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1998 Ford Mustang

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1998 Base 2dr Coupe (1998.5 model)
most popular
Price:   -  From $16,150
1998 GT 2dr Coupe (1998.5 model) Price:   -  From $20,150
1998 Base 2dr Convertible (1998.5 model) Price:   -  From $20,650
1998 GT 2dr Convertible (1998.5 model) Price:   -  From $24,150
1998 Cobra 2dr Coupe (1998.5 model) Price:   -  From $25,710
1998 Cobra 2dr Convertible (1998.5 model) Price:   -  From $28,510


The Mustang is lucky to have survived Ford's model purge that ousted the Thunderbird, Probe, Aspire and Aerostar last spring. Lucky, because it has a huge following, an even bigger aftermarket, and a legend that none of those other now-dead (model) brands can match. The Mustang is an icon that, having escaped the axe in 1988, has lasted another 10 years by following a simple formula: cheap, quick, fast, and cute. The changes made to the car for 1998 are minimal, including the attractive pricing. The Mustang has only two true competitors, the Chevrolet Camaro and the Pontiac Firebird - the other two members of the ponycar segment. Like the two GM ponycars, the Ford Mustang comes in many guises. There are V6 and V8 versions in both coupe and convertible body styles along with the Cobra, a super-performance model that competes against the Camaro SS and the Firebird Ram Air. There are Japanese and Korean coupes that compete with the Mustang on price, but certainly not on performance. The Mustang offers a 3.8-liter V6 with 150 horsepower and 215 foot-pounds of torque, for $17,020, and a V6 convertible for $21,520. The GT, powered by a 4.6-liter, single overhead-cam V8 rated at 225 hp and 290 lbs.-ft. for 1998, starts at $21,020 for the coupe and $25,020 for the convertible. A 32-valve, double overhead-cam 305-hp V8 is exclusive to the $26,680 Cobra and $29,480 Cobra convertible. The engines are backed by either a standard 5-speed manual or an optional 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission, except for the Cobra, which only comes with a manual gearbox. Air conditioning is now standard on GT models. Tires on the GT now carry an H-speed rating, a step down from the Z-rated tires last year. Another change is the leather interior package that includes front bucket seats only, a change made in the name of affordability.

Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.8L V-6 / 150 HP / 215 ft.lbs.
Standard: 5-spd man w/OD
Available: 4-spd auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
20 / 29 / 24 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.8L V-6 / 150 HP / 215 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
20 / 29 / 24 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Rigid Axle Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
15.7 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
Passenger Volume
83 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
181.5 "
Exterior Width
71.8 "
Exterior Height
53.2 "
Front Headroom
38.2 "
Rear Headroom
35.9 "
Front Legroom
42.6 "
Rear Legroom
30.3 "
Front Shoulder Room
53.6 "
Rear Shoulder Room
52.1 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,065 Lbs.
Wheel Base
101 "
Turning Radius
19.2 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
2 Doors
15.0 " Silver Aluminum
Monotone / Monotone With Stripe
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote, Convex Spotter Passenger
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Cloth / Leather
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
4-way / 6-way (4-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
4-way / 6-way (4-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
50-50 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Premium Am/fm Stereo, Clock, Seek-scan / Brand Am Stereo/fm Stereo, Seek-scan
4 Performance / 10 Performance
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles

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