Ford’s 2004 Mustang wasn’t produced as just another Mustang. The year 2004 was the model’s 40th anniversary, so some specialization was definitely called for.
The following year, the car was due to be totally redesigned, so most components weren’t changed. However, special commemorative badging was added to the front fenders of all models.
And, in celebration of the Mustang’s 40th anniversary, on Premium Mustang versions incorporating either a V6 or a V8 engine, Ford added a number of parts as a limited-edition package of special options. The 40th Anniversary Package featured upgrades to enhance performance. In addition, Arizona Beige striping for the hood, deck lid, and lower rockers was also offered.
In 2003, Ford had already issued a Mach 1 Mustang with limited production run, a model feature that had originally rolled off the production line in 1969. The 2004 version was dressed up with a hood-mounted and “shaker” scoop, totally functional, plus an air-dam extension.
Above its rocker moldings, the Mach 1 also sports some black striping that’s low gloss, and the model’s body was lowered by a half-inch. In addition, while the 2004 model continued the Mustang’s traditional rear-wheel-drive, the Mach 1′s 4.6-liter V-8 engine cranks out 305 horsepower.
The basic model 2004 Mustang was produced with a 190-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6 engine. However, the GT model was upgraded with a 4.6-liter V-8 engine with single overhead cam rated at 260 horsepower.
Both these engines could be integrated with either a five-speed-manual transmission or, optionally, a terrific four-speed automatic. On GT models, a rear axle with limited-slipping was offered as standard equipment.
With its signature extended hood and compact rear deck, the 2004 Mustang is exceptionally sporty in appearance, an appearance that has evolved over a period longer than three decades. Styling changes in 2004 involved the Mustang’s hood scoop, as well as the side scoops, plus its stylish grille that sported the signature Mustang emblem enclosed in a “corral” of chrome.
Four occupants can be seated in a basic 2004 Mustang, relaxing in comfortable bucket seats in front and a seat in the rear that splits and folds (except in convertibles, where the rear seat back is fixed). And no more plastic convertible windows — Mustang convertibles were crafted with a glass rear window — plus the car’s top is power-operated, designed to be stowed neatly underneath a solid enclosure, or ” boot”.
And there’s the Cobra. Revived in 2003, provided with far more power than ever before, the 2004 SVT Mustang Cobra was designed to offer a whopping 390 horsepower, delivered to a 4.6-liter V-8 engine via an Eaton Roots-type of supercharger equipped with a water-to-air inter-cooler. All this power is channeled to the real wheels by the car’s six-speed-manual transmission.
And fortunately for anyone who owns a 2004 Mustang, or is thinking of acquiring one, plenty of quality 2004 Mustang parts continue to be available. This also goes for its 2010 counterpart, with its 2010 mustang parts. Continue reading