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2004 Mustang Overview

The 2004 Mustang 40th Anniversary Special
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New for 2004

  • 40th Anniversary exterior badges on the front fenders of all 2004 models
  • Limited 40th Anniversary Package
  • Mach 1 limited production run
  • New exterior colors – Competition Orange, Screaming Yellow, Crimson Red

Mustang’s rich performance heritage and distinct styling have made it the top-selling sports car for 17 years straight. Its 40th anniversary was on April 17, 2004.
The Mustang is still considered one of the greatest automotive success stories of all time, accounting for more than 8 million sales since introduction.

  • For 2004, Ford offered two special-edition Mustangs – the 40th Anniversary Package and the return of the Mach 1 performance model.
  • Mustang comes in Standard, Deluxe and Premium packages in a choice of coupe or convertible with a V-6 or V-8 engine mated to automatic or five-speed manual transmissions. It is built in Dearborn, Mich.

Design and Equipment
In anticipation of next year’s milestone, every 2004 Mustang had 40th Anniversary badges on the front fenders. The 40th Anniversary Package offered performance-oriented exterior and interior upgrades to V-6 and GT models. Exterior enhancements included Arizona Beige Metallic performance stripes on the hood, lower rocker panels and decklid complemented by upgraded wheels (16-inch for the V-6 and 17-inch Bullitt wheels for the GT) with a special Arizona Beige Metallic accent.

The special 40th Anniversary models were available in an exclusive Crimson Red exterior, as well as Black and Oxford White, with body-colored, fold-in side mirrors and a Medium Parchment interior.

  • The cars offered as standard the interior upgrade package that included a four-way head restraint, painted center console surround and shifter bezel in metallic gray, along with brushed aluminum door lock knobs, shift boot trim ring and pedals.
  • The special interior also included unique floor mats with an embroidered 40th Anniversary logo and a matching badge on the center console.
  • Convertible models offered an upgraded Medium Parchment soft retractable top that was considered more durable and sound resistant.

The 2004 Mustang has reduced wind noise thanks to expandable foam seals around the body, particularly the outside door handles and belt moldings on both doors.

Standard comfort and convenience features included air conditioning, power windows and door locks, tilt steering column, full-length center floor console, remote keyless entry system and interval windshield wipers.

Reclining cloth front bucket seats were standard, as were 50/50 split-folding rear seat backs on coupe models. A six-way power driver’s seat was available, as were leather-trimmed bucket seats.

An interior overhead storage net was standard on all coupes. The Mustang convertible featured a power retractable fabric top with a hydraulic system that allowed for quick raising and lowering. The convertible top featured a scratch-resistant glass rear window and optional black semi-hard boot, which protected the top from dust when lowered and provides an aerodynamic exterior appearance.


  • The standard Mustang engine was a 3.8-liter OHV V-6, producing 193 horsepower and 225 foot-pounds of torque. The engine featured split-port induction, which helped optimize fuel economy, along with enhanced-flow cylinder heads and anti-friction piston coatings.
  • GT models offered the standard 4.6-liter SOHC V-8 that produces 260 horsepower at 5,250 rpm and 302 foot-pounds of torque at 4,000 rpm. The engine featured large valves, equal-length intake manifold runners and cams with high lift and long duration to maximize engine air intake for increased horsepower. A coil-on-plug ignition system provided improved ignition control for more consistent starting. Combustion chambers were shaped for optimum power and fuel efficiency, and aluminum upper main, upper thrust and rod bearings helped improve engine durability.
  • For 2004, both V-6 and V-8 engines had improved refinement with stiffer accessory drive brackets and improved bearings to reduce variability. The Mustang GT used the Tremec TR3650 manual transmission.
  • The 2004 Mustang continued with a retuned suspension. The Mustang used a modified MacPherson strut front suspension to allow each wheel to react to road imperfections independently, while its weight balance was 57 percent front, 43 percent rear.
  • Four-bar link rear suspension and power rack-and-pinion steering were standard on all Mustang models. A traction-lock rear axle was standard on the GT, and it transfered driving force to the rear wheel with the best traction for improved performance on slippery or uneven surfaces, or under strong acceleration.

Safety and Security
The 2004 Mustang came standard with second-generation air bags and advanced safety belts with outboard pretensioners, BeltMinderâ„¢, and the theft-deterrent SecuriLockâ„¢ system. Mustang also had LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children).

  • Available anti-lock brakes enhanced stopping power, while all-speed traction control harnessed drive forces.
  • The Mustang was fitted with an emergency trunk release handle to guard against trunk entrapment.

Major Options and Equipment

  • Mustang: 3.8L V-6, tilt steering, air conditioning, intermittent wipers, tinted glass, AM/FM/CD stereo and power windows and mirrors.
  • Mustang Deluxe added: rear spoiler (coupe only), color-keyed floor mats, six-way power driver’s seat and cruise control.
  • Mustang Premium added: MACH 460 audio system with in-dash six-CD changer, rear spoiler, leather-wrapped steering wheel and unique 16-inch wheels and tires.
  • Mustang GT Deluxe added: 4.6L V-8, side scoop, fog lamps, 17-inch wheels, two-tone six-way power cloth sport seats, stainless steel dual exhaust, upgraded suspension tuning and limited-slip differential.
  • Mustang GT Premium added: MACH 460 audio system with six-CD changer and leather seats.
  • Mustang Mach 1 addsed: functional “shaker” hood scoop, unique 17-inch wheels, full-size spare, “comfort weave” leather seats, 4.6L four-valve DOHC V-8, rolled-tip dual exhaust and unique suspension tuning with lowered ride height.
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