I don't think you could possibly have done better. Congrats & drive it in good health.
I don't think it's a bit secret that I'm a very big fan of the '11+ Mustangs. However, when they came out, I owned a crossfire that I was reasonably happy with and didn't see any point in getting rid of the car at that point. Well, ffwd to about March of 2011, where, courtesy of the incompetent a-holes at D'Ambrosio Chrysler in Downingtown, PA said crossfire visits the repair shop every 2 week up until two days ago. That includes about 2 weeks where they had the car. And let's not forget the driver of a flatbed who backed into the car AT THE DEALER causing $8200 in damage (tech was partially at fault here IMO, as he parked the car in the middle of the parking lot!). So to say I quickly soured on the c-fire is an understatement. So low and behold, I test drive a current model Mustang GT and fall in love. However, I wanted a base model car and there were none available in a 3 state radius. So I ended up ordering the car and after 2 months and 2 weeks (those 2 weeks were due to having to wait for parts for the crossfire, getting the part installed, and then going back again because the repair wasn't done right! ).
So anyway today was delivery day for the Mustang.
I traded this in:
At the dealer:
I love this car! It's so fun to drive and as a result put about 100 miles on it today. The car just screams when you get up in the RPMs (though I didn't go past 4500 rpms yet) and the shifter is currently in excellent working order. Super smooth and easy to use. I can use 1 finger to move between the gears.
3.55 rear end
I'd write a bit more, but I'm going back out to drive it. But if anyone has any questions, let me know.
Thanks for the positive comments! If any of you guys ever have the opportunity to purchase one of these cars, you should definitely give it some serious thought. I just got back from another drive and I just love listening to the engine. The noise tube is more effective in this car than it was in my GTI.
I'm more in your camp when it comes to the tranny on these cars.They're not all bad. Yes, an unacceptably high number of them are bad, but if I had to guess, I'd say it's still <10%. Mine has had the everloving crap beat out of it and is perfectly fine.
So the more I drive this car, the more I realize that the base model car has a number of features that I liked on my mkV GTI that were sadly missing on the crossfire. The multifunction computer has almost all of the the features found on the VW, and I found out that the headrests are adjustable front to back, not just up and down. I LOVED that aspect of my older vws. Interestingly, in the mustang the headrest actually locks in place when adjusting the headrest front to back--unlike the VWs I'd owned.
Though I'm definitely not impressed with the halogen headlights--almost VW-bad. I'll have to keep watching to see if Ford ever offers some type of retrofit kit for the OEM HIDs offered available on the premium cars.
The first cool moment in the car: I'm driving to dinner this evening with the gf. As we're driving on a backroad, said gf turns down the radio and says that she wants to listen to the engine sound. For the record, gf is NOT a car person at all.
If you find something, please do post about it. Also not a fan of those lights, but I'm not going with crapass aftermarket drop ins either.Though I'm definitely not impressed with the halogen headlights--almost VW-bad. I'll have to keep watching to see if Ford ever offers some type of retrofit kit for the OEM HIDs offered available on the premium cars.
I'm in the same boat as you! I realize why Ford put the "fog lights" up in the grill instead of where they should be. They also knew the regular halogens are terrible!If you find something, please do post about it. Also not a fan of those lights, but I'm not going with crapass aftermarket drop ins either.
I really do like the newest iteration of the Mustang, despite our discussion with ChrisV in the other thread. And as much as I like the 370Z's driving dynamics, I would buy a Mustang by virtue of having another set of seats and a useable trunk openning compared to the Camaro.
Alas, I'm jealous as I just couldn't sell the wife (or myself) on getting a 2-door sports anything right now (3-mo. old baby, and I just spent some money on the Wrangler), so I went with the lowest priced compact hatch I could find (Lancer Sportback--I have a thread floating around here somewhere).
What's happening to TCL, everyone's buying new cars recently...
Question: does your car have the annoying 1-4 forced shift like the Camaro? I've only driven the V6 Mustangs to date.
It's always a good day when someone gets a new RWD V8 car.
Congrats on the purchase.
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Congrats on joining the Mustang club! I know you're gonna love that car. I can't wait for them to get to the point where I can replace my '06 GT convert with a 5.0 convert!
And yeah, the sound is glorious, especially as the revs rise!
I love cars, but the problem is they are like schroedinger's hobby. They're always in a quantum superstate of being both awesome and a huge waste of time and money... until observation momentarily forces them into one state or another.