18th Feb 2008, 17:40
I'd check the awful reliability ratings of BMW, Audi and Volkswagen before trading a solid and reliable Mustang for one.
As for the V-6 Mustang being "rough and raucous", I don't agree at all (I have a 2007 V-6) and if you compare purchase prices with resale values of 4-year-old BMWs, Audis and Mustangs, you'll find that Mustang returns a much higher percentage of the purchase price.
In addition, Mustang actually GAINS in value after a while. I just saw 4 Mustangs bring over half a MILLION at a recent auction.
20th Feb 2008, 21:12
I think if you expected this car to be like your BMW you have a real problem.
This is not a luxury car.
So don't compare it to one.
Why don't you just go back to your luxury car and sell your Mustang to someone who will enjoy it and not complain about it.
21st Feb 2008, 11:24
I appreciate what you're trying to say, but you can't compare 1960's/1970's muscle car values to regular cars. A 1984 Mustang GT or 2006 Mustang GT is never going to command the value of a 1968 Shelby GT 350. In fact, even a 1960's Mustang won't command the value of a Shelby GT 350, or a 429 Cobra. No comparison.
21st Feb 2008, 12:22
Our family has owned 2 5-series BMW's. They were more comfortable than our current Mustang. They were NOT more reliable. For price and reliability, the Mustang is a much more sensible choice all around.
22nd Feb 2008, 20:39
The 60's Mustangs won't command the price a Shelby will, but the prices of even the basic 60's and early 70's Mustangs is still going up rapidly. I recently considered selling my 3rd car and buying an older Mustang to fix up. I could only get around $6000 for my old car, and a local expert on collectable cars told me that even a rusted out shell of a '69 or '70 Mustang fastback would go for that, while a drivable one requiring restoring would easily bring over 10 grand. Looking around locally I found that nice ones in good driving condition were bringing more than I paid for my loaded new 2007 Mustang.
3rd Mar 2008, 16:57
Yet another person who bought a car without test driving it. Virtually ALL of your complaints should have been noticed on a test drive. Why do people feel so compelled to spend thousands of dollars on something they don't really check out BEFORE buying? I always take a long and thorough drive in any car in all conditions and speeds... especially a sports car where performance is so important. If the dealer wont let you drive the car then go to another dealer. It is even better if you can drive a used one that is the same model and get a feel for a broken-in car that has a bit of mileage on it.
19th Mar 2008, 22:52
Some years ago our Ford dealership would rent prospective customers ANY car they were interested in, just like Hertz or Avis. I don't know if you can still do that or not. In our area many dealers will simply let you just take a car home for a weekend to give it a good test. We've done that three times. Once we bought the car and twice we didn't. Two of the cars were Dodge. We bought one of them. The other car was a Pontiac Vibe GT.
29th Apr 2008, 23:18
I take my 2007 Mustang to local Mustang shows. This weekend I was at a show and one of the other show participants had an absolutely gorgeous 2000 Mustang GT on display. It looked showroom fresh inside and out and under the hood. I was blown away to discover that the car is a daily driver and has nearly 200,000 miles on it!! We've owned 6 Mustangs prior to this one, all of ours have been incredibly reliable. The newest one is the best of the lot, but, yes, it does ride like a sports car (in other words ROUGH). At least I don't have to go to the dentist to get my fillings replaced after driving it like I did with my old 5.0!!
13th May 2008, 08:52
I do not believe the new Mustang GT is over hyped, maybe a bit overpriced. Comparing it to a BMW or luxury car is pointless. That would be like calling a Honda Civic Hybrid a hunk of junk because a Mustang GT blows away from it at a stoplight.
The Mustang is the only Pony car that has survived since the 1960's. The GTO has came and gone twice, the new Camaro will probably flop along with the Challenger, and the recent GTO was shamefully ugly. The new Mustang has tons of raw power and beautiful looks and sound. Mustangs are and always have been a little "rough around the edges" but for the most part they are simple and reliable cars. The GT achieves reasonably decent fuel mileage for a V8 and handles well in my opinion.
I plan on ordering a 2008 or 2009 GT. It will be my midlife crisis car and probably be one of the last REAL performance cars built before the hippies and tree huggers totally dig their claws into the U. S Auto industry.
15th May 2008, 17:45
As a senior citizen and car enthusiast, I love cars. I do not, however, agree at all with the philosophy espoused by commenter 08:52. My last Mustang was a tire-smoking, ground shaking high output V-8. It got between 10 and 15 mpg. I now drive a 2007 V-6 Mustang (among other vehicles). It delivers 20 mpg in town and 25-26 on the highway. I never intend to own another V-8 of ANY kind. The thing that has gotten the U.S. into the current energy dilemma and upward price spiral is the very attitude expressed by commenter 08:52 that anyone wanting to conserve energy is a "hippy" or "tree hugger". We are the most wasteful nation on the planet, with no regard whatsoever for our future or that of our children and grandchildren. Global warming is wreaking havoc with our weather (last year was the driest, hottest year on record for our area). Oil is running out.
I am a member of a Mustang club and 90% of our members don't use their gas guzzling V-8's as primary transportation. Some don't even have them registered for street use, but only take them to shows. Even I drive a 4-cylinder compact that gets better mileage than my V-6 most of the time. It is time for the U.S. to accept its responsibility to be a good steward to the world's resources and our children's future. My wife has a 6 year old SUV that gets 20mpg. I have told her the next vehicle she gets HAS to get 30 mpg or she isn't getting it. We all have to realize that "tree huggers" and "hippies" are RIGHT about some things. Thankfully Ford agrees and is planning to phase out V-8's entirely soon in their car lines.
21st May 2008, 22:03
I just bought a Shelby GT Barrett-Jackson special edition Mustang; What a pile.
The stripes around the hood scoop are lifting and creasing. The car has been in the dealership for a month, they couldn't fix it. Then Shelby motors tried to fix it and they are on their second attempt.
I have only driven the car for 3 weeks out of the 2 months I have owned it. Everyone at Ford involved in this car has passed the buck in my resolve. Shelby is trying to help and fix the problem, but they don't know how to fix it.
Beware if you buy a Barrett-Jackson, they all have this problem. After almost dying last year, this car was going to be my celebration of living and my mid life crisis dream car. Instead it has become a 50000 dollar mid life nightmare; thanks Ford.
Also I have had the chrome letters saying Shelby fall off the car the first week I had it. The car is a poorly made vehicle, but it looks nice in my driveway.
Involved in the Ford motor company.