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Old 10-06-2014, 12:27 AM   #1
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Hey guys. I am planning on buying my first car, but unsure which one to go for. Being a broke university student, I can only go for the most basic models. I'm not into mods as of yet, right now my priority is to get a decent vehicle that will last me a few years and that won't have to be repaired every other month. In your personal opinion, which one is a better starter: 2000-2004 or 2005 mustang v6? I can't quite decide, I love both of the models, and can afford either one of them with 100,000-150,000km milage, but I don't know which one is more reliable and will be easier to be taken care of. So i really need some input from the the owners. I've read reviews on autotrader and whatnot about both of the models and it looks like 2000-2004 is a model to go for when it comes to reliability, but i cant simply ignore the menacing looks of the newer 2005+ models. Please help me make my decision All help and thoughts will be greatly appreciated!
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I was in kind of the same boat as you when I got my first Mustang (just after I turned 18). It was either a 2005-2009 V6 or a 1999-2004 GT. For the longest time I wanted the newer model V6, but then later I realized I could have better performance from the slightly older model with it also being cheaper. So after that I looked around and ended up with a 2001 Bullitt.


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And the 99-04 can look really nice when done well
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I have my eye set on this one atm, 2003 with only 76k. And the cheapest 2005 model I could find in my area has 176k and 2 grand more expensive
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That's a good looking car. I would probably go for the lowest milage car I could find, regardless of year. Generally speaking, more miles = more wear and tear. Of course it depends on how it was treated by the PO.
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If you can afford a 05+ v6 then just grab a 99-04 GT for cheaper. Is a lot more fun too.

But to answer your direct question, both are reliable engines. I had a 99 v6 and it was a trooper. Bought at 116k and sold at 150k still running strong. All I had to do during those 3-4 years was a clutch (it was manual) and spark plugs.

The 05+'s I hear are pretty good too, and a tad bit faster than the 99-04's... But even they need serious bolt ons to keep up with a 99-04 GT. They are pretty, but if you aren't getting the premium with the nice stuff on the inside (shaker, mycolor system, etc.) then it's not that much better than the 99-04 interior.

On looks, the new edge rules. When you see a clean new edge with the right mods, your panties will drop and you'll forget about 05-09 body style.


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Mine doesn't even have any exterior mods really. Lol


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Hey guys. I am planning on buying my first car, but unsure which one to go for. Being a broke university student, I can only go for the most basic models. I'm not into mods as of yet, right now my priority is to get a decent vehicle that will last me a few years and that won't have to be repaired every other month. In your personal opinion, which one is a better starter: 2000-2004 or 2005 mustang v6? I can't quite decide, I love both of the models, and can afford either one of them with 100,000-150,000km milage, but I don't know which one is more reliable and will be easier to be taken care of. So i really need some input from the the owners. I've read reviews on autotrader and whatnot about both of the models and it looks like 2000-2004 is a model to go for when it comes to reliability, but i cant simply ignore the menacing looks of the newer 2005+ models. Please help me make my decision All help and thoughts will be greatly appreciated!
I would go with a 2001-2004 Mustang GT instead of a New Edge or S197 V6.

You can slowly modify it... I drive a 2013 V6 and I think if I would have been driving it stock, It'd be a huge let down.... Now iamgine a New Edge V6? Or even an earlier model S197, I thought my 2007 but it was my first car, If I had to do it all over again, I would have gone with a New Edge model GT.
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Thank you very much for your help I made up my mind and will go look at the car/potentially buy it this week

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