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2005 Ford Mustang GT; photo by Russell Purcell. Click image to enlarge
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By Chris Chase

It’s hard to believe that in the 41 years from its 1964 debut, Ford’s vaunted Mustang was redesigned just four times. That makes the 2005 model, the one whose styling most closely recalls that of the original, the fifth generation of this iconic sports car.

Subjectively, the fifth-gen Mustang is also the best-looking version since the original too. The 2005 ‘Stang – known internally at Ford and to enthusiasts as the S-197 – was the first to be built on a completely new platform since 1979, when the Fox-body car first went on sale (the 1994 model used an updated version of the Fox platform).

As it was from the beginning, the fifth-gen Mustang was available with either V6 or V8 power in GT models. The six-cylinder was a 4.0-litre engine making 210 horsepower, while the V8 displaced 4.6 litres and produced 300 horsepower.

In 2007, the Shelby GT500 variant debuted. It was the rock star of the Mustang line, with a 5.4-litre supercharged V8 boasting 500 horsepower. The GT500 KR (King of the Road) arrived in limited numbers (just 100 were available in North America) for 2009 with a 540-hp version of the 5.4-litre engine.

The 2010 Mustang was redesigned, but the mechanicals stayed the same until the arrival of all-new V6 and V8 engines in 2011.

Transmission choices were five-speed manual or automatic in V6 and V8 models, and a six-speed manual was the only one offered in GT500 models.

Used Vehicle Review: Ford Mustang, 2005 2009 used car reviews ford
2006 Ford Mustang V6 convertible; photo by Chris Chase. Click image to enlarge

Little changed with regard to the Mustang’s mechanicals between 2005 and 2010, save for the car’s fuel consumption ratings. In 2005, V6 models were rated at 12.3/7.6 L/100 km (city/highway), and V8 models at 13.3/9.2. In 2009, the numbers were 12.5/7.8 for V6 cars and 13.8/8.7 for V8 models. With the more potent 5.4-litre engine, official consumption ratings were 15.5/10.1 (city/highway).

Perhaps not surprisingly, Consumer Reports lists “drive system” (which in the Mustang’s case, means differential) problems as common in V8-powered cars. This thread details one failure, but on a car with aftermarket parts.

My feeling is that the majority of these failures will happen in cars that have been driven hard and have seen frequent drag strip use.

Watch for rust, particularly along the leading edge of the hood ; here’s another thread on the same topic.

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