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Ford Mustang (2005 and Newer)

05mustang05mustang Posts: 1
edited January 3 in Ford
there's not a lot of feed back on the new 05 ford mustang. not the 2005 ford GT
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  • tomcat630tomcat630 Posts: 854
    Man, people act as if all the 60's Mustangs had 300-400 HP V8's. And what's all the hand wringinig about the 3.8? It's being dropped for 2005 Stangs.

    There always was and always should be a base level Mustang with an adequate engine for average buyers.
  • I thought Ford said that the Mustang would be the only RWD car under 20k, meaning the V6 version. I never heard them say that it would be the only RWD car with a V8 costing under 20k.
  • looks cool...i wonder if that really is the car though...also im not so sure about the round headlights on the inside..i know its a throwback to the old 69 mach 1 but still...this model would look best w/o them.
  • john_324john_324 Posts: 974
    I think it's pretty plausible that these are the real deal. Esp. the back...it's new, but not radically different from the current model. Which seems to me to make it more likely this is the more-or-less ready for production model.

    But I agree with 3.1 on the inner headlights. In fact, I think back in the late 1960s, Ford had to stop doing that because of DOT restrictions on headlight placement. Resident history experts?
  • Couldn't this version with the grille lights be an optional package?

    This is the production Mustang.
  • thats what i was thinking...just have the rounded headlights as some sort of premium package...i think it would be best if they just made them available at dealerships for a little extra money...then if you dont want them you dont have to worry about taking them off.
  • I was comparing these latest spy shots to the Mustang concept, and it kind of looks like Ford has dropped the ball. The really cool lines and shapes that hearken back to the late '60s 'Stang in the concept, have been smoothed and modified a bit to look more like a blend of the concept and the current model in the production version.

    I don't know why Ford couldn't produce a Mustang that looks ALMOST EXACTLY like the concept. I understand needing to change a few minor things, like not having the exhaust pipes integrated into the middle of the rear bumper, but come on! The 2 concepts had me excited about the Mustang for the first time in years! The prototypes in the spy pics are a bit less inspiring.

    Oh well, all we can do is wait to see what it actually looks like...
  • fdthirdfdthird Posts: 352
    john_324,

    What you are thinking about is the Shelby that started the year with the grill headlights side by side dead center but had to move the lights to the ends of the grill after producing only a few because of (I believe) several states' motor vehicle regulations.
  • john_324john_324 Posts: 974
    fdthird, you the man! Good call...I knew it was something Mustang, just couldn't quite recall. Wasn't there also an issue with the Shelbys regarding turn signals or some kind of light on the c-pillars at some point?

    Re the concept-to-reality problem, yeah, I totally understand. I go to auto shows and think "I would so drive that". But I guess most people actually wouldn't...so things get toned down. I guess most of the market is pretty conservative in its tastes. Too bad.

    Though I think the Viper actually went from concept to reality relatively unchanged though...
  • Driving in Dearborn on Southfield FWY, saw a proto convertible with the dots all over it. The spy picture looks pretty accurate as to the front, the back had a tarp on it so couldn't get a great look. Interior looked like it had silver gauges w/ leather. Overall impression was pretty good, but not as agressive as the concept car. I'll be curious to see what the final version will look like. This was the GT or Cobra version as it had the twin pipes.
  • did the front have the rounded headlights along with the regular ones?

    please say no...
  • Has anybody heard any talk about the price range of the 2005? Do you think it's going to be around the same as the other mustangs or more expensive?
  • Does anyone know if the DOHC engine will be available in the GT? Will this car have IRS? Will it have unequal length A arms for the front suspension? I hope so. We have waited too long to get just a re-do of the 25 year old platform. If Ford does not do this right I predict the GTO will kill the Stang. Too sad to imagine.
  • I agree with the previous comments as to how close Ford will follow the concept idea with the production version. It seems that the Mustang has gone from its original sporting concept into something that would be a family car in Europe. I also agree that if Ford departs from a new sporting concept that has been promoted - its existence will follow the Camaro. Ford missed the ball with the 35th anniversary. The design was something a non-automotive designer would have come up with. They should have taken the '65-66 GT and "morphed" it into a performance vehicle for 2000. That's past history. If they do this one right, with a decent selection of engines, transmissions (including a 6- speed) and by keeping the price within the reach of common folks- they will have winner.
  • Does anyone out there know when this car will be for sale? I have heard so many different dates that it might be two years away. The most recent date of sale is April of 04 according to a Ford dealer. What have you heard? Also, what will be the lowest and highest prices? (MSRP)Are there any specs available to the public? Any other info would be appreciated.
  • ambullambull Posts: 255
    I heard this from a Ford exec on SpeedTV this morning.
  • carjimcarjim Posts: 155
    The rear deck of the side view has me concerned a little. It appears as if the rear end swoops upward from the back window. That would be weird. Or, am I looking at a spoiler that makes it look taller on the tail? Can anyone tell?
  • tdubztdubz Posts: 9
    the 05 mustang gt will not have irs.it will supposably go on sell in sept/oct 2004. expect the price to stay the same or rise only slightly. remember the mustangs market is an affordable sports car, raising the price would alienate the target audience. i would expect price increases about the same as the f150. from what i have heard the gt will get a 4.6 3v v8, with horsepower in the range of 300-320. i believe ford vp steve lyons said to expect the 05 stang to perform better than the last f-bodies.
  • If no irs, do you know what the front suspension will be? Is the V8 you mentioned the sohc or the dohc? Does this car still have six gauges? Anyone know? With a solid axle it seems that we are still dealing with the old Fox platform. Ugg
  • tdubztdubz Posts: 9
    dont know the answers to your questions but i will try to find them out. as for the irs, it will be on the cobra and maybe some special editions from what ive heard. theres a really good forum for mustangs. the isnt working right now for some reason so i cant copy and paste the link for you, but if you do a search for "brads mustang" on yahoo, it will come up as brads mustang site. just click on that, then go to the forums and you will have lots of info. theres even some really good CAD's of the 05 mustang that was done from the spy pics and an old ford cad that was leaked out about a yr ago. anyways check it out. when the site is working, i will post the link
  • Many thanks, and I will try that site. Any other info is appreciated.
  • john_324john_324 Posts: 974
    My thoughts: front suspension will be MacPherson struts in the interest of keeping the price tag low, GT engine will most likely be the SOHC, and I hope the 6 guages remain (there's something so musclecar about lots of guages).

    The platform itself is a shortened and cheapened (read: steel instead of aluminum) verison of one Ford uses now for Jaguars and Lincolns (LS I think??), so pretty state of the art (but I love that my 2002 rides on a 1978 platform nonetheless).

    John
  • tdubztdubz Posts: 9
    there are photos of the new 05 mustangs gauges n the ford website. whats interesting is that the gauges color can be changed, with up to 125 color options. pretty cool
  • Hi Everyone,
    Maybe too soon to know or not but does anyone know if the ragtop will be coming out at the same time as the other Mustangs? Thanks
  • I love this car! Please, Ford, don't skimp on the car interior. Good quality leather, good quality fabrics, good quality plastics, good quality metal and chrome bits and trim. Good quality. Make us enjoy sitting in this car. Make us proud to own a Mustang by making it reliable and affordable and stylish and well finished. Oh, and please offer it in some crazy candy colours like orange, green, purple, turquoise, and gold.
  • How does one change the color of these gauges? Can that be done by the owner or is it a one choice deal??
  • from what i have read on various websites it is something that can be continually changed...like there will be a dial that you will turn that will gradually change the color.
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