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Ford Mustang (2005 and Newer)



  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    Ford downloads orders every wed afternoon, so if you placed an order on thursday, it goes in the next week.

    If a dealer is really nice, he could modify something already in the pipeline to meet your spec.

    4 weeks means every thing goes perfect.
    6 - 8 weeks is more typical
    over 8 weeks means that something about the order did not fit into the build schedule imediately or you had a restricted commodity item. For instance 18" wheels are limited, navigation is limited, stick on GT or V6 is limited, GTs are limited, although not as much as in previous years.

    Invoiced accessories also cause delay, trip tunes, mobiles, etc.

  • 08pony08pony Posts: 13
    Thanks mschmal.

    Ordered v6 premium pony. DCAR with dark charcoal leather. Shaker 500, sirius, Safety & security package, heated seats, chrome exhaust tip, auto, interior upgrade. I was surprised that the 08 total msrp is lower than equally equipped 07. Ford made side airbags standard and combined the alarm in the safety and security. That is why I ordered o8 rather than try to locate 07. Even though I lose the rebate, I gain a model year.
  • baggs32baggs32 Posts: 3,209
    Thanks for the tip akirby. I have no problem with the headrests in my Mustang or Explorer (which are very similar) so I never had the need to do it. But I do see people asking how to do it quite often so I'll pass the info on. ;)
  • That is some golden information, akirby. Thanks! Now I can fix the headrest problem as soon as I get the car home, instead of worrying about making arrangements with a dealership or upholstery shop.

    The dealer did give me a priority 10.

    I can't believe what a bargain this car is. Some people suggested I wait for the Challenger or Camaro, because they would probably be faster and/or have more horsepower. Perhaps. But I'll bet those engines will suck gas like a GTO. I'll also wager that both of those cars will be more expensive than a Mustang.

    I'm happy with a 300 horsepower 4.6. There will always be another car somewhere that is faster. I can stand it.
  • baggs32baggs32 Posts: 3,209
    I'll also wager that both of those cars will be more expensive than a Mustang.

    Last I read they were having a hard time keeping the base price of the Camaro V6 model below $25k because of the expensive platform they used and the IRS. How true that still is I don't know but I'm with you. There are better choices for the kind of money those two are probably going to sell for. Like a GT500. ;)
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    If rumors are true, expect a big jump in HP.

  • novellnovell Posts: 26
    And for mileage to decrease.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,622
    When the 500 switched to the Taurus the HP went from 203 to 260 and the highway mileage actually increased by 2 mpg (using the 2008 figures for both). They aren't necessarily mutually exclusive.
  • novellnovell Posts: 26
    Well said, but do you think with a V8 muscle car there will be a decrease? Say if they put in cylinder deactivation, does that really work?
  • novellnovell Posts: 26
    I am seriously considering adding a cold air intake by either JLT or K&N, any negatives on mileage? Also do all cold air intakes require using premium fuel?
  • I have the BBK 62MM Throttle body and CAIK. The BBK setup does not require "reflashing" of the OBDII computer that other CAIK setups do (however I have purchased a "Predator" tuner to squeeze more HP out of it). Regardless, changing from regular to premium fuel made a significant difference in performance. The slight decrease in mpg was due in large part to me wanting to go faster as a result of the improvement.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,622
    All things equal a CAI will usually increase mileage, not decrease it. You won't need Premium unless you increase the compression ratio with new heads or you reprogram the PCM to advance the timing.
  • All things equal a CAI will usually increase mileage, not decrease it.

    Then why doesn't Ford put CAI on all Mustangs? Wouldn't that mean better CAFE numbers?
  • Give a premium a shot and see if you notice a difference. My mileage decreased because I drive it more aggressively.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,622
    Mainly cost but also noise control.
  • A cold air intake without exhaust modifications will increase noise? Interesting.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,622
    Just putting in a K&N filter will usually increase the intake noise a little. An entire CAI will be more dramatic. It's not exhaust noise - more of a turbine sound under the hood.
  • Some CAIK with the increased airflow and lack of enclosure do provide an increase in noise primarily under hard acceleration (unless the vehicle has also had an exhaust mod i.e. headers or "Cat Back" mufflers such as "Borla Stingers").

    For those old enough to remember, think back to the days of a 4BBL carb that when the secondary's were opened creating a distinct (and welcome in my case) "sucking sound" from the increased air being drawn in.
  • Hey Mark (or anyone else who might know the answer):

    Can't the dealership give me some kind of document showing that I have priority 10? I called the dealership earlier today and talked to the lady who placed my order. She seemed disgruntled when I asked if she could fax me the Vehicle Order Confirmation. She went on to say that my order has been placed with the plant. She also said that everyone is priority 99 until the order is with the plant, and that after the order is with the plant priority numbers don't matter. She asked me where I was getting my information.

    She then said something about waiting a week and half to see if there are any changes to the order, and that after a week and a half she gets a VIN number. I asked if I could have my VIN number. She asked why. I said that I wanted to track the order with Ford. She said that if I needed any information I should deal with the dealership.

    She compared my situation to standing in line. She said I'm behind others who have ordered, and that two other guys who ordered after me are behind me. This really shouldn't matter if the dealer has sufficient allocation, should it?

    I really didn't care for her testy attitude. (She must not work off of commission.)

    I'm wondering if the dealership is trying to hoodwink me. So I return to my original question. Can't the dealership provide evidence of my priority number?

    If they can, and they won't, then I feel like cancelling my order and going elsewhere.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,622
    Explain the situation to the sales MANAGER first and give him or her a shot to work with you. Tell them you understand priorities and you have friends who work for Ford who would like to help you track the order. If they still won't do it I'd walk away - they're trying to hide something.
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