The Ford Mustang is 36 years old, but got some substantial updates in 1999, making it an up-to-date vehicle. Even before these improvements, when the standard level Mustangs had worse performance numbers than both the Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird, it continued to outsell both cars.
The 2000 Ford Mustang offers only minor changes after the big 35th anniversary redesign in 1999. However, its sales figures indicate the great success of the 1999 changes.
Body Styles: coupe, convertible
Engines: 3.8-liter V-6, 4.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Ford Mustang Coupe, Ford Mustang GT Coupe, Ford Mustang Convertible, Ford Mustang GT Convertible, Ford Mustang SVT Cobra Coupe, Ford Mustang SVT Cobra Convertible
A new child seat anchoring system comes standard, and Ford offers three new colors: performance red, amazon green, and sunburst gold. Sixteen-inch wheels and tires provide an option on the V-6 base models, both coupe and convertible.
In 1999, Ford made changes to the doors, hood, deck lid, quarter panels, taillights, headlights, rocker panel moldings side scoops, and C-pillar appliques. These changes hearken back to the classic mustang. The bottom line remains that people either love or hate the exterior styling. The Convertible has a power soft top with a glass rear window. The 2000 Ford Mustang has a total length of 183 inches, somewhat shorter than the competing Camaro.
The Mustang’s interior feels very comfortable with supportive front seats, nice materials, and clear side and rear views out of the windows. For the most part, the controls seem well-placed and ergonomic. The radio marks the exception. The buttons still remain too small to operate easily, even after the 1999 overhaul.
The overhaul introduces new interior colors and materials, as well as additional adjustment room on the front seats. The Cobra comes with leather seats, gear shift knob, and steering wheel standard.
Performance & Handling
The major re-design in 1999 includes a substantial increase in the Mustang’s engine power. Both the coupe and the convertible 2000 Ford Mustang use a 3.8-liter, V-6 engine, producing 190 hp at 5250 rpm and 220 lb-ft of torque at 3000 rpm. The GT models of the coupe and convertible sport a 4.6-liter V-8, which boasts substantially improved numbers, specifically, 260 hp at 5250 rpm and 302 lb-ft at 4000 rpm.
Despite these dramatically improved numbers, the Mustang still trails the Camaro and Firebird in acceleration unless the buyer jumps up to the limited edition SVT Cobra, which utilizes a 4.6-liter V-6 or a 4.6-liter, 32-valve, DOHC V-8. The Cobra's engine proves more advanced than the standard models, generating 320 hp at 6000 rpm and 317 lb-ft of torque at 4750 rpm. The improved performance results from the intake-port geometry and the ""tumble-port"" combustion-chamber design. The Cobra engines are assembled by hand.
The Mustang’s steering experiences less kickback and a tighter turning radius since the 1999 redesign. In addition, the post-1999 transmission smoothens out the road bumps more than the previous models. The Cobra’s suspension is more performance-oriented, beginning with an independent rear suspension. The Mustang GT comes with standard four-wheel anti-lock brakes.
The 2000 Ford Mustang provides a high level of crash protection for the driver and front-seat passenger, according to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration. It includes dual front airbags and all-speed traction control. In addition, the Mustang GT features four-wheel ABS and fog lights. A child seat anchoring system improves safety in the rear seats as well.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford Mustang Coupe automatic: 18/26 mpg city/highway
Ford Mustang Coupe manual: 18/26 mpg city/highway
Ford Mustang GT Coupe automatic: 16/23 mpg city/highway
Ford Mustang GT Coupe manual: 16/23 mpg city/highway
Ford Mustang Convertible automatic: 18/26 mpg city/highway
Ford Mustang Convertible manual: 18/26 mpg city/highway
Ford Mustang GT Convertible automatic: 16/23 mpg city/highway
Ford Mustang GT Convertible manual: 16/23 mpg city/highway
Ford Mustang SVT Cobra Coupe: 16/23 mpg city/highway
Ford Mustang SVT Cobra Convertible: 16/23 mpg city/highway
- Exterior styling (unless you hate it)
- Supportive seats
- Safety features
You Won't Like
- Exterior styling (unless you love it)
- Solid rear axle
- Small buttons on the radio
Classic American muscle car.
If You Like This Vehicle
- Chevrolet Camaro
- Pontiac Firebird