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Ford Mustang, Coupe
Jan 09, 2004 (2:46 pm)
I agree with akirby...there are plenty of people "into" Mustangs on a casual level (these are the people I meet who ask why didn't I get the 5.0 engine in my 2002 GT?). They're exactly the sort who'll buy the current generation models...
And if you think about it, that's kinda been the Mustang's point all these years...affordable performance and sporty style for the masses. Most Mustang buyers in 1964 weren't guys who had been souping up 1950s sedans or making hotrods out of 1940s coupes...
And Tomcat, great point...go on stangnet and see many, many people who have immense technical knowledge, but cannot understand why on earth Ford doesn't offer 400 hp in the Mustang GT... : )
#205 of 2921 Recaro-Like Seats
Jan 09, 2004 (11:13 pm)
I saw these seats in the production model 05 Mustang at the LA Auto show. The spokes person opened up the door and there they were, two thigh bolsters of the like seen only on aftermarket seats. (Not as high or deep as Recaros but certainly more than anything you've ever seen from the factory.) I suppose a photo migh make them look "flat" but in 3-D reality there they are. You are in for a very pleasant surprise.
This particular car had a red on black interior. If I am not mistaken, it is the very car pictured in the current Hot Rod Magazine issue. The one with the Burgandy 05 on the cover.
Anyone who can read a newspaper, or even glance at one in a vending machine knows that Ford has a new Mustang. It was on the front page of most of the dailies out here in Southern California,
and shown on the news all day. And anyone who is in the market for a new car will certainly seek opinions of friends and family before purchasing. The moment they let on that they're considering a new Mustang someone is bound to mention there's a re-design out soon. Really, when was the last time anyone here bought a new car without mentioning it to anyone who would listen?
Basicly there are four types of buyers. Econobox buyers who are not likely to purchase a Mustang, Luxo buyers, again not likely, Truck/SUV buyers who probably wouldn't buy any car at any price, and sporty/performance buyers. The first group could not care less about anything but price and cost of ownership, and that's what they research, Luxo barge buyers only care about creature comforts and how many they can get for thier dollar. Truck people will shop for performance but they are'nt looking at cars.
The last group wants a fun vehicle and that means style and performance. These people will look at everything on the market, and consider everthing on the market, even fast trucks, fast luxo-cars, and Pocket Rockets. They'll look to the horizon to make sure the immediate future does not hold something better, funner, or cooler. Realisticly speaking I think it's fair to say that anyone in the market for a vehicle that does not offer a whole lot of utility, such as a Mustang GT, will know whether or not there's a new Mustang just over the horizon. (They'll probably know evry looming performance car in the pipeline)
Jan 10, 2004 (2:38 pm)
You are really in the park. Right on. That is what I have been trying to tell these guys, and my Camaro remark was only a figure of speech, but someone took it for an upcoming car??? If he read the rest of the post he would have seen the GTO remark also and the (: after it. I guess there are a lot of litteral lotties on this thread. It was just a barb thrown at Ford for holding up the production of the 05. Maybe if enough people want the 05 NOW Ford might move the production date up, after all people screaming about the near death of the Mustang years ago, made Ford take a second look at getting rid of the stang. Lets try again.
#207 of 2921 05 production
Jan 10, 2004 (3:24 pm)
Who said they're "holding up" production of the 05? As far as I know it's always been scheduled for this fall. Just because a couple of cars are at the auto show does NOT mean this car is ready for mass production. If it was ready for this spring they would have introduced it this spring. They don't just hold back cars for the heck of it.
Jan 10, 2004 (3:26 pm)
Go to someplace that's not full of car enthusiasts. Mall, work, etc. Do a poll and see how many people know there's a new mustang. You're severely overestimating the general public's interest level. There are plenty of people who buy mustangs who are not car enthusiasts. Enough to keep sales up for the next several months.
Jan 10, 2004 (6:40 pm)
Normally I would agree with you about the public's complete lack of knowledge about the automotive industry, but the new Mustang has been talked about on EVERY prime time, morning and 24-hour television news broadcast. If there is a person who doesn't at least have some inkling of a clue that there is a new Mustang going into production then that person was watching old re-runs of Friends instead of the news for the past week.
Jan 10, 2004 (8:27 pm)
> If there is a person who doesn't at least have some inkling of a clue that there is a new Mustang going into production then that person was watching old re-runs of Friends instead of the news for the past week. <
There ARE people like that, you know.
Seriously, I'd rather wait and have Ford work out the inevitable kinks and thoroughly test a production version of the new Mustang before it gets into the hands of the public. The LAST thing Ford needs is a public relations fiasco if the new Mustang starts to fall apart at the first touch.
Give Ford time to make sure everything fits and works together. Give them time to sort out the suspension calibrations. Give them time to trace down any rattles or squeaks that may pop up. Give them time to properly train their employees on the production line to build the car right.
I don't know about you, but I'd rather spend time driving a new car rather than taking it back to the dealership to fix annoying problems that shouldn't have happened in the first place.
Patience, people, patience.
Jan 10, 2004 (8:40 pm)
Hey, as much as I would love to get my hands on one of those new GTs, I'll probably just drive my current Mustang until it bites the dust. I don't think a new car will be in my budget for quite some time.
Jan 11, 2004 (12:36 pm)
You have valid points, however, I think that you forgot that the new Mustang is to be built at the Mazda factory in Flat Rock. These guys do a better job than the old worn out plant. I think they can put a new car out in much better condition than Ford has demonstrated in the past. Also, if Ford wanted to they could have introduced the 05 as early as May of 04 to coincide with the 40th anniversary. I think that the delay was economic rather than necessary, they just wanted to get rid of the old ones first. IMHO.
Jan 11, 2004 (1:06 pm)
I saw some concept pictures of the '05 convertible, is it supposed to be a 2 or 4 seater. Will they have a convertible in 2005?