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Old 03-22-2016, 07:30 PM   #1
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First Mustang - '05, '08, '12?

So I am in the market for a new vehicle. My Taurus is crapping out, and my 25th birthday is coming up. I've always been a person who saw a vehicle as a means from one destination to another. Then I came across Mustangs, and something about me is just pulled. I feel like it's a vehicle I could take care of and take pride in. There are some local options, but I am conflicted about which avenue to take.

One is a 2005 manual, light gray/blue, cloth interior, for $7,500 (80k miles). I haven't driven a manual since I was 12 (I'm currently 24), but know plenty of people who could help me out. A part of me wants the power and manliness factor of owning a manual. Another part of me appreciates how automatics can let me just chill and listen to music.

The other is a 2008 automatic, a sexy steel blue with a gray stripe, tan leather interior, pre-equipped with nice speakers and subwoofers, for $9,000 (70k miles).

The other option is a 2012 automatic, dark blue, convertible, all black nice leather interior, for $15,000 (40k miles). Part of me wants a convertible, and part of me doesn't due to safety issues. Plus, something about an automatic convertible seems sad in comparison to a manual convertible.

My other option is a 2012 Toyota Camry hybrid. Which is practical, sensible, and has great MPG... but man, my heart craves a Mustang in a way I've never felt before.
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Are all of them GT cars? Just wanting to clarify. If yes, get the 12.


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Are all of them GT cars? Just wanting to clarify. If yes, get the 12.
I don't think any of them are.
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The Cyclone would be the one to look at, then.


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If all three are V6 motors (I would assume so based on the prices you lists), I say go for the '12.

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Look for a Coupe 2013 V/6 with the performance package and a manual trans.. Need the 3.7 V/6. Older V/6 don't have any power if they are stock.
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^ or I mean he could get the 2012 he is looking at with the same engine.,

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So I am in the market for a new vehicle. My Taurus is crapping out, and my 25th birthday is coming up. I've always been a person who saw a vehicle as a means from one destination to another. Then I came across Mustangs, and something about me is just pulled. I feel like it's a vehicle I could take care of and take pride in. There are some local options, but I am conflicted about which avenue to take.

One is a 2005 manual, light gray/blue, cloth interior, for $7,500 (80k miles). I haven't driven a manual since I was 12 (I'm currently 24), but know plenty of people who could help me out. A part of me wants the power and manliness factor of owning a manual. Another part of me appreciates how automatics can let me just chill and listen to music.

The other is a 2008 automatic, a sexy steel blue with a gray stripe, tan leather interior, pre-equipped with nice speakers and subwoofers, for $9,000 (70k miles).

The other option is a 2012 automatic, dark blue, convertible, all black nice leather interior, for $15,000 (40k miles). Part of me wants a convertible, and part of me doesn't due to safety issues. Plus, something about an automatic convertible seems sad in comparison to a manual convertible.

My other option is a 2012 Toyota Camry hybrid. Which is practical, sensible, and has great MPG... but man, my heart craves a Mustang in a way I've never felt before.
I just got my first Pony. 2013 V6 convertible. Red with grey interior.
I used to drive a standard but am loving the automatic. Let's me focus on enjoying the top down driving. Still gets plenty of go!
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Yes some of the updates and styling you will miss with a 2012.
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I don't think any of them are.
The 2012 V6 is as fast as the 05-10 GT. The 05 and 08 V6 will be dogs compared to it. Might as well not even be the same car...
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Just a few bucks more look what you can get. This is in Auburn, WA but I'm sure you will be able to find a newer Mustang in your part of the world for this price or less. 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Fastback Details Tacoma WA
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05+ for a V8 (11+ preferred)
11+ for a V6 (no questions asked there)

There is nothing wrong with an automatic. I would drive a manual if I were still physically able, but I do love my automatic and the fact Ford does too.

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The 05 and 08 V6 will be dogs compared to it. Might as well not even be the same car...
Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't the 4.0L in the 05-10 V6 share a block with the Explorer? The 11+ has better power numbers, but it's also a truer performance motor than a truck cast-off.
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Personally I'd take a 11-14 V6 over a 05-10 V8 ESPECIALLY in automatic.


