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Key Specs

of the 2008 Ford Mustang. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Power for the money (GT)
  • Handling
  • Acceleration (GT)
  • Navigation option
  • Classic looks
  • V-8 exhaust note

The Bad

  • V6 automatic Mustang disappointing
  • No curtain airbags
  • No light, storage or cupholders in backseat
  • Optional gauges too dim in sunlight
  • Poor reliability history
  • Poor rear visibility

Notable Features of the 2008 Ford Mustang

  • Side airbags now standard
  • ABS standard on GT
  • Coupe or convertible body styles
  • Standard audio input jack
  • High-performance Shelby GT500KR

2008 Mustang Video

Cars.com's Patrick Olsen walks you through the 2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt.

Latest 2008 Mustang Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Very sporty with lots of power

by Pastor Shawn from Columbia City, IN on July 19, 2018

I really like it but it's not the most practical vehicle. If you're by yourself or with just one person it's great. Really doesn't have a back seat. Read full review

(5.0)

Dream Car Shelby GT500

by Dan from Rockford on July 13, 2018

It?s the top of the line when it comes to Mustangs. 2008 Ford Mustang Cobra Shelby GT500. Drives great. Looks great. Very comfortable. Off the line won?t lose. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2008 Ford Mustang currently has 7 recalls

NHTSA Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2008 Ford Mustang V6 Deluxe

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall Rollover Rating
5 Star
Driver's
5 Star
Passenger's
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
4 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Mustang received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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