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Ford Mustang Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • gslamsgslams Posts: 6
    I have the following offer from a dealer.
    06 GT coupe (5sp manual) premium pkg, options: 18" polished Al wheels , IUP , active anti theft system, wheel locks, if factory ordered sometime this week expected to get it in 8 weeks.
    no quote on title and doc fees yet.

    anybody think this is a good deal or are there people who are getting better offers now. any input will be appreciated.
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 10,079
    Hard to tell if it's a good deal or not. Trade? And, as you say, until we find out what the other fees are, we really don't know if it's a good deal or not.

    I will say, that it's probably easier to get a better deal on an ordered car (no real effort on the dealer's part except for placing the order) that it will be on an in-stock unit (which they are already paying floor plan costs).
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  • lmmlmm Posts: 70
    invoice is $26,327.

    also look and around and see if you can find one on the lot that has been sitting around for awhile. They may be itching to cut a deal to unload it.
  • dummy2dummy2 Posts: 1

    Newbie here. 2 questions:

    1. Does your 'price I paid' include the destination fee?
    2. If you got your car with Ford X plan, can you post the price you paid(along with MSRP and the options in the car)

  • topoffgttopoffgt Posts: 14

    1. Destination fee (at least in my area) is $720 on a 2006 Mustang. The "price paid" depends on how the contract is written, but I doubt any dealers are willing to absorb the cost of delivery.

    2. I just bought a 2006 Mustang GT Premium with a 5 speed manual trans yesterday for X plan price. X plan pricing is 4% over employee pricing plus $150. The price I paid was about $50 below invoice plus $330 for sales tax and tag transfer.

    I went into two dealerships in my area and told them I wanted a Performance White GT convertible with a manual trans, parchment interior, parchment top, interior upgrade pkg, side airbags, active anti-theft, and conv soft boot. From doing dealer inventory searches on-line, I knew a dealer in the Atlanta area was supposed to have one in stock.

    My first salesman said they could buy it from the Atlanta dealership and honor the X plan price, but he wanted to charge me another $400 to have it picked up. I went down the road to a different Ford dealership. Turns out the Atlanta Mustang was not in stock yet. My second salesman found another GT conv. in Alabama with the colors/options I want. He agreed to honor the X plan price and have the car picked up without charging me a dime! It should arrive by late Monday, and I am going to pick it up Tuesday afternoon.

    Considering Spring is just starting and how hard it is to find a white GT conv. w/ a manual trans, I feel really good about the deal I got.

    I hope this info is helpful!
  • gslamsgslams Posts: 6
    That does sound like a good deal. Unfortunately here in new england it is becoming increasingly difficult to find a GT with manual transmission, I have serached nearly 30 delearships without finding one. This area is full of automatics. The only way of getting a standard seems to be ordering one and that too takes about 12 weeks now!
  • pony_piratepony_pirate Posts: 317
    12 weeks is worth the wait.

    Automatic is definitely not the same car.
  • macatowamacatowa Posts: 69
    I agree with that because I have had an auto gt in the past, this one 06 GT feel like you are the pilot not just a driver. You feel every ounce of torque through your figertips and both feet!
  • gtforme2gtforme2 Posts: 23
    Did you try NH? There's a dealer in Portsmouth that had 3 GT conv & 1 hardtop on lot (don't know if have manual transmission).
  • husker5husker5 Posts: 15
    After trying to locate an existing Vista Blue, Parchment, 5sp manual, convertable GT, I finally just bit the bullet and ordered one. After shopping from multiple dealers, was able to get one to order mine for a few bucks over invoice. There are plenty of automatics, black and red colors, but no Vista blues in parchment conv. 5sp available any where within 900 miles of St. Paul, MN. Initially my priority code was 40, but the dealer is elevating it to 10. Will keep you posted on my progress. Any recent expereince out there on how long it has taken from order date to receipt on a similiar Mustang?
  • hey husker5,
    I too have been wanting a vista blue GT, convertible (charcoal top), 5 speed. Ordering from a small dealership in WI in October 2005, I was told it would be 6 months for a GT. My dealer now tells me I should see my car in 6 to 8 weeks, but no VIN yet. This dealer is also my friend so I believe it is going to happen, but he is still saying Ford is quoting a 6 month wait for GT's. If anyone has heard differently, let me know.

