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Ford Mustang (2005 and Newer)

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  • pumpkinfishpumpkinfish Posts: 61
    I wish I had a Cammer :shades:
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,747
    You can if you have about $15K lying around.
  • Just got back from the dealer. My order is in. Screaming Yellow Gt
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    the past 2 weeks, two GT convertibles have been offered for sale for $38,000, brand new ones, with build dates of April, 05, yellow and Lime Green. No bids over $35,000 so far though.
  • dispencer1dispencer1 Posts: 489
    Has anyone compared the ride of the Solara SLE convertible and the V6 Mustang convertible? I made the mistake of buying a 2006 SLE without trying out the Mustang and obviously this small town Toyota dealer didn't have a Solara I could drive. All the automobile writers stressed the "smooth" ride. They must have last driven a Yugo. Actually the Yugo probably rides better. The Solara ride is too stiff - you feel every pebble. It doesn't feel like the car has any shocks. It makes a nice static display though. Hopefully I'll be able to dump it this fall . At least I'll drive a Mustang convertible before I buy one.
  • rorrrorr Posts: 3,630
    From all accounts that I've seen, the Solora should ride like a creampuff.

    Check your tire pressures. Cars are typically shipped with tire pressures pumped up to astronomical pressures to help prevent damage during shipping. If the dealer failed to adjust the pressures during the dealer prep, the car will indeed ride like a rock.
  • oldboboldbob Posts: 41
    check latest Consumer Reports.
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 7,523
    Took my first road trip with my Mustang GT. In a word, the car was WONDERFUL!

    Went to the KY DERBY (what beautiful scenery along the way)....about a 300 mile round trip.

    First, travelling on the interstate was very comfortable. The suspension did a great job. While you won't mistake it for a Lincoln, even the winter ravishes of the interstate couldn't faze the suspension. It handled all rough patches with firm, yet very controlled motions. Everything stayed firmly planted, even over the roughest roads. In 5th gear, cruising at 80 MPH, the engine sound was there, but muffled to a low grumble along the way. Shaker provided great entertainment while crusing on I71. A rush of speed for passing was always readily available with a little push of the accelerator.

    Where it got even more fun was on the back roads (courtesy of directions from my "host" to stay out of traffic). Passing horse farms all along the way, along with the twisties going through lush greenery of the horse farms, showed the Mustang in the best light. This car can handle anything almost effortlessly. It stays on track no matter how the road twists and turns. Steering was quick and accurate. You point it, it goes where you want it with no lag or protests....and it does so quickly.

    Seats were very comfy for a long drive. Windows were down along the back roads and listening to the roar of the engine bounche off the barns is a sound I won't soon forget.

    Coming out of corkscrew roads onto straight aways were a blast. Taking right or left hand turns in 2nd and then leveling into the evenutual straightaways were a blast as I planted my foot firmly into the gas, and let it rip. With the sound of the engine grwoling away and instantaneous build up of hellacious speed, always brought a big smile on my face.

    I parked away from the track in one of the way overpriced front yards of a family who was selling them as parking spaces. A most pleasant experience transpired at that point. They told me to park in front of the line and then the most unexpected thing happened. When I was ready to plunk down the $20 for the parking space, the matriarch of the family told me "no charge". Asking why, she said she loved the car and was glad to let me park it so they could get a closer look for a couple of hours. I was a little "nervous" about this arrangement. I gave her $20 anyway and told her the money was for "protection". She laughed as a gaggle of people started surrounding the car for a "look see". What I will assume were her teen brood came by to "shoo away" the on-lookers.

    While you can read about Derby Day in your local newspaper (on a whim, I placed a $20 bet on Giacomo to win....for no other reason than I had an Uncle named Giacomo), the day was perfect for the Derby. Unfortunately, that was the only ticket I cashed the entire day.

    I came back to my car to find about 15 people around it (with the "parking attendants" keeping them at bay). The question I got asked the most was...."is this the new Mustang?". Playfully, I said "no....it's the new Oldsmobile".

    The trip home was just a fun as the trip down....probably a little moreso since I had some winnings in my pocket.

    I got 24 MPG....even with a goodly amount of back road driving. The only downside is the Mustang needs a wash. There are fingerprints all over the surface and the windows.

