Last post on Oct 24, 2006 at 9:05 PM
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Ford Mustang, Coupe, Convertible
#1083 of 1524 Re: To mimiata [cobragt]
Apr 11, 2006 (7:07 pm)
Yes indeed, the 350Z has had some problems, such as the excessive tire wear problem the first couple of years.
Consumer Reports states that the reliability of the V8 is average, but the V6 is below average. Any clue as to what they are referring to? I was thinking of possibly getting a V6 some day, and the 4.0 is an old tried and true engine used in the Explorer, unless I am wrong. The only thing I can think of was the issue, I won't bring up again, or the way the owners view their car. By that, maybe the V8 = GT owners are not as nit picky about the little items and thus under-report some things compared to V6 owners.
Or maybe another strange report from Consumer Reports. I mean to say, I can not figure out some times how they come to some conclusions.
People here on this board are pretty adamant about the merits of buying todays Stang vs. say the 2004, and I appreciate that. They have been convincing enough,that I will now be considering New Stang over previous models.
Really would love to once again own a V8. My last V8 was the 289 in my '65 Mustang I traded in in 1973 on an Opel Manta Rallye. Seem the dang gas prices are always getting in the way, as is insurance. Current Mustang V8 vs. V6 gas mileage looks pretty close though.
Do you think the V8 is more reliable than is the V6?
Out of curiosity, did you consider the Corvette before buying the Cobra? Has your experience with Ford product been better than with GM? My last Stang was a 4 banger one bought in 1985 model year. Yes, I must have had sunstroke that day, or something, and was dazed and confused. It was so inexpensive, yet so stupid a buy when I should have bought the V8 that year. Would have kept it longer. I really wasn't thinking straight - gas mileage wasn't worth it.
Apr 12, 2006 (4:29 am)
I purchased the V6 auto in the middle of 2005 and I had a couple of little issues. No gas tank filling problems just the front end popping that was fixed at the dealer in under two hours and also the driver side door handle replaced because it would not retract fully into its resting place. Otherwise it drove fantastic. Especially after tuning the engine a little and adding intake/exhaust. But I must admit test driving the GT was the end of me. That same day after the test drive I traded in my V6 for the GT and since then the car excites me like no other vehicle has. I have had no problems at all and the GT, it is such a thrill to drive. Very comfortable as well.
It is true that the gas mileage on the sticker is not much of a difference but in reality it is more then it seems. The V6 diffidently has better mileage overall. Maybe the GT is more conducive towards having a lead foot but none the less I am thourghly in love with my 06 GT and it would be my pick. Just a thought
#1085 of 1524 Suspension and Transmission
Apr 12, 2006 (7:55 am)
Anyone else that has a 05 v6 mustang coupe having problems with a knock in the suspension? Also any problems with an automatic transmission, the other day i was shifting from reverse to drive, and it was marked at drive, felt engaged at drive, but was acting as if in neutral?
Taking it in the shop on saturday for oil change, but going to have that stuff looked at. The car only has 12200- miles on it. Good thing it has a warranty I guess.
#1086 of 1524 Re: Suspension and Transmission [sthrn05stnggrl]
Apr 12, 2006 (8:40 am)
It may be a simple cable adjustment. I had that problem once with an Oldsmobile floor shifter.
Apr 12, 2006 (12:10 pm)
As far as the PT Cruiser--we have a 2004, the first so-called American car that my husband and I have purchased in about 20 years. It started leaking oil and needed a new head gasket. Give me a break. The car had less than 19000 miles on it. We would never buy another one. Now that Mustang I own, despite the shifter problems, it's everything I ever dreamed off!
#1088 of 1524 Re: To mimiata [40yearswaiting]
Apr 12, 2006 (3:13 pm)
My PT is using oil, but not leaking. Looks like just under a quart per 3,000 miles. I don't know if that is enough to be considered a bad engine or not by a manufacturer. I think it is poor compared to Japan cars I have owned. I have the 7 year warranty, as my car is the 2005 model year. So I am covered in that respect. I have had the radiator fan replaced due to noise. The rest of the car seems tight, but I am concerned about oil consumption.
I may trade it in on a Mustang, or some other car. Was also looking at the Tiburon.
The Mustang warranty is just three years, but that is only one factor in a buying decision. Overall, the car looks like a pretty fair price, and I see some building up on the lots. My bet is that $2ooo discounts may be coming. Maybe I will be in one in a year or two.
Wonder if there is any noticeable difference on the interior or exterior for 2007?
#1089 of 1524 Should I Buy a 2006 Mustang
Apr 13, 2006 (1:30 pm)
I have been looking at a 2006 V6 Manual mustang, the cars look
great but after reading these posts and thinking back to 2000 when I thought the Durango R/T looked great and it turned out to be a piece, I don't want to go through that again. I travel for a living and currently have a Scion Xb, mileage is great, it has had no problems at all but the road noise and the motor turning 4000rpm at highway speed are driving me nuts. The mustang I drove seemed smooth and comfortable and only turned 2000rpm at highway speeds but I can't afford to have something that is in the shop all of the time
#1090 of 1524 Re: Should I Buy a 2006 Mustang [o2tech]
Apr 13, 2006 (3:48 pm)
If you are looking for reliability stick with a Toyota. My first was an '82 corolla that I had for 14 years and over 211,000 miles. Still had the original clutch when I finally got rid of it. My daily driver is a '96 Celica that I bought new and has 108,000 miles on it and I still average 36 mpg (got 38-40 mpg when new). Recently bought a 2006 Mustang, but will continue to use the Celica as my daily driver. My husband had an Acura that was a piece of junk and very expensive to maintain, so we will never buy another or a Honda for that matter based on that experience.
Apr 13, 2006 (7:18 pm)
This forum should be renamed Kvetch.
#1092 of 1524 2005 Mustang GT Battery DEAD - Told it may be the Shaker 1000
Apr 15, 2006 (8:40 pm)
I do not drive my mustang very often and every time I go out to take a drive, the battery is dead. The dealer has replaced the battery with a new one, and it still has the same problem. The dealer says the car needs to be driven, and can not sit. This is bull! I have never heard of such a thing. I have a Chevy that is fully loaded and it can sit a long time and always starts when I need it. What a pain. Someone told me they heard this problem happends with Mustangs equipped with the the factory Shaker 1000 stereo system. Do any of you who have experienced dead battery problems have the Shaker 1000? Has anyone had a fix for this yet? If so, I will look forward to hearing your replies.