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Ford Mustang (2005 and Newer)

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  • rorrrorr Posts: 3,630
    Man, I really don't want it to look like we're piling on the GTO in here, but sometimes it's hard.

    Personally, I don't know what to make of the 'conspiracy' paranoia that seem's to be running through some of the GTO faithful. It started off(?) with some semi-veiled hints that Edmunds was intentionally changing their tune re: the GTO simply because the sales numbers were flat and they might think they had egg on their face given their positive review of the '04 model. And the C&D article where the GTO won virtually every subjective performance test but lost out (big) on the "gotta have it" factor was REALLY difficult for GTO fans to swallow.

    And for the life of me I don't get the fascination with 400hp in the GTO. Okay, great the '05 has 50 more hp than the '04. But it's not like the '04 sales numbers were flat because it was a slug; the thing had 350hp for crying out loud. Why do they think that the sales would turn around with even MORE power? I mean, how many people seriously considered an '04 and thought, "I dunno, seems kinda slow. Now if it only had another 50hp.....". I've yet to see a Mustang GT just happen to end up at the same red light as a GTO, so I really don't get the theoretical advantage those guys are hanging their hat on. You would have thought GM would have learned in the Mustang/Camaro wars that a hp advantage doesn't necessarily equal sales.

    The GTO is a good car; however, in this class, buyers want to be NOTICED. The GTO is (at least to my eyes) virtually invisible. I've seen 4-5 cars over the last few months and everytime I see one, I think "is that a Grand Am with some kinda body kit.....oh wait, it's a GTO".

    Yeah, the lack of marketing on GM's part hasn't helped, but it's not like Ford has had to run continuous commercials for the Mustang, have they......
  • rorrrorr Posts: 3,630
    Personally, if I were the type to buy purely based on country of origin, I would prefer Australian made to Canadian made. I think that ideologically, Americans are much more akin to Australians than Canadians.

    Just IMO..... :)
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 7,098
    rorr....I took it to mean that Ford doesn't want to pay overtime to produce more V8s used in the Mustang GTs. Could be a parts supply problem. Who knows?

    I think what we are seeing is the strain put on manufacturing and parts ordering/production when expected demand far outstrips expected supply/production capabilities.

    I'm sure Ford isn't going to complain about the problem, but they certainly should at least be putting plans in place to fix it.

    I think they may be battling years upon years of cranking out cars and trucks as fast as they could and then having to rebate them afte the fact to move the inventory. They may be a tad gunshy in going back to that sort of cranking up the plant. As it stands, they've already committed to making 20,000-30,000 more Mustangs than they originally planned. Even with that, they can't meet demand.

    In general, I see much less in the way of stock, on all Ford models sitting on the dealer's lots than I did even 2-3 years ago.

    My dealer is medium sized. He used to have a whole back lot full of row upon row of new F-150s, Tauri, Foci, Explorers, etc sitting unsold. This year, he's got mabe a dozen F-150s, just as many 500s and Foci, few (if any) Mustangs and maybe 6-7 Escapes and as many Explorers. I've rarely seen more than two Expeditions sitting there this year and his back lot is now filled with used cars.

    Not by any stretch a scientific sampling, but just an observation.
  • john_324john_324 Posts: 974
    And note as well that rwd, high-power cars never went away in Australia the way they did here in the USA. It's amazing how many of these type cars have been available in the Aussie market, many of them made by U.S. firms. :shades:
  • rorrrorr Posts: 3,630
    Noted.

    I still hanker for a good Jenson Interceptor everytime I see the Road Warrior.....
  • rorrrorr Posts: 3,630
    Ford also could be concerned that quality could slip a bit if they just madly cranked up production. They've fought a long hard battle to win back some public confidence on that front and wouldn't want that to slip away for some short-term gains by flooding the market while demand is hot.

    Also, by keeping a lid (albiet a fairly LARGE lid if production is in the 120-130k/year range) on production, they may be able to keep the desirability level up for more than the typical 1-2 years for a new model.

    Oh well, since I'll probably be buying an RX-8 sometime next year (when availability should definitely NOT be a problem) it's all moot to me anyway.

