR (2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 5.8-L V8 supercharged)

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

What Owners Say

Coil

"apparently the coil packs on my 3.7l v6 were slowly failing, but there was no indication of that and it seems premature given the miles on the car"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Ford Mustang 3.7-L V6)

Engine Major

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

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