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Old 02-20-2016, 07:13 PM   #1
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How many of you would switch to a 11-12 5.0 if it was near the price that you could sell your v6 for?


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In a heartbeat.

Every once in a while I'll find an 11-12 5.0 for around 18k and I can't help but think about it


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I plan on switching to a 5.0 from my 14 3.7. Around my area (Bay Area, CA) I see 13-14 GTs going for $23-29 with less than 25K miles. Can't help it. I love my 3.7 but I feel like I don't get my money's worth with mods.


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I have that thought every once in a while, but I love how my '13 is optioned and modded, so much that I'd rather just supercharge it if I want an extra 200hp. If it was paid off and I had the money, then yeah maybe I'd find a GHIG GT that's loaded like mine.

I plan on keeping this car for a while.
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I would stick with the v6 given the amount of driving I do. I normally average 26-28 in my v6 and would probable drop to around 20- 24 with a GT and have to use premium. Although if I did decide to step up to a v8 I would get a C5 corvette.


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I'd stick with my sixxer.


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nope. hate the rear lights on those, and i'm not spending 300+ a pop to pop in 13/14 lights, plus the what, $70 piece of plastic AM sells to adapt on?

nah. if i go GT, i'm going with new gen
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I currently live right outside Philadelphia so switch to the 5.0 would be a waste. Now if I lived in the country I would consider it.


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nope. hate the rear lights on those, and i'm not spending 300+ a pop to pop in 13/14 lights, plus the what, $70 piece of plastic AM sells to adapt on?



nah. if i go GT, i'm going with new gen

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If money was never an object, then of course a switch to a 5.0 would be nice. But what I get from a convertible, premium '14 V6 + mods is nice.
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No, I wouldn't.

I'd rather drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow. The speed limit makes my V6 too powerful to manage already

Plus, I enjoy working on my Mustang. V6 gives me a lot more room in the engine bay.
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I would stick with the v6 given the amount of driving I do. I normally average 26-28 in my v6 and would probable drop to around 20- 24 with a GT and have to use premium. Although if I did decide to step up to a v8 I would get a C5 Z06 or a C6.

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I think if most were honest and we had unlimited amounts of money, we would all say yes. But there's insurance costs, gas costs, payment costs.....hp is contagious ....buy what you can afford and enjoy.


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No question about it.........if there was no or almost no money out of pocket, the 5.0 would be the one in my garage over any V6...........
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If this were asked in the GT section, I'd assume nearly everyone would say the 5.0. In my opinion, if someone is asking themselves this question, they already know what they TRULY want.
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This almost goes back to the question of do you buy a nice new car or a nicer (more expensive) used car. I would imagine that most paid between 19-30 for their 13-14 v6 cars at that time base 11-12 gts could be bought for within that price range so this isn't a new thing.


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I think if most were honest and we had unlimited amounts of money, we would all say yes. But there's insurance costs, gas costs, payment costs.....hp is contagious ....buy what you can afford and enjoy.


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I'm probably the only person that would still take the v6. For the simple reason that, if funds weren't a problem I would love to see the look on a GT owners face when I beat them in my slow sixxer. And then they would probably say, "it's still a v6 though." That quote cracks me up every time. But a high hp GT is a dime a dozen but a high hp v6 is much more rare.


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No, I would keep the V6. When I bought my 13 there was a SGM 12 GT Premium sitting on the lot that was within $250 of what I paid for the 13, and. For me going up and playing on The Tail of the Dragon and Cherohala Skyway the V6 is a better balanced car and it will out do a lot of cars that would beat it in the quarter mile.
They put steering wheels in cars for a reason, to turn, and they left room for a 275 width tire in front so it turns real good also.
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I would definitely keep my car. With the 3.7 I believe the v6 is now viewed as a performance car, unlike v6 mustangs of the past. As far as the balance goes, I've read comparisons saying the v6 has less weight up front then the GT making it a better handler. Personally, I will encounter many more twisty roads then drag strips so I'm more then happy with my mustang.

Just curious, anyone know exactly how much more the v8 engine weighs then the v6?
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nope. hate the rear lights on those, and i'm not spending 300+ a pop to pop in 13/14 lights, plus the what, $70 piece of plastic AM sells to adapt on?

nah. if i go GT, i'm going with new gen
Agree 100%.

Love the style of the 14 so if I were to go 5.0 it would have to be for another 14, which makes no sense.

