200K+ Mustangs


Who out there has or has seen Mustangs with 200K+ miles? Also are there any folks who have reached 200K miles from brand new? I always said when I buy my new stang, whenever that day may be, I'll keep it forever. Currently though, I drive a 99 V6 with 269K on the body, the motor was replaced and has to have around 150 to 160. Love my car, been through so much. Any other stories?


Wrench Monkey
My car recently made it to 220,000 before the engine died. I drove it on the beach, in the mud, lots of dirt roads, and lots high mileage road trips. Now it's time to get a new engine. All the fluids had dirt, sand, and grasshoppers in them when I drained the car.
650,000. . . wow. Somebody babied their car.


My old 97 sixxer (little brother owns it now) is sitting at 205k. All original motor, and original slushbox tranny.


@ProjectVicky grasshoppers in the powersteering fluid huh lol that'll mess em up. I kind of wish my aunt wasn't so cruel to my sixer, that original motor woulda had almost 270,000 on it in just a few weeks :rolleyes: but the body is definitely reflectant of of that 270k to be. OXIDATION


Active Member
Glad to know mines getting a few it's st 137000.


Away from V6's for now........
Honestly its like any car, you do the routine maintenance and don't run it through the ringer, chances are its going to last a while.


New Member
I have 170,000 miles on my 2001 3.8 V6. Ive owned it ten years and drive the heck out of it everyday. I have never had any major problems with it. In all that time I have replaced a cam syncronizer once and my passenger side manifold twice. Other than regular tuneups and brakes it has been the most dependable car ive ever owned.

Mad Dog

I have almost 300 miles on my base Pony car, now. So, I should be good to go until the Good Shepard shuts me down, and I die a happy man.
Who out there has or has seen Mustangs with 200K+ miles? Also are there any folks who have reached 200K miles from brand new? I always said when I buy my new stang, whenever that day may be, I'll keep it forever. Currently though, I drive a 99 V6 with 269K on the body, the motor was replaced and has to have around 150 to 160. Love my car, been through so much. Any other stories?

Mine has 209,646.9 miles on it as of my return home from work about a half of an hour ago.

I'm not the original owner. I think I'm something like owner number four or five.

I saw the car advertised on the Internet by a Jeep dealer in the nearest big city to me. The "Internet Special" asking price was $3,995. I thought that was a lot for a '99 with 196K on it. But, I paid the dealership a visit, anyhow.

When I got there, the salesdood asked me if I was looking for something in particular and I showed him the Internet ad I responded to. The car wasn't there. In was in some mysterious "off site" location. But, they'd fetch it for me, if I was serious. I was, so they fetched it. Now, I had arrived there on a Saturday at 1:00 PM. That's "primetime" for selling cars in my corner of the world. But this car that they had advertised wasn't even on the lot. That told me that when Tuesday rolled around, that sucker was going to auction. They'd already had it for three months.

On the test drive, the old bucket of bolts was the quickest New Edge I had driven while appearing to be the most unloved. Test drive over, salesdood asked me if I wanted to "go in the box." I said, "Hell, yeah," and when we got in his little cubicle, I told him to tell his desk that I'd give him $1,200 in cash for the thing. Salesdood said he couldn't do that. I got up out of my seat and started for the front door. It turned out that salesdood COULD go tell the desk what my offer was. Desk came back with $2,700.00 saying he wouldn't go lower because the car had a rebuilt engine at 160K. I told the desk to come back with with some proof that the car had a rebuilt engine in it and I'd give him a counter offer. Desk didn't have that paperwork. My original offer stood. Desk said "no way" and came back with $2,200.00. I said "Have a nice day and good luck at the auction on Tuesday."

My now ex-wife was with me for this deal and she about screwed the whole thing up when they came back with $2,200.00. I told her that if she like the thing that much, she could pay $2,200.00 for it but I was taking myself, my business, and my cash elsewhere.

In the end, I got the got the car for $1,200.00.

It was an 80 mile trip from the dealership to my home. I stopped at a truck scale on the way and weighed the car. It scaled at 3,070 pounds. A few days later, I drove it another 80 or so miles to my nearest drag strip. I made a few passes with it, and it ran around 15.8, which is about what a car at that weight putting 155-160ish horsepower to the ground should do, according to math. The drivetrain definitely seemed healthy enough.

Underneath the grime and crusty crud of neglect was a pristine interior. It took a massive douching to reveal it, though.

Under the spare tire, along with hair scrunchies, tampons, un-used diapers, empty mascara tubes, and mis-matched toddler socks, there was a pile of paperwork.