    I just need to get my '66 GT fastback back on the road to scratch my Mustang itch....
  • jae5jae5 Posts: 1,205
    In total agreement. I was really surprised when that nonsense got posted, that everyone in the written and online media is conspiring together to knock the GTO down. That all the mags and Edmunds got together to make a concerted effort to make the car look bad. Again, laughable at best.

    Oh well, enough of that, back to the Mustang and upcoming GT500.

    Do agree with you graphic, a good Ford vs GM would have been great! Don't really see a Ford vs. Chevy thing anymore except maybe Cobalt vs. Focus or something :confuse: . Don't see Chevrolet getting a version of the Sigma, (being hinted that Buick and Pontiac may get a vehicle off a version of that platform).

    Knowing that there will probably be Mach 1s, possibly Bullitts, do you think there will be a 4.6 LX or a GT350 to go along with the GT500? Wonder if Ford will do a new Bosses? Or how about a k-code, hi-po 289 again (they're so close anyway @ 281c.i. - and doesn't one of the tuner's make a 289 model)? Wonder what would a GT500KR have?
  • rorrrorr Posts: 3,630
    I was thinking about a new GT350 just yesterday. I think a normally aspirated version of the 4-valve 5.4 would be a natural (maybe with an aluminum block to cut back on the weight). Who knows, maybe Ford will hit 500hp with the GT500 and an easy 350hp with a GT350.

    I was really hoping for a return of the 'Pony' Interior (with galloping horses across the headrest on the leather equipped models). And they could have called the upgraded gauge package the Rally Pac.

    Wouldn't look for a 4.6 LX anytime soon - they can't even meet demand for GT's. No reason to offer a stripped down version.

    And maybe a new Boss 302 with their cammer 5.0? Yeah, yeah, I know it's expensive but the motor in the new GT500 can't be cheap....
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 7,098
    rorr....ooohhhhh.....an RX8.....can't go wrong there. Certainly a different end of the sports car specrtum than the Mustang. Great handler, 9K RPM redline, exotic car handling, quality shifter, steering, nicely crafted....makes wonderful rotary sounds.

    jae5....last article I read in MT said that with the success of the current Mustang to expect a Boss and a Bullitt. Don't know what configuration those would take. Maybe a different computer tune of the 4.6? Maybe bore and stroke the 4.6 to the legendary 5.0 moniker? Put out the 5.4 without a blower? Put a blower on the 4.6?

    Cammer 5.0 would be great, but as pointed out, that's an expensive alternative.

    SVT team at Ford has been revived. Those guysdo great things to cars.

    In the same MT article, they said they're busy working on a new SportTrac in parallel to the Shelby. They also said to expect something north of 450 HP on the GT500, which is supposed to hit the streets almost entirely in-tact from what the showcar is.

    I don't know that I'd be a customer of the Shelby GT500 if dealers do the same over-pricing as they've done on the Mustang GT. That would bring the price to 'vette levels. At $45K-$50K, the 'vette would be too tempting over the Shelby. At the projected $39K, the Shelby will be more pallatable. That said, I almost jumped into a 'vette this go round with the exception of some personal paranoia about having a fiberglass body, but hopefully, I'll get over that.

    Probably more of interest to me would be some iteration of a new Boss or Bullitt. If they keep the price of them south of $30K. One thing's for certain, if this Mustang Mania continues for some time, like it looks like it will, any "special editions" will do nothing but enhance the already wildly successful '05 Mustang launch.
  • baggs32baggs32 Posts: 3,210
    And maybe a new Boss 302 with their cammer 5.0? Yeah, yeah, I know it's expensive but the motor in the new GT500 can't be cheap....

    $39,500 for a new Ford GT motor at this place. They don't list one with an iron block and the GT500's supercharger, which is different from the GT's IIRC, but you're right, it can't be cheap. ;)
  • dverespeydverespey Posts: 56
    A production line/ schedule is a complex thing to tinker with, especially after the production mix has been set for a model year.

    I would think there are many factors, not just the enigine supplier, that are limiting what Ford can do to change the mix at this late date in the production year run. I would think that they are going to bump up GT production in the 06 run to some degree.

    Given the current percentage(36% I think it said?) I doubt that anything more than 45% is possible with their current line configuration.

