Ford Mustangs are one of America’s favorite sports cars. Since 1964, the pony car has galloped into popular culture—from movie appearances, T-shirts, and even nail polish. The car has gone through many generations of looks and styles since its premiere, so it’s hard enough to decide which model is right for you, let alone if you can afford one. Many opt to purchase a used model, but what should hopeful Mustang owners be looking for when searching for a quality used car? Read on for the many factors you should consider before joining the Mustang Club:
The Car’s History
This is important when looking for ANY used vehicle, sports car or otherwise. Unfortunately, some of the popularity for Mustangs includes less-than legal activities, such as drag-racing. So while a used Mustang may look sleek and sexy on the outside, the inner mechanics might be a little sketchy and worn out (and not that sexy when your ride breaks down in front of your neighbors and friends). Also consider whether or not the previous owner was able to pass inspection with the car in their ownership. Always ask for a vehicle report and use reliable used car services to help you pinpoint a quality car for a great price.
Figure Out What You Want
When people say they like Mustangs, that describes an assortment of choices. There’s the typical Mustang, then GTs, and Shelby models. There’s also special editions of Mustangs such as the Club of America editions. Start from the exterior. Do you like the look of recent models or do you like the vintage car looks? Also figure out if you want a convertible or coupe, manual or automatic transmission, etc. There’s various sites you can easily compare every car model you can think of, so don’t hesitate to weigh pros and cons of having each vehicle.
Less Popular Models
Keep in mind there might be a reason why certain years and models of the Mustang weren’t received well. The 1993 Mustang LX has been criticized for its bland style, adopting a similar look from the limited-run Buick Reattas, but a few notches down in quality. Lots of Mustangs from the 1970s and 1980s have a negative reputation for their wimpy engines and less-than-impressive body style. But if you’re a fan of those models, don’t let us stop you. Just do some heavy research beforehand and consult car enthusiast message boards and reviews to make sure your dream car is as dreamy as you think it is.
Ponies may eat grass, but Mustangs eat lots of gas. However, some models are more gas-efficient than others. The average (modern) Mustang gets up to 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, so while you might want to show off your ride at work, it might not be the best commuter vehicle. The newest Mustangs are available in V4 models that brag the power of a V6 with more fuel efficiency. EcoBoost models might be ideal for you if you’re looking for something to save your gas bill.