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Ford Mustang Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • plektoplekto Posts: 3,738
    edited April 20

    The reason the V6 rentals felt like they did was due to the lack of a manual transmission (and stock suspension). With manual and the performance package, it's a blast on mountain roads. If you can possibly drive a manual, do it. I drive manual and I deal with 2 hours of Los Angeles traffic every day. I'm not some superman, either. It's just that the difference between manual and automatic in this car is so dramatic that I made the decision to re-grow my left leg and learn to enjoy it. :)

    As for the V8, it has tons of power. And that's before you do even the simplest mods. That V8 is seriously underpowered and tuned down in base form. The V6 is pretty much as good as it's going to get. It's fine, but modding the V6 is going to net you almost nothing while even basic changes to the V8 will help greatly. Just adding a supercharger and nothing else will net you almost 600HP.

    So, yes, the GT has plenty of power.

    There was a famous auto review a year or two back comparing the current generation GT to a M3. The auto reviewer (fanboy?) gave the win to the M3 since in the hands of a professional with every safety and stability control turned off, it won by 0.03 seconds. With the safety systems turned on, the Mustang beat the M3 by almost 2 seconds. The rest of the world reading all of that that gave them a tie. Just... You can almost buy two Mustangs for the price of a M3. The average driver would drive both and not even get close to those limits, even.

    It's a serious car with great handling. The new one looks.. odd. And it loses the whole muscle car feel to it from what I've been reading. Kind of like what Inifniti did with their Z. They turned it into the G37... The G37 is nice, but it doesn't feel exciting. I'd rather have (even a little) old-school redneck fun in my drive than going Audi or Mercedes' route of smoothing out all of the edges.

    But as far as luxury goes, the Mustang has none. It's decent enough, but its charm is that you get fun and performance in a rock-bottom price and not that it wins any refinement contests.

  • icherub1icherub1 Posts: 10

    @plekto said: The reason the V6 rentals felt like they did was due to the lack of a manual transmission (and stock suspension). With manual and the performance package, it's a blast on mountain roads. If you can possibly drive a manual, do it. I drive manual and I deal with 2 hours of Los Angeles traffic every day. I'm not some superman, either. It's just that the difference between manual and automatic in this car is so dramatic that I made the decision to re-grow my left leg and learn to enjoy it. :)

    This is completely inaccurate and represents a common but very dated misunderstanding. The lack of acceleration in rentals (and the vast majority of V6 Mustangs in general) is the fact that they come factory stock with 2.73 ratio rear end gearing. Using a manual helps to overcome the sluggish feeling merely because it lets the driver intentionally push the car harder by delaying upshifts longer than the auto is programmed to do in normal driving. Otherwise, the transmission ratios are very similar. Step up to the optional 3.31 gears with the auto (as is included in the Performance package) and it's a very different car. The 2015's will come with 3.31's stock precisely because the 2.73's gave up too much performance for that magic MPG rating.

  • plektoplekto Posts: 3,738

    I've driven both and the 3.31 vs the 2.73 with manual is negligible other than in first gear, which has a little more kick to it. People are reporting roughly a 0.5 second faster quarter mile with the 3.31s. Not an amazing difference, really.

    It's the manual and the sticky summer tires and better suspension that really make the difference. The base models with automatic also have those nasty high-mileage low rolling resistance (read - hard as a rock, don't grip worth much) tires. It's a lose-lose-lose scenario in that case.

    The typical rental Mustang is nothing like the one you would end up buying.

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