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Old 09-30-2011, 12:16 PM   #1
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Choosing a V6 over a V8

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I have a question regarding the thought process of choosing a Mustang. I have long desired to have a Mustang of my own and at some point in the future I know I will get one. And I have been thinking about whether I should get a V8 or a V6. I've spent way too much pondering this question and I've come to the decision that I think I would enjoy a V6 more. I wanted to share my thought process with you and see not only what you guys think but why you purchased a V6 too.
Why a V6?
I am not interested in 1/4 mile times (too much). I would never take my Mustang the drag strip but would occasionally take the car to a road course (Putnam Park in IN). I have been told that the V6 is actually a better balanced car than the V8 and would handle better on a road course.
A V6 would be cheaper to insure and I think the odds are greater of a V6 being driven less aggressively by the previous owner than a V8.
The V6 gets better gas mileage than the V8, although not by much.
But the big deciding factor to me would be the modifications you could make to a V6 for the price of a V8. You could buy a relatively low mileage V6 and upgrade the suspension, the front brakes, the exhaust, add a strut tower brace, a cold air intake, and "rechip" it for the price of a V8. You would end up with a car that handles the twisties a lot better but still have plenty of snort around the track. Or around town.
I think the V6 is a great project car for upgrades and it doesn't need the cache of having a V8. While some people might look down on the car for not having the V8 I personally think its a good thing.
My $0.02 worth. What are your thoughts?

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Uuhhhh, V8

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What year you looking for? A new or used?

The older v6 is really slow compared to lighter cars out there.
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Old 09-30-2011, 12:50 PM   #3
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I got the v6 because i dare to be different. Every mustang owner has a v8 lol i like to change it up. Sixers always stick up for one another. Ur car can still be fast and nice even tgough it ls a v6.
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Re: Choosing a V6 over a V8

if you plan to mod and do things to the car you will eventually wish you had purchased the v8, just 99% of the time how it is. They also dont get much better gas mileage (other than 2011 v6's)
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Re: Choosing a V6 over a V8

Are you a 16yr old girl? That is like the only ones I know that want V6 mustangs
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Old 09-30-2011, 02:37 PM   #6
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Im a 24 yr old guy. Wats wrong with the v6
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Im a 24 yr old guy. Wats wrong with the v6
I simply see it as want to be different you don't buy a V6 mustang. No real guy buys a v6 mustang. No one buys a sports car that is a V6 less it is a Porsche or GTR. SOmething along them lines.

The V6 will also take three times the work t o be as fast as the V8. And then is only a mod away from the V8 still being faster.

But hey that is just my opinion.
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Are you a 16yr old girl? That is like the only ones I know that want V6 mustangs
Ha! Hang on a sec, let me check. . . . nope!

My point was that if you were on a fixed budget and like to modify cars the V6 makes a very tempting offer. And on the back twisty roads I am not sure having a V8 gets you much. If a V6 with modifications handles better than a V8 why not get one?
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you can make a v6 beat a v8 just 2 cylinders more. they only have about a 50hp difference. and v6 have neg def and a v8 has pos def.
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Y does it always have to be about speed y cant it be about loving a mustang.
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So much hatin' going on in this thread. Here is /MY/ two cents. I wanted a sporty ride, that looked nice, was affordable, and could get the lead out if need be. I bought a v6. Not because i really wanted a v6, but because i wanted a mustang. Sometimes i do wish it would go faster, but hey, im 100% sure the v8 guys say the exact same thing at times. Dont deny it ;P. If you really want to get a 6, who cares what everyone says. They're fun as hell to drive, and look damn good.
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People like me with V8's need to thank people with V6's, because if it wasn't for them buying the V6's the mustang would have become extinct a long time ago. So thank you V6ers! Your right it's still a mustang and it's a great car.
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People like me with V8's need to thank people with V6's, because if it wasn't for them buying the V6's the mustang would have become extinct a long time ago. So thank you V6ers! Your right it's still a mustang and it's a great car.
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Old 09-30-2011, 04:38 PM   #16
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Re: Choosing a V6 over a V8

I would say if you want a v6 then get one, dont be pressured into getting a v8 if you dont want one
People constantly made fun of my car for not being a v8 but now no one says anything because my baby looks awesome
My baby has always been dependable and is, in my opinion, a great starter car and a great way to learn how to modify things
I would like a v8 eventually but for now I love my v6 because I own a mustang period
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Ha! Hang on a sec, let me check. . . . nope!

