I need car help choosing v6 or v8?
Mustangs are EXCELLENT cars.
Anyone who tells you otherwise is a complete idiot.
(they are probably pissed that "the mullet" is phased out and nobody like's T-birds and Trans-ams anymore)
The 5.0 mustang is almost always the BEST bang for the buck if you want speed and dont have much cash.....PERIOD.
There's virtually no other car out there for the money that pulls over 200hp and is VERY EASY to modify.....and it is VERY LIGHTWEIGHT too.
Why do you think there's so many fox body mustangs/5.0's out there?
Drag racers pick them for a reason....plain and simple.
Now if you're concerned about gas mileage, you're going to HAVE to decide which is more important....speed or MPG.....
You are correct though, you will have to sacrifice alittle MPG for a v8.
Im sure if you find a nicely running motor, flush the cooling system, give it a good oil change, trannsmission flush,etc.....you're MPG won't be that horrible....since the 79-93 5.0 mustangs arent very heavy cars when compared to the other mustang generations.
Also remember, 50% of MPG is with the driver of the car.
So if you have a 5 speed, you can get GREAT gas mileage if you properly drive it.
You're best bet is to get a mustang.
If you get a Mazda or Nissan, supercharging or turbo kits will cost ATLEAST $4000 brand new.....you can probably score a used kit from ebay or elsewhere for around $2000.
But whenever you install a S/C or Turbo Kit, you're going to end up dropping another $2000 on ECU tunes, chips, programmers and other modifications.
Remember, some of these Kits might not include Fuel injectors or bigger fuel rails, or bigger MAF sensors and bigger fuel pumps.
It adds up VERY QUICKLY, trust me.
I'm NOT telling you what to get.
If you want a mazda or nissan....get one, both are excellent cars.
However if you want best bang for the buck....the 79-93 mustang is the best shot.
You can usually find project 5.0's or supercharged 5.0's for around $4000-6000 on autotrader.com.
(that way you get a pre-supercharged stang, probably dropping 450hp to the ground RELIABLY.)
You need to get past the whole "fords break down" crap.
When was the last time you saw a mustang on the side of the road?
These cars are rock solid, trust me, i own one, and driven tons of 'em.
They will hold 400+ hp on a stock engine all day long and do it RELIABLY