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#1415 of 2921 Screaming Yellow 2005 GT Convertible
Jul 20, 2005 (4:39 pm)
Took delivery 24 hrs ago. Ordered the car in January without a premium. Smooth Smooth Smooth. Drove a 65 ( 6 cyl), 67( 6 cyl), and 69( 8 cyl) in my youth. Haven't had an interest in any Mustang for 25 years, but I had to have this one. I tracked the build and delivery dates with Ford and had good luck everytime I called.
I was concerned that the dealer would take the car and sell it with a $3,000 premium to the next guy that walked in since my deal was at sticker price.
This is a great sounding performance car. Everything works fine--but what a cheap antenna set up ( fiixed height on fender). The 500 Shaker stereo is adequate. The fit is good. The engine is heavenly and just cruises at 2000 RPM on the parkway. I love the car and am happy I placed the order. I presume that prices will go up and that this will hold value for a long time. The yellow body is just right--I don't feel that it is too flashy for a 53 yr old lawyer.
#1416 of 2921 Re: End of Line? [detailz]
Jul 20, 2005 (5:12 pm)
I work for a Ford dealer...call me I have a Redfire GT coming in (703) 921-3800..my name is Kelly..I run the internet department.
#1417 of 2921 Re: Anyone else get the runaround? [deytreyder]
Jul 20, 2005 (5:27 pm)
Been getting the run around for about the same time for my Redfire GT....Opted for a Tungsten Met. with 18" polished wheels - 5 speed. Said that I should see this sometime in August. Posted an earlier listing wondering if Ford can stripe (silver 2 bar down the middle) these GTs' or is this something off market???
#1418 of 2921 Re: Anyone else get the runaround? [detailz]
Jul 20, 2005 (7:16 pm)
And I already told you it was aftermarket. Your dealer may have a connection that can do it or their bodyshop may do it inhouse but it's not a Ford option. You can get them painted but most are doing vinyl for around $450.
#1419 of 2921 Re: Anyone else get the runaround? [detailz]
Jul 20, 2005 (7:48 pm)
My '05 brochure had stripes in Silver or Black are (were) an option, and my dealer told me that they could be dealer installed. I lost interest at the time so I didn't follow up further. If I decide to do stripes, however, they'll be painted on
Jul 20, 2005 (8:01 pm)
Wait till next yaer this time and you will get the Mustang under MSRP
1) I'll take that bet
2) IF my stang has 66% of it's value in 6 years, I'll be ecstatic
3) Having the car now has a value. It's called "schweet!"
A little math. Lets say you bought an '05 for MSRP, about 28K
The '07's come out with a price increase (about $500 just guessing) and the dealers discount a couple grand. Heck, make it 3K
So waiting a year , year and a half saves ya $2500, right?
Well, you waited a year and saved 2.5 large, meanwhile I am having the time of my life for ......let's see...... 2500 divided by 18 months.....carry the two.....
Well, what do you know, ALl that fun I had for about $140 per month. Hell, I know people who pay more than that for cable!
And that's assuming that you are correct in your assumptions
#1421 of 2921 break-in....yellow Mustang....resale....detailz
Jul 21, 2005 (6:08 am)
As was mentioned, the manual states not to drive the car either fast or slow for extended periods of time during the first 500 miles....no hard braking for the first 200 miles. Manufacturing techniques have advanced to the point that I wouldn't be afraid to just drive like you normally do as soon as you drive it off the dealer's lot. I know of people who took their new Mustang immediately to the track with no regard to break-in. They've suffered no ill effects so far. But, to be on the safe side, I drove mine under 3K RPM for the first 250 miles, under 4K RPM for the first 500 miles. Hit some brief highway runs after 500 miles. Hit a few redlines after 750 miles. After 1,000 miles, it was "anything goes". Never used a drop of oil during break-in, although I did change the oil at 1K miles.
modela.....congrats on getting your 'Stang. Somehow, a lawyer having a yellow Mustang seems fitting..... (just a petty attempt at humor).
detailz....as akirby and sonic pointed out, stripes would be applied at the dealership. They don't come from the factory striped. I would agree with sonic that I'd rather go to a good "body shop" and have them painted on rather than let the dealership have some "cracker jack" striper do it (that probably agreed to do it cheaply to begin with). Those polished 18' wheels on the '06s are currently on "hold". If you really want them, you're going to have to wait awhile for your car.
sonic is right. There's not much to worry about regarding resale of the GTs. Orders for '06s are very strong. My dealer has already sold out of his first 4-5 months of allotment of '06s....all sold at MSRP. I already mentioned, I had two offers for mine....both at the MSRP sticker. First one from a private buyer (or so he said) that offered me MSRP after I had my Mustang 2 months and with 2K miles. The 2nd offer was for MSRP from a Toyota dealer. That was last month when I had 4K miles on the clock.
Since '06 orders are as strong, or stronger than the '05s, I'm not worried about resale at all. When/if I do decide to sell (maybe for the 4.0 sec 0-60, 12.5 sec 1/4, Shelby GT 500), mine should do quite well, if I trade. I know I'll do well with it if I sell it as a private owner given the demand.
Jul 21, 2005 (6:46 am)
I've seen a lot of the vinyl stripes on another forum and they all look great. There are a lot of professional graphics companies doing these now so I think the quality is very high (if you go to one of these places). It takes them anywhere from 5-10 hours to do these. They can do entire car wraps. They've been doing this for race car graphics for quite some time. And they can be removed at a later date with (supposedly) no paint problems.
I'd prefer paint also but I think the new vinyl stuff is a viable option.
#1423 of 2921 Re: stripes [akirby]
Jul 21, 2005 (7:13 am)
akirby....I haven't had a car "striped" in over a dozen years, but my experience with the vinyl ones was never good. After a period of time, the edges of the stripes would begin to curl. Now, they may be better today, but that's the reason I would go with only painted stripes. Plus, I think painted stripes allow more color lattitude and look better.
That's just my humble opinion, though.
#1424 of 2921 Re: stripes [graphicguy]
Jul 21, 2005 (8:03 am)
Understood, but I think these are an entirely different product than what was available even a few years ago. This is made by 3M and backed by a warranty. I've seen them wrap an entire car in this stuff. I'm sure the cheaper stuff is still available but I'm talking about having it done professionally. I'd like to see one in person before I decided to do it but the people who have had it done seem to like it.