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Ford Mustang (2005 and Newer)

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  • wtd44wtd44 Posts: 1,211
    Are we done?
  • ClairesClaires Chicago areaPosts: 979
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  • sockpuppet1969sockpuppet1969 Posts: 297
    edited July 2011
    I'm shopping for a GT premium convertible right now. I test drove a lava red one with accessory package 6 (hood scoop, pedestal spoiler, side scoops and decklid trim panel), Brembro brake package and the electronics package. The lava red is really just black with red flakes/sparkles in it which you had to look closely to even see, at least in daylight. I had a 1972 Mustang convertible in high school and this one is far better looking with three times the power and 100 times the safety/technology. I'm on the fence about the hood and side scoops though. Not sure if they make it look meaner and more masculine or just boy-racer goofy. I'm also concerned about these pieces fading over time or coming loose.

    The test drive lasted about half an hour. Drove it with the top up and down on highway and back roads. What an awesome car! The sound of the engine is mellifluous. I was pleased to find that is cruises comfortably at legal speeds. I didn't feel the need to get on it constantly. Gobs of power when you do though with very smooth delivery and rides real nice. Not too firm or soft. The manual transmission felt great - short throws, snick-snick. Shame on all of you who even consider getting a Mustang GT with an automatic transmission BTW. The nav screen looks real nice. Didn't play with it too much but have read great things about the Ford sync system.

    For comparison purposes, I went to the Chevy dealer yesterday and drove a Camaro convertible. Nice enough car but it really pales in comparison to the Mustang. Styling is of course subjective but the Camaro is really chunky and cartoonish in my opinion. Side/rear visibility is poor in both cars but worse in the Camaro. The Mustang also has the integrated "spotter" mirrors in the top outer corner which really does help with visibility when changing lanes. The Camaro does not even have nav as an option. The engine/exhaust noise is also much quieter (possibly the best feature of the Mustang). The Camaro was the same price as the Mustang too - even without the nav. I told the Chevy salesman thanks for the test drive but no chance. He did tell me that he had a 2009 Shelby GT500 convertible on the used car lot with only 1500 miles on it and would I like to drive that - YES! It was white with the old nav (no sync or satellite) and was also a manual. Price was about the same as the other two new, $42K. That thing is a monster! Heavy clutch, lots of supercharger whine (actually distracting, not pleasant) but boy-oh-boy what acceleration. That thing can move. The interior already felt dated compared to the new Mustang GT. It was a ton of fun but don't think that much power is really necessary on a day-to-day basis. And I'd be concerned about reliability. I'll stick with the naturally aspirated engine.

    So I'm pretty sure I'm gonna buy a 2012 Mustang GT premium convertible in the next few months depending on what inventory shows up at the local dealers. I don't want the Brembro brakes - they don't seem worth the money to me. And I have to have the tech package. I'm not overly picky about the remaining options but will likely custom order the exact car I want if I cant find one I like.
  • Nephew driving on highway, started to decellerate when mashing the accelerator, pulled over popped the hood and saw that it was overheating. From a first glance it appeared that the overheating came from the thermostat housing area, so we bought a new thermostat and gasket/o ring and replaced it. Filled the car with antifreeze and as we were filling it started pouring out from a spot behind the thermostat housing area. This area appears to be the intake manifold. The gas guage needle appears to be upside down between the E and Full markers.........the car has gas even added 2 more gallons just to be sure...........we seperated the fuel line and bumped the ignition and fuel came out from the line, so I am assuming that we have pressure............checked fire from the coil pack to #4 spark plug wire and we are getting fire. Any suggestions?
  • I am looking to get an Exhaust system for my new Shelby GT 500, what should i get? I am looking at some Magnaflow exhausts,

    kind of confused which one will be the best, 15589, 15590, 15593, 15594?

    Also has anyone heard of Magnaflowdepot.com?? they have 25% off on all Magnaflow Exhausts at their website, its kind of a weird how the website works, you have to bid, i tried all different numbers, but i think it is set at 25% off.

    Anyone purchased from them?? are they Legit??

    if anyone can Please advise me on the Exhaust?
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,747
    Why on Earth would you want to do that?
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,666
    Just to comment on magnaflowdepot.com, it states right on their front page that they accept offers UP TO 25% off, which is pretty dumb. Why don't they just price it at 25% off and leave it at that??

    And, just FYI, they certainly aren't the cheapest. Just as an example, I looked up a cat for a BMW 335i (part #49768). Magnaflowdepot lists it at $382. With 25% off, it would be $285. Amazon has the same one for $129.

    '13 Stang GT; '15 Fit; '98 Volvo S70; '14 Town&Country

  • hahaha.. yeah I suppose, but its not quite as dump they are bypassing the Magnaflow Minimum advertised Policy, that is actually quite smart to have a website set up that way to offer discounted price.

    I checked the Magnaflow part number:49768 on amazon and everywhere else not surprisingly it is listed at 380.82 right on the dot.

    I ended up buying Magnaflow 15589 from them,

    http://magnaflowdepot.com/p/magnaflow-ford-mustang-stainless-cat-back-system-per- formance-exhaust-15589

    I got it for $572.91. It got to me quick and in good shape, now i just got to have it installed. :D :D :D :D
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,666
    darn. Can't find that cheap 335 one on amazon now. You are right, they are now all showing $380.xx. Ha. Guess I should have bought it when I saw it. :blush:

    Good price on the Mustang exhaust. That's showing up at $763 on amazon.

