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The Ford Mustang has been a popular pick for muscle car enthusiasts for decades. These iconic pony cars boast impressive performance and advanced tech and safety features. However, some versions aren’t as dependable or consistent as others. Let’s look at five of the least reliable Mustang model years.

The 2016 Ford Mustang’s biggest reliability issues concern the engine

A 2016 Ford Mustang seen at the 2017 Washington Auto Show
2016 Ford Mustang | Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

First up is the 2016 Ford Mustang. This model year has had major and minor engine problems. They tend to experience oil loss that can cause engine failure, increasing the risk of a collision. Additionally, in the presence of an ignition source, oil leaks can increase the chance of a fire. According to RepairPal, annual repair costs for this Mustang model year average $829. That’s about $100 above average for a Mustang.

The 2018 Ford Mustang has engine and body hardware problems

Despite being newer, the 2018 Ford Mustang isn’t as reliable as you’d think. The main trouble spots are minor and major engine problems. Owners have also reported issues with the body hardware. That includes power windows, locks, mirrors, seat controls, and the convertible top.

The 2019 Ford Mustang has common troublespots

For the 2019 model year, two of this pony car’s most common trouble spots are the transmission and drive system. Additionally, the 2019 Ford Mustang has had three safety recalls due to its electrical system.

The 2020 Ford Mustang has 5 recalls

Common trouble spots in the 2020 Mustang concern the brakes and suspension, negatively affecting this model year’s reliability. It also has five recalls, including one for reduced rearward visibility due to a distorted or inoperable rearview camera. That problem could increase the risk of accidents in over 600,000 2020 Mustangs.

The 2022 Ford Mustang is newer but not highly reliable

Unfortunately, newer isn’t always better. For example, the 2022 Ford Mustang has questionable reliability. It has already had three recalls filed with the NHTSA, and all could increase the risk of a crash. The worst problem is a loose bolt in the transmission, which might cause rollaway in over a thousand potentially affected models.

Consider these generally reliable Mustang model years

If you’re a die-hard muscle car fanatic, don’t worry — plenty of options remain. When it comes to reliable used Ford Mustangs, the 2011 model boasts an 82/100 reliability score from J.D. Power. This Mustang year also received its most comprehensive powertrain update in over a decade.

Another used Mustang to consider is the 2008 model, which boasts an even higher J.D. Power reliability score of 87/100.

In addition, the 2014 Mustang also has an excellent 82/100 rating.


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