Ford Mustang (5th gen): PH Used Buying Guide

Ford rediscovered its pony car mojo with the 2004 Mustang and quickly gained interested beyond its usual North American fans. As a result, plenty of this S197 generation – 2004 to 2014 – have found homes in the UK and elsewhere. That makes them a viable alternative to other performance coupes and four-seat convertibles from the period.

Ford didn’t officially import this Mustang to the UK, nor was it ever built in right-hand drive, though some cars have been converted. Unless you really can’t cope with a left-hooker in the UK, there’s little to be gained from this conversion and it’s not reflected in stronger prices. The first S197 cars arrived in 2004 with either a 210hp 4.0-litre V6 or a 4.6-litre V8 with 300hp. You could choose from five-speed manual or automatic gearboxes and Ford added the Convertible to the range in 2005. The drop-top is a decent four-seater, though rear leg room is a little restricted for adults.

While some road tests at the time pointed out the solid rear axle seemed antiquated, this Mustang was built on a purpose-designed platform and handled well. As with all Mustangs, there’s a wealth of tuning and modifying options out there to improve the handling, braking and performance. Most will have had some upgrades carried out, so choosing the right car for you comes down to taste.