  • husker5husker5 Posts: 15
    hey Vistablues,
    This has got me worried. While my dealer hasn't promised anything, he said it has been taking 2-3 months, not 6 months to get one on order. It is possible since this is a larger dealer in a larger city (Twin Cities) he might get higher priority, but I have no assurance when I will see this car. The dealer assured me he was going to keep looking for an existing ones as they are being received by other dealers and try to trade for one, but now your experience has me worried.
  • You might keep on the dealer. There isn't much incentive to keep looking for one from another dealer if he has any of your money. I just purchased a GT convertible 5-speed MSRP $32,650 for $2,000 off. No additional add ons except tax and license. They found one at another dealer so keep the pressure on! Good luck.
  • btorlvbtorlv Posts: 16
    ca has a lot of 5sp gts. mine is an 06 gt/conv 5 sp inter upgrade with red seat up grade and boot/cover. msrp 32.660 i paid 2999.99 that was 250 below in voice. Shop hard there out there. Invoice price was 30.257.89 keep in mind tha edmunds in voice was about 330 more then fords. I went to 5 different dealerships to order and all 5 had the same ford invoice price. the difference was a fed tax and factory prep(gas) to calif. Edmunds zip code entry did not correct for this. After looking at 5 different in voices I believe that was the truth but who really knows. barry
  • My wife and I are looking at possibly buying our first Mustang. We went to the largest dealer in the state and were surprised to find a few 2005 convertibles left. After reading this I saw that wasn't that unusual. I have a couple questions
    1) Has anybody seen a 2005 GT Convertible leftover. All we see are V6's.
    2) In terms of price this is how they are showing us it is priced.
    Sticker for V6 Prem Auto $29,490
    They are saying they will give us the x plan price off of that and also are saying the all of the 2005's have a $3,000 rebate. Is there really a rebate on these leftovers? That puts it at around $24,000.
    The one thing I'm contemplating, and might be wrong, but since this is a 2005 and we're halfway through the 2006 model year, how much of that $3000 rebate would be market loss when we sell in the future?
    Sorry, but I have one more important question. My wife is sold on the v6, but the guy in me wants to go after the GT. How much difference is there in fun factor? I will say this V6 they are trying to sell us has dual exhaust put on it already. Thanks in advance.
  • kwhkwh Posts: 68
    what would be a normal deposit for a 2005 mustang?
  • topoffgttopoffgt Posts: 14

    IMO, get the GT! My 2006 GT convertible with 5sp. manual is a blast to drive. My wife loves it, too. Our car insurance is through State Farm, and I was surprised to find that my new premium is only $42 a year more than the 2004 Pacifica we are replacing (we both have clean driving records). Gas will cost more, but the powerful engine and awesome exhaust note are well worth it.

    We got ours for X-plan price, which was a little under $31k plus tax. At best, the $3k off on a 2005 V6 conv. will only cover the depreciation as you stated. Also, I've read reviews that say the V6 vibrates and sometimes has shifting problems with the automatic.

    I doubt you will find a new 2005 GT conv. anywhere. Shop around for a 2006 and be patient. Figure out what options you MUST have, and get the dealers to do a search for you. My dealer in SC found the car I wanted 500 miles away in AL. I got them to have the car brought back to my dealership for no extra charge, and still got the X-plan price.

    Take your wife out to dinner and a movie, do all of the "honeydoos" on her list, and then BEG her to get the GT!
    Let us know how it works out. ;)
  • pony_piratepony_pirate Posts: 317
    All we see are V6's.

    That's because they suck. :shades:
  • GREAT NEWS! Just found out my Mustang GT 5speed convert is being built this week!!! Delivery is set for April 20. Can't wait! Ordered in Oct.

  • husker5husker5 Posts: 15
    Hey Vistablues, great news about your stang!! I just found out I got a VIN assigned, which should mean mine will be scheduled for production in about 3-4 weeks. Not bad since I ordered exactly 13 days ago. There is a site on the Blue Oval forum that will track your production if you give your VIN - if your dealer doesn't level with you. Hopefully I'll have my vista blue vert not long after you. What part of Wisconsin do you live? I have a cabin in Burnette county, so if you are up that way this summer, look for me in my vista blue stang with the top down.
  • gslamsgslams Posts: 6
    quadzilla200 -
    consider the following before choosing between a GT and a v6
    1) The v6 convertible and GT coupe will probably be around the same pricing. So if you want a car which your wife can also drive and if you drive more in the city then go for a v6 convertible with automatic transmission. Also you can save on fuel by choosing the v6.
    2) GT means more HP and much more fun to drive car. Also it is more of a enthusiast car. IMO GT with manual transmission is a BLAST to drive and you JUST CANNOT compare it to a v6.
    3) if you can afford one go for the GT manual convertible!!
    4) Also go for the 06 models only because delaers are already taking in orders for 07 in April. I have heard of people on mustang forums getting GT convertibles at invoice which is around 30K depending on options.
    5) I do not want mail bashing but I have test driven the v6 autos and they are just not a sports coupe/convertible.
    They are good looking cars period. A celica or a RSX has better performance than these because they haul much less weight for the same HP and torque.
  • sanddunesanddune Posts: 1
    On Ford's website there is a locator section that will find your selection around the zip code you enter.

