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The Ford Mustang is as American as apple pie. This muscle car is the original pony car, and it’s been part of our automotive history in many different forms. Whether you’re looking for a pre-owned model or a brand-new version, you should know about the most common Ford Mustang problems reported by real owners.

Most common Ford Mustang problems

RepairPal collected real data for the 2010-2019 Ford Mustang models, and the most common issue was only reported by a few people. That said, here are the three top issues based on the collected data are:

  • Squeaking noise while turning due to worn outer tie rod ends – reported by 87 owners
  • Camshaft sensor magnet may damage synchronizers – reported by 30 owners
  • Intake manifold/valve cover gaskets may leak oil – reported by 25 owners

These problems haven’t impacted hundreds of owners but are something to be aware of when considering this Ford sports car.

Fix those squeaks while turning by replacing the tie rod ends

If you hear a consistent squeaking noise from your Ford Mustang while turning, it’s likely caused by worn tie rod ends. This problem typically occurs after 110,000 miles and costs between $81-$132 for the repair.

What should you do if your Ford Mustang experiences damaged synchronizers?

The second most common Ford Mustang problem occurs when the magnet for the camshaft position sensor falls out of its mount, which can cause damage to the synchronizers. This problem can be extremely serious and cause long crank times when starting the engine. Typically, when this happens, the Check Engine Light will illuminate. If this is the issue, the magnets and synchronizers must be replaced. This problem generally occurs after 102,000 miles.

What is the fix for an intake manifold gasket leak in the Ford Mustang?

A common issue of this Ford sports car is a leak in the valve cover gasket, which could result in coolant or oil leaking. Coolant in the engine oil impacts the lubricating ability of the oil. This issue typically occurs after 148,000 miles and requires replacing the gasket.

Is the Ford Mustang a reliable sports car?

Green Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 on a track
Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 | Ford

The Ford Mustang receives a reliability score of 3.5 out of 5.0 from RepairPal. This places the Mustang 20th out of 24 models for the midsize car class. RepairPal doesn’t place this Ford sports car in a sports car class. This ranking is based on three factors which are:

  • Cost – The Ford Mustang’s average annual repair and maintenance costs are $709 compared to $526 for midsize cars.
  • Frequency – Mustang owners bring their vehicles to the repair shop for unscheduled repairs 0.2 times per year compared to 0.3 for the class.
  • Severity – The probability of severe repairs for the Ford Mustang is 14% compared to 12% for midsize cars.

Is the 2023 Ford Mustang a good sports car?

Red 2023 Ford Mustang GT Convertible in front of an industrial building
2023 Ford Mustang GT Convertible | Ford

U.S. News & World Report ranks the 2023 Mustang first in the sports car and convertibles class. The Mustang offers several engines from a relatively efficient turbocharged 4-cylinder model to a powerful, gas-hungry V8. In addition to power, the new Mustang delivers impressive handling and a great ride. You’ll find modern electronics that can make this Ford sports car a great car to drive every day.

Next, check out lots of Mustangs at this Cars and Coffee event, or learn more about the 2023 Ford Mustang in this video below:


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