Changes between 2008 Ford Mustang and 2009 Ford Mustang?
January 18, 2009 6:27 PM   Subscribe

2008 Ford Mustang v. 2009 Ford Mustang. Isn't there.. a... changelog somewhere?

So I'm trying to decide between paying 21k for a build-to-order V6 2009 Mustang, with all the fancy stuff I want, and 16k for a roughly equivalent 2008 model that lacks some of the shinies.

However, besides rough listings, I can't seem to find a good list of what has changed. Clearly they are essentially the same car, but I have to think there are numerous little tweaks in the sense of "brakes work .2% better" and "doorhandle moved slightly forward" type.

I made those examples up.

Is there such a list?
posted by John Kenneth Fisher to Travel & Transportation (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The Car and Driver (or equivalent) review of the 2009 Mustang will probably mention the major updates.
posted by zippy at 6:31 PM on January 18, 2009

... for a more detailed breakdown you might check a Ford Mustang forum.
posted by zippy at 6:31 PM on January 18, 2009

Yeah. All I'm finding is the big stuff and new packages available, Not the little details that would be helpful. I'll try the forums though if no one has an existing link. (Didn't know there WERE Mustang specific forums, actually, but it makes sense.)
posted by John Kenneth Fisher at 6:43 PM on January 18, 2009

This is the forum with the best all-around Mustang info.
posted by ninjew at 7:52 PM on January 18, 2009

Actually, no, there don't have to be any tweaks or little changes like you describe. 2009 doesn't seem to represent a completely new model year - this site says that there is a major update coming in the 2010 model year. As such, most of the details are probably exactly the same.

I don't know anything about Mustangs specifically, but that's how it works with other cars in my experience. That's why, when looking for things like tires or brakes or windshield wipers, they say that a certain size fits "2005-2009" etc.
posted by cabingirl at 8:02 PM on January 18, 2009

That forum has what you want. Check out the attachments to the first post in this thread, VIEW THE 2009 MUSTANG ORDER GUIDE HERE!!! (the two attached PDFs are here and here)

From the first PDF, "2009 Mustang Order Guide", page 1:

2009 Mustang Major Product Changes
- Standard equipment changes

"Standard on V6 Premium ... and GT Premium arrays:
1. Premium interior (formerly Interior upgrade package)
2. Satin aluminum instrument panel
3. ambient lighting
4. satellite radio"

It goes on to list new options, exterior colors, and package changes.

Page 2 and on go into much detail, with asterisks next to the very few items that are new for 2009, such as:

18" V6 Premium Polished Forged Wheel ... * Optional on V6 Premium


* Brilliant Silver Clearcoat Metallic (p.13)
posted by zippy at 11:09 PM on January 18, 2009 [1 favorite]

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