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Old 01-06-2017, 10:14 AM   #1
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2005-2010 GT? How to choose?

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initially, I never thought looking at a V8 mustang (too powerful for my use, consumption, overheads, insurance)... you know, the kind of pragmatic reasoning... But mustang and pragmatic reasoning do not match long. Today, I stayed stuck in front of a 2005 GT... terribly 60' fashioned... rear and quarter louvers... However, until now, I have done all my homework on V6... I have no idea about the key aspects of a GT (any particular year to recommend or avoid? any recommendation on the engines?). Some of you were very helpful when I was hesitating between a 2010 and a 2011 V6. is there any equivalent recommendation for a GT? thanks. Best. J.
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Same for the gt. 2011 got the 5.0 engine so go 2011 and newer.

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Same for the gt. 2011 got the 5.0 engine so go 2011 and newer.

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Thanks. Very useful. not sure my budget will agree, though.
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What kind of a,budget are you working with?

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12-13K, out of taxes, process, and title fees (+1,850).
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My 3V's have had very little issues. Other than pinion seals in both cars, and normal wear parts.
As Nate said if you can manage to afford a Coyote go for it. A much better engine that the little 3V.

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It comes down to personal taste. I have owned both a 2007 and currently have a 2010 (both autos). Enjoyed both cars, but would recommend the 10 if you can find one. The interior materials are better and it has Bluetooth with steering wheel controls. Mechanically they are pretty much twins, though the 10 does have a bit more power stock.
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As said the Coyote 5.0 is definitely the better option but that doesn't mean the 3V is awful. Some bolt ons and suspension and you'll have a fun 300-330whp street car.

I agree with JMStang that the 2010 is a better option as far as tech and interior refinement. But if you dig the 05-09 retro styling you should be able to pick up a decent mid mileage GT within your budget.
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My 05 was 13500 a few years ago

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Actually right around where I'm going to try to sell it in a few months

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2005-2010 GT? How to choose?

Bought my 07 GT, 49.5K miles, for 13500 as well, Dec 2015. Just depends on the location and the car's overall condition.


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12-13K, out of taxes, process, and title fees (+1,850).
Man, really? My 2011 GT convertible goes for 15k on KBB. Of course I have a VMP supercharger, suspension mods, and other upgrades. I wouldn't let it go for that low.

Why not try Craigslist? I am not sure Maryland has sales tax on private party sales. In Arizona, we do not and that is why I go to CL before the dealer. I would only go to the dealer (shudder) if it's a new vehicle.
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I personally enjoy the 2010 look if you can find one cheap enough. However, I bought my 05 gt with 90k miles for 8500 last january. I know it's not like a lamborghini or special edition, but I get compliments everyday and get people trying to buy it off me everyday. Even after leaving my car at my girlfriends work, some guy came by and gave his number on a card asking to buy it lol. Also, the 60s classic louvers looks good imo. I got some for 40 bucks and it looks good. ;p

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I agree with going with a 10 being in the budget you are on. I have a 10 and love it. Even stock it's a sweet ride and has good power. The 3v is a great reliable engine and if you want to spend just a little you can do a intake/tuner and really bring her to life. My son has a 08 and all the opinions here are correct. Interior and tech is better and it seems to me just a more solid car. Now if power is your game then nothin beats the coyote. Ford switched to it in 11 and there is a good difference but body style is the same. Depending on the situation tho I'd go 10. You just have to look and see what's out there.

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What can I say? I love you all! Very useful. Many thanks to all of you! Forty Brandon: I am also completely sensitive to this 60' look. As said earlier, I started this post after being hypnotized by a blue 2005 GT with louvers... will keep you posted. Cheers. JMS
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Do not underestimate the 05-09 GT. Yes the are 300hp as opposed to the 420 on the newer cars, but really unless you're racing all the time, do you really need 120hp more. The buying cost will be lower as well as insurance is lower. When I when to the dealership I was initially looking for a V6, however they could not find one with a manual. I asked about the red GT in the lot and we went for a test drive. The rest is history since its still in my driveway. I feel in love with that V8 sound. Just amazing. They are going to bury me in that thing!

I drive it all year round (I live in Canada. Anything less than 5" of snow, and The Beast is taking me there. I would recommend looking at the 2008/2009 since they will have the sync/nav system. I prefer this older style since the newer ones are getting heavier (negating some of that extra hp).

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Personally I have an 06 GT that has had some work done to it but not much. It's pretty stock. I love the car and have only had to replace the rear shocks, front brake pads, and heater motor, all general maintenance. I also live in Canada and drive it in all kinds of weather. Can't imagine leaving it in the garage. The only downside I have read about 05s to 07s (I believe those are the years) are that the hood paint starts to bubble. Mine is bubbling right near the driver's side windshield and it is only in a spot about 1 inch square, but still, if you look closely you can see it. Also, it is starting to bubble right under the front lip of the hood. I've heard that these years of cars have that problem, but by the same token, the car is 10 years old. When you go 05 to 08 you have to figure that there are things you're going to have to fix and maintain, but I love my GT. Handles like a dream and at 120 miles an hour, it feels as if I'm going 60 in any other car. Takes a 50 mph curve at 90 mph and I hardly think I'm pushing it. Love the car. It takes me 9 1/2 hours to go 650 miles on mountain roads that I love. My best time is 8 3/4 hours at night when there is no traffic to deal with. Anyway, suffice it to say that I love my car and am perfectly happy with it, except with the bubbling in the paint on the hood. I'd also like more supportive seats, but that's something I can add aftermarket.
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I too like my '05, 1-1/2 yrs ago, got it with 100K for $8,900...compliments on it where ever I go. Of course the K&N, Flowmaster axle-backs and Ford Racing wheels don't hurt in it's getting attention....
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Well this hasn't been addressed yet. The early years, 05 - early 08, of the 3V have a problem. The spark plugs are notorious about breaking on replacement. Debris and carbon build up cause the plug to get wedged in the head. Then when you go to take them out they break. It's a two piece spark plug; the late 08 and up plugs are a one piece design. So ford fixed the issue. Just so you're aware of you purchase an older model and have to replace the plugs. Chances are one of them, or more, can break.
Nice little read on the issue:
http://www.aa1car.com/library/ford_b...ug_problem.htm

