A Chicago-based detail shop recently uncovered some paint defects on a 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse with only 144 miles. The inspection was shared by Chicago Auto Pros in a YouTube video, revealing some interesting discrepancies in the wheel wells. While the majority of the car’s exterior passed with flying colors, there were a few issues worth noting.
Jason Otterness of Chicago Auto Pros pointed out a paint chip on the end of the front fascia where it meets the passenger side fender at the wheel well. It’s uncertain whether this chip occurred at the factory. Moving to the rear, Otterness discovered “boogers” on the lip of the wheel well. These are small chunks of paint that could potentially lead to chips if removed. On the driver-side rear, a paint chip was found on the wheel well lip where the panel meets the rear fascia. What’s notable is that there’s a flap of paint still intact, visibly peeling up from the surface.
The most significant flaw was found in the front wheel well on the driver’s side. Otterness discovered a sizable air bubble in the paint. While chips can be expected after the assembly process, bubbles like these usually occur if the surface has not been prepped properly before painting. Due to these issues around the wheel wells, Otterness opted not to apply paint protection to the car.
It remains to be seen whether this is an isolated case, and both Ford and Chicago Auto Pros have been contacted to investigate further. A Ford spokesperson acknowledged the manufacturing improvements made with the all-new Mustang and encouraged customers with concerns to visit their local dealer for inspections.
The rest of the car received largely positive feedback during the inspection. There was a small dent just below the rear window, indicating some repair work may have been done after assembly, but there was no evidence of a repaint. Some minor panel gaps were noted in certain areas, although not as significant as those seen on Tesla vehicles.
With a starting price of $60,865 (including a $1,595 destination fee), the 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse is positioned at the top of the current Mustang lineup. The inspected car featured Ford’s Blue Ember paint, which is exclusively available on the Dark Horse Premium with the Dark Horse Appearance Package. This particular configuration raises the price to $66,360 before adding any additional options. The exact options equipped on this Mustang are unknown, but a fully-equipped 2024 Dark Horse typically costs around $80,000.