Ford sold one and a half million Mustangs between 1994 and 2004, so it may be a little unrealistic to assume that all of them have noticeable external damage. And yet, every time I see someone parked in the street or drive next to me, it is: a fender pulling on the ground, a big tear in the convertible top, huge areas of peeling paint, or some other major noticeable damage. It's not always the same damage, but every fourth gen Mustang has apparently been wrecked or destroyed in some way. It seems that it may not be true, just because of the large number of Mustangs made during these years. But every time I see a Mustang of this vintage, it looks like it has seen some shit.
There are other vehicles that always seem to have a specific type of damage or deterioration: Camry dent the second generation Lexus GS & # 39; faded taillights, Scion TC's hatch handle third-generation Ford Explorer's crack in it body colored plastic under the rear window. But with the Mustang, it's just accidental damage.
I know, old cars often have dents and scratches, and the latest of the fourth-gen bars are already old enough to get a part-time job at Six Flags. But there is something else, something more important with the Mustang, especially the fourth generation, and I don't think it's a quality or production issue.
I don't want to sound like I blame the drivers here. I don't want to sound like I'm saying Mustang drivers are more reckless or aggressive. I do not want to give the impression that I have a grudge against Mustang drivers just because a driving backlight gave my femur seventeen degrees freedom. I certainly do not want to imply that the Mustangs are carriages of destruction and that everyone behind the wheel of one is a lunatic who should have his license revoked.
That's not what I'm saying.
I'm just saying that all fourth generation Ford Mustangs look like they lost a bar fight.