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Well this hasn't been addressed yet. The early years, 05 - early 08, of the 3V have a problem. The spark plugs are notorious about breaking on replacement. Debris and carbon build up cause the plug to get wedged in the head. Then when you go to take them out they break. It's a two piece spark plug; the late 08 and up plugs are a one piece design. So ford fixed the issue. Just so you're aware of you purchase an older model and have to replace the plugs. Chances are one of them, or more, can break.
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That is a very good point. It's a fairly common issue. The 5.4 triton 3V's in the Ford trucks had the same issue due to 2 piece plugs.

Have you heard of any issues with the cam phasers in the 4.6 3V?
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There is one other issue that tends to hit every Mustang v8 I've ever owned. Alternator lol. These things seem to just eat them. Right after I bought my 05 I had to buy an alternator lol

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Interesting indeed. Thanks again. Actually, I asked about the painting issues on the hood on the V6 forum, as initially I was looking for a V6.

V6 or V8, there is a certain number of concerns, especially from people who bought 2006-2007. But it seems also true for more recent models (2010 for instance). Apparently a chemical problem between the painting and the aluminum of the hood... The quest must goes on!
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Do not underestimate the 05-09 GT. Yes the are 300hp as opposed to the 420 on the newer cars, but really unless you're racing all the time, do you really need 120hp more. The buying cost will be lower as well as insurance is lower. When I when to the dealership I was initially looking for a V6, however they could not find one with a manual. I asked about the red GT in the lot and we went for a test drive. The rest is history since its still in my driveway. I feel in love with that V8 sound. Just amazing. They are going to bury me in that thing!

I drive it all year round (I live in Canada. Anything less than 5" of snow, and The Beast is taking me there. I would recommend looking at the 2008/2009 since they will have the sync/nav system. I prefer this older style since the newer ones are getting heavier (negating some of that extra hp).

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OP, this above person here has some valid points on the 05-09 Gt's but let me say this. Do not under estimate the 11-12 3.7 V6. Granted it has 305 HP compared to 412 HP of the same year GT but really unless your racing all the time do you really need 107 HP more?

You will get a newer model and lower cost insurance. A 2011-12 V6 with 3:31 gearing runs near identical 1/4 mile and 0-60 mph times as does the 05-09 Gt's all with two less cylinders.

With all that said, if you want the sound of the V8 rumble when the exhaust is modified you ain't gonna get that with the 3.7. Not gonna happen! If you a weak minded person, concerned with what others think and don't want to get your balls broken don't get the 11-12 V6.

Get the GT model. Any GT model. Get a V8 with 133 HP but it's still a V8 the real man's mustang.

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Issues on the '11 5.0 #8 cylinder so get a 12 or up. Some have no problems with 11's though.
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I got my '05 GT back in 2011 for 14k with 45k miles. The only thing I've had to replace is a pinion seal like some have talked about, and the TPS. And I found it on Craigslist. You don't need to go to a dealership to find well maintained vehicles. Just do your homework! I haven't had any paint bubbling or alternator issues, but 05 and 06 had the ****ty shaker head unit that eats CD's. Easy fix, hello aftermarket!


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Have you heard of any issues with the cam phasers in the 4.6 3V?

No sir. I'll look into it.


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OP, this above person here has some valid points on the 05-09 Gt's but let me say this. Do not under estimate the 11-12 3.7 V6. Granted it has 305 HP compared to 412 HP of the same year GT but really unless your racing all the time do you really need 107 HP more?

You will get a newer model and lower cost insurance. A 2011-12 V6 with 3:31 gearing runs near identical 1/4 mile and 0-60 mph times as does the 05-09 Gt's all with two less cylinders.

With all that said, if you want the sound of the V8 rumble when the exhaust is modified you ain't gonna get that with the 3.7. Not gonna happen! If you a weak minded person, concerned with what others think and don't want to get your balls broken don't get the 11-12 V6.

Get the GT model. Any GT model. Get a V8 with 133 HP but it's still a V8 the real man's mustang.

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Can't beat the sound of a cammed v8 though! Just wish it sounded as good as an ls.

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Can't beat the sound of a cammed v8 though! Just wish it sounded as good as an ls.

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I'll agree with that sir. The sound of a cammed 3V does sound amazing! You ain't gonna get that tone with any V6.

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I bought my 06 GT mustang brand new. I have over 100,000 (85,000 supercharged) hard miles her and she still runs like a dream. hit 150mph a few times, 60mph on a 50 mile dirt road with stock shocks. no problems. I have added and upgraded a lot of parts and do routine maintenance but besides that, these are just tough and reliable little cars! a little anti-seize on your spark plugs and you won't have an issue with them breaking. 500hp with a bama tune and I still get 21-26 highway mpg depending on how heavy my foot is. I love the retro look. the 06 mustang was the first new car that I actually thought looked great. in my opinion, the newer mustangs are starting to look more space car and squished down again rather than the old muscle car look. if you are on a budget, I say go with an 05 or 06.
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