    Amazing day.....amazing car.....amazing experience.....amazing trip!
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Thanks for sharing.......
  • liveoakieliveoakie Posts: 17
    Yesterday a.m started out with my two daughters fightin about who gets to sit on which side.(backseat of my 05 sonic blue GT) So im stressin out already.(great start for a sat morn) anyway we go and run errands and such. come home and im still pissed at my girls (17yrs and 10yrs) I tell em to go upstairs and clean their rooms, bathroom etc. I dont want to see or hear either one of you for awhile. So i go out and do some yardwork have a couple of beers mow the yards and im looking at my car in the garage. Time to go for a ride! The road from my house runs west toward the sac river and when ya get a few miles from town it has some nice corners, 10 and 15mph (ya right!) corners and some esses. it goes on for about 6 or 7 miles. well i went and pushed the mustang thru some of those corners and WOW that was a total blast!!!! I havent really pushed the car since ive had it. Im tellin ya that was awesome!! im ready to do some more. except its raining. that might make it more interestin! That was great therapy!!! much needed stress relief!!!!!! Im looking in a mag at the new GT500's about got the wife talked into one. I need more power! My GT has 3.31 gears has anyone done a gear change if so how did it work out? Im thinkin of goin to 3.5 like the manual trans GT's have.Or even to 3.73. gimme some feedback.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    brought over her new black coupe yesterday. Even though it's not a GT, it sure looks great dressing up my driveway for a few hours......and she's just loving it!!
  • pumpkinfishpumpkinfish Posts: 61
    Guys on the various Mustang boards are running 4.10 gears in both the autos and manuals. They claim the rpm's are still manageable and the mpg went down very minimally. I think you will need to get a hand held tuner to program the computer for the gear change but you'll have to look into that more if you decide to change gears.
  • bobadbobad Posts: 1,587
    We looked at the V6 and GT, and did a good walk-around. The styling, fit, finish and quality are truly impeccible! The body panel fit was just yummy, and reminiscent of a Lexus. Then we sat inside. What a shock! From the penthouse to the outhouse in 5 seconds! The dash and instrumentation design and materials are TRASH. The shift lever is weird. I am only 5'10, and when I sit in the back seat, my head hits the rear window frame. Obviously the body designer and interior designer were not the same. Whomever signed off on the interior desigh is a dolt, and should be burned at the stake for ruining this otherwise beautiful car. I drove it, and was very satisfied with the handling and power, although I knew I could would never own it. Guess I'll have to wait another 10 years for a truly good Mustang.
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 7,523
    The back seat is not one of the highlights of the Mustang. Personally, the back seat was not something I cared about. I do like the trunk space.

    That said, I found the IUP option and all the aluminum of the interior to be lucious.....big legible guages....ergonomics are outstanding. Shifter just about perfectly placed as well as the peddles.

    Build is incredible given that it feels like it was tight and solid....even over rough roads.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,747
    I think the center stack could use some improvements, but I don't think it's a bad interior for a car with a $20K base price.
  • Great story graphicguy, but come on. Everyone on on this site and those who visit it love the new mustang, even those w/ severe problems, but i have to ask: Do you work for FORD?
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 7,523
    Do I work for Ford? Nope!

    Closest I came to a Ford was my previous Mazda RX8 (which really had no Ford input at all).

    I have owned Fords in the past that were used cars. Nothing to write home about. I've driven my share of rental Tauri and Foci, though. Not bad cars, but nothing that would make me want to buy one.

    I originally test drove an '05 Mustang GT in November that a golfing buddy had just bought. My sister was looking at the '05 Mustang, too at the time, so I was helping her shop. I was immediately impressed with the new Mustang. But, I wasn't in the market.

    When my RX8 was on the "bad end" of an accident, I was immediately put in the market in Feb. Looked around for a replacement (including another RX8). Budget was $30K-$35K. Was familiar with all the sports cars in that price range.....G35, 350Z, Audi TT, 3 Series BMW....etc. Even the Corvette was on that list, even though I'd have to add some $$$ to my car budget.

    I narrowed the list down to the GTO and the Mustang. I've posted my impressions of the GTO in the GTO vs Mustang forum. Bottom line, I chose the Mustang for the reasons stated over there.

    In short, I found the Mustang so enticing, I plunked down my money for it. As an added bonus (but certainly not my main buying criteria), the Mustang was the least expensive of the bunch.

    Couldn't be happier with my decision. Matter of fact, I like the Mustang to the point that I now consider it the most "fun" car I've ever owned. That took some doing since I was a past owner of the afore mentioned RX8 and a couple of BMWs. My ownership experience, while only 2 months old, has been sterling. No problems whatsoever. I'm amazed that Ford can put such a good, stylish, high performance and well built car on the market.
  • liveoakieliveoakie Posts: 17
    Thanks pump im gonna do a search for other boards and see what i can find out.
  • eng21eng21 Posts: 2
    You should get one that has the power adjustable drivers seat. I'm six foot and clear at least 3 or 4 inches of head room. I have the seat lowered for head clearance. Go back out and find one that has the power adjustable seat.
  • eng21eng21 Posts: 2
    Well, I've had my '05 Mustang GT (Mineral Grey w/ Red Leather upgraded interior) for a week now. Not a day has gone by that I do not get honks, waves or a friendly thumbs up from passersby.

