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Old 03-26-2016, 02:59 PM   #1
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Is a 2005 stock V6 mustang a good first car?

Hi there, I'm currently 16 and saving for a 2005 used mustang for about 4200$ I've done some research and heard about the handling and how terrible it is and I'm not too sure if it will be a problem where I'm at. I live in a small town in the bootheel of Missouri so other cars and tight spaces won't be much of a problem this part of the state is mostly flat and farm land everywhere not a big city at all. Money and expenses I'm sure I can handle (I'm going to save job money for about a year before I buy it, and I'll have some insurance money saved up too so I'm ahead of the game) Lot's of open land to practice on but I'm still not sure if the handling even in situations like mine will be too strong on not.

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Well assuming you can keep the car between the ditches while driving normally an 05 will handle just fine. Most people talk out their a** about something they probably have never even driven.

There is a lot of room for improvements when it comes to performance handling (autocross/corner carving etc) on those cars, but for normal every day driving it will be fine.


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If you want good handling definitely stick to the S197 (05-14). Given a few modifications and the right tires they can actually handle phenomenally.

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I think an 05-09 is a great first car and first Mustang at that. Handling isn't bad, I've had mine since '08 and at 100K miles I've noticed I need to revamp the suspension.

You don't need to go crazy, but some new upgraded shocks, springs, LCA's and brakes would make it a joy to drive for a first car.

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If you do get a mustang get it in manual you'll regret if you get an auto for your first car
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I got an 05 V6 for my first car brand new. It had been great haven't had any problems with the car handling or otherwise. It's been my daily driver all these years. Still have it today and still runs great. A few mods def will wake it up. It won't be a GT ad I'm sure some will say. But it is great and a lot of fun to mod.

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Ive had my 05 v6 for about w years now i bought it when i was 18. It was and is my first car and its my daily driver. I bought it with 102800 miles on it and it drives like a champ. I have a CAI in it. Its great to grow and learn and its also a great project car. Its good on gas, i pump about 20-30 bucks a week and im set. I recommend it as a first car and a first mustang. Its true, its no GT but it still is a very fun car to drive.
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My personal opinion is that an 05 V6 Mustang is a great first car. It handles well, (and can be made to handle even better). It will save you a couple of bucks in insurance over the GT. Parts are plentiful. All around, not a bad deal. No you won't win any races (stock) against your GT neighbors, but then again you don't need the tickets either.

I currently drive an 05 V6 convertible as my daily driver and love it. But this is far from my first Mustang. My first was 1968 GT Coupe, 390, auto trans. (Wish I still had that one). But I love my 05 vert.
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