My point was that if you were on a fixed budget and like to modify cars the V6 makes a very tempting offer. And on the back twisty roads I am not sure having a V8 gets you much. If a V6 with modifications handles better than a V8 why not get one?
My point was look at what have to do to get that V6 to handle and be as fast as the V8 to start. Yes the V8 cost more in the beginning but you will thank yoru self in the long run.
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you can make a v6 beat a v8 just 2 cylinders more. they only have about a 50hp difference. and v6 have neg def and a v8 has pos def.
The older ones have only 50hp more. The new ones are seperated by 100hp. Hell the new V6 has more power then most the prior GT's..haha
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Get hammered all the time for having a V6. But, i do own two so who cares
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Re: Choosing a V6 over a V8

What year? its ultimately a religious choice i believe
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I bought mine due to gas prices in 2006 and Ford credit was offering 0% interest for 72 months. Also I worked at the dealership and got the car or a little over 14 thousand. Think I did okay. By the way the interest rate on the GT was much higher.
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Old 09-30-2011, 07:10 PM   #21
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Re: Choosing a V6 over a V8

I got a better deal on a v6 w/ 5-speed , its a good engine w/ lots of power . Not a dog at all .
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My first was a 2000 v6 auto and as a young teen I enjoyed it because insurance was so much cheaper!!!!!!!
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Re: Choosing a V6 over a V8

I bought my 2001 V6 mustang last June. I was looking for a decent car with no specific brand or model in mind. I wanted a car that was completely stock that would get reasonable MPG, looked like it was well cared for, and was in my budget since I was paying cash and didn't want to spend more than $6k.

I test drove at least 50 cars in 90 days. I traveled over 1,500 miles checking out cars that I found on Craigslist and newspaper ads.

I had driven past this little silver 5 speed mustang at least 40 times during my road trips and hadn't really given it much thought because I expected it to be too expensive. It has VERY minor hail damage to the roof, only noticeable when you really look for it. My girlfriend is the one that convinced me to check it out... A 20 minute test drive and $4,600 later I bought it. Since then, I have added:

Chin spoiler
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Sunday Oct 2nd I am installing:
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One thing is certain... I am hooked on this Mustang now and this is significant coming from a guy that has only owned Camaros and Firebirds. 68 RS, 70 Z28, 73 T/A, 77 Z28, 77 T/A, 78 T/A, 79 Z29, 79 T/A, 86 IROC, 94 T/A GT... and now for the first time in about 10 years I am excited about the car I drive!
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I bought my 2001 V6 mustang last June. I was looking for a decent car with no specific brand or model in mind. I wanted a car that was completely stock that would get reasonable MPG, looked like it was well cared for, and was in my budget since I was paying cash and didn't want to spend more than $6k.

I test drove at least 50 cars in 90 days. I traveled over 1,500 miles checking out cars that I found on Craigslist and newspaper ads.

I had driven past this little silver 5 speed mustang at least 40 times during my road trips and hadn't really given it much thought because I expected it to be too expensive. It has VERY minor hail damage to the roof, only noticeable when you really look for it. My girlfriend is the one that convinced me to check it out... A 20 minute test drive and $4,600 later I bought it. Since then, I have added:

Chin spoiler
14" Shorty antenna
Headlights
SCT Tuner
Windstar upper intake w/ 65mm GT throttle body
Screamin Demon coil

Sunday Oct 2nd I am installing:
PaceSetter shorty headers
High Flow Cat X-pipe
Flowmaster American Thunder catback

One thing is certain... I am hooked on this Mustang now and this is significant coming from a guy that has only owned Camaros and Firebirds. 68 RS, 70 Z28, 73 T/A, 77 Z28, 77 T/A, 78 T/A, 79 Z29, 79 T/A, 86 IROC, 94 T/A GT... and now for the first time in about 10 years I am excited about the car I drive!
That's great, I loved my 2000 lx up until I totaled it ;-(
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I didn't really have much choice, it was either a truck or a sixxer. But personally I love it! It's still has some gitty up and still looks awesome! Did I want a v8? Yeah... But I'm a glad I got what I got? YOU BET! either or will be a great choice cus you know... It's a mustang. Just depends what you want it for.
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If you are a true mustang lover, you love all types of mustangs. I will say that almost all v8 guys will talk trash about sixers. IMO I have nothing against v6 mustangs, I own one and love to see them with a bunch of mods. The stang that you choose to drive is all about personal preference
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V6 isn't a bad car. Just test drive one and you will like
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Re: Choosing a V6 over a V8

go back to what Iacocca thought originally V6
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I drove an 05 V6 in 05 as a rental and was thoroughly impressed. The newest are even better I hear!
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Old 11-09-2011, 04:19 PM   #31
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I've had both and loved both. They are both Mustangs and both great cars. And what's all this 'only girls drive V6's horse****? You get the car that best suits you at the time. That's a steaming pile if I ever heard one. I'm a girl and I drive a V8.
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If all you want is a Mustang to drive around in then get the V6... But if you want some thing to race and be fast then get the V8... Stock for stock and mod for mod... The GT will always be faster in the twisties and the straights!..
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Re: Choosing a V6 over a V8

to the kid who says only girls drive the sixes, why dont u start your v8 put your mouth on the exhaust and suck real hard. I have owned plenty of cars in my lifetime, trans ams, camaroes, thunderbirds, u name it. my 07 mustang v6 is my first six banger, and i can tell you it drives better than all of them. dosent matter 8 or six, if u dont know how to drive them, then your wasting your time anyway. and if u drive a gt, then why waste your money on it? why not buy a shelby? my point is we are all mustang owners, v6 or 8, so why bash each other. the mustang is a true american car. and we should all be proud to own one.
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