    Is that really an upgrade for the GT500, though? What size tubing is stock?

    '13 Stang GT; '15 Fit; '98 Volvo S70; '14 Town&Country

  • I had the 06 V6 automatic and it was doing what everyone is describing on here, except for the roof thing because it wasn't a convertable.

    I took it to the dealer a few times and they eventually replaced the fuel pump. It felt like it had more power going on the on ramp but eventually the 30-40mph acceleration lag started to happen again a little bit and also if you come to a complete stop and then try to jump on it, it will drop you down below 1500rpm.

    This is the most confusing thing that has ever happened in my life, owning this car. It looked good and I kept it really nice and clean.. waxed it a bunch of times and such but it just didn't perform.

    I traded for 09 GT and this car has a lot more power, this time I got manual, and it doesn't hesitate or lag or any of that nonsense. It also feels like a sports car rather than any car that you go and drive.

    Next time I buy a car, I doubt I'll do this again though. When you have a V8 and a manual transmission it is easy to get carried away and I think for my next car I'm going to see what is available with automatic and the usual acceleration capability compared to other cars on the road.

    When you have any car with a V8 in it, there's always going to be people trying to show off on neighboring streets and stuff. I didn't really consider that when purchasing the car and this is nothing you ever learn unless you experience it.

    I'd say that if you just go grab a car similar to what most other people commute with you are fine.

    This V6 stuff was a very hard lesson learned. Money is NOT easy to come by and this sort of thing is enough to keep you up all night or not be able to get enough sleep

    Good luck to anyone who got in the same tangle as I did, but I wish I had the last several years of my life back. Ford really did me a disfavor here. If I knew about all of this, I would have gone straight to the Acura dealer in 2006. And no I have never ever owned a Japanese car nor do I work for a dealer or auto manufacturer.

    good luck and God bless you people.
  • wilcoxwilcox Posts: 581
    edited March 2012
    Last November my wife gave me a 2010 GT convertible w/black cloth top. It was well cared for and looks sexy good because it has an appearance package (larger hood scoop, pedestal spoiler, side scoops and decklid trim panel).

    The automatic transmission is okay for me, I like it. The manual transmissions seem to have more issues, of course there are probably more Mustangs equipped with them..

    It's been nice to drive it this winter down here in the southeast. Many top down days this year. Even though it's old, I keep it looking like new and always get compliments.

    If I had to do it over, then I'd probably shop for one without the appearance package because it limits driver visibility.

    But, considering it is the smallest V8 motor ever put in a Mustang (281 cubic inches) the dratted appearance package provides ounce of image which is worth a pound of performance :D
  • gzgtpgzgtp Posts: 83
    "The manual transmissions seem to have more issues"

    says who?
  • wilcoxwilcox Posts: 581
    edited March 2012
    Having read some of the Mustang forums on the internet. The '010's manuals were supposedly 'made in china' and have issues. Actually there are some posts at TownHall about Mushrat manual transmissions from different years,,, '06 seems to be problematic. If you check with Ford, then they may give you exact data on transmission repair if it is important to you.

    Hope your not too sore about my little comment...but, we know you are emotionally biased concerning automatics.
  • gzgtpgzgtp Posts: 83
    LOL. No, it was an honest question, don't read too deep into it. I was just looking for your source. I got it. ;)
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,913
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  • wilcoxwilcox Posts: 581
    edited March 2012
    What kind of compensation does Edmunds ask for when providing these services?

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  • kblerkbler Posts: 1
    I think Its the (TPS) throttle position sensor. The one under the hood, not under the dash. Same thing happened to my wifes 06 mustang. It was installed incorrectly from the factory. If you take the two screw out of it and it dont slide right off then you got one that was installed wrong too. mine they removed this metal clip and rotated the switch sideways and forced it on. It does work like this but gives strange throttle response and after 6 years, finally threw up a code and put car into limp mode. Replaced it with a new one (installed correctly) and problem solved. Think it was $40 to $60.
    Her mustang would squeal tires one time leaving a stop light and next time would barely move under same pedal placement. Hope this helps.
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,807
    Anyone have any good photos of what the new style will look like? Any opinions on whether these changes are a good thing?

    2009 PT Cruiser, 2008 Eclipse, 1995 Mark VIII, 1988 GMC Van

  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,747
    Check out the Evos concept. That's a BIG clue.
  • I am buying a 2006 Gt with only 17,000 miles on it. I read in consumer reports that there are issues with the drive system and electrical issues. I investigated the electrical issues further on the internet and found a lot of people had issues with the battery draining among other things. Should I be worried?
  • ClairesClaires Chicago areaPosts: 979
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  • wilcoxwilcox Posts: 581
    Thanks. Gullwing(?) entry and slender headlamps will help transform the 'Stang into a new era of styling for the future? Looks like a subtile transformation from tradition though.

    It appears the chassis could be a little more compact than today's production models (2010-2014). IMO, Mustang is rather large sporty vehicle in today's world - which is okay.

    It's hard to tell much from those photos.
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