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Ford Shelby GT500



  • bri66bri66 Posts: 220
    Sounds like it will be a good time. It would be great to see all those Shelby's in one location. I know last summer while I was waiting for mine to be built they were talking possibly of having one at the Ford plant in Flat Rock. Events were to open up the assembly plant and tour their facility and meet some of the people that actually made our Shelby's on the line and of course the engineer's that designed it. I won't be able to go the one in June, but if they schedule one in Flat Rock next year, I'm there. If you do go take plenty of photo's and post them here in your album. I would love to see all those Shelby's together.
  • I understand that the dealers can charge whatever they want for a car. How is negotiating a car price to invoice and below any different than 20% over sticker? As a current owner of a 2002 GT convertable, I was chomping at the bit for a GT500. Upon seeing the car, I was more than willing to plunk down up to 50K for one.

    But at the prices that the market has set, I won't be buying a GT500 convertable. I will either get a Corvette or a SLK55. The reason is that the fit and finish of the GT500 is that of a 30K car. The interior of my 2002 is a rattling plastic box. I would be willing to pay the premium if the new Mustang was going to give me any more confidence that this will not repeat itself.
  • Ditto.

    An alternative to consider is the Roush stage 3, which includes a supercharger. Trouble is, imo, the Roush's are overdressed. Also, not sure the 4.6 L engine was built for supercharging. Could drive it to an early grave. :shades:
  • The 04 and older mustangs compared to the 05 and newer mustangs are like night and day. There is no comparison. The 05 and newer are a much, much, much better! They are a lot more solid and have a lot more power.

    I understand what you are saying about your 02. Compared to the 05 and newer you are 100% correct. The older ones are and feel a lot cheaper made in construction.

    Have you driven the new mustang at all? Drive your 02 and then go drive a new GT Mustang. It will be like night and day between the two.

    As for the Roush, I don't personally care for the look for what they cost. I personally like the look of the Saleen a LOT better and for the money.
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    I believe that you can take the look of the Roush or leave it and still get the power upgrades.

  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,938
    Yeah, you can get the performance upgrades without all the gawdy bodywork.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,666
    And vice versa.
  • But what about the issue of supercharging an engine not designed to be supercharged? Do you think it can bring on a whole host of problems? (The GT's 4.6 liter small block seems just right, pretty sweet the way it is.) After all, the supercharged GT 500 has an entirely different engine, cast iron as opposed to aluminum, 32 as opposed to 24 valves, more displacement, etc -- it's basically a Ford truck engine. :shades:
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,938
    Apparently supercharging it is no big deal as the supercharged Roush still carries the same 3/36 warranty as every other Mustang. The same applies to the Saleen Mustangs. Both use the standard 4.6L V8 in the Mustang GT.
  • How difficult is it to access the oil filter on the new Shelby GT500? Does it require a lift bay? I prefer to do my own oil changes.

    Some careless mechanic stripped the oil pan drain plug on my 68 GT 500 way back when.
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    You are a lot skinnier than me. :(

    I'd be scared to ramp it with the low chin.

  • nipntucknipntuck Posts: 13
    I just received an email from a friend who works in the Shelby plant. I ask him to check out the reliance of the Nav System. I thought some of you here might be interested in his response.

    The GPS is a good one in the Shelby It's the same one in the GT. I talked to one of the Electrical Techs and he said that the Mustang has the 2nd best Electrical system in the world, just a hair under Toyota.(I hate Toyota!) Anyways that is a plus but I was told that if you don't
    plan on driving it a lot then you either need to get a battery tender and use it or disconnect the battery because of all the electronics. The battery will only last 28 day's. I suggest getting a battery tender that
    has the lead you hook up battery and then you can easily plug in your battery tender without opening the hood.

    Anyway I hope that is of interest......
  • rhellerrheller Posts: 61
    Thank you very much nipntuck. Your post reinforces our decision to order the nav system on our 2008.
    The tip about the battery tender is also appreciated because I don't plan on driving the car much during the New England winters. Any recommendation on a particular brand and model? This may sound naive, but I don't want to compromise on one that could "fry" any part of an electrical system. Thanks.
  • bri66bri66 Posts: 220
    I believe I read somewhere if you order the Navigation you can not order the upgrade shaker 1000 stereo. Not sure if that's a correct statement or not, but I believe I read that somewhere. For me I ordered the shaker 1000 when I placed my order and I won't be driving mine enough to worry about the battery going bad. I much prefer the upgrade to the stereo plus when I drive my Shelby I'm usually not worried where I'm going, just out wasting gas and having fun. Also for me it is important that I sound good when I get to where it is I end up at. ;)
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    that is in line with my experience with cars on our lot.

    As for the price coming down, you have to make sure you are looking at a brand new car verses a used car.

    New means never titled before. You can determine if a vehicle is new or used by running a carfax.

    Even if a car only has 10 miles on it, if it was titled before, it is now used.

  • rhellerrheller Posts: 61
    Bri66 - I think that is the concern. Not driving the car much is what drains the battery, because when you run it the alternator recharges it.

    BTW - I'm interested in networking with any New England Shelby owners. I hear there is a NH SE seacoast Shelby enthusiast who has some Carroll Shelby memorabilia, including three signed engine bonnets by Mr. Shelby, himself. I would like to track him down, but only know him by Rich.
  • rorrrorr Posts: 3,630
    "As for the price coming down, you have to make sure you are looking at a brand new car verses a used car."

    That e-bay listing for a GT500 which sold for $54k was for a car that hasn't hit the dealer's lot yet (from the writeup it was due to hit the lot in late March). So I'd assume that was for a new vehicle....
  • bri66bri66 Posts: 220
    Not sure what you mean by engine bonnet. I know I sent the cover to my air filter box to Mr Shelby and had that autographed. That was my Christmas present from my family. Once his dash plates become available hopefully sometime this month I want to get one of those. They will have his personal autograph and our GT500 Vin # on them. I believe they will mount to the center of the dash with double sided tape. A lot of Shelby owners have pulled their dash's apart and sent for autograph's, but I'm not ripping mine apart. I will post a picture of my signed air filter cover in my album here at Edmunds so you can see it.
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