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Selecting the 2016 Mustang. How do the three engine choices compare when it comes to dependability and need for repairs.

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Response from Member976

6:46 am July 27, 2017

I have the 2015 Ecoboost 4 cylinder with 25K miles. I've not had any need for repairs (except for routine maintenance) since I bought the car. Very dependable.


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Response from Daryll

8:29 am July 27, 2017

Hi -
I had a 2013 GT for four year and 40,000 miles. Completely reliable - the first car that I have ever owned that literally nothing broke or did not work properly while I owned it.

While not the answer to your question, if the V8 fits in your budget, get it. This is one of the all-time great engines made, smooth, very powerful, and surprizingly good fuel economy for what it is. Get the six speed manual for most fun to drive. The sound it makes is world-class!

The eco-boost is probably good as well - I have heard nothing negative about this engine other than the exhaust note.

Skip the six. I did not know that they even sold those in 2016 except to the rental car companies. Still a good car but the six is not a sporting engine at all unless you get the manual. Those are probably not very common.


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Response from pejay427

12:37 pm July 27, 2017

I have owned a 2002GT, 2005GT and currently own a 2008 Shelby GT500. As far as reliability goes I have had no significant issues with any of the cars. I cannot speak on the 4 or 6 cylinder engines as all of my cars had the V-8. I did put a lot of miles on my cars, all have been driven coast to coast. As a matter of fact the 2002 is currently a daily driver for my son in California. The 2002 did have its engine replaced at approximately 150K miles and the new engine is still going strong after another 100K miles.

Naturally, economy wanes as the engines get bigger, but I am sure Fords quality is constant. Enjoy your ride.


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Response from Member1327

1:08 pm July 27, 2017

I have a 2016 GT six speed.
Some things to point out in my specific experience, which may be different due to living in California.

My fuel mileage, with a 40 mile highway commute and 5-mile city driving is at best 17MPG. I bring this up as someone said they got decent gas mileage. Unless its the California gas, I wouldnt say these cars are great for gas mileage. I do drive it like a V8 muscle car, but thats why I bought it.

Fit and finish is great, but there are a few body panels that arent aligned as well as they could be. its a small problem but I do plan on having ford address it.

As to the engine... the car is flawless. The V8 delivers power across the whole range and is an amazingly bulletproof design. I wouldnt trade it for anything.

I did test drive the V6, which was such a dissapointment that its not worth considering. Probably why ford discontinued it for 2018.

The EcoBoost 4 is interesting, but when test driving that car, it was strange to feel none of the expected grunt.

I believe a mustang should have a big V8, and thats why I got it. Totally worth it and love it with 16K miles since I bought it a year ago. All those miles have been problem free..... FROM THE ENGINE. I did have some squeaks and rattles that I needed to have the dealer address.


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Response from Member6554

1:28 pm September 29, 2017

I stay away from turbocharged engines and have a 5.0L in my GT. It's a reliable power plant without the fear of the turbos needing work down the road.


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