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#778 of 2124 2004 looks terrible
Jan 14, 2003 (1:38 pm)
The new 04 model looks like my grandpa's caddy on crack. I love mustangs preferably 88 and up. But this new model makes the Mustang begin to look like every other car on the road. Stop trying to bring back that retro look Ford! Mustangs are supposed to have that outstanding look. One that turns heads. Not this ugly thing. I never thought I'd see the day when a mustang began to look like a regular consumer car. Also the GT emblem looks rediculus. I know I have no say in what this car looks like. But for one thing, I'll never purchase this crap. What a horrible model Ford. You have ruined the Mustang! By the way I have a 98 GT, it looks mean, unlike htis "sporty consumer mobile"
#779 of 2124 Classic good but only on classic cars not new models
Jan 14, 2003 (1:48 pm)
checkme, I'm 20 years old and most of my friends all have mustangs, and your right, the 04 stang does turn off younger buyers. (Not like i can afford a brand new car now) but how could you make that a muscle car?? No one i have spoken to comes remotley close to liking it. What i don't understand is why do car companies like to ruin or discontinue beautiful cars. For example: The Toyota Supra, nice car, fast, and stylish, of course they have to discontinue it. But wait, they are bringing it back and now it looks gross. The new Mustangs, Bravo to the 03 b/c she looks gorgeous, but what the heck is the 04? That looks horrible. It makes me mad to think of that car actually on the road. The Chevy is REALLY going to be laughing now. Another car is the 3000GT, nice sprts car but for some reason Mitsubishi decides to discontinue it. The T-bird, what a horrible piece of trash that car looks like right now. It looks like it's for a bunch of Old lady's sipping some tea. Come on Ford!!! If you want a classic Mustang go find one somewhere. Also, stupid Ford has to discontinue the 5.0 engine. But wait they are bringing it back but of course it is a stupid version of it that puts outless power then the 4.6. Somone please tell me what Ford is thinking?
#780 of 2124 Heh, heh....
Jan 14, 2003 (3:55 pm)
Ford is thinking that there's a lot of us that are old enough to remember what a real Mustang looks like. And they're figuring out that unlike
most 20 year olds they can afford to buy and insure a new Mustang.
They're right, and so is Checkme.
Jan 14, 2003 (4:00 pm)
I cannot believe that Ford would show us pictures of this and call it a Mustang. Mustangs go way back for having that "bad a*s" look, they are muscle cars. But this looks more like a cheap luxury family car. I want to keep it short but I have alot to say so my final comment is Ford thinks that they can produce something like this and stick a 5.0 in it and that will be the selling point.
#782 of 2124 why discontinue cars?
Jan 14, 2003 (4:01 pm)
Well, there's an easy answer to why the Mitsubishi 3000GT/GTO, Toyota Supra, Mazda RX-7, and Nissan 300ZX all died -- they weren't selling anymore. The makers had gotten into a technology battle that pushed the prices beyond the reach of a lot of their previous customers, into the territory where buyers are more interested in snobbery than necessarily performance or value. (Which is why BMW's Z3, Mercedes' SLK, and the Porsche Boxster are doing just fine even though they're just as pricey.)
#783 of 2124 Mustang06i....
Jan 14, 2003 (4:09 pm)
I love arguing with kids who have no idea what the heritage of a car is and care even less. Apparently you have no idea that the first gen Mustangs (64-1/2-66) did not have even a slighty "Bad-ass" look. Most people then and now would consider them "pretty". They didn't have a performance look until the GT-350s came out and they were only a handful of early Mustangs.
I don't get why a generation that thinks a Tiburon looks hot doesn't think the new 'Stang rocks.
Everybody's entitled to their opinion.
#784 of 2124 heritage
Jan 14, 2003 (4:34 pm)
The ironic thing to me about the Mustang's original styling is that the first-gen Mustangs were, at the time, considered somewhat 'retro' (although that word wasn't used) in style. The long-hood/short-deck proportions were deliberately evocative of the big sports roadsters of the 30s. The Mustang's shape was heavily inspired by the respected but commercially unsuccessful 1955-57 Continental Mark II (although the Mark II was a much bigger car), while its detailing was reminiscent of the two-seater '55-'57 Thunderbirds. Although it was obviously popular, it was not considered especially modern-looking in its day. In the mid-60s, Pontiacs were generally the style leader of the American industry, and the original Camaro/Firebird were more 'contemporary' in style than the Mustang. It's interesting that while there were many 'pony car' competitors to the Mustang, and they generally had the long-hood/short-deck motif, very few of them really copied the Mustang's appearance. The only ones that really looked LIKE the Mustang were the original Mercury Cougar -- which of course shared much of the same body and chassis -- and the second-generation AMC Javelin, which did look quite a bit like the rather bloated '71-'73 Mustang hardtop from some angles.
Jan 14, 2003 (6:58 pm)
"I don't get why a generation that thinks a Tiburon looks hot doesn't think the new 'Stang rocks. "
It may be just a vocal minority of my generation that doesn't think that it rocks. I drooled over the coupe enough in pictures, but once I saw it in person, I fell in love. The front end that looked questionable in pictures turned out to be aggressive, powerful, well sculpted, and overall "badass" in person. People I overheard who were not too many years older than myself seemed to agree.
In my observation, more people in my age group are infatuated with sleek, performance-oriented 2-doors than with the Scions and Elements that are being marketed right at us. The car Ford should expect to be more popular with us, then, is not the practical, Element-ish stuff like the Freestyle, but the new Mustang. If the price is right, it could very well be the car that my generation goes for as soon as they get a decent paying job right after college. Just as my father bought a '65 Mustang new about a year after college, I plan on seriously looking into an '05 once they're out, a year or so after my graduation.
Ford just might have a winner on their hands, assuming pricing is similar to the current model and the rest of my generation loves it as much as I do.
#786 of 2124 Exterior = Great; Interior = WTF???
Jan 14, 2003 (7:48 pm)
"the 04 stang does turn off younger buyers"
I'm also 20 years old, but I love the way the way the coupe looks. I'm happy their going with a more sleeker look - the '03 mustang GT looks stupid and cheap with all those goofy curves and angles.
Now the interior of the '04 fails in just about every aspect. I know the production model won't look anything like it, but why would you even show something that looks so dated and useless. My guess is because Ford is still unsure whether to put in a well-finished, well-built interior or the same cheap plastic crap that's inside right now. I hope they go with the former.
Jan 14, 2003 (9:54 pm)
Oh my god! When I seen this car I about passed out! Ford how could you do this to all us loyal mustang fans out here! You totally ruined the car! What was a great car is now gonna be totally ugly! I just hope when sales don't go well with this you will realize you should go back to the normal stangs we all know and LOVE!