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Ford Mustang, Coupe
#1328 of 2124 My thoughts anyway...
Nov 15, 2004 (8:51 am)
17K for a 2001 GT ragtop is indeed a good deal if the miles are low...as for what to look for, nothing much to worry about with the now previous-gen Mustang at that point.
As for wind/engine noise, it's not really bad on my 2002; so I imagine it must be even quieter on the new model. In my car, once you shift into 5th on the higway, the engine noise drops to about "normal" for an American car. Even with my "upgraded" exhaust (I have a Ford Racing high-flow catback), it's relatively quiet on the highway. I've never noticed wind noise myself...
#1330 of 2124 Re: wind and/or engine noise [thunderbird]
Nov 15, 2004 (10:21 am)
I've been driving the new GT for almost a week and can say that wind noise is indeed minimal as others have stated.
Road noise depending on what type of surface you're on can be loud. Concrete freeways especially.
The engine is obtrusive during acceleration but I think that is intentional and part of the allure of the Mustang.
Nov 15, 2004 (12:07 pm)
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#1332 of 2124 A few things....
Nov 15, 2004 (6:49 pm)
For those of you who had a Mustang previously and purchased a new '05, did your insurance rates increase quite a bit?
Also, in case Ford is watching, it would be nice to have your dealers give out a survey form to buyers (and potential buyers) to see what we like and dislike, what we would like to see in years to come with the new Mustang.
#1333 of 2124 05 Mustang on the cheap?
Nov 16, 2004 (9:12 pm)
I really like the 05 Mustang but need to buy a new car at the cheapest price I can right now. I really like the grill and foglights on the GT. Do you think it would be a problem to get the foglights put on a V6 deluxe coupe? Do you think the Ford dealer would do it? Are the body styles the same for the v6 deluxe coupe and the GT? I have not seen them in the flesh yet so I'm wondering if they are the same body style and the GT has upgraded wheels, bumpers, etc. What else on the exterior is different? I'm driving a 4 cylinder now so the engine is not a factor to me. The interior differences won't make much difference either. Any thoughts from those of you familiar with Mustangs would be appreciated. I've never owned a Ford.
Nov 17, 2004 (6:24 am)
I'm sure the fog lights can be added to the V6 but I'm not sure how easy it is. If there is a kit then it's probably easy and the dealer could install it for you. If there isn't you'll have to get the parts and do it yourself. There may also be aftermarket kits available.
That's no difference in the V6 vs GT body.
#1335 of 2124 Honda -> Mustang
Nov 17, 2004 (3:32 pm)
> Anybody driven a new 05 V6 yet? I'm a Honda convert waiting for something American to convince me to trade in my Si. My biggest fear is that the new Mustang , with all it's great looks , will still handle "big".
Yeah, last week. It doesn't handle anything like a Honda -- you may or may not like it. Just cruising along it feels big; really long hood, and it's wide. But the faster you go the smaller it feels. I think this is mostly due to RWD and the 52/48 weight distribution. It just goes where you point it, with moderate body roll and moderate understeer. I don't know how well it would Autocross, but on the street it's a blast. The steering is probably no where near as good as a BMW, but it you're used to FWD you will probably like it.
I was concerned about the tall skinny tires, but they seems to work well, and the machined wheels with spinners look fantastic. The V6 has B.F. Goodrich Traction TAs. I put a set of these on my Accord, and they are really good tires, much better than the Michelin rim protectors that came from the factory. See the reviews on tirerack.com.
I'm hooked on RWD. I can't get excited about spending a lot of money on a BMW or any other RWD car currently on the market (except maybe the Chrysler 300), so I will be trading in my '03 Accord early next spring.
The engine: The V6 auto seems fast enough, but I'm waiting for a stick. The engine makes a fair amount of exhaust noise and LOT of induction noise at full throttle, but it quiets down on the highway. Lots of torque, but not much horsepower, so it feels strong pulling away from a stoplight, but passing on the freeway might not be that good. I didn't have a chance to try it.
Nov 18, 2004 (5:53 am)
Adding the oem fog lamps may require getting the GT grille as the grille is molded for the lamps.
I would have to agree that the aftermarket should have something available soon.
In looking at the grille (non-GT), you could probably cut out the grille and mount some fog lamps-I would go with something a bit smaller in diameter than what Ford put on the GT.
Would have been nice if Ford would have used the same rear bumper cover on the V6 that is on the GT, looks so much nicer with the dual exhaust.
#1337 of 2124 I am posting this here, because the
Nov 18, 2004 (5:22 pm)
Crown Vic site is not too active, and the 4.6L V8 engines are probably similar, so your answers will probably work for me...the EPA sticker for my 2004 Crown Victoria LX Sport (Dual exhaust, 239 HP, with the "higher" performance engine offered for the Sport version, slightly different rear end ratio than standard vehicle) said 17/25 mpg...I personally know of a couple of big boat Town Cars, similar engine (I assume), and they got almost 28 mpg when highway running at 70 mph...my car has 7,000 miles, and I barely make 20 mpg overall with 75% highway running at 65-75 mph...while 28 mpg would be terrific, how long before the engine breaks in and I should expect something close to 25 mpg???