    Disclaimer, I've never seen the Ford line or talked with anyone there, this is just conjecture on my part.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,665
    I think it's also just as likely that this spike in GT sales will subside and the traditional mix of V6/V8 coupe/vert will return - the only question is how long it will take (few months to a year?).

    CAFE also has to be playing a big role in the decision.
  • baggs32baggs32 Posts: 3,210
    Remember that the Mazda6 also shares the same "finishing" line as the Mustang. IIRC Mazda builds about 80k - 100k 6s each year. That's 80k - 100k fewer Mustang's that can be produced out of that plant running at full tilt.

    I think this year and probably the first half of MY06 are/will be exceptional for the Mustang then things will taper off sometime next spring. At least that's what I hope as I'll be buying one in March of 07 and I don't want to have to wait for one! ;)
  • stl_ponystl_pony Posts: 1
    I was one of the lucky ones who was able to get an '05 GT in St. Louis. Ordered the first week of December, didn't arrive until a week ago. I was originally told 8 weeks, but then the dealership told me the hardware for altering the instrument panel lights were on back order.

    Don't suppose you'd know of any Jeg's type shops in the St. Louis area?
  • levyroblevyrob Posts: 22
    At the Ford website, pricing a V6 convertible and similarly equipped V8 coupe, they are about the same. Disregarding dealer mark-ups and whatnot, which would you choose between a V6 soft-top and the V8 coupe? I priced automatics, with IUP, alarm, and Shaker 500.
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 7,098
    Well.....seems as if you're either a convertible person, or you're not. Can't make that call for you. I live in the Midwest. A convertible for me, while nice, would be of limited use. In the summer months, it's too hot (regularly in the '90s). In the winter, obviously, it's too cold.

    Best I could hope for is about 4 weeks of use in the Spring and 3-4 weeks of use in the Fall.

    I suppose that makes me a coupe person. You can't discount the performance of the GT. It's simply intoxicating. Have never driven a V6, though. So, don't know how they would compare (other than the GT being a scorcher on the road and having better handling). The V6 would probably ride better, though (not that the ride of the GT is bad in any way).
  • Graphic Guy, a month or two ago you were on the GTO forum saying that if you couldn't get your Mustang in a somewhat timely fashion you would buy the GTO. You said the GTO was a fine performance automobile. Now from the looks of your posts the GTO is inferior in every catagory and a total bomb for GM. Is this the same Graphic Guy? I guess you ignore the performance catagorys and put major emphasis on the "got to have". Enjoy the Mustang. Thier both very nice performance cars.
  • gunitgunit Posts: 469
    Wasn't the former 1994 to 1996 SS Impala made in Canada? I don't mind the GTO coming from down under, it still has an american Corvette LS2 engine and tranny in it, like you said I can still take my family along unlike a Corvette.
  • gunitgunit Posts: 469
    I only use 92+ octane in the GTO anyway, my previous Pontiac GTP supercharged Coupe was premium gas only and my current 2001 I30t Infiniti requires premium for best performance too so no big deal. I only drive about 8k to 10k miles a year if that.

    You are right, GM never really advertised the GTO, same thing with Mercury and the Marauder. Almost like they wanted the car to fail sales wise.

    Insurance is strange because my 2005 GTO is almost the same price as my 2001 I30t for insurance, LOL! I30t has 227hp, GTO 400hp, LOL!

    Not sure on the conspiracy, but I will say that those auto mags are biased against American cars. They are all in love with Honda & Toyota, they can do no wrong, LOL! They don't tell you about the Toyota V6 sludge problem from late '90's to early '00's or Honda's failing auto trannies on their V6 vehicles. Both companies extended their warranty on engines/trannys in those yrs to 7yr 100k. No car mfg is perfect. But these mags would have you believe otherwise. Oh well. I make my own decisions when I buy a car, not based on those auto mags.
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 7,098
    brush, I'm the same graphicguy! The GTO was always my 2nd choice. I've never thought the GTO was a bad car. But, it was still my 2nd choice.

    At the time, my previous car had been totalled. I was in need of a car. I was weighing my need for a car immediately against getting the car I thought was better from my stand point. I love sports cars. Have owned many. The mere fact that the GTO was my 2nd choice (or even on my shopping list) can be considered praise.

