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1988 Ford Mustang GT

1988 ford mustang gt

The 1988 Ford Mustang was a virtual carryover from the 1987 model. Why change a good thing? Not only did Ford think so but so did buyers. In fact, in 1988 Ford sold more that 225,000 Mustangs.

The only noticeable addition was the introduction of the Mass Air fuel injection version of the EEC-IV on California Mustangs.

Beginning in 1989 this new "Mass-Air" system would be standard application on all future Mustangs. During the 1988 Ford Mustang production year the T-tops roof was removed as convertible Mustang sales remained strong.

1988 mustang convertible

Models: GT, LX, convertible

1988 Mustang GT Specifications


Engine 5.0L (302cid) OHC V8 (iron block- 2 Valve Heads sequential fuel injection
Displacement 302 cid
Horsepower 225 @ 4000
Torque 300 @ 3000
Compression 9.5.1 to 1
Fuel 87 Octane, unleaded
Exhaust aluminumized steel. LX models featured chrome tips
Transmission 5 speed T-5 or 4 speed automatice AOD
Final drive ratio 2.76:1 , 3.08:1. 3.27:1 (automatic)


Front Independent, modified MacPherson strut with Separate spring on lower arm and stabilizer bar
Front springs Helical coil, rubber-insulated
Rear Four-bar link with coil springs on lower arm
Rear springs Helical coil, rubber-insulated
Rear shocks gas pressurized hydraulic (4 shocks in total)
Sway bars front: 26.5 mm, rear 23mm
Steering power assisted rack and pinion with 15.3:1 ratio
Front brakes 10.84 inch rotors
Rear brakes 9 inch drums
Wheels 15 by 7 Turbine styled aluminum wheels / LX versions received the 15 by 7 inch ten hole aluminum wheels
Tires 225/60ZR15 Goodyear Eagle VR60

Interior Dimensions

Head Room (Fr/Rr): 38.1/35.5
Leg Room (Fr/Rr): 42.6/29.9
Shoulder Room (Ft/Rr): 53.6/52.1
Hip Room (Ft/Rr): 52.8/47.4

Exterior Dimensions & Weight

Curb Weight: 3160 lbs
Wt. Dist.: 59/41
Wheelbase(Ft/Rr): 100.5
Track (Ft/Rr): 56.6/57.0
Length: 179.3
Width: 69.1
Height: 52.1

Capacity & Volume

Cargo Volume (EPA/Mfr): 11/10.9
Fuel Capacity: 15.4 gal
Seating (Std.): 5
Seating (Opt.): NA

Consumer Information

Assembly Plant Dearborn MI, USA
Air bags N/A
Price $12,145 - $14,250


Quarter Mile 14.4 @ 96 mph
0-60mph 6.1 seconds
Skidpad 0.83 g's
Top speed 145 mph



53,221 (GT)

Colors Almond
Bright Red
Bright Regatta Blue Metallic
Cabernet Red
Dark Gray Metallic Deep Shadow Blue Metallic
Light Gray
Medium Shadow Blue Metallic
Oxford White
Tropical Yellow
Interior colors Bright Red
Opal Gray
White (convertible only)


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