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Unread 02-21-2008   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 1989 Mustang GT with 160,000 miles on it and it still runs hard and sounds smooth. I'm just wanding if anyone knows which internals in these engines start going bad first. I'm soo glad I don't even have a spec of smoke spuing out the exhaust yet. Ford Tough Hope I hit 200,000
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are 84 5.0 had 190,000 on it never blew or burned smoke at all ran good but did have a bad head gasket but would have lasted lots longer it was beat to hell i dont think it would ever die until we took it to the junker....
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As long as you change the oil, keep it tuned up, you could get 200,000 out of it. Mustangs are notorious for being abused, but it sounds like you have a good runner.. Good luck
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just do the maintenance change the oil and fluids should be fine it has forged pistons should run like a champ!
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like everyone else said,the 5.0 is a great engine,and last a very long time....at 160K miles,i do suggest a timing chain set....
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swpd..what does forged pistons mean??? Someone put fake pistons in????
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no, thats forged aluminum as oppesed to the cast aluminum pistons used in most cars. forged is best.
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Hehehe. He was being a, well, just drop the M.
The 5.0 is a great engine. Well built and reliable. The problem with the Mustang engines is people tend to abuse them, and rightfully so. It's in a Mustang.
However, if you don't always drive it like a madman, and you do the basic maintenance it'll last a long time. The goal on my rebuild is 300,000. Only 298,400 to go...
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Any engine can live a loooong time as long as it isn't overly abused and maintained.
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I've got over 191,000 on my 93 GT and it's still going strong.
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Well I keep all the fluids changed. Hopefully it keeps up
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I probably should mention:

replaced the whole A/C at 115,000
water pump about 145,000
clutch right at 160,000
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i had a 89 lx 5.0 that had over 250k mi on it when i wrecked it and it still ran like new,just keep it maintained.
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The 5.0 is a great engine. Well built and reliable. The problem with the Mustang engines is people tend to abuse them, and rightfully so. It's in a Mustang.
However, if you don't always drive it like a madman, and you do the basic maintenance it'll last a long time.

Most of my past mustangs when I didn't abuse them, they broke...Every bad thing that happened did when I was being good, and not when racing..WTF...lol
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Now that's just strange. I've driven 5.0's to the point that the crank was almost in two pieces and I've never had one go on me. Obviously gaskets and seals will go, but I've never had a hard part fail.
Maybe you've got gremlins?
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