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  • mike189mike189 Posts: 23
    as a former ford mustang cobra owner ,i am pleased to announce the absence of the vehicle in my garage,to add .there are two very happy days in a ford owners life ,the day he buys it and the day he sells it,but i was happier when i sold it then when i bought it,what was i thinking when i bought it ,maybe a flash back from 1972 ,either way its happily gone ,and a new bmw m5 replaces it ,gee i must not be the only one seems alot of ford dealers have way too many gts on their lots that are not moving and ford wonders why they are hurting,maybe they should ask bmw what they are doing ,hey maybe the edsel will come back with a blower on it,and all tose ford owners will have something to droul over
  • gzgtpgzgtp Posts: 83
    Gee, just what the world needs...
    ... another arrogant BMW owner.
  • mike189mike189 Posts: 23
    no im not arrogant ,just smart,when you spend x amount of dollars for anything ,you do ,or should i say i do expect some kind of quality in the product,if not you find a product where it is ,not just sit there like a bump on a log and say gee man this is a mustang cobra ,but like life in itself you live and learn and research before you buy ,not after
  • gzgtpgzgtp Posts: 83
    Yes you are smart and not arrogant. Thanks for that example of a long run on sentence. ;)

    Well maybe you are just a little arrogant.
  • john_324john_324 Posts: 974
    Buyers have to understand what they're getting when they buy a Mustang: amazing bang-for-the-buck performance, but in an antiquated, somewhat low-quality package.

    For many of us, that fits the bill perfectly. But I can understand why people wouldn't like that, and would find it a poor trade-off.

    Of course a BMW M5 is a better all-around car than a Mustang Cobra...for a price close to a hundred grand it had better be.

    But a Mustang Cobra (esp. the last version) offered a truly great performance bargain. Sure, didn't offer much else, but what it did, it did quite well.

    Appreciating Mustangs (esp. the high end ones) demands a sort of automotive asceticism, a willingness to tune out certain things and focus heavily on others.

    To paraphrase an earlier review, Mustangs are like that old college buddy that never grew up: frequently juvenile, kinda pointless, but you can't deny the good time you have when he's around. :)
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    Or more simply, what other 500 hp car has an MSRP in the 40k range?

    For the GT what other 300 hp car has an MSRP between 25k to 30k?

    Even the V6 with rear drive and 200hp/245lbft for under 25k is a pretty good performance buy.

    I think the "low quality" zing is not very fair. Yes, there are a few glitches but over all I think they have been largely resolved. I find the interior very well screwed together and the exterior even more so.

  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,938
    If you "researched," you probably wouldn't have bought a BMW. :P
  • rorrrorr Posts: 3,630
    I find it somehow appropriate that "mike" joined up on April Fool's Day....... ;)
  • mike189mike189 Posts: 23
    oh and by the way ,i did research ,thought it was a great deal for the buck ,and boy was i wrong but live and learn ... i have nothing against ford owners , i think the mustanf is over rated and thats why they sit on dealers lots and bmw m series sell,the problem with the american car manufacturer is that they mass produce way too many cars and flood the country with product,their values drop due to sooo many of them out there,where the imports ,especially bmw with their m series limit their production ,and they keep the dealers in line ,which keeps the vehicles having declining values ,especially when they dont sell,bur ford has a better idea,and it shows thats why they are treading on bank reputcy ,
  • mparis1mparis1 Posts: 107
    hey guys..i am interested in this Mustang....any info. comments....prices...performance.... new member...thank you. :)
  • john_324john_324 Posts: 974
    So what specifically didn't you like about the Cobra you purchased? What made you consider one in the first place?

    Just curious. One doesn't usually see people in the market for something like a Mustang Cobra suddenly jump up to a vehicle with more than double the price tag...
  • john_324john_324 Posts: 974
    Great deal if you must have a Shelby, but aren't willing to pay the price/wait for a GT500 version.

    Basically, they're Mustang GTs that have a bunch of Ford Racing performance parts added to them, plus the usual Shelby stuff (stripes, cobra emblems, etc.) I'm sure they're going for close to sticker, which is around $35k I think.

