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Jul 07, 2005 (8:40 pm)
Here's a saga for you. The 3 year lease on my 2002 Mustang GT Conv was to run out in June. I loved the new style, so on Feb 1 I ordered my 2005 GT Conv in Black, black top, parchment interior, all upgrades. Dealer was going to charge sticker, no upcharge. On April 1, the dealership calls and says it's here (yea!).
I drive out there and he takes me to the car. I immediately say..."this isn't my car". He says "yes it is". Everything was as ordered, but the top was parchment, not black. He checked his records, and everything in his files said they ordered a black top. They called Ford, who said "bull dingy, you ordered a parchment top." Basically, they blamed each other for the screw up. I suggested they take a black top off one on the lot, and put it on my car. They said "no can do". The only solution...order a new car. The dealer offered to pay for any mileage overage charges on my current lease.
June arrives and still no car. On July 1, the 2002 would become illegal (expired registration and inspection, and I wasn't making any more payments...thus it would be stolen). Luckily, I was out of town 6/27-7/5, so we had some extra time.
On 7/5 I get the call...it's here! I go the next morning, and everything's perfect on the car. Of course, things got hosed up on the financing. Long story short, they initially said payments would be $50/month more than I planned because the residual factor had fallen on April 7. This time, I said "bull dingy, that's your problem because I was fully prepared to drive away on April 1. Any costs due to time are your issue, not mine". After an additional 1/2 hour, they found a bank willing to get me to the payment I wanted.
Given the issues I've read on this board, I feel incredibly lucky to have gotten the car I wanted, even with the hassle. Though I believe the dealer screwed up the original order, they were willing to make me a satisfied customer.
Good luck, and yes, it's definitely worth the wait!
#1296 of 2924 Re: 2006? [aeroluvr]
Jul 08, 2005 (2:37 am)
The 2005 Mustang V6 is identical to the 2006 outside the Pony Package. From what I understand, the Pony package is V6 specific, and includes smaller fog lights in the grill with chrome bevels and a chrome "cross" for lack of a better word and the tri-bar pony emblems on the front fenders. The big thing on the Pony Package is the stiffer suspension "inspired" by the GT's.
That being said, if you can find a '05 V6 on a lot, test drive it to compare to the Scion Tc and the new Eclipse. I think you are going to be hard pressed to find someone on these boards who has physically driven both the Tc and Stang. I have not heard anyone's first hand account of the Eclipse, although I saw a new one pulling out of a parking spot yesterday at work. My initial impression was "eh". It does nothing for me.
#1297 of 2924 Re: Roush Mustang [00boxsters]
Jul 08, 2005 (4:32 am)
All the independent tests I've seen for Rousch, Steeda, etc show the standard Mustnag GT to be as fast or faster than these "tuner" versions. I have seen people buy them for the "bling" factor, though.
Truth is, that's a hefty price to pay for more "bling" and no more "go".
Personally, $8K more for one of those pacakages puts a Mustang dangerously close to the price of the Shelby GT500 version ($39K) coming out in a little more than a year. Performance will be at or near a $60K Z06 'vette with the GT500. Not as much bling, but a whole lot more performance.
I'm one of those who thing that all the chrome wheels, add-on grills/tail lights/spoilers in the world are not going to increase performance, so why bother.
#1298 of 2924 Re: 5 Months & 2 Cars Later [tothebatmobile]
Jul 08, 2005 (4:34 am)
Congrats and welcome to the party.
#1299 of 2924 Re: Roush Mustang [00boxsters]
Jul 08, 2005 (4:51 am)
The one's that I've seen look nice but don't perform THAT much better than stock (if at all) and seem to be way overpriced. The only thing you really get is some exclusivity.
But if you're serious, also check steeda.
#1300 of 2924 Re: 2006? [aeroluvr]
Jul 08, 2005 (5:00 am)
A couple of other cars to consider (if you're looking at the Mustang V6 and Scion tC):
RX-8 w/ automatic (perhaps more in line with the handling of you're old 240SX); downside is low torque and not a really good match w/ an automatic (although I'm biased against slushboxes; personally I'd go for the manual version).
Mazda 3 hatch (very similar if not better driving dynamics than the tC and IMO more interior space/cargo room).
#1301 of 2924 Re: 2006? [aeroluvr]
Jul 08, 2005 (5:20 am)
Well, the Mustang is vastly different from either the Eclipse or tC. Seeing as how both your other cars were RWD, you might want to stick with RWD and get the Mustang. The driving dynamics will be similar. That's not to say that the Eclipse and tC wouldn't be a hoot to scoot around in. The tC is a handsome little car, and if I was really hot on imports, the tC would be on the top of my short list, along with the Mazda 3.
Jul 08, 2005 (5:46 am)
It looks like they are doing great deals on the RX8 right now, too. Like you, I'd opt for the manual version over the automatic. You can get one, very well equipped, for the $25K & change neighborhood, right now. I don't know why these cars aren't selling right now. They've got to be the sports car bargain of the year.
If you can find a "stripper" 350Z, you'll be in that $27K territory. That would make a very nice sports car, too.
Of course, a Mustang GT is my present fave, but you can't find them and it doesn't look like demand is going to subside anytime soon.
I see an awful lot of those little TCs on the road. I think they are a little bland on the styling side, but they are supposed to be sprightly little performers and the price looks good.
Mazda 3 is also a fave, but I'll admit, I'm a bit partial to Mazda since all of their car offerings lean more towards the sporting side. Plus, I think they are handsome little devils, particularly in wagon/hatch configurations.
#1303 of 2924 Re: Roush Mustang [graphicguy]
Jul 08, 2005 (3:31 pm)
With the Roush,Steeda,Saleen etc. you get alot better braking, cornering, and handling(thats what they claim) its not so much for the 0 to 60 or 1/4 mile times.Although with enough$$$ they can make one go faster!!
Jul 08, 2005 (5:57 pm)
I have yet to find a body kit or aftermarket body mod that can come anywhere close to how phenomenal a stock Mustang looks. They take what is a sublime looking car and reduce into something obscenely bad. I do think the stock look can do for an Eibach drop, racing stripes are nice, and the spoiler is optional.