14th Oct 2009, 13:56
Aren't you the person who extols the unbelievable goodness of your Mazda 6 based, Mexican built Ford Fusion?
14th Oct 2009, 16:35
I would say a Mustang may likely get pulled over more much more often. My son got pulled over constantly when he had his in high school and college. And not for speeding, but out late. Many times just searching his car on the shoulders (Florida). It may have been his age or profiling a young guy in a Mustang GT convertible in Florida. When he later upgraded to a Viper, the police liked it and were nice. And again in Florida.
I have had police compliment my C5 Vette, especially in club events. I do not drive like an idiot... maybe solo secluded selected bursts when it's very secluded with discretion. That's it. Police seeing you doing street exhibition or drag racing, what do you think? It's common sense and even more being cool with your car when talking with authority.
27th Oct 2009, 22:41
I am a transplanted Englishman who now resides in Vancouver Canada, having also lived in Japan for 9 years. I have driven many different cars ranging from Toyotas, Mercedes Benz, Jaguar, Chrysler and am currently driving a Camaro.
My thoughts on modern cars are that with the advancements in technology, there are very few differences in the reliability of any new cars over the first 5 years of their life.
Further that despite the general opinion in North America that German and Japanese cars are more luxurious, reliable and technically efficient I believe that the US produces the best looking affordable cars in the world.
Why would anyone pay for a Porsche over a Camaro - how could you justify the price differential? Do you really turn your head at a BMW or a Benz? Was there ever a head turning Japanese designed sports car?
I was invited to the launch of the Porsche Panamera last week in Vancouver and I assure you that the only head turning car was my Camaro. The event was full of Porsche clients, and I know and I report with glee that secretly they wished they had saved the $70,000 extra they spent on their Turbo and taken their mistress to the Seychelles with the spare change. Long live the American muscle car, the greatest of all American art forms.
1st Dec 2009, 08:38
Clearly you are only interested in the "head turning" ability of your cars. Porsche owners are concerned with performance and driving experience that you won't ever get in a Camaro. It is a different league, and although the Camaro is nice, it is not meant to be competition for a Porsche. There are more important things than "hey look at me" when it comes to performance cars. It amazes me how many people put that "look at me" factor before all else when they buy a car. Are we really that vain?
1st Dec 2009, 11:13
This IS NOT an myth! When I owned my 1989 Firebird Formula, I got to the point where I refused to drive it after dark. If police were sitting on the side of the road, they would invariably be on my back bumper all the way to my house. I got followed all the way from downtown Charlotte, NC to my hotel 30 miles away. I got followed from Roslyn, NY all the way to Queens, NY. I have been pulled over numerous times for "courtesy checks". I got a ticket in New Jersey when I was in heavy traffic going the same speed as everyone else in my lane. I got a ticket in Charleston, SC when I was entering town going the same exact speed as the rest of traffic. All my friends that drove the car ended up getting tickets for the first time in their lives. ETC ETC ETC - until I got so disgusted, I parked it until it I sold it! Got a Nissan Pathfinder and have never had a ticket or been harassed since. You might think that this is a myth but it surely isn't! No one loves muscle cars more than I do - I used to always own sports cars starting with a 1972 Mach I Mustang - but $2,000.00/year insurance just isn't worth it to me!
1st Dec 2009, 14:53
"This IS NOT an myth!"
Yes it is a myth. It is one of those silly urban myths that was probably started by someone who got a ticket in a red car. Radar is color blind. All current law enforcement agencies rely on radar for speed checks. A radar gun could care less if your car is screaming yellow or granny gray. Also, please give police professionals a LITTLE credit for intelligence. There are two in my family and they fall off their chairs laughing about the "color myth".
1st Dec 2009, 17:48
If you are now over 50, your insurance is likely half that. If you antique your car, even lower over 25 years old. I own cars I had in high school, insurance is not even an issue. Its great to own classics.
10th Dec 2009, 23:37
The radar is colorblind, but the cops are not, and not all cops are smart nor doctors, or everybody else. Some are stupid and some not. I had many sports car and it is not a myth to say that cops will give a second attention to sports cars than a 4 doors family car, and they maybe right because most peoples who wants to go fast are buying sports cars. No brainer! And don't tell me that cops doesn't know that, and they have the opportunity to give a ticket or not. Cops will be less forgivable when you own a sports car. I had 4 doors and sometimes they lowered the speeds being caught by their radar on my tickets, but with a sports car, FORGET IT!
11th Dec 2009, 16:01
It IS true that police NOTICE sporty cars or bright colored cars. Everyone does. I was pulled over in my outrageously garish grabber orange Mustang. But NOT for a ticket. The policeman simply wanted to compliment me on the car. I was flattered. Since I was not breaking any laws, I KNEW I was not being stopped for a ticket. It still boils down to this: IF you are breaking a law, you may get stopped. The answer is simple: Even if you drive a grabber orange Mustang, OBEY THE LAW!!
3rd Jan 2010, 13:36
I got my own answers, but Mustangs fans are trying to bug our new Camaro with their 5.0 coming back with a new engine next year saying it will give a good run to our new breed. Read other threads on this site. And what I have in my mind is why I can see so many 60's thru 90's Mustangs with Chevy engines in them, especially when drag racing or more and more often on the roads? And rarely the contrary? Only because of a lighter structure or better engines! Or something else, what do you think?..Hmmm.
4th Jan 2010, 09:49
Huh? What are you talking about? The 5.0 Mustang is still and probably always will be the most supported car when it comes to aftermarket parts for racing and street performance. That is on the stock Ford 302 and not a Chevy replacement engine. This, mind you, 17 years after the last 5.0 rolled off the assembly line!
Also, the 5.0 will "bug" any Chevy fan when it comes back in 400+ hp form stock. The current 315 hp 4.6 is only a tick slower to 60 than the Camaro SS that has 111 more hp. It's not going to take too much to outperform the Camaro at this point. Chevy is limited with the performance of the Camaro as they were before because of the Corvette. They will not approach the numbers of the Corvette with a car that is $20K less. This time the Mustang is really close to the performance of the highest performing Camaro, so it will be an interesting competition when the new engine is introduced in the spring.