    A couple days after I had it I was filling it up (I had been driving a lot). Gas prices had dropped so there was a bit of a line. A cop pulls in and stops right next to me and sits there for about a minute or two, repeatedly glancing in my direction. He then pulled away and got back on the road only to pull off and park it a short distance way (as if to start clocking). I almost forgot about him but saw him as I got back on the road from the gas station. As soon as I passed he pulled out and started driving again. I think he was expecting me to speed away from the gas station or something and thought I was an easy ticket. Who knows, kind of strange.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    He just wanted to watch the car in motion..... I've followed them just to watch them drive..... They are quite an emotional event, strangely enough.... Art in motion.
  • john_324john_324 Posts: 974
    I've done the same thing as well. Fortunately, as I'm driving a Mustang myself, the '05 owner usually can figure out that I'm staring at him as an enthusiast not as some psycho-killer... ;)
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 7,523
    Had two encounters yesterday while running errands.

    One was with an "older gentleman" in the Costco parking lot. He came over while I was loading my trunk with my stuff. First he complemented the car saying "this is the first American car in years that would make me stop and look. This is a beautiful example." We then chatted about the performance (I told him it was very fast). Then, as I started it up, he just stood there and gave me a "thumbs up" regarding the sound it makes. He went to his car a couple of spaces away.....it was a Lexus SC!

    The 2nd was while I was getting gas at the same Costco. A guy that looked to be in his 20s commented that the color (redfire metallic) was the one he was going to pick when he buys one (he was driving a Jeep). He looked inside and asked if he could sit in it. I gave my permission. He sat down, felt all over the interior and said "this is beautiful". I told him that mine had the Interior Upgrade Pack. He loved the aluminum and the big guages. He said he loved the seats and the look of the red interior. I thanked him. As I drive away, he too gave me a thumbs up.

    This car crosses so many generations in its appeal, that I never cease to be amazed.
  • john_324john_324 Posts: 974
    Showing how much people like the new Mustang, at a stoplight this weekend, a middle-aged guy in a minivan wanted to talk about how much he loves the new Mustang, and how aggressively good-looking the front end is. I eventually had to point out to him that his left-turn signal had turned green. :D

    What makes this conversation interesting is that my Mustang is a previous-generation one (2002). Later in the conversation, he did allow that my Mustang looks pretty good as well. ;)

    I love how people like the new one so much that any Mustang they run across is fair invitation to talk about the '05!
  • cmnottcmnott Posts: 200
    To be a rock star!

    This weekend turned out pretty lousy for weather, but Sunday was beautiful so I had the car out, spotless and shiny and literally everywher i went, people were crowding around it! Form my neighbours to their kids, to parking lots, or just having it parked on the road, people stop and look.

    What is funny is the kids. There are Porsches and SLKs and Bimmers in the neighborhood that they don't even bat an eye, but my car...they are mesmerized by it! I get a little nervous because they get a little too close with their bikes and those "nice" metal handlebars :surprise: , but they all bug me for a ride, which I will give. With parents permission.

    It was smiply a great day to drive this car...and it is only May! The tranny is starting to loosen up and the whole car just feels more relaxed but very ridgid as we thump over bumps and potholes, even with my lowering springs, the car feels great. I highly recommend the Eibach Pro kit. The lowering is not overly bad at all.
    This picture shows that you can still have an inch gap which gives a great ride, and great looks.

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    The Sportling Kit is even lower which I don't think would be a great ides, but this seems to be a perfectly reasonable tradeoff in ride/handling.
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,938
    Can you post side and rear shots with the springs? I've got a set of Pro Kit springs that have been sitting on the floor for a month now. I'm still debating if I want to install them myself or have someone else install them and get raked over the coals.
  • vppreachervppreacher Posts: 72
    cmnott,
    Would you mind posting what wheels and tires you currently have on your Mustang? I really like the way they look and am curious as to maker, size, and type. Thanks..
    Preacher ;)

    P.S. This link and accompanying pictures may help those considering the Eibach Pro Kit...
    http://www.riscx.com/05_mustang/eibach_springs/
  • markregelmarkregel Posts: 32
    I was suprized to find a posting on this board complain about the interrior. When I first did a walk around at the local dealer (a base V6), it was the interrior and dash that impressed me the most. Everything fit tight and felt firm, what more can you ask? I own a Pontiac Vibe (Toyota Matrix) and ride in Camrys and Accords almost everyday. Tired of overly sculpted and styled dash panels. I love the straight line cowl design and is also so fitting for a Mustang. Heaven forbid, do we really want Mustangs with soft touch and wood grain? If that's what you want get a Lexus. I give Ford two thumbs up for a great interrior job!
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 7,523
    Couldn't agree more. The performance grabbed me. The exterior styling seduced me. The interior and build of the Mustang sealed the deal.

    I, also, have a Vibe (Matrix) in the family. Travelling a lot, I drive my share of Camrys. Toyota's build has has nothing over the Mustang's.
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,938
    Hmm...

    I don't particularly care for the look of the stock wheels with the lowering springs. :( That's a bummer because that means now I have to buy some aftermarket wheels and tires. :cry:
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