    There were some '05 gt v8 verts in So Cal when I checked today, not many though.
  • pony_piratepony_pirate Posts: 317
    I may be in the minority, but I think the coupe is a much better looking car than the convertible -- the lines are better because the fastback roof is inseparable from the design of the car, the overall look. :shades:
  • topoffgttopoffgt Posts: 14
    pony pirate-

    I like them both. There are not too many ragtops that look great with the top up compared to the hardtop. IMO, the trade-off for open-air motoring is well worth it.
  • Totally agree - that's why I bought the coupe. It was ridiculous how many people, upon finding out I'm buying a Mustang, asked "did you get the convertible"? You're right, I think we're in the monority, but that's fine with me.
  • pony_piratepony_pirate Posts: 317
    Yup, have had the same reaction. People seem to fantasize the red convertible when they imagine this car (how obvious). I got silver exterior, charcoal leather interior: looks tough, of a piece. :shades:
  • samsam22samsam22 Posts: 1
    Thanks in advance to anyone that can help me. I ruined my only car last week and there is a 95 ford mustang V6 for sale for 2400. 150k, looks excellent in and out - head gasket replaced at 130K. I know nothing about these cars and am looking for something safe for local commute and that will last me awhile. Thanks again!
  • pony_piratepony_pirate Posts: 317
    For basic reliable economic transportation I'd get a Japanese car, a Civic, Corolla, etc., not a Mustang. Mustangs don't have the best maintenance records -- check out Consumer Reports for used car histories. You can also correlate Blue Book prices (available online and in most libraries) with your price range, narrowing down the selection.

    No car with 150k miles on it won't have some problems somewhere.

    I'd recommend the $50-100 or so it will cost to have a mechanic check it out before you sign the dotted line. Things that wear out: battery, brakes, brake cylinder, belts, suspension, generator, water pump, air conditioning compressor, hoses, tires, carburator, suspension, clutch/transmission (clutch and automatic transmission repairs are expensive). Make sure it doesn't burn oil and has adequate compression (once a car loses compression it means serious internal problems, basically, a dying enging). Don't mean to be sexist, but if you can bring along a guy who knows cars, it couldn't hurt.

    Brakes and tires are especially important if you're going to put kid(s) in the car -- don't cut any corners there.
  • gtgtcobragtgtcobra Posts: 268
    They do suck. The 2005/2006 V6 Mustangs have a lot of problems. So do the 2005/2006 Mustang GT's.
  • gtforme2gtforme2 Posts: 23
    Obviously, you have issues with the new Mustang. But what I don't understand is, why? You don't even own one.

    I believe it was mentioned previous in this forum, that if you take all the complaints they'd you'd be lucky if it was 3-5% of all post. And of those posts, the majority were able to be resolved via TSB's that have come out. So the reality is there's probably 1-2% of all posts that are having continued problems. I'd doubt that's any worse than any Mustang year and probably far better than most.

    As far as looks, you seem little off base if ask me. You indicated that the 00-04 was the best styling since the 69-70. Well isn't it ironic that the 05-06 happen to be closer in styling to those years than any Mustang since (this is backed by virtually any write up on the new Mustang in any of the trade mags). Further if it's such a dud in styling, how is it that sales have far surpassed any previous years Mustang sales? You comments don't seem to hold water.

    I have an 05 GT vert and have had it since last June, thus far I've had total of zero(0)problems since had it. Maybe I'm lucky, but I doubt it. Nature of people is that they'll complain about what's wrong and say virtually little about things that are right.

    I've had lots of cars over the years, however, none were considered sports cars. The funny thing is that the whole thing that got me excited about the new Mustang and wanting one was it reminded me so much of the 68-69 Mustang. Yet, is was updated (particularly the ride). If wanted to have something that looked just like a 69, then I'd buy a 69, otherwise I would hope a current car wouldn't look the same as something of 35+ years ago. I wouldn't say the prototype of potential Camaro is exactly like Camaro of old either.
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