Terrific value for the money
The day after I bought it, it simply would not start. I cranked and cranked, but no start... turns out the problem was not really the car... I'd received 3 keys, and only 2 of them were programmed to work with the car. The 3rd one (I put it away so I'd never use it again) was not programmed for the car, and as such, the car wouldn't recognize it and wouldn't start. When I put the other key in it, it fired right up, no problem. That was 10 months ago, and no problem since.
No other problems at all.
What a sensational car. I simply love rear wheel drive, V8 American cars. Plenty of torque, plenty of get up and go, and mechanically simple. I was attracted to this car because I knew it was simple to work on, the 4.6 Ford SOHC engine appears in countless Crown Victorias (think taxi or police car), Grand Marquis, Town Cars and F150's... I think Ford has got it pretty nicely dialed in. Also, the sound of an uncorked Ford V8 is a sweet mechanical symphony... truly hard to beat! This car has proven completely reliable for me. It looks superb, is a pleasure to maintain, can be purchased for a reasonable price, and receives plenty of complements!
Two changes I've made: Lowering springs and a Pro 5.0 shifter. Other changes I'm planning on making: Flowmaster exhaust, and more substantial rear lower control arms. Also, 4.10 rear gears.
The Stereo (Mach 460) isn't anything to get too excited about.
The handling is good, but not great.
I love that this car is easy to steer via the rear wheels... blip the throttle (if you've turned the traction control off), and you can be sliding sideways wherever you wish... the car responds well, and is easy to control. And, it looks good doing it!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd April, 2012