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  • I wonder how Ford's downsizing will affect production of Mustangs. (10 plants slated for closure, 30,000 layoffs.) Even if Flat Rock stays open, will it experience layoffs, or will its supply line of parts be affected?

    graphicguy, you may be right after all about Ford's mismanagement, producing too few GT's. Now that the company is in financial straights, it has finally begun actively marketing what must be one of their hottest items, the Mustang. Only now are there regular Mustang ads on TV. Before, they were very rare. One can only wonder if Ford will beef up production to meet the increased demand generated by the ads.
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 10,072
    pirate....I don't know that Ford mismanaged production of the Mustang GT. I do think that they produced as many as they could. I would think that of all the plants they want to close, Flat Rock is actually the one plant that they would want to keep cranking. Why close or debilitate a plant that's actually doing very well?
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  • Graphicguy, "they produced as many as they could"? I would think the almighty Ford could find a way to produce as many Mustangs as consumers were ready to buy. Failing that, they just didn't project demand accurately, something John Kenneth Galbraith would have clicked his tongue at.
  • I've been reading most of these posts trying to get some information on what my shipping delay would be. From the information I received from Ford, my car has been in limbo between "PRODUCED DATE" and "GATE RELEASED DATE"

    My dealers says he thinks there's 4000 some odd ponies sitting in a warehouse wating for a part. But then why is my car listed as 'Produced'?

    Has anyone ever heard of a car waiting 40 DAYS!!! from production to gate release? Out of all the cars I've seen here, and in other forums the longest wait was 14 days?

    Still very confused, and driving a neon.


    Receipt Date: 11/9/2005
    Serialize Date: 11/17/2005
    Segment Date: 11/17/2005
    Sequence Date: 12/6/2005
    Blend Date: 12/7/2005
    Produced Date: 12/16/2005
    Gate Release Date: ???????
    Ship Date:
    Arrival Date:
    Sold Date:
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 10,072
    pirate....the only way Ford can produce more Mustangs is to fire up another plant. Flat Rock is running at capacity. You also have to get your suppliers to increase their production of Mustang components. Then, you have to get stamping and assembly machinery for the "other" Mustang plant. Plus, you have train employees at the "other" plant to produce a different vehicle.

    Something of that magnitude takes years, not months, of planning and implementation. Some of it is in your control (if you can do it at all). And some of it is out of your control (outside Ford suppliers).

    Bottom line, Ford planned to produce more '05+ Mustangs than they did the previous generation. Their increase production planning was reasonable. When it became clear that they had to produce more than planned, they ratcheted up production to plant capacity. Even that wasn't enough. It has been a runaway success. It wasn't lack of planning that has put Ford in the position they're in with the's the very high demand.

    Best Ford can hope for now is to have the demand level out....which it will do eventually. Until then, it will be "catch as catch can" for those of us who want a Mustang. It's a sellers market for Mustangs (especially GTs). We've become too used to it being a buyers market for their less than desireable product offerings.
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  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 10,072
    Mike....Ford generally quotes between 8-12 weeks delivery from date of order (if the dealership has allotment and gives you a high enough priority. You're still well within that period.
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  • Galbrathian economic theory has it that megacorps producing complicated, expensive products have to control both demand and supply. The capital commitment needed to bring a product, whether it be a car or jet airplane, into fruition requires long-range planning and control of the market. I don't have the time to get into the details, but according to this theory, Ford did a terrible job with the Mustang and hybrids.
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 10,072
    I suppose we could debate Galbraith vs Keynesean economic theory, but that doesn't change the fact that Ford planned for higher demand for the they should have with a totally new design coming to market. Even they couldn't have predicted that they'd actually have 60,000 more units (over '04 model production) that they could have sold.

    Sometimes all the planning in the world accounts for such accelerated demand.
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  • I think the lesson to be learned from the Mustang's unexpected success is that automakers shouldn't be afraid to design cars with character, that make an original statement, instead of the bland engineering products they usually spew out. A little taste goes a long long way.
  • Hey guys wanted to run prices paid by you. Just traded in my 05 V6, auto, leather, shaker 500, paid $21,400 for it in may of 05. Traded it in for $17,900 with 8299 miles on it. Purchased a 2006 GT, 5 speed, Torch Red, with trim package and red leather interior, Mycolor, Shaker 500, traction control, 18" rims and the full sensor cluster for $26,864 What a difference in the GT manual. I had added about 28 HP to my old V6 with Intake, exhaust, and tune but it did not pull like the GT by far. Those add on's did help a lot though for anyone looking for more power out of the V6. I think those prices are pretty decent, let me know what you think.

    Daniel :D
  • i just bought an 06 gt premium and i am thrilled to death with it. i am in northern california and was lucky enough to find one on the lot. did "settle" for an automatic though. have to tell you that as a mustang lover, i cant find one thing that i'd change on this car. bravo! my solution to not finding a manual GT was to insist on keeping my manual 1989 5.0 LX.
  • Hey everyone, I am so excited that I am about to come out of my skin! Ordered my 06 GT Premium, 5 sp, Vista Blue, 18" Fanblades, IUP on 01/23/06. Received my VIN # on 01/27/06. Purchasing at X-Plan! The VIN # assigned to my new toy is 1ZVF128H665205835. Can anyone tell me when I can expect to see it at the dealer? I tried to log into the BlueOval Forums, but not having much luck. I am going crazy with anticipation! Once I get it, I plan to add a Hurst Short-Throw shifter, C&L CAI and tune and either a Borla or Flowmaster Cat-Back exhaust.

