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1988 Mustang Info / Specs

Not much changed for the Mustang between the 1987 and 1988 model years except for a discontinuation of the T-Top coupe halfway through the year. Ford continued with the Fox Body platform and the up-gunned GT model rolled out of Ford's factories with the 302cid Windsor V8 while the lowly LX came standard with a 2.3L inline four-cylinder. The long line of Fox Body Mustangs maintains a huge cult following even today and a wide range of aftermarket performance parts still exists with both engine compartment and exterior components capable of giving the '88s an even longer lifespan.

1988 Mustang Aftermarket Performance Parts:

Ford's Windsor V8 is extremely easy to modify and only requires a few bolt-on performance upgrades in order to see excellent horsepower and torque gains at a fairly low price. Nearly all of our customers begin their engine enhancements with a cold air intake system - pretty much the golden standard for any vehicle. Though there are several brands and a couple of small differences between their design, each cold air intake's sole function is to provide the engine with large amounts of cooler charge air than the stock air box can provide. A new CAI can add a noticeable amount of extra horsepower and torque. Another common upgrade to the intake system is a throttle body with an EGR spacer that makes airflow into the Mustang's intake manifold more efficient by forcing even more powerful air to your engine. A set of underdrive pulleys round out the engine bay and give the Windsor V8 another ten or more horsepower. Underdrive pulleys are only for naturally-aspirated or turbocharged Mustangs and add some horsepower by slowing down the speeds of belt-driven accessories like the alternator and water pump.

1988 Mustang Aftermarket Exhaust Upgrades:

With the engine taken care of, it's now time for the exhaust system. Both sound and power gains can easily be achieved by replacing the bland stock exhaust components with premium Mustang performance exhaust parts and accessories. The Fox Body Mustangs were designed with a mid-muffler system that placed the mufflers deep under the car near the mid-pipe. Sound and performance gains can be easily added with a high-performance cat-back replacement. There are a few different configurations for cat-back systems, including the use of straight-through mufflers or complete muffler deletes that give the 5.0L V8 a massive increase in sound. Even more power gains can be added if you replace the restrictive stock mid-pipe with a performance x-pipe or h-pipe. These pipes either have new, high-flow catalytic converters or completely delete the cats for even greater performance gains. To further improve the exhaust system, we can also help you out by switching out your restrictive stock manifolds with a set of short tube or long tube headers. Short tube headers are installed onto the engine's exhaust manifolds and attach to the stock mid-pipe or other long mid-pipe while offering mild performance and sound gains.

1988 Mustang Exterior Upgrades:

Components most exposed to the elements tend to wear quickly and having a Foxy that looks great is just as important as its performance. Both the taillights and headlights of the Fox Bodies tend to become discolored, cloudy or just start to malfunction as time drags on. We carry a full complement of Fox Body lights that range from a completely OE look to headlights decked out with LEDs and CCFL halos that give the third generation Mustangs a more modernized appearance. Putting tons of miles on a car does no kindnesses to its wheels or tires.

1988 Mustang Specs:

If you're looking for info and specs on the 1988 Mustang GT, you have come to the right place. We list Horsepower numbers, specs, colors, engine options, and much more. also offers 1988 Mustang GT Performance parts and accessories. We have all the 5.0 Mustang Parts you need to make your fox body mustang look and sound great.

Engine Horsepower & Torque

  • 2.4L EFI Inline 4 = 88 hp @ 3800 RPM & 130 lb-ft @ 2800 RPM
  • 5.0L EFI V-8 = 225 hp @ 4200 RPM & 300 lb-ft @ 3200 RPM

Exterior Colors:

  • Black
  • Smoke Poly
  • Smoke
  • Scarlet Red
  • Cabernet Red
  • Bright Red
  • Medium Shadow Blue
  • Almond
  • Mimosa Yellow
  • Dark Shadow Blue
  • Bright Regatta Blue
  • Dark Gray Metallic
  • Oxford White

1988 Mustang Retail Prices:

  • Standard Coupe $8,835
  • Convertible $13,702
  • Hatchback $9,341

1988 Mustang VIN Decoder:

  • A 2.3L EFI Inline 4 88hp
  • E 5.0L EFI V-8 225hp
  • 40 2dr
  • 42 2dr GT
  • 44 2dr Convertible
  • 45 GT Convertible
  • 6 Check Digit (varies)
  • H Year (H - 1987)
  • F Plant (F - Dearborn)
  • 000001 Consecutive Unit Number
  • 1FA Ford Motor Co.
  • B Restraint System (B: active belts)
  • P Passenger Car

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