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Old 03-30-2014, 03:53 PM   #1
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2011 or 2013?

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I have a few questions regarding an upcoming purchase.

I've found two local candidates. A 2011 in Kona Blue (beautiful color) with 38,000 miles, and a 2013 in Deep Impact Blue with 20,000 miles. Both are manual (6 speed) V6 base models.

Besides the obvious styling changes, what features were added to the 2013? I've read about adjustable powersteering. Although I believe that is a Premium/GT feature? I'm leaning toward the 2011 as it's notably cheaper and (imo) better looking. Any obvious upgrades or known issues I should consider when comparing the two years?
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Old 03-30-2014, 04:33 PM   #2
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Personally I would go with the 2013. I think the 2013's look better in general, plus you get the HID headlights, and the new LED taillights. Although I have some biased since I own a 2013 v6 in deep impact blue haha. With that said, if there is a big price difference between the two, I would go with the 2011. Same performance for cheaper. Just note that the 2013 still has the 3yr/36k bumper to bumper warranty
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Tough decision! I love the Kona (my favorite color on these new Mustangs), and I think the '11s hood looks meaner.

I like the headlights of the 13, and the tails are WAY nicer on the 13's.

I believe my Perf Package 2013 has the adjustable steering. I remember setting up teh steering to 'sport' when I first got it. Seemed to tighten things up a little, might be in my head.

Its my understanding that the 2013's got a revised drive shaft. I believe the earlier cars are the ones where people were worried about high speed issues.
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All 2013 and 2014 models have the adjustable power steering. I have a 2014 base and it has it. Also, the drive shafts are the same design, thus have the same high speed issues.
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I had a 2012 v6 and now I have a 2014 GT. I would recommend getting a 13 or 14. The interior is the same on the base models but on the 13/14 you get hid/ projector headlights standard and you also get those killer tail lights Click image for larger version

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Old 03-31-2014, 01:14 AM   #6
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All 2013 and 2014 models have the adjustable power steering. I have a 2014 base and it has it. Also, the drive shafts are the same design, thus have the same high speed issues.

I have the 12 premium and it has the adjustable power steering i can put it in COMFOR, SPORT, and STANDARD i think ?
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Hi all,

I have a few questions regarding an upcoming purchase.



I've found two local candidates. A 2011 in Kona Blue (beautiful color) with 38,000 miles, and a 2013 in Deep Impact Blue with 20,000 miles. Both are manual (6 speed) V6 base models.



Besides the obvious styling changes, what features were added to the 2013? I've read about adjustable powersteering. Although I believe that is a Premium/GT feature? I'm leaning toward the 2011 as it's notably cheaper and (imo) better looking. Any obvious upgrades or known issues I should consider when comparing the two years?

I think it would be easier for us to help you decide if we had a price for each car. Yes the 2013 has some nicer styling, but there comes a point where saving money would override those features IMO.
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Yes my 2012 has adjustable steering as well. Technically its electronic steering not power steering. I had the choice between the 12 and 13 and chose the 12 because I like the front end better and feel the 13 front end should have been kept for the Cobra. The 13 tail lights are nice but not a deal braker. It's your preference and your wallet.
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I'm a 2011 owner so I'm biased. But as some have mentioned the performance will be pretty much the same and the biggest differences are atheistic. And with that being said you can grab the 2011, use some of the money you saved, and update the tail lights or other pieces that would better match the 2013's.
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I've owned an 11, a 12, and a 13. And I wouldn't go back to the old style, ever. I like the headrests in the 13's, the old ones hurt my neck with the design which is probably one of the biggest things gripes I have. And overall I like the exterior much better on the 13's, but I do like the hood on the older ones but it's much cheaper to change the hood than the lights.
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I've owned an 11, a 12, and a 13. And I wouldn't go back to the old style, ever. I like the headrests in the 13's, the old ones hurt my neck with the design which is probably one of the biggest things gripes I have. And overall I like the exterior much better on the 13's, but I do like the hood on the older ones but it's much cheaper to change the hood than the lights.
Headrests of a 2013 fit the 2011 seats....this would be a cheaper alternative to buying a later model because of a headrest issue.

If it's outside apperances, then thats a different issue of course. For me, I dislike the large black surround that wraps the rear license plate area on the 2013's. I do like the taillights though. They can be swapped, but they leave a slight lower gap on the 2011's, enough to bug me. I also prefer the earlier difference in the V6 and GT front bumper covers. In 2013, they all share the same front cover.
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There are also after market headrests cheaper than stock ones.
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Old 04-02-2014, 12:11 PM   #13
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I own a 14 and love the body style. I like the fact that if your going for the gt500 inspired look you don't have to do much. No offense to anyone but something about the 11 and 12 just looks unfinished around the bottom and It almost has that Mazda smiling look.

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The nice part to the '13 is the remaining balance of the factory warranty.

Another deciding factor is were either of these used as a Rental car?

Nothing against rental cars, but they usually don't have an easy life.
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I personally like the look of the 10-12s more than 13-14
But 11 was the first year for the new mustang, so you'd be missing out on a couple features.
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I have a nice set of oem 2011+ adjustable black leather headrests for sale if anyone is interested.Click image for larger version

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Always buy the newest, lowest mile, best condition car you can afford. Sometimes you can find an older car with lower miles in great shape but usually not. 18,000 more miles is significant.
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Old 07-27-2014, 09:54 PM   #18
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which car to choose

Lets make it simple they are the same car but different appearance wise. my opinion buy the 2011 and get the rear bumper and tail lights from a wrecked 2013 and problem solved. now you have both.
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To the OP to answer your question from a mechanical standpoint there essentially the same car. With that said I would weigh the cost between the two if you don't care about the styling differences between the two. Basically is the car that is 2 years older with 18,000 more miles enough cheaper to where it makes sense not to just get the 13? Although obviously if you prefer one style over the other I would definitely go with the one you prefer.
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Make your choice and be ready to walk out if you can't get a good deal.

Here is some insight on used cars. I traded my 2008 F-250 and got 22000 in trade in value. The dealer turned around and listed it for $28500 and sold it 3 weeks later.

So try to figure out what the dealer may have it the car and make an offer so they make some money. Plus check the car fax and try to stay away from a car that was rental car.

I bought my 2011 convertible January 2014 and it had 22500 miles on it and it was listed at 22K. I did my homework and found a similar car at another local dealer. So the dealer who had my car on the lot knew I was buying a mustang that day and that I had a few cars set up to look at.

We got the car $18200.

Have options and work the dealers against each other
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