    Waiting with Great Anticipation!!!!!
  • Hello everyone! I just joined this website, and I'm super excited about buying a new Mustang! I know I want a black on black V6 automatic convertible, cloth seats, basic everything--no other extras. Is there any difference between a 2005 and a 2006? And should I try to find this car on a lot or have a dealer order it if it's not available? Also, what price should I pitch to them? I'd love to spend around $22,000-23,000. I'm lucky enough to be able to pay CASH, and buy it all outright. So what do I do next?? Thanks and I appreciate all your help! (By the way, I live in Los Angeles.)
  • Hey just took delivery today of my (everthing same as yours) except for I have the machined wheels. WOW!!!! this thing far exceeded my expectations for ride and power. The 5 speed is the only way to go for this beast!
  • The way these other dealers are treating you guys is crazy! You guys need to come to Atlanta where I just purchased my 2006 GT for 500 over invoice, that's almost 2K less than MSRP. There are 2 or 3 more GT's just sitting on the lot waiting to be picked up and believe me they'll let you test drive in a heartbeat and give you the same price. 2006 GT premium with the 18" wheels for under 27 grand, come on down..... Lou Sobh Ford in Decatur.

    :) :surprise:
  • I'm envious of you taking delivery as I am still waiting for my VIN on my GT premium 5 speed convertible. How do you like the vista blue color and tell me about the ride. ... Vistablues
  • I ordered it on Sept 1, and they snuck it in a little early!' anyway the color is unbelievable up close! and performance is WOW!!! getting meat in second gear without trying that hard is way cool. It exceeded my expectations in every way. The ride is very nice not rough but still firm and the car feels very muscular especially with a 5 spd. Good Luck on getting yours!

    BTW this is my third GT the last I had was an 87,
  • sigt1sigt1 Posts: 66
    are not selling well now; pay invoice or do not pay anything
  • You LUCKY DOG you!!!! I have been in contact with someone in the plant in Flint Rock that gave me the status of my new toy! It is scheduled to be built the week of 02/13, ship the week after that and I should have it by the end of the month. Man....this is going to be a LOOOOOOOOONNNNNGGGGGGG month!
  • You must be correct because I just located a Ford dealer willing to sell at $400 OVER invoice on the Mustang GT Deluxe with automatic.
  • What area of the country have you experienced this?

  • I bought a loaded '06 GT Premium right afer the new year for invoice + $250 doc fee. That was factory order. (It should be here by the end of this month!) Raleigh, NC.
  • My Vista Blue GT Premium 5SP is being built tomorrow! I should have it home in about a week after that. I ordered it on 1/25/06. The only things that I added were the 18" Fanblades and the IUP. Including the destination charge, I am getting this baby for the x-plan price......Of course, buying a new Freestyle "helped" them decide to honor the x-plan price on mt GT. If you want an Automatic GT, my dealer here in Atlanta has about 10 of them in all colors. My salesman told me that the 5SP's were quite popular and that they go fast! Just a few more days of AGONY until I can leave 2 nice black strips as I drive it home from the dealership.
  • The local Ford Dealer here in Fort Myers has over 90 Gt's listed in there inventory. I am gonna check it out today and see if i can get one for invoice. I would think with that kind of inventory they would do it.
  • Local St. Louis dealers had been adding $2,ooo - $4,ooo over MSRP for GT's.

    Then we noticed a few on their lots without the damned 'market adjustment' pricing sticker.

    Drove by one dealer tonight to check out a Premium GT convertible - no mark-up on the sticker and the salesman jumped at my offer of $1,000 less than MSRP.

    Really thought that was a pretty good deal for our market. Any advise?
  • Sounds like a pretty good deal to me. Just be CAREFULL which Ford dealer you buy from. I've had some BAD experiences with some of the St Louis Ford Dealers. (V F, P C) And a few others have a REALLY bad BAD rating on the better business burearu.

    Do your research and you should be fine. I bought mine from a dealer in Chesterfield Valley and haven't had ANY problems.

    Good luck on bringing home a GT for your driveway.
  • Cool - thanks!

    At work now and can't check it; but will do tonight.

    Want to compare notes with you before we buy. Really hope to have it setting in the driveway this weekend.
  • Didn't get your e-mail at home. Found out that the dealer we are talking with now has 25 complaints with the BBB in the last 36 months. Sounds pretty bad compared to some of the others we checked.

    Damned - thought we did a really good job with the research; but I never even thought of checking with the BBB!

    Definitely interested in what you have to say! Email me or give me?
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  • I leased an 06 Pony package convertible white/parchment with automatic, Intrusion alarm, boot cover, wheel locks.
    MSRP is $28300. Agreed lease price is $26,100. This means I got it at $2200 below MSRP or $200 over invoice.
    Lease rate is only 1.25% for the 36 month lease. To sum it up, I only will pay $700 interest or rent charge for a $26,000 car in 3 years. I think you need $2,000 to start a lease on a $25,000 mustang. A mustang with your specs will cost about $27,000 MSRP, and after haggling it can go down to $25,000. Try leasing only if you can get Ford's Red carpet lease. The residual or payoff after 3 years is 53 percent of MSRP or 14900 for me.
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