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Ford Mustang (2004 and earlier)



  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,666
    Just order one and you can get it exactly the way you want it at X plan pricing. Can't beat that.
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 7,100
    Let your engine break in a little more. MPG will get better. That said, the MPG you're getting with the V6 sounds more like what I would expect from the GT. On the other hand, the Ford V6s have never been known to be very frugal with fuel.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,666
    Sorry, that wasn't me.
  • m1miatam1miata Posts: 4,556
    Well a 350HP Corvette can get 28 to 30 MPG, I would say Ford needs to do a little more homework on gas mileage for their autos. Yeah, I know they cost less. Fanatics may snap back into reality when gas hits $3 a gallon. It is possible to have extremely fun to drive cars, with plenty of get up and go and still get 30 MPG. This is the 21st century.
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 7,100 must have been someone else bemoaning their MPG in the V6 Mustang.


    The way they get good MPG in the Corvette is with the skip shift. I'll take the lower MPG without skip shift.


    Neighbor has a c5 'Vette. He doesn't get near 28 MPG in his. That said, he and I both drive similarly. Just by the way we drive, I'd question my ability to get anything near 28 MPG in a 'Vette, either.
  • I recently lowered my 05 Mustang GT with a set of Eibach springs form The Tire Rack. The subtle change in ride height looks great, makes the stock wheels look better, and greatly improves handling. Also, I liked the chrome spinners on the V6 Halibrand-inspired wheels, so I ordered a set and snapped them in my standard painted grey GT wheels. It adds some bling and promotes the retro look.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,666
    That's highway mileage and it's achieved with the 6 speed manual and deep overdrive. Skip shift helps with the city mileage but that's nowhere near 28.
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 7,100
    I'm not doubting that some people may get 28 MPG out of the 'vette. I'm saying I doubt I could based on the way I drive.


    I'm getting 24 MPG in all highway with the cruise set to 75 MPH in my RX8. Getting 28 MPG, while quite a feat in any V8 powered car, wouldn't make it that much of a difference for me even if fuel economy was an issue.


    I don't expect that the Mustang GT will be much different than what I'm getting in the MPG dept. either.
  • Hello all! Can anyone tell me if the 2005 convertable will use the same Shaker 1000 dual 10" sub enclosure as in the coupe? or will it be a different shape/size? Thank-you!
  • m1miatam1miata Posts: 4,556
    Every GM or Japanese car I ever owned, I got about 10% or more over the government listed MPG. Ford seems to have a problem getting to the gov. list MPG. No, it may not drive one to the poor house, but it is still something Ford should work on. Overall, the Stang looks like a pretty good value. Will wait for the $2k to $3k off sticker pricing to come. A V8 for around $22K and a V6 around $18K seems about right.
  • Does anyone know? Or know who would know? Thanks again!
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,666
    You'll probably have to wait until they're actually on the lot and go look.
  • baggs32baggs32 Posts: 3,210
    I don't know but I can't imagine Ford would incur the extra cost of a second subwoofer design for a low volume trim. Supposedly the new "Z" folding top doesn't intrude into the trunk all that much and the amount of cargo space lost is minimal.


    Since the subwoofers sit near the rear of the car, i.e. away from the back seats and folded top, it seems to me they'll be left untouched. One never knows though. ;)
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,666
    I agree but I've seen stranger things happen....
  • My dad is very interested in buying the new mustang. It will finally give him the car excitment he lacks in his good but boring malibu. Our biggest concern is the rear wheel drive since we live in New Jersey. Do any of you have expierence with it in the snow, and how was it in the snow. Will it be fine with snow tires?
  • I am sure some of these questions/concerns have been mentioned, but I would appreciate any help that is given. I am considering an A-Plan purchase of a Mustang within the next few months, or as supply increases. Anyway, I have the following questions:


    1. I live in Chicago and we have pretty bad weather in the winter. Will the GT handle properly at all in snow with the right tires?


    2. I don't necessarily like the idea of having to replace Z rated tires on a regular basis. Can I replace them with all season tires without too much loss in handling ability or safety?


    3. I am 30 years old with a clean driving record. How bad should I expect the insurance to be?


    4. From the perspective of people that own the car now, how do you honestly feel about a GT as a daily driver?
  • ambullambull Posts: 255
    I will take a stab at answering your first 2 questions:

    1. Yes, but the "right" tires are snow tires, not all-season. You may also have to put some extra weight in the trunk and keep the gas tank full. Also drive in a higher gear than normal. Anything less and you will experience lots of fish-tailing.


    2. The Pirelli Zero Neros which come on some GTs are all-season tires.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,150
    i thought it came with traction control. shouldn't that prevent fishtailing? Also, in which case, I would think all-season tires would suffice. Am I incorrect?

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • rorrrorr Posts: 3,630
    The way I understand traction control, it only works under acceleration. If you're cornering, it won't do a thing for you (it is NOT vehicle stability control).


    If I knew up front that I would be dealing with snowy/icy conditions for an extended period of time, I would be getting tires set up for those conditions. They will help all conditions.


    But, I live in central Texas, so snow is something I only see on TV......8^)
  • I own a 2004 V-6 Premium Convertible Mustang. My first Mustang was a 1967 289 V-8 GT 2+2 Fastback when I was a kid. I had dual exhaust with Cherry Bombs on it. I loved how it sounded. My question to anyone, can I have my stock muffler removed and install a glass pack. I know a V-6 is not the same as a V-8, but I would like to get more of an exhaust note. I have heard that a change in back pressure would affect emissions and the actual operation of the engine. Is this true? Also, has anyone done what I would like to do on a 3.8 V-6 and gotten the desired result of a good exhaust note? I would like my engine to roar like my old 289 did.
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