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You are in the Ford Mustang
What is this discussion about?
Ford Mustang, Coupe
Jan 25, 2004 (8:21 am)
Your dealer has no clue. They never do. It won't even be built until September.
First year models are not nearly as much of a risk as they used to be. There will probably be a few minor problems that may be annoying but you have to weigh that against not driving the car for a year. I bought a 2000 Lincoln LS 6 months after they came out. I had minor problems but I expected that going in and the joy of driving and ownership far outweighed the problems.
The other thing in your favor is how much publicity the new Mustang will be getting. Ford will go out of it's way to avoid or quickly fix any initial problems. More so than any other car I imagine.
Jan 25, 2004 (9:25 am)
"Ford will go out of it's way to avoid or quickly fix any initial problems. More so than any other car I imagine."
I think the F-150 takes precedence but then again, it's not a car.
They will definitely be going out of their way to ensure a smooth launch though. There's no doubt about that.
Jan 25, 2004 (9:27 am)
I agree it's more important but by the time the Mustang comes out this fall the F150 will be out almost a year so they should be able to focus (no pun intended) on the mustang.
Jan 25, 2004 (1:40 pm)
I still have my doubts. Been stung twice and would be very reticent to go for a first year car again.
#312 of 2921 Date in Showroom
Jan 25, 2004 (2:26 pm)
Last info I got from Ford was that the 2005 will be in showrooms in mid-DECEMBER!!! Not before. We'll see, definately worth the wait!!
Jan 27, 2004 (12:12 pm)
Remember that the 05 Mustang will be built in the Mazda plant in Flat Rock, and should not have as many problems as first year cars built in Dearborn, and take a look at the quality of the Mazda cars being built in the Flat Rock facility; I would not be afraid of the new Stang's initial production quality, and would certainly not want to wait another year or two, to get my GT.
Jan 27, 2004 (8:50 pm)
The Flat Rock plant also produced the Mercury Cougar that had several issues the first year to year and a half. The later Cougars were excellent, but the first ones were as bad as the first year of the Focus.
#315 of 2921 first year problems
Jan 28, 2004 (7:04 am)
Speaking from experience (2000 Lincoln LS) most of the first year problems are either engineering defects or supplier part problems and are not directly related to the factory or assembly process.
Jan 28, 2004 (12:19 pm)
Has anyone been to a smaller auto show where they had an '05 Mustang on display? Pittsburgh's is coming up in a couple of weeks and I'm dying to know if Ford is sending them around to the smaller markets too.
Jan 28, 2004 (12:29 pm)
"Remember that the 05 Mustang will be built in the Mazda plant in Flat Rock, and should not have as many problems as first year cars built in Dearborn..."
Well THAT'S a huge leap of faith.
(I hope the initial quality is there, of course. I'm just pointing out that, once again, Snaker makes pronouncements with no supporting evidence...)