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Feb 12, 2006 (5:55 am)
Good morning--funny story about tires/rims--we bought our 2006 Mustang GT Premium convertible on Christmas Eve 2005 from Gillespie Ford in San Antonio--got it home--the next morning was giving it the first complete wash and detail--I am an anal type of guy--something made me look more closely at the tires--specifically the size--noticed they were 17" with the gray spoke rims--I immediately remembered our window sticker saying we had paid over $1K for 18" polished rims--as it was Christmas morning the dealership wasn't open--the very next day I was at the dealership when the doors opened and told them the dilemma--at first they didn't seem to receptive--but the proof was right in front of them--they finally admitted that my car had been on display at the San Antonio Auto Show and they had swapped out the rims (why I have no idea). We walked the entire lot and ironically the one set of 18" polished rims they had was on a black 2006 V-6--so they swapped them out for me and threw in a set of red pony logo floor matts for the inconvenience. My thoughts were/are--what if I wasn't anal and hadn't noticed the size of the tires--I would have been stuck with the stock tires/rims (with the Ford logo in the middle)--and whomever would have bought that V-6 would have lucked into the premium 18" rims (with pony logo in the middle)--I am so thankful I noticed this. By the way--I have not seen ONE Mustang in person with the 18" polished rims--all I have seen on the road have either the 17" gray painted or the 18" fan blades mentioned above--really makes our car stand out--take care and have a great Sunday!
#1914 of 2924 Re: 18" Tires/Rims [bostonbrats]
Feb 12, 2006 (10:38 am)
One came into my dealership about a week before mine came in, I first thought they ordered mine wrong because it was due in about then. Vista blue with 18" polished Aluminum looks the best of all I have seen so far, I have the 17' Machined wheels with all option but the shaker 1000. The car is fantastic I wouldn't change a thing, except one day I may want those 18" wheels!
#1915 of 2924 Re: 18" Tires/Rims [macatowa]
Feb 12, 2006 (2:34 pm)
FYI. They make a 17" polished Aluminum bullit that looks the same as the 18", but with the obvious added benefit of a softer ride and no worries about bent rims. It can be found online at fordaccessories.com. I plan on order them once I buy my 2006 GT conv.
#1916 of 2924 Re: Where's the value in the V6 besides the exterior look? [pentalon]
Feb 12, 2006 (6:34 pm)
So you test drove a Fusion and like it. That is a good thing. Never hurts to drive it and a Stang a couple more times before making a decision. The Fusion is based on the Mazda6, which is a good FWD platform, and should handle well. The interior looks great. If you like the feel and drive of the FWD car better, I would go for that one over the Mustang. The Fusion and Mustang are both good cars. I too don't care for the dash, or the dash gauges. I owned a '65 Mustang, and never thought the dashboard was anything special. Actually prefer the previous Stang in a way. Mixed feelings about retro cars being seen as replica cars. The car does look good, at least the side and back views. Will see how the new car does for reliability, as something tells me a 2004 GT may be a safer bet in that respect. The new V6, if priced under $20K, may represent a decent value. I do recall a few years ago ads for Stangs around the $15K range though.
#1917 of 2924 Fusion vs. Mustang
Feb 12, 2006 (8:56 pm)
I'm buying both! Just bought a Tungsten Fusion SEL V6 with every option as a daily driver and plan on buying a Tungsten Mustang GT convertible w/manual in a couple of years as a fun car. I really wanted a manual GT vert but was concerned about driving it every day. I also liked the Fusion a lot so this seemed like a good plan.
The Fusion has very good power (it's as quick as my 2000 LS V8) and drives and handles very good for a nose heavy FWD car. So you can't go wrong there. But if you just have to have a mustang - go for it!
#1918 of 2924 04 Mustang more reliable?
Feb 13, 2006 (7:58 am)
Don't count on that, the old Mustang was AWFUL. Remember that it had such and old design that it really couldn't be built reliable.
The new Stang was in the TOP 3 for its catagory in the JD Powers Initial Quality Survey
#1919 of 2924 Re: 04 Mustang more reliable? [mschmal]
Feb 14, 2006 (11:49 am)
JD Powers mechanical rating was better on the '04. There is nothing in the old design which would make it unreliable. My guess is that things such as the windows which move down when the door opens, then cinch up as it closes will be problematic, though I understand how it is suppose to be better. Don't recall any fueling problem on the old Stang, nor strange clunking noises. Will be interesting to see how the New Stang did in Consumer Reports. Will look for the mag.
#1921 of 2924 XM radio installation
Feb 15, 2006 (10:34 am)
Has anyone used the AUX input for adding XM (or Sirius)radio to their car? I have temporarily installed the unit using the FM built in transmitter. Sounds OK, but I would rather have it hard wired and not use up an FM preset.
I have the Shaker 500. Any help or direction to other information on the web would be appreciated.
BTW - This is the best car I have ever owned. I can't wait for the spring. I've only had it out a few times since November. '05 GT manual. Sorry to hear that some posters are having problems. ~8000 miles so far.