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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,392 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Ford Mustang engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Ford Mustang Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 052011

Mustang 8-cyl

  • 103,000 miles


The fourth spark plug on my 2002 Ford Mustang GT 4.6L vehicle blew out. This resulted heavy loss of power, shaking, and more importantly fuel fumes to come out. The incident occurred on an interstate at high-speed and I was very fortunate to safely make it over to the emergency lane. The cost to repair the damage to the car is estimated at $2500. This is a very common safety issue with the Ford 8-cylinder engines for what I gathered through independent research after the incident. The threads are too thin around the spark plug and the heat causes them to blew out - literally.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #3

Mar 242008


  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Mustang. The contact stated that the intake manifold leaked coolant while traveling 30 mph. The contact believed that the leak could cause an engine malfunction and maybe a fire. The contact called the manufacturer who offered no assistance. Also, the spark plugs separated from the cylinder head while the contact was driving. The vehicle was being repaired at a local repair shop in reference to the spark plugs. The failure mileage was 108,000.

- Pueblo, CO, USA

problem #2

Jan 302009


  • 90,566 miles
I went to drive my car Friday morning and heard a squeaking noise I took it to the shop and had 3 pulleys replaced on it and it was still squeaking they replaced the water pump still squeaking I had 3 mechanics check the car and they told me with the miles that was on my car I should not be having problems coming from my crankshaft I don't even have 100,000 miles on the car yet.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #1

Jul 072003


  • miles
While traveling on highway and without prior warning vehicle shut down, causing the vehicle to run into a guardrail.

- Thonotosassa, FL, USA

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