    That said, the reason I waited two months to get the Mustang as opposed to buying any of the readily available GTOs locally says only that I felt the Mustang was more to my liking than the GTO.

    As I've said previously, I thought the shifter, brakes, handling, steering were better in the Mustang compared to the GTO. Performance between the two were almost identical (if 0-60 is your only criteria)....within a tenth or two of each other. The trunk is much more useable in the Mustang, too.

    Much has been said regarding the IRS in the GTO vs the solid rear axle in the Mustang. I found that to be a total non-issue, however. Ford did a whale of a job with massaging the solid rear axle to the point that there were no ride or handling advantages with the more complex IRS in the GTO.

    Personally, I think the optional aluminum interior is drop dead gorgeous in the Mustang...particularly with my red/black interior. Build quality of the Mustang is equal to any car I've seen in the same price range.

    In the GTOs favor, I liked the seats a little better. The back seat has a little more room (but, that wasn't a big issue to me since it's still hard to get back there in either car). While true, the GTO's interior is one of the better ones the General has ever offered, GM's cars have never been known for nice interiors. So, the bar set for GM interior design was set low to begin with.

    From a sales perspective, the GTO has indeed been a dud for GM. In the first 4 months of '05, Pontiac as sold about 3,200 GTOs, IIRC. 1/3 of those (around 1,000 of them) have been left over '04s (with huge incentives). GM wanted to sell 18,000 '04s. They only produced around 16,000 of them since they weren't selling...and they still have some of those still lingering on the lots. Then GM reduced production goals to 12,000 for the '05s. Take away the leftover '04 sales from the '05 total and Pontiac has sold about 2,200 '05 GTOs in the first 4 months of this year. For all intents and purposes, the current model year will be over in Sept, when the '06s will start hitting showrooms. That means that in the next 5 months, Pontiac has to sell 9,000 + GTOs to hit even their reduced 12,000 unit production plans. The figures don't look good from that perspective. Add to that, GM has at least delayed, if not cancelled the Zeta platform (which '07 GTOs were going to be based on) and the future isn't good for GTOs. Since '04s were slow sellers, and they were rebated heavily to begin with, doesn't make for much confidence that these cars will do well on the used market (thinking resale, here).

    It's a hard sell for any used '04 with even moderately decent resale value when new '04s still sitting on the dealer's lots are selling at invoice less around $5K-$6K GM incentives slapped on them. So, if new '04s will sell for around $24K-$25K (with incentives), it's reasonable (maybe hopeful) to think that a used '04 could sell for high teens. That's a whopping $12K-$14K depriciation one model year to the next from MSRP. Based on that history, the '05 resale probably won't be much better (if better, at all).

    That entered into my thinking, too.

    Don't know about the "gotta have it" factor with the Mustang. I don't "gotta have" any car (OK, maybe the upcoming Bugatti). But, considering Mustang GTs and convertibles are selling at the dealers for MSRP or above, and that many dealers are already dipping into their order bank for '06 models to meet customer demand, I'd say the prospect of resale value for Mustangs is quite good. Even used GTs and convertibles are selling for MSRP. New ones have been known to sell above MSRP....and the dealers still can't keep them on the lots.....even though Ford will produce somewhere around 175,000 Mustangs, ~65,000 of those will be GTs, which are pretty much sold out for the '05 model year.

    For the record, I qualify for GMO discounts. I could have bought a new '04 GTO for just under $25K (today, that would have been just under $24K with the new $1K GM incentive). I didn't pull the trigger then. I could have bought an '05 GTO for about $29.3 K if I were to buy today. I didn't pull the trigger on the '05 GTO either.

    I also qualified for Ford X plan. I bought my totally loaded Mustang GT for ~$25.5K. That's a big $4K+ price difference in the Mustang GT's favor.

    If you could even get an '05 Mustang GT right now, mine would have stickered at around $28K. MSRP comparisons still put the Mustang GT, totally loaded (without automatic) about $4,000 less than a GTO MSRP (including the current rebate).

    To me, the choice was obvious based on all the above. The GTO came in a distant 2nd in my thinking. Not that anyone thinks the same way, nor should they.
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