And unless you are corner carving the 11+ autos are faster than the 11+ manuals anyway after exhaust and tune.


And no, not trying to start an auto vs manual war. Its definitely personal preference as far as what transmission is right for each individual, I'm talking strictly about straight line acceleration and 1/4 mile times.
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2012, more $ but . . .
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2012, more $ but . . .
Much better on fuel than the 4.0 tho.

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If you're talking v6's, 12 V6 all day. Waay better than the old 4.0 with the 5spd auto or the manual. Not even comparable in performance. As of 2011, the v6 engine is no longer the penalty engine.

Stock vs stock in a manual car edge to the 05-10 GT, but it doesn't take much to get the 3.7 v6 running similar or better times consistently and you're getting a newer car with better technology, better interior (relatively speaking) and comparable performance off the lot.

Bottom line, if you can swing the price tag of the 12 3.7, do it. For what you're looking for, you will be happy with that car. If safety in a convertible is a concern, invest in a Maximum Motorsports 4pt roll bar.
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I'd go with the 2012. The cyclone is a great engine. The 4.0 is decent and I'd say if you were 16-20 ish and coming out of the Taurus then I'd talk about the 05-09, but at 25 you're ready for the "big boy" toy. 8 years ago the 4.0-liter was ok now it's a little slow.


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TBTH if on a mega budget the 4.0 is not terrible. I mean its not great but you still get the S197 chassis at least and that body style can still look real good with the right mods.
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I say the 12, I previously had a v6 charger, regretted not getting v8 whole time had car
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While the 4.0 is slow it is still leagues ahead of the 3.8's in terms of mod potential. The 3.8 blocks are strong but that's about all they have going for them. And the S197 chassis was improved as well.

Oh and if the OP is ready for the big boy toys then he needs to look into the +2 cylinder mod.
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I appreciate all of the input! Thanks, y'all! After reading these comments and browsing the forums some more, I've decided on a newer model. After a lot of thinking, I figured that I might as well live up my twenties as a young man and get my first manual.

I'm mostly settled on a 2012 3.7L V6, 6 speed manual, with grabber blue paint and charcoal cloth interior. Also, SUNROOF!! So that will satisfy my convertible cravings but still give me some safety. It's $15,900. I'm going to the dealer Monday.

Though that same dealer also has a manual 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek, so I will be checking that one out as well. It could handle another passenger, has more room, could better handle snowy conditions, and can handle any future outdoorsy needs - I really like hiking and going to places where I could be off road some, so it seems to have more uses than a Mustang would.

But my heartstrings are, for some reason, yearning for the Mustang.

edit: I'm also aware of some potential issues with the manual transmission with 2012s. Is there anything I need to look for specifically when I check this car out on Monday? If there's a problem, is it easily fixable?
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I appreciate all of the input! Thanks, y'all! After reading these comments and browsing the forums some more, I've decided on a newer model. After a lot of thinking, I figured that I might as well live up my twenties as a young man and get my first manual.

I'm mostly settled on a 2012 3.7L V6, 6 speed manual, with grabber blue paint and charcoal cloth interior. Also, SUNROOF!! So that will satisfy my convertible cravings but still give me some safety. It's $15,900. I'm going to the dealer Monday.

Though that same dealer also has a manual 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek, so I will be checking that one out as well. It could handle another passenger, has more room, could better handle snowy conditions, and can handle any future outdoorsy needs - I really like hiking and going to places where I could be off road some, so it seems to have more uses than a Mustang would.

But my heartstrings are, for some reason, yearning for the Mustang.

edit: I'm also aware of some potential issues with the manual transmission with 2012s. Is there anything I need to look for specifically when I check this car out on Monday? If there's a problem, is it easily fixable?


What the Mustang lacks in practicality it makes up for in fun! Trust me, I bought a house in August and I've needed the extra room to haul things, but I just can't give up my Mustang.

You'll be happy with the 3.7-liter. Make sure the transmission is smooth. The clutch shouldn't be very firm if everything is stock.

Also make sure there aren't any leaks around the sunroof these don't come standard with sun roofs. Unless it has a glass roof.


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