If I buy a GT it will be a 2017 or 18.
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I would definitely keep my car. With the 3.7 I believe the v6 is now viewed as a performance car, unlike v6 mustangs of the past. As far as the balance goes, I've read comparisons saying the v6 has less weight up front then the GT making it a better handler. Personally, I will encounter many more twisty roads then drag strips so I'm more then happy with my mustang.

Just curious, anyone know exactly how much more the v8 engine weighs then the v6?

On a quick search. A 2015 GT weighs 3,705lbs. A 2015 V6 weighs 3,526lbs. The V6 weighs 179lbs less, the 'difference' should be about the same for our 2011-2014 Mustangs.
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Having driven both (good rides too) and knowing the real world MPG difference I'll say the V8 is a way better car for me. I enjoy the twisties and admit that on paper the V6 is better balanced, however the amount of torque available in the V8 made me giggle both times I drove it.

Gum, is this something you are considering or just hypothetical? If it's real the important bit is you need to know what condition the other car is in and what kind of life it's had.

For me (and this is opinion/preference only) I shake my head when folks pick a highly optioned V6 over a base V8 but know they did what they wanted.
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If we could of afforded a 5.0 would of bought one in a heartbeat but for 5-6 thousand more than our 2012 3.7 little out of our price range but very happy with the 3.7 so far and it still puts a smile on my face when i drive it !
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nope. hate the rear lights on those, and i'm not spending 300+ a pop to pop in 13/14 lights, plus the what, $70 piece of plastic AM sells to adapt on?

nah. if i go GT, i'm going with new gen
Could say the same thing about the smiley faced front fascia on the 13/14s. The 10-12s have a mean looking front end, 100% better.

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If you are asking this question, that means you want to do it. If you can afford it do it. If insurance is going to kill you and you do a ton of commuting then maybe think twice but if you can do the insurance and slightly reduced gas mileage then go for it.
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Having driven both (good rides too) and knowing the real world MPG difference I'll say the V8 is a way better car for me. I enjoy the twisties and admit that on paper the V6 is better balanced, however the amount of torque available in the V8 made me giggle both times I drove it.

Gum, is this something you are considering or just hypothetical? If it's real the important bit is you need to know what condition the other car is in and what kind of life it's had.

For me (and this is opinion/preference only) I shake my head when folks pick a highly optioned V6 over a base V8 but know they did what they wanted.

I found a 2011 premium 5.0 on Facebook with some decent mods for 17.5k. It got me thinking


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All these reasons listed in this thread are the same ones I used to hear from import drivers on their forums. Just an observation.
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Could say the same thing about the smiley faced front fascia on the 13/14s. The 10-12s have a mean looking front end, 100% better.

All personal preference tho.








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If you are asking this question, that means you want to do it. If you can afford it do it. If insurance is going to kill you and you do a ton of commuting then maybe think twice but if you can do the insurance and slightly reduced gas mileage then go for it.
the front is cool on those years, and i liked their hood better.. but the second you see that rear, it's just so bland and ugly. 13 and 14 have a mean rear lol its the complete opposite.

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the front is cool on those years, and i liked their hood better.. but the second you see that rear, it's just so bland and ugly. 13 and 14 have a mean rear lol its the complete opposite.

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If you have never driven the V8 go to your local dealer and try one that will tell you if you are interested in one.

DO NOT attempt this is you do not want to spend $ as somethings are better not knowing. One of the biggest differences I noted when driving the V8 is you'll be zipping along (friend and I switched my V6 to his V8) having fun and you go to accelerate and all of a sudden you realize that you are in 5th gear not 3rd and the V8 will still pull strongly in 5th like the 6 does in 3rd.
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haha damn. yeah exactly why I've never drive a 5.0 and don't want to lol

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I bet the guys who have a 5.0 would find it hard to drive a shelby also.
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I bet the guys who have a 5.0 would find it hard to drive a shelby also.

Exactly it's a cycle, if you have a 5.0 then you will want the Shelby. That's why I just say be happy with what you have.


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I test drove a brand new 5.0 after having my 3.7 and I'm still happy with what I have. Here's the thing that I noticed. The difference in power by the feel of it is not as dramatic as say comparing a 94 Camaro 3.4 v6 vs the same car with an LT1. I know this cuz that Camaro v6 was my first car for a few years, then I got a quick chance to drive a 95 Z28. My booty tightened up that first WOT run down the street from scaring me a little bit!

Of course the average v6 back then were real turds, but they've come a long long ways.
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These 3.7s i believe are getting the respect they deserve plus with the added mod it's plenty fast for me.
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