4th Gen (1994 – 2004) Ford Mustang Problems

The 4th generation of the Mustang has a cumulative PainRank™ of 6.25. That can be compared against other Ford generations. Shopping for a Ford? So far, so good. But there are some warning signs to watch for.

Owners of the 1994–2004 Mustang model years have sent in 220 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the engine (22%) followed by the body (12%) and the electrical (10%).

Comparing Years in This Generation

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Ford model years.

Watch out for the 2001 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Reliability PainRank (?)
2004 27
8.04
2003 23
6.45
2002 36
8.17
2001 19
10.76
2000 20
5.09
1999 25
5.32
1998 18
7.59
1997 3
0.77
1996 9
6.23
1995 28
6.94
1994 9
3.41

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