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Old 01-12-2009, 11:09 PM   #1
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Just out of curiosity how reliable have your mustangs been on not breaking down. My car is now 7 years old and has approx 105K on the odometer. I have 2 1/2 years of school left and aren't planning anything ridiculous for this car until a few years past that point. Since it's birth, the car has only really had two things go wrong mechanically. The first was an alternator around 60K miles and the second was the Coil Pak at around 65-70K miles. Since then she's been a champ. I was wondering if I've been lucky or if other owners have had a similar experience and wondering the big question....How long will she last before I need to either replace the Tranny or rebuild the motor. I baby the car most of the time but it still seems very responsive when I seldom floor it. I'm very good with changing my oil on time and never let it go over 100-200 miles past the 3K mark. I've been using a synthetic blend of 5W-20 since about 6-12K miles. What do you think my chances are of making it to at least 150K if not 200K without a bad transmission/motor issue?
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your chances are very good it will get that far and beyond, of course some cars have their problems, but normal maintenance keeps most cars running a long time..

Automatic transmissions do tend to wear out, but its somewhat dependent on the driver... Manual transmissions? I replaced a STOCK clutch in a 1996 GT with 218k miles on it
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ive had 3 mustangs and they have mainly been my daily drivers since 1999. I have never had any major issues on any of them, the only real issue was on my 2001, it had some clutch noise/chatter that ford had issues fixing. That is it other than a battery or something going bad (normal things that will happen to any car)
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You should be fine. I drove my 02 V6 until Dec of 07, just under 100,000 miles. Factory battery, factory belt. I had to change the fuel system but that's the only thing besides normal maintenance I had to do. The new owner has had an issue with the fuel system since then, but it's still going strong. I think he's still on the factory belt with over 120,000
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The way you take care of your car you should be good to go
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had pretty good luck with my car. i change the oil often, put in new plugs last summer, new battery last winter, and going to change the coolant pretty soon. i have about 85K right now.
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yea, keeping an eye out and doing the regular things as they are needed makes the car, people who dont do jack crap and then complain that their car is a POS are the ones that have issues lol... of course its going to be worthless if you dont take care of it.

coolant change, fuel filter, transmission fluid, and such dont overlook those.
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oh yeah i've changed the fuel filter about 3 times and plan on changing the other fluids when it warms up again.
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ive got to get my freaking fuel filter changed... i have it on the shelf... just have yet to do the deed.
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ive got to get my freaking fuel filter changed... i have it on the shelf... just have yet to do the deed.
Lol...I understand. It's a bit more of an undertaking with the IRS. I haven't found an easy way to access it yet.
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oh yeah i need to clean my filter too but i haven't had time to let it out and dry all day.
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the way you baby the car, sounds like itll last you a while. unfotunetly i abuse my car on the highway lol
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Yea its tough not to, but everyone nails it eventually especially on the highway when big a#@ trucks dont let you merge.....nice to know you can open it up and pull on them though. I'm going to probably slam it this weekend once my new exhaust system is set up and I will make a sound clip and post it later.
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Yea its tough not to, but everyone nails it eventually especially on the highway when big a#@ trucks dont let you merge.....nice to know you can open it up and pull on them though. I'm going to probably slam it this weekend once my new exhaust system is set up and I will make a sound clip and post it later.
My BUICK has seen more abuse than your car, gauranteed, and its holding up - you've got nothing to worry about I've been running almost double boost for the past 3 years
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I have a 99 with 125K on the clock. The previous owner took care of the cosmetics but when I got it the plugs were rusted to the block, leading me to believe that not only did the dealer lie to me about maintenance but the previous owner did to them as well lol. I made them change the belt (110k about 6 months ago) and just rolled 125k at the begining of the week. Im at 125,439.6 and my T-Stat just took a dump, along with my Bank 2 02 Sensor. Cant complain as I have a Tuner and just clear the code till I can get it fixed, or turn of the sensor all together.I think your car should last you quite a long time as Im not always kind to mine and its still running like a champ.Oh and I cant forget to mention 5th gear syncros require a second to catch up otherwise it grinds a hair but I got the car that way, I think the previous owner did a lot of highway driving or just used 5th way too much and slammed it in.
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So nephew how does the exhaust sound now ???
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Re: Reliability and Millage

my GT has 130k on the clock (lots of miles from the trip)... and I realize it isn't the v6, but it's going strong. The v6 I had worked great up until I totaled it with like 124k. Fuel pump went out of that one. The GT has had a t-stat go out, and some o2 sensors (with assistance from a ****** at a shop).
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I had to change the fuel system but that's the only thing besides normal maintenance I had to do. The new owner has had an issue with the fuel system since then, but it's still going strong. I think he's still on the factory belt with over 120,000
What do you mean by "fuel system"? Pump, injectors, pressure regulator, damper, fuel lines, etc.? Did you replace it all? Quite the coincidence for all that **** to go out at the same time.
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