Review By : bhelm on Apr 21 2009 12:00AM
Price Paid : $0.00
Years of Use : 2-Years
Purchased From : WR Scott Equipment
Strengths The mustang 2109 cannot be beat when it comes to dump height or lift capacity. And I find that the visibility is excellent when compared to most other machines on the market. I appreciated Mustang's efforts to try to do something well, but they have fallen short of the target. One of the best features of the machine is the exceptional Cummins engine.
Weaknesses The machine has several weaknesses: The air conditioning and heating system are weak at best. During winter months and cooler days no heat was available in the cab. The air conditioner unit produced minimal cold air and the air intake filter was difficult to access to clean regularly. The cooling/heating element took 2hrs to access in order to clean. Second, the wiring/electrical systems seems weak with little effort placed into protecting and securing wires; I still have a short somewhere that cannot be located. Third, I have a ghost hydraulic leak...there is a leak somewhere in the machine most of the time. Fourth, the quick-attach motor/wiring are exposed and subject to damage. For every 5 hours of run time, I am sure that I am spending 1 hour trying to diagnose repair. 700hrs on the machine.
Overall Mustang, it seems, has put all their effort into only having two superlatives: highest lift height and largest lift capacity. I feel that they have failed on making their machine good anywhere else. Design and functionality appears to have stopped somewhere in the mid-nineties. I feel that Mustang's best machines are built by Takeuchi.
Parts : 8 Performance : 8
Ease of Use : 7 Financing :
Reliability : 2 Overall : 5