Man, you really got reamed on the price. I bought a loaded 2004 GT new, x-plan price with automatic, traction control, anti-locks, power leather seats, and windows for 23k out the door including tax, title, & license. You could have gotten a Mach-1 for the price you paid.
The Mustang has always tried to be the working man's sports car. There is a lot of road noise, vibration, etc., but the v-8 makes up for it. BTW, cornering will never feel like a miata, but hanging the tail out in a corner with the v-8 growling and the tires smoking, more than makes up for it.
I want to know something?
What's the difference between the 40th Anniversary Mustang 3.8 5 speed to a Regular Mustang 3.8 5 speed?
LOL Ford should learn from Mazda?? We just traded in a Mazda 626 for an 04 Mustang. The Mazda had 147,000 miles on it and was falling apart! It was well maintained also. All control arm bushings shot, steering system shot, CV joints shot, transaxle shot.. I know many people with these V6 mustangs that love them. Ours has been good to us.
I totally agree with 19:16. The second worst car we've ever had experience with was a Mazda (the very worst was a Honda Civic). Some of our Fords have made 300,000+ miles with no engine or transmission rebuilds or even major repairs. Hopefully. Ford WON'T learn any lessons from Mazda, or anyone else.
I got a 2004 Mustang GT 5 speed and I can get 19-21mpg out of it. 22-23mpg if I worked at it. I average about 17-18 because, well it's a V8 and I have a heavy foot, kinda. I got 52,000 miles on it, I have gotten by 3 winters with it and have had very few problems, other than people rear ending me or doing something stupid. I have also gone on long weekend trips with 3 other people and lot of bags. The car was a bit packed but it wasn't bad. Try looking into getting some aftermarket stuff to make it ride better.
I bought a '04 V-6 with a manual trans, also has the "Pony Package" brand new. This car has been great to own. I never bought it thinking that I bought something like its bigger brothers. I now have 46k on it, it's been worry and trouble free. Also as for the MPG, I average around 30-32 MPG. I do all my service work (European auto tech) and simply enjoy the little car for what it is.