You can buy the right muffler from a Mustang GT on ebay. Well, they come in a pair, so you have to buy both, but you only use one. It makes it sound deeper and meaner, but not too loud, and is a direct replacement.
This is true, and the Grabber Blue isn't all that bad. Still, the brilliant yellow and orange are far more sporty.
Sounds like you have a couple of great cars. I have a Grabber Orange 2007 Pony with black rally striping, GT spoiler, and rear louvers (side and back windows). I was planning to add dual exhausts and more engine mods when I lost my job. Since I HATE the single exhaust look I simply added (for the time being) a fake left-side exhaust made from PVC. I found two great looking chrome tips that don't stick out too far and look great. I cut the opening in the stock rear panel and added a thin chrome trim around both openings. It looks very good. The car is a definite head-turner and gets tons more attention than my last Mustang (a GT).
I also like the bright silver, and the dark blue rally striping really sets off the silver. You might want to look at that on a 500 and see how it looks. It's an easy mod, and inexpensive. The Torch red and Grabber Blue are also pretty sharp, as is the dark red if a few custom touches are added. The dark red looks really great with bright silver striping.
I have a 2007 Mustang with the Pony Package too. I bought it brand new off the car carrier with leather seats, Sirius Sat., Shaker 500 and the IUP that has the MyColor Dash gauges. It's Vista Blue with Dark Charcoal interior.
Since I bought it, I have added dual exhaust, some Pony embroidered head-rest wraps, door welts, Silver Horse Racing flush mount, ¼ window louvers, rear glass tinted and some other mods. I'm not really interested into making it go any quicker, although a CAI and tune could be possible in the near future.
I truly think it was a great bargain!
Congrats on a great car. After several V-8's I opted for the 4.0 on my last Mustang. It has ample performance, but I did add the cold-air system. It made very little difference in performance, so I'm not sure I'd even recommend it. I'd rather spend my money on things that can be seen anyway. Like a commenter on "Top Gear" said last week, you can't tell one Mustang from another anyway. They all look alike. I prefer a sharp looking exterior, to mechanical mods that no one can see.
This is why I prefer the GT. Seems most who buy the V6 Mustang, add on tons of extras, and this owner even talked about tuning the car to make it faster. By the time you get the final bill, you've surpassed the price of a GT anyway, so why not just cut to the chase and get the performance you really want right out of the box?
I'll admit I am not into bolt on stuff that adds no performance or value to the car. From the driver's seat, everything looks the same to me. If you spend around $30K on your modded out V6, and I spend around $30K for my GT, who has the better driving performance car? (and I don't have to do anything to it at 412 HP) I don't care what other people think about it, or if they gawk at it. They didn't pay for it, I did, so the only enjoyment I care about is my own. Just give me a black on black GT... Nice and stealth. I'll have fun driving it, while you have fun in parking lots looking at yours...
If it was ample, why did you add the cold air system? Sounds to me like you wanted more HP maybe? If you bought the GT, you wouldn't have to fiddle around adding extra stuff, as it would actually be ample in the performance department.
You really can't distinguish one Mustang from another visually, so what difference does it make if people don't want a particular engine? It's no one's business but the person buying it.
Absolutely right! And I am also not sure why there is any argument over this issue. If owners of either car are truly happy with what they've got, then why would they care about the owners of what they haven't got?
Of course, you can tell one from another. One has either a "GT" on the fender or now a "5.0". Much of the rest of the car is the same from the outside however.
"I could tell the difference from the driver's seat."
...And that is the only perspective that means anything to me! GT all the way!
Anyone who knows what the Mustang is about CAN tell the difference both visually and performance wise. Calling a V6 Mustang a performance car is like calling a ballerina a heavy weight champ.
I think it's fine if a person likes what they like. If it's a V6 and you don't care, why should we care with the V8. But knocking another that does want the added performance packages is another matter. I would rather wait and pass on a V6, but that's me. If you are going to put a lot of restoration hours in a used car especially, I can't see the basic models unless the real version is so expensive to buy. Such as a Hemi Cuda, a L56 Chevelle Convertible or a rare Shelby Tribute built from a Fastback. If you are just riding around or want a convertible, but are not into performance, that's OK as well. A 6 may be fine for you
99.99% of people have no idea what "GT" means or what "5.0" refers to (and from 1995 to 2011 it has really been 4.6). All Mustangs look basically identical, even the GT 500.
Yeah, that is a bit of an overestimate of unknowing people there. Everyone I know can easily tell the difference between a GT and a base Mustang... easily! Oh, and actually the 1995 was still a 5.0. They didn't start the 4.6 until 1996.
The people that don't know anything about the Mustang really shouldn't waste the time and money on one, and they should just stick with a Fusion or a Focus. Why spend the extra money on a Mustang? If you care so little about it, then what is the point?
As far as me driving mine? I could care less if every other person knows which model it is or what is under the hood. Your opinion has no basis though, otherwise why would Ford keep upping the power on these cars? Did they make the new GT 412 hp because 99.99% of the people out there don't care or know what that means? Yeah, keep telling yourself that!
Funny thing is, even most of the V6 owners admit to upgrades that make their car faster and more powerful...