    Functionally, you get about 25 more HP (not sure about TQ but I'm sure its a little bump up) than a regular GT, more aggressive gearing, better handling and braking ability and other goodies like a Hurst shifter.

    Personally, I'm not sure I'd be willing to pay the extra $10k over the price of a regular Mustang GT (which can probably be had for a decent amount less than the $25k sticker) for it, but that's just me. They are definitely lookers though, and it'd be nice to have the performance goodies put in at the factory (and covered by the warranty).
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    If you know of a dealer with GTs on the lot priced in the 25k range, let us know where. All the dealers I'm familar with stock GT Premiums with IUP, the wrapped dash package, etc. We order as my cars with 18 inch wheels that we can get.

    The least expensive Mustang GT on my lot is 28k, a Deluxe with IUP, Shaker 500, and Auto trans. The cheapest premium is at 29k with IUP, alarm upgrade, and auto trans.

    Thats why most dealers don't carry many deluxes. For $20 a month you get leather? Count me in.

    The limited availability of the Shelby GT as much as anything else will ensure they won't hang out on lots long even for you to even think about whether the 10k extra is worth it.

  • john_324john_324 Posts: 974
    Yeah, I'm sure that's true...when I bought my '02 GT deluxe, I had to order it. No options whatsoever. ;)

    I'm personally a bit of an anomaly, as my motoring pleasure has nothing to do with leather seats, radios, chrome interiors, etc. All that stuff is meaningless to me.

    Do you have any Shelbys yet? My local dealer told me the had one GT500 (not previously spoken for), for about 3 hours total. :surprise:
  • maryawmaryaw Posts: 22
    My Father passed away and I now have his Mustang (the second one he owned so he must have been satisfied). I had to purchase it from another family member but it was worth it to me to be sure Dad's car stayed in the family and was taken care of. It's been to our mechanic and is in great shape (the other family member maintained it well for the short time she had it) except it needs some minor body work. It only has 50K miles on it. :D

    What a great car! Yes, it's a little old-fashioned in some ways (like the rear-wheel drive) but I see why Dad enjoyed it. I am looking forward to many years of happy cruising.

    I sure don't understand why the BMW owner felt obliged to post his displeasure in this forum. It seems it would be more worthwhile to spend his time chatting with other Beemer owners in a forums of their own (I'm sure there is one) about how much they enjoy their autos!
  • john_324john_324 Posts: 974
    Condolencenses on the passing of your father, but also congratulations on your new car. You'll definitely enjoy it. While perhaps not the most up-to-date in all respects as you point out, that generation Mustang is extremely durable and fairly problem free. :shades:

    BTW just so you know, "srs" means "supplemental restraint system" (i.e. airbags). I assume you mean the lettering on the passenger side of the dash, right?

    Which engine does your car have?

    And in response to your question about the headlights in the other thread, it's possible they got water in them, but more likely is that they've become hazed on the outside over the years...this happens to these headlights sometimes (though not nearly as bad as with the 94-98 Mustangs).

    Solutions range from lightly sanding and buffing the lights, to totally replacing them (they're somewhat expensive though...).
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,665
    You can try regular white toothpaste to polish the plastic lenses. Saw it on TV the other day.
  • john_324john_324 Posts: 974
    Good tip. Do you have to use the baking soda type? ;)
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,665
    No, but the baking soda would probably be even more effective.
  • maryawmaryaw Posts: 22
    HAHAHA! The joke is on me. I thought it was a trim level, like "SE" or "LS". Yes, it's lettered on the dash. Now I must change my profile so people won't laugh FOREVER.

    The engine is a V6, 3.8 liter. That's about all I know about it. There's room under the hood for a bigger engine but this one's just fine, considering the price of gas these days. Gas was .45 per gallon when I first started to drive. Tonight it was almost 3 dollars per gallon.

    Regarding the headlight covers: we're going to try to polish them gently.
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