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Old 12-29-2011, 01:52 PM   #1
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purchasing a 2nd Mustang need help!

Hi everyone!

Nowadays all I can think of is Mustang gt. I would like to get a second hand one, between 2010-12. I thought here would be a great platform to learn all about Mustangs.

First of all is there difference between 2010-12 models. (visually, dynamically)

As far as I know base GT's don't have a leather s.wheel, is it easy to replace it with a leather one or gt500 wheel, vs.

Also in terms of dynamics is there any difference between a base and premium version?

Lastly what would be your advices, what to look for in a Mustang GT, what are the weak points?

Thank you so much in advance
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Old 12-29-2011, 03:21 PM   #2
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Re: purchasing a 2nd Mustang need help!

Hear ya, brother, I just rolled in last night in my new 2012 GT.

The 2010 to 12 are very similar visually. The 10 has the flabby, boat-anchor 4.6. The upside of that is you can probably get one really cheap, now that the 5.0 is out and there are lots of hot-rod parts for the 4.6. You get the look but, maybe, at a lower price.

The 11 has first year bugs and it's never too good an idea to buy the first year of a new anything. It's turned out to be a pretty solid design though. If you look around here and elsewhere you'll find some clutch and manual transmission woes but, if the car runs and drives allright, it's probably spared those.

12s are going to be tough to find used.

I recommend if you buy used, try to get the Brembo pack cars, as the upgrades are really worth it: big wheels, adjustable steering feedback, brakes, firmer shocks, better tires and a strut tower brace. that limits you to manual trans only, though, as 13 will be the first year for auto and Brembo. Get 3.73 gears, too, if you can. This motor revs high and is a touch soft right off the bottom so, steep gears help. A tune could help this alot, imho.
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Old 12-29-2011, 03:59 PM   #3
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Thanks for the heads up, especially for the engine!
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Old 12-29-2011, 05:37 PM   #4
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Re: purchasing a 2nd Mustang need help!

when I first bought my 2012 Gt, I thought about buying a used 2010 because of the money I could save. Then I figured that every time I saw a 5.0 I would grit my teeth and wish I would've bought the 5.0. Maybe you are not like me though..
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FYI,the 2012 is gonna have the same bugs as a 2011 if any. I've had my 2011 since October 2010 and with 3600 miles Ive had zero issues. I think you will be much happier with a 2011/2012 with 412hp vs a 2010 with 315hp. You will be able to get a 2011 5.0 with a few miles on it for cheaper than a 2012.
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I would have to say its definitely based on your preference! IMO you could get a used 2010 for a lot less then a 2011 or 2012 and supercharge it with the money you save and push easily over 500hp. The flip side to that is 2011 and 2012 is the only place where you'll find the awesome brembo package from ford and the naturally aspirated 412hp. Just depends on what you want. Really as far as looks and interior they are virtually the same.
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Old 12-30-2011, 08:39 AM   #7
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Re: purchasing a 2nd Mustang need help!

Admittedly, the '10 probably has the better (no problems reported) manual trans, in the Tremec 5 speed, over the MT 82 6 speed in the '11 and '12. It's subjected to less HP/Torque stock too so, that'll help durability when considering a used car.

Mine's got 120 miles on the clock, it's good so far
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Old 12-30-2011, 10:18 AM   #8
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If you want power go with the '11.... If you just want the look do the '10.. I personally couldn't go with a '10 because I couldnt stand the fact that the new v6 would have just as much power as me.. You can definitely get a '10 for cheaper but there's reasons for that..
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I've had my 2011 Brembo Package for almost a year. 8800 miles and zero problems. I drive the car pretty hard too!
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As far as getting a 2010,slapping on a blower and pushing over 500hp like someone earlier said.......thats a bad idea for a 4.6. If you are talking 500 crank then yes but 500whp on that motor is a ticking timebomb. The 4.6 cannot handle that much power for a long period. There have been several people that have done it but I would not like to drive around thinking one day that motor is gonna pop on me.
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The manual tranny is hit and miss. Some have had no issues while a few have had some.

As far as power and what not you can't beat a 2011 over a 2010. With simple bolt ins you could pull most SC 2010s.
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The manual tranny is hit and miss. Some have had no issues while a few have had some.

As far as power and what not you can't beat a 2011 over a 2010. With simple bolt ins you could pull most SC 2010s.
This.......+1
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What timeframe are you looking at purchasing? Reason I ask is that I might be selling mine, later this next year. It will be low mileage because I am active duty and will be deployed for most of this next year. Right now it has 12k miles, but I would say I'll have no more than 15k total within the next 6-7 months. It is a 2012 GT/CS. See pics for details. There are a few mods, but nothing major. If you want more info, pm me. I haven't even considered a price yet.
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Thanks again for your replies! I would like to buy one within next month.

I decided to get a 5.0 version with a manual tranny. The thing is I've never owned a car with a stick, since some of you pointed out manual transmission provides some issues, I would like to know if my inexperience cause these problems even more rapidly.

Next thing is, I won't be doing any trackdays and stuff, so is brembo package will really worth going after? Also is 3.73 gear ratio comes with brembo package, or, is it an individual option.

Hopefully I will find a decent with your help. Thanks everyone for expressing your experiences and opinions!
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You can get the 3.73 rear without having to do the brembo package.
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Excuse my ignorance but is 3.73 ratio can be adjustable?
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You have a choice on gears from the factory.
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Thanks again for your replies! I would like to buy one within next month.

I decided to get a 5.0 version with a manual tranny. The thing is I've never owned a car with a stick, since some of you pointed out manual transmission provides some issues, I would like to know if my inexperience cause these problems even more rapidly.

Next thing is, I won't be doing any trackdays and stuff, so is brembo package will really worth going after? Also is 3.73 gear ratio comes with brembo package, or, is it an individual option.

Hopefully I will find a decent with your help. Thanks everyone for expressing your experiences and opinions!
Brembo is more than just brakes, like I said. It's uprated shocks, a strut tower brace, specific wheels, better tires and adjustable steering firmness. It's worth it; the car is a jewel on the road with it and one sharp stop in this relatively heavy car will tell you you can't have too much brakes.
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Thanks again for your replies! I would like to buy one within next month.

I decided to get a 5.0 version with a manual tranny. The thing is I've never owned a car with a stick, since some of you pointed out manual transmission provides some issues, I would like to know if my inexperience cause these problems even more rapidly.

Next thing is, I won't be doing any trackdays and stuff, so is brembo package will really worth going after? Also is 3.73 gear ratio comes with brembo package, or, is it an individual option.

Hopefully I will find a decent with your help. Thanks everyone for expressing your experiences and opinions!


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This is the difference from brembo Pak to base gt. hope this helps a lil
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Thanks again for your replies! I would like to buy one within next month.

I decided to get a 5.0 version with a manual tranny. The thing is I've never owned a car with a stick, since some of you pointed out manual transmission provides some issues, I would like to know if my inexperience cause these problems even more rapidly.

Next thing is, I won't be doing any trackdays and stuff, so is brembo package will really worth going after? Also is 3.73 gear ratio comes with brembo package, or, is it an individual option.

Hopefully I will find a decent with your help. Thanks everyone for expressing your experiences and opinions!
I also never OWNED a manual vehicle.. Got 12k on mine now and all is good.. Only issue you I have had was the "notchy" shifting.. Changed fluid and all is good...
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