In that paperwork was a towing bill to a Ford dealer. Along with that was a receipt for diagnostics and an estimate. Then, there was some warranty claim paperwork. A chain of evidence, suggesting that someone tried to start a hydrolocked engine and destroyed it, requiring a replacement at 167,000 miles.

One big mystery to me was why my car had an 8.8 rear end in it when I bought it. (It doesn't now. It now has a 7.5 with 3.73 gears and an Auburn limited-slip). The answer was in the pile of papers under the spare tire. First owner had some kind of on-going complaint about weird noise from the rear end. The car got a new 8.8 3.27 geared, limited-slip equipped rear axle as a warranty repair. I have that axle in case I decide to go forced induction. I put an overhauled and modded 7.5 back in to reduce unsprung weight and improve handling. That was the theory, anyhow.

I daily drive my '99 and run it on a nearby road racing course on open track days. It might suck as a "Muscle Car," but as something to grab-ass Porsche 944's and Subaru BRZ's with, it's been the bargain of the century. Hands down, it's my favorite hobby car of any I've had, even though it doesn't do anything great and isn't the easiest thing in the world to haul ass around a road racing course in. I've had two Mustangs previously: a '66 GT and a '92 LX 5.0. And a Corvette.... And a GTA Trans Am... And some British roadster junk here and there. My last play toy car was a Porsche 924S which is a 944 drivetrain with closer-ratio transaxle in the lighter and more aerodynamic 924 body shell. That's what my 99 V6 was meant to replace. I guess I like my Mustang so much because, although it doesn't do anything great, i.e., it isn't the best handling (Porsche for the win, there) or the easiest thing to set good lap times in (Porsche and GTA Trans Am in a two-way tie), or the quickest (AAR 'Cuda and LX 5.0 in a 13.75 second tie), it is quick enough, handles well enough, is a hell of a lot of fun on the track because of its Fox-Based Mustang handling quirks that remain present and accounted for, it is comfortable enough, roomy enough, gets good enough fuel economy.....

When I bought my Mustang, my goal was to find a New Edge to build a sports car out of and if I didn't find one by some arbitrary date I had selected, I was going to give up and buy a new Subaru BRZ.

The way it turned out, I think I have a lot more fun than I would have had with a BRZ and I have it for less that what you might expect to pay for a brand new golf cart. I'll never get rid of it, unless I wreck it beyond repair. If that happens, I'll have another V6 New Edge to replace it, but I'll never be without one, going forward.

Pete fender

Pete Fender
252,550 and counting.
I bought mine new, under the "X-Plan," a deal in which because my employer, a large chain of construction equipment rental stores, bought all Ford trucks, there was a huge price cut.
I paid what a salesman would.
They of course pulled the credit re-check, and wanted more interest.
I had come to pick up the car that day, having refused extras like window tint and stripes.
But I reminded them the law.
Up until you drive off their property, the customer can opt out of the contract.
The head finance officer reluctantly left the interest rate at 8.2%.
Later that month, my credit union told me they could give me a better deal, even though I was only a member for two weeks.
I got 5.5%.
I have driven this car all over the eastern US, mostly in Florida, hot as Hades!
I also had the axle problem, and under warranty, got an 8.8" GT rear, and when the clutches started slipping, I installed the Cobra Kevlar clutch plates myself.
I am a mechanic , so nobody has worked on this car but me, except the 8.8 installation and many sets of tires.
Now, it has a vibration in the motor, I think a new timing chain and balancer are in order.
The 03 Cobra bumper cover went right on, and so did 2007 Bullitt style wheels.
I had done the "Jerry Mod" to the 4R70W trans myself at about 2,000 miles, and the shock of 1-2 shifts may have allowed the balance ring to slip, unbalancing the motor. the balance shaft is gear driven by the camshaft.

On the Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, Florida

Older picture, There is a grill delete now.

People told me it was too much, but I put a 3" two piece H-pipe in, after market converters welded in, and a GT cat back exhaust with Dynomax mufflers and a free set of ceramic coated Mac shortie headers, the dealer got tired of replacing the stock ones that kept cracking because AC water kept dripping on the driver side, causing cracks.
My plug readings are perfect, and no loss in bottom end.
I replaced the beehive valve springs with some 289 springs, new, from a cam kit I had for an older car I once had.
And of course, the mandatory cold air intake, that was all the rage in 2000.
It may be a fake Terminator, but it does what I need, in style.
Still daily driving the car today.
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