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The Things Ford Forgot On 05-09 Mustangs

Written By: Lisa Schaefer

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Ford's forgetfulness aside, there are plenty of other interior mods to personalize your 2005-2009 Mustang. LED lights, seat covers, as well as floor mats can spruce up your interior while adding a functional flair.

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Despite Ford’s excellent styling of the S197 Mustang, there are a few details that were overlooked. These overlooked features have 5th generation Mustang owners scratching their heads. The missing features we will talk about here offer a ton of user convenience, all the while looking and installing as if it came off the assembly line that way.

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The Quick List

  • Trunk Release Button: despite the convenience of these little gems, Ford left them out in the S197 Mustangs
  • Hood Struts: hood props can be annoying tow work around especially if you're a frequent modder. Replace it with struts
  • One-Touch Turn Signals: convenient for easy lane changes, or if you frequently forget your turn signal's on

Trunk Release Button

We are all frequent users of our trunks. Whether you need to transport groceries, luggage, new cars parts or just your car cleaning products, you want to be able to easily open your trunk. Ford unfortunately did not include an interior trunk release button and we all want to know why. Since that will be a question to puzzle all 05-09 Mustang owners for years to come, AmericanMuscle carries a few options to help you out. With either a center console button or glove box button, your interior can finally feel whole again. Installation only takes about 15 minutes and will have you actually using your trunk more simply because now it’s much easier to access.

Mustang Aftermarket Trunk Release Button

Hood Struts – No More Prop Rod

Another much used area of your Mustang, especially if you like to do some modding, would be the hood and its factory prop rod. If you like to get under the hood often to work on your Stang, you know just how annoying working around that prop rod can get. It’s also quite the eye sore if you go to a car show or cruise night and want to show off what’s hiding under the hood. Luckily, there’s a simple solution for you that not only allows you to easily work under the hood, but raises it up farther than the factory prop rod to really show off your engine bay. Get rid of that prop rod once and for all and get a set of MMD bolt-on black or chrome hood struts. They don’t require any drilling to install, utilizing the factory bolt locations and only takes about an hour to complete.

2005-2009 Mustang Hood Struts

One-Touch Turn Signals

Whether you are an avid turn signal user (as we all should be) or you tend to not use them, this next product has your name written all over it. The one-touch turn signal kit offers ultimate convenience when switching lanes. It will allow you to tap or touch your turn signal and have it blink for the number of times you pre-program. This in no way affects the regular use of your turn signals when the lever is fully engaged however. Many other cars, both new and old, have come with this handy feature but it was not a standard for the Mustang. Installation takes about an hour and does require a bit of wiring skills. This trick yet practical option might make you feel more inclined to use those turn signals, which will only help make our roads safer for everyone. 

As many great features as your Mustang came with stock, there are always those few things that you wish it had or you want to add to make your car more personable. Installing any of the previously mentioned products will only leave you wondering, why did I wait so long to do this? Take it from some very happy customers and take the plunge. You and your Mustang alike will thank you!​

2005-2009 Mustang Steering Wheel
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