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Ford Mustang (2005 and Newer)



  • jae5jae5 Posts: 1,205
    Thanks for the link. Looks pretty cool, will have to check it out more thoroughly.

    Does it use an IRS or the solid rear axle?

    If they can keep it under $40K, like in the $33 - $35K range, it'll be a killer deal. Plusthat will still leave room in between it and the GT for another model.
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,938
    It uses the solid rear axle. The price is projected by Ford to be below $40K.
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 6,919
    As taylord said, they are sticking with the solid axle rear. Apparently, the IRS doesn't offer any handling advantages over the solid axle in this car.

    There's strong talk of other special models being spun off, too like a BOSS or MACH. No info on what those would include, though.

    I even saw one thread say that if you drop the stripes & the wheels, the GT500 could come in around $35K. That would be a winner, for certain.

    Other variations to be rumored...convertible variation of the GT500 or MACH or BOSS.

    Lots of places you can go without much trouble...add a blower to the 4.6L, take the blower off the 5.4L....etc.
  • lostwrenchlostwrench Posts: 288
    BMW? Yuk. I don't think you ever drove one.
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 6,919
    For those of you wanting great big pics of the '06 Shelby GT500....
  • jae5jae5 Posts: 1,205
    Yes, saw that as well. Wasn't able to take more than a quick glance but re-visited the site and read the specs. Viewed the pictures too, really like #40, a pic of the 06 and the lt. blue 68.

    Could be a winner. Will have to do more research on it. Yes, I would definitely drop the wheels, just doesn't do it for me (they're kind of Corvette-ish to me). The strips, I'm still on the fence with those. ADitto with the spoiler, looks like an afterthought, particularly in the shot with the 68, and the side shot. Doesn't have that integrated look. But overall nice piece. In terms of price, let's hope the dealer group doesn't put ADMs and the like on the car.

    Wonder what they could do to the 4.6/5.4 to boost the output w/o having to go the blower route.
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 6,919
    "Wonder what they could do to the 4.6/5.4 to boost the output w/o having to go the blower route."

    Good question....Saleen has only been able to squeeze another 25 ponies from the 4.6 modular. MT said that the car wouldn't pass smog regs the way Saleen set it up, though. Plus, there was no difference in performance from stock. Rousch and Steeda haven't been able to get more out of the 4.6. Exhaust is pretty open from the factory. That covers the professional tuners. I'm sure big bucks can pull more ponies out of them, but will it be worth it?

    I'm not as familiar with the 5.4, though. There might be some things there if I looked at it closely.
  • This car is amazing. Wow, its amazing they could get away with something like this. Good Job Ford. Whatever formula you used for the mustang, apply it to your other cars!

    One question, why is the cobra on the right side of the grille, and not the middle?

    Would it not look better in the middle?
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 6,919
    Answer about the COBRA's on the right side since that's always been the Cobra tradition on all of them.
  • I just had a new fuel tank replaced under warranty. So far, seems to have done the trick with the fueling problem.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,623
    Ford got 400 hp out of it's naturally aspirated 5.0L Cammer engine but it's way too expensive for a production car.
  • jae5jae5 Posts: 1,205
    Yes, that has been one of my biggest beefs about the 4.6/5.4, doesn't make more power unless you put an SC on it, or use nitrous or a crazy turbo setup. Mucho dinero. I mean, there are cams out know, but they're hella expensive. I don't want to "have" to put a blower on it, or "have" to put it on the bottle.

    But there was the 5.4 from the Cobra R. 385 hp/tq, normally aspiration as stated. Many people forget about this motor, but then again, it really doesn't "count" due to it only being available for the R.

    And as akirby stated, there's the cammer, but that sucker's $14,000!! And it may be more than that by now (and that was from the last time I checked it in a Jeg's catalog last year).

    Shoot, you can buy a 426 Hemi crate carbs-to-pan, water pump-to-flywheel for less than that, even a 500+ c.i. version for less!! Hell, you can get the 572/620 (or a 720hp version I believe?) for that!
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 6,919
    Well....depends on how much money you want to could put a "top fuel" engine in it, too.

    Now, if you could find someone to drop a crate motor in the Mustang, you'd have a fast and rare pony, indeed.

    Out of the box, it's impressive as is, though.
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    At my dealership here in South Jersey, we are no longer taking GT orders. With our current list of orders and our current allotment we will need 5 months to get all the customers their cars.

    I know at least one other dealership in my area is not taking any more 05 orders either.

    Its just crazy how much pent up demand there is for a car like this. Especially when you look at the car objectively.

    Styling wise, the interior is nothing special. The exterior is just about perfect. (I still don't like the outward from the top to bottom line on the rear end. it should slant out from the bottom to the top same as the front end. Also the car could use 18 inch wheels.)

    Its not the V6 cars that are flying off the lot either. Its all about the V8.

    I read recently that Ford is not pursuing the "hurricane" 6.2/4 Liter V8 engine for trucks. Man that seems like a mistake to me.

  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 6,919
    IMHO, while the exterior is gorgeous, the interior with the Interior Upgrade Package is a work of art with its aluminum dash and accents. Thoughtful things like the little details prove that much thought has gone into it....for example, when you open the car door, the windows automatically drop down about 1/8th of an inch and then roll back up when you close the doors to make certain there's a great seal between the glass and the doors. Seats are very comfortable for cruising or spirited driving.

    Edmunds has a really good article about those who put different wheels on cars and how that negatively affects performance.

    Demand is high and is getting hotter as Spring weather takes hold. I've heard the same thing, that some dealers are totally sold out of the '05s and are now taking orders for '06s (which won't hit the dealer lots until Sept).

    I agree, the popularity of this car is off the map.
  • bradkurtzbradkurtz Posts: 24
    The GTs are sold out in my area (St. Louis) until the '06s arrive. The GT500 will also be a an amzing success.

    Ford has a good car here, lets hope they can keep it up.
  • I just got mine. Man it is a black leather int/black ext GT manual with the int upgrade package. It was a sweet deal cause the dealership I got it at sold it to me at MSRP and everywhere else that I know had a 5k mark-up. This thing shifts so tight and the acceleration is awesome. Does anyone have any suggestions for initial upgrades?

  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 6,919
    I'm in the midwest. Availability is very tight. I had heard that in and around St. Louis, at least the GTs are sold out for the '05 model year. Around southern OH, you can find some V6s, but no convertibles or GTs. Some dealers are only taking orders for '06s.

    MSRP seems to be the going price on dealer walk ins if you can find any....or find a dealer willing to honor one of the Ford plans (i.e. ordered mine in Feb for X plan).

    juggernaut....isn't the Interior Upgrade Package just stunning. As you say, just an all around great car, regardless of the parameter you judge it by.

    I've only had mine for about 3 days. I can't stop at a redlight, go to the grocery store, stop for gas, etc without having people go crazy over it.

    I took it out on the interstate last night. It was a bit unnerving since I had cars on either side of me and behind me, keeping close pace to catch a glimpse for about a mile.

    That "black on black" is beautiful. I bet it's even more unbelievable with the all aluminum trim against that black interior.

    I've got the Color Accent Package and the aluminum interior is just jaw dropping.

    Ford did good!
  • fsvfsv Posts: 196
    What real MPG do you guys get?
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 6,919
    If you're talking about a GT with the manual tranny....I've just gone through my very first tankful. So, I'm not near being past the "break-in".

    According to the trip computer, I got 18 MPG...all city....on regular gas.

    I'm pleased, so far with the MPG.
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