I was planning to purchase a 5.0 liter GT or LX mustang coupe between
1989 - 1993 but I came across a 4 cylinder 2.3 liter mustang coupe. The
owner is selling the car for $1200.00 cash firm. The car has 5 speed
manual trans and 99,000 miles on it. Are 4 cylinder mustangs around
that era any good? Besides having smaller engine, is this car identical
to the 5.0 liter mustangs? I live in southern california.
Thanks alot in advance.
Sounds like a good deal to me. The 4-Banger Mustang is reletively the same
car by looks and handling, they're alright I guess, if you like 4-Bangers.
Now a 5.0 Mustang now your talking.......But you should consider what the
vehicle is going to be used for and what are your needs. If your tight on
cash and only using it to go to work and back ...that sort of thing, then
the 4 cyl. might a good choice...it's good bang for your buck. But........If
you want to show off a little and be proud of what you're driving....oh and
have lots of money for gas!, then go ahead, get a 5.0...its a real blast!
(you wont regret it) Personaly those years are my favorite, but not the
hatchback ones, just the trunk lid ones, 5.0 LX. what a beauty!
You can't go wrong either way. From a guy who has both (for many years),
here's the deal in a nutshell:
2.3L are impossible to destroy. At least the drivetrain anyway. The 2.3L
varies from 89 horse (87-90) to 109 horse (91-93). either way, the
performace is the same: not great. Mileage is in the low 20s around town
and maybe 30 on the highway for a 5-spd. Basically, these cars don't get a
lot of respect but who cares, they run forever and are cheap on gas and
cheap to fix. The interior is practically identical to the 5.0Ls. except the
seats are even crappier in the 2.3, if that is possible.
5.0Ls are a hoot, and the 302 is a solid runner for 300K if you take care of
it. 300lbs of torque gets squirrelly real fast though if there is rain. You
have to take it easy. The T-5 tranny is okay, just don't power shift it. The
8.8 rear has proven to be almost as good as the 9 inch. Again, they are easy
to fix and cheap to get parts and if you want to make it faster, it's
probably the easiest, cheapest car on the planet to do it to. Mileage is
about 17 in the city, 25 on the highway (more if you have the 2.73
gears).That said, a lot of these cars have been bagged but clean ones can
still be found. The interior is pretty cheap, just like the 2.3, but again,
it's easy to repair.
I'll tell you, when I drive my 5.0 I say I'll just sell my 2.3, what's the
point of keeping it around. But after a few days in the 2.3 I wonder if my
5.0L isn't just a toy, as 300lbs of torque is a little much just to drive to
In the end, they're both good cars, but totally different. You just have to
figure out if the performance is what you want.
money. I currently have a 93 2.3 convertible and I love using it as my
everyday car, Handles nice, even in the rain and snow!. Driving the
5.0 I had every day became a bit tiring. Don't get me wrong, I loved
the car, it's just for everyday driving it wasn't the best and it was
always a little hairy in the rain and forget the snow, it just
wouldn't go! Happy searching.
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