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#1774 of 2924 Re: Get with the Times [tayl0rd]
Nov 16, 2005 (10:57 am)
I had a 1995 Mustang GTS 5.0 until the engine ate itself. It ran lean and holed the pistons. The car was a blast.
I recently went for another test drive on my commuter route and found the car to be quite acceptable for day-to-day style driving and more nimble than its size belies. The interior materials could be better, but that can be said about most cars including the new IS250. The ride is fine and not too harsh for me. Generally the stiffer the suspension the better. The seats fit me quite well.
I'm a little concerned about some of the problems people are having. Especially the AT issues, but I would get a 5MT. Ford service apparently hasn't improved any since my experience. BMW customer service isn't much to write home about either.
Seat heaters in a convertible would be nice.
Nov 16, 2005 (11:15 am)
There are definitely some things you give up by buying a Ford:
Look at today's headlines and read about a 220,000 vehicle recall -- no Mustangs, thankfully, on the list.
The Ford service department is a third-world banana republic compared to that at Honda. The Ford waiting room is like a police station lockup with an old TV.
The storage spaces, glove compartment and trunk, are tiny. The spaces in the doors are useless and there are no pouches on the backs of the front seats.
Personally, I don't care. I love the car. I've never loved any car before, actually been completely indifferent to 'em, just means to an end, a way to get from point A to point B. Used to even prefer if someone else drove. No longer. Just you try putting your hands on my GT!
As for the GT500, you put a deposit (fully refundable) and will be called when the spec sheet comes out, which, I assume will include an MSRP. Dealers can't mark up the car; it's special order only, VERY limited production.
I'm still on the fence about ordering a SVT GT 500: My stock GT Premium has tons of power, which I am still learning how to tap into -- there's plenty of reserve muscle in the 3000-5000 rpm range. Do I really want a red car with racing stripes (no!).
#1776 of 2924 Winter driving
Nov 16, 2005 (5:09 pm)
Wondering what is available in tires for the Mustang should I need to drive it for a period of time this winter. The "beater" I thought I had lined up may cost a bunch of money and it may be better to go with tires on the 06 GT. Someone mentioned 18" performance Blizzacks for these things.....any thoughts or comments on this?
#1777 of 2924 Re: Winter driving [detailz]
Nov 16, 2005 (7:32 pm)
Don't think you need the 18's, but a good set of snow tires on some cheaper wheels will not only give you great traction in snow but save your regular tires. Tirerack.com has a 16" Blizzak on Painted alloy wheels for $768.
The 17's are over $1K. The tires are almost twice as expensive.
#1778 of 2924 Greedy Dealers, Garrish Carz
Nov 16, 2005 (8:35 pm)
Correction: dealer wants 5% above MSRP for the GT500, and is talking about a retail price in the mid 40's. Told him that the closer he pushes the price to $50k, the more the car has to compete with a C6. Guess which car is going to win that competition?
Also told him I won't drive a red car with racing stripes and red leather. It ain't in my blood.
An inherently aggressive looking car like the GT500 doesn't need to advertise itself. In fact, imo, it makes a much more dramatic statement if understated (like my silver GT Premium coupe). But I'm, no doubt, in the minority. Just look at some of the modifications that are coming out:
the Shelby CS6
or, shudder, the Roush
The Mustang seems to invite overstatement. Too bad, such a beautiful car, if left alone.
#1779 of 2924 Re: A New Man [pony_pirate]
Nov 17, 2005 (3:45 am)
And if you decide your stock GT needs a little more oomph, you can always bolt on a twin screw
#1780 of 2924 Re: Winter driving [detailz]
Nov 17, 2005 (7:51 am)
Beaters usually cost a lot of money, and they are crap to drive. You will be alright with a set of Michelin X-Ice on 17" rims. I am not sure that 16" rims clear the calipers. I have the X-Ice on right now and they are extremely quiet for a winter tire. So far we have had rain or a very light blanket of snow. The difference in how the car handles the wet is impressive. Whereas my Falkens, a very good summer tire, was pretty quiet in the rain, these Michelins make it sound like I am driving in a monsoon! The sound of the rain flying off the tires as if I am driving through an inch of rain tells me the tread pattern will do the trick in the snow.
Blizzaks have a sticky compound that, once it wears off, you are left with a mediocre winter tire at best. I have had three pairs of these Michelins and IMO nothing comes close.
#1781 of 2924 Re: Winter driving [cmnott]
Nov 17, 2005 (8:10 am)
I forgot about the GT having bigger brakes - may have to stick with 17's.
#1782 of 2924 Re: Winter driving [akirby]
Nov 18, 2005 (4:26 am)
Yes you will have to be at least 17". I think someone on a dedicated Mustang board tried 16" for drag racing but ended up grinding their brake calipers to fit.
Nov 18, 2005 (4:32 am)
I thought I'd post a picture of my GT will all of my appearance mods finished. Just wanted to show off the car before it gets beat up this winter!!!