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How good are Mustang 4cyl's?

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How good are Mustang 4cyl's?

Post by junkyard junky on February 12th 2013, 5:04 am

I found an early 90's mustang convertible 4cyl with a 5 speed local. I've never been around the 4 cylinders much? Are they pretty decent engines? With gas prices going up I need something pretty decent of fuel. Also looking for another convertible to drive besides dad's chevelle.

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Post by Reb Stew on February 12th 2013, 5:04 pm

I've never had one but with gas prices I'd take the chance and see.

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Re: How good are Mustang 4cyl's?

Post by extenzegrl on February 12th 2013, 5:25 pm

I had a 93 4banger it was auto... it was decent.. no different than a caviler really in my opinion, they got the stang label.. but nothing else that a real one has under the hood.. lol. I never had any problem other that the top getting tricky in it's old age and the wear on it... good luck.
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Post by 911TAZZ on February 12th 2013, 9:33 pm

They're not bad.they get decent mileage.just a little lacking in the power department, but the 5 speed should help a little
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Post by falconwagon62 on February 12th 2013, 10:44 pm

2.3 & 2.5 motors are one of the best ever made...Fuel injection pepped them up as well...From the Pinto, Tempo, Ranger, Mustang they are easy to work on, cheap on parts, and there is plenty of them out there...same 5 speed that's in my 62 Ranchero.....Buy it, you'll be happy...no 5.0 power, but you'll get 20-28 MPG depending on how you drive it......
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Post by TurboPinto on February 12th 2013, 11:45 pm

To echo what has been said, you're not going to get anywhere in a hurry with this but the 5 speed is a huge plus. Hopefully it has been maintained because they will run forever if you take care of them.
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Post by junkyard junky on February 13th 2013, 1:19 am

The seller said he installed new brakes all the way around and new timing belt along with a water pump. I figured it would be slow but I don't mind. I was really looking for another convertible. I plan on checking it out soon.

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Post by Nanook on February 13th 2013, 4:58 am

Ditto what everyone else has to say. Go for it! The 2.3 and 2.5 are good, dependable motors if maintained and if you ever want to do a V6/V8 swap it's not too difficult. Plus parts are dime a dozen for mid to late Fox-bodies and the same goes for the motors too.

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Post by Reb Stew on February 13th 2013, 8:00 am

Just for the record.. Kevin's to modest to brag but that blue pinto in his avatar is a 4 banger pulling it's front wheels off the ground. They can be made to run if you want to get a little more power out of them.

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Post by Arieldouglas on February 14th 2013, 1:29 am

Timing belt is the key. If the oil has been changed regularly they just keep on going. I had a Pinto with 2.3 and 5 speed. A power pole jumped out and killed it. Sad I still miss that car.
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Re: How good are Mustang 4cyl's?

Post by dieseldr on February 18th 2013, 2:16 am

Had a 2.3 in a 93 ranger, 29 MPG with the 5 speed. It had 190,000 on it when a young driver drilled it in the "donkey" in a parking lot. If he hadn't been going 40 mph + when he came into that icy lot, he mighta hung onto 'er. But I couldn't hang onto the ranger after he got done with it. Insurance company owned it then. Nobody hurt.
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Re: How good are Mustang 4cyl's?

Post by junkyard junky on February 18th 2013, 2:23 am

Went and took a look at it today. The car was at his dad's house. When I got there it was in the garage beening worked on. Oil was beening changed. Guy said " I didn't think you would be here for another hour." The "dent" in the quarter panel affect about a two foot area. Looked thru the back glass and there was a big ol chunk of ice in there. Asked if it was a factory five speed and was told it was originaly an automatic. I decided to pass on it.

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Re: How good are Mustang 4cyl's?

Post by extenzegrl on February 18th 2013, 11:21 pm

Smile trust your gut!
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Re: How good are Mustang 4cyl's?

Post by Nanook on February 20th 2013, 6:05 am

extenzegrl wrote:Smile trust your gut!

Ditto! Sounds like it was 'fluffed up a bit' prior to you seeing it in person.

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Re: How good are Mustang 4cyl's?

Post by junkyard junky on February 12th 2015, 3:10 am

Found another early 90's mustang convertible. 145k miles. 4cyl with a V8 5 speed. It was a factory 5 speed. Had two pictures taken 20 feet from the car. Has scratches on the front bumper and is missing the passenger side mirror. No interior pictures. What do these usually run nowadays?

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Re: How good are Mustang 4cyl's?

Post by Reb Stew on February 12th 2015, 4:01 am

Not what you would think. They are selling cheap

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Re: How good are Mustang 4cyl's?

Post by falconwagon62 on February 12th 2015, 8:16 pm

Hows about a Turbo Coupe 2.3, T5 5 speed set up and a 71 Pinto Jonathan......I think your too tall for a Mustang.....lol



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Post by junkyard junky on February 13th 2015, 4:06 am

The more and more I see about those supercharged 4 cylinders, the more I like them. My likes early 2000's vw beetle diesels and I fit really good in them actually!

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