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Old 07-07-2013, 12:40 AM   #1
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anyone here go from a 99-04 GT to a 2011+ GT? Thoughts?

I have a 2000 GT that is in great condition with the usual bolt-ons (shorty headers, full exhaust, 3.73 gears, struts/springs, intake plenum, throttle body, SFCs, canned tune), but the car feels sluggish around town, isn't good on gas, is very rough over uneven pavement, and just overall I am getting tired of it. It needs about $6k to get it to where I want (panhard bar, rear LCAs, used centrifugal supercharger & tune, good seats, cobra body pieces painted/installed). I am thinking that at the end of the day the 6k is a waste to drop onto something that will still not feel as nice as the 2011+ GT.

Is moving to a 2011+ GT the cure to all my problems? Is it that much better? Has anyone here owned both? What are some notes you can make on the comparison. I still have yet to drive a new 5.0L mustang, but I figure test driving will ultimately make up my mind.
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I have a 2000 GT that is in great condition with the usual bolt-ons (shorty headers, full exhaust, 3.73 gears, struts/springs, intake plenum, throttle body, SFCs, canned tune), but the car feels sluggish around town, isn't good on gas, is very rough over uneven pavement, and just overall I am getting tired of it. It needs about $6k to get it to where I want (panhard bar, rear LCAs, used centrifugal supercharger & tune, good seats, cobra body pieces painted/installed). I am thinking that at the end of the day the 6k is a waste to drop onto something that will still not feel as nice as the 2011+ GT.

Is moving to a 2011+ GT the cure to all my problems? Is it that much better? Has anyone here owned both? What are some notes you can make on the comparison. I still have yet to drive a new 5.0L mustang, but I figure test driving will ultimately make up my mind.
I had an 03 GT. The New Edge Gt's are great cars. I traded that for a 10 GT. Also a great car. The interior alone was worth the jump. Solid. Well built. My 03 always had peices that would pop out of place. It would creek a fair bit. It was still a great car, but Ford has really gotten their game right over the last 8 years. It's not a Mercedes, but there is a quality to the finish that wasn't there before. Little things. My color. Lighted sill plates. Navigation. It was awesome. Then I drove a 5.0, and what that motor does after 4,000 RPMs is crazy. Had to have one. I have a good bit of love for all V8 Mustangs, but the Coyote is special. Give one a whirl. They sell themselves
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Old 07-07-2013, 03:27 AM   #3
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I went from a 2000 gt with all the bolt ons and 4.10s. Its a day and night difference. I would do it again in a heart beat.
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The newer S197 chassis is far superior to the old fox chassis, much more quiet, comfortable, and stable. Yea it's bigger and weighs a little more but again far superior. Then, on top of that, the motor is also a couple decades ahead of the old 4.6. A stock 5.0 is much faster than your modded 4.6 (I'm not saying this to start any fires so don't take it that way). It will most likely get better gas mileage as well.

The new edge cars are much cheaper to mod and will cost less in insurance, but honestly it'll be we'll worth it.
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Old 07-07-2013, 11:46 AM   #5
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The newer S197 chassis is far superior to the old fox chassis, much more quiet, comfortable, and stable. Yea it's bigger and weighs a little more but again far superior. Then, on top of that, the motor is also a couple decades ahead of the old 4.6. A stock 5.0 is much faster than your modded 4.6 (I'm not saying this to start any fires so don't take it that way). It will most likely get better gas mileage as well.

The new edge cars are much cheaper to mod and will cost less in insurance, but honestly it'll be we'll worth it.
I agree with most if that. However I had an 04 gt and now a 2011 GT/CS my insurance only went up by $3/mo lol. I know I'm pretty lucky in that aspect.
For some reason the new GTs aren't considered "high performance" and the new edges were. Made me laugh a little bit but I'm not going to argue.

But to the OP. it's an upgrade you won't regret. Everything is far superior on these new 5.0s. Modding is of course more expensive but you already will have a faster car than your modded NE as stated above. So it will balance out. I loved my new edge but got sick of dropping a lot of money in it and still would get stomped by the 5.0s. Also the New interiors made the decision even easier for me.
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I have a 2000 GT that is in great condition with the usual bolt-ons (shorty headers, full exhaust, 3.73 gears, struts/springs, intake plenum, throttle body, SFCs, canned tune), but the car feels sluggish around town, isn't good on gas, is very rough over uneven pavement, and just overall I am getting tired of it. It needs about $6k to get it to where I want (panhard bar, rear LCAs, used centrifugal supercharger & tune, good seats, cobra body pieces painted/installed). I am thinking that at the end of the day the 6k is a waste to drop onto something that will still not feel as nice as the 2011+ GT.

Is moving to a 2011+ GT the cure to all my problems? Is it that much better? Has anyone here owned both? What are some notes you can make on the comparison. I still have yet to drive a new 5.0L mustang, but I figure test driving will ultimately make up my mind.
My insurance went down. 12 dollars a month!!! But I switched companies as well. The only thing I really miss about my 2000 was the sound she made. One of the best sounding 2vs id heard. The new edges are great looking great running cars. I dont think any of us would deny that, but going from my 2000 to my 13 was like going from a honda to a stang. Everything is far superior. Fit, sound, quality, looks, power, shifting, gas mileage...Its a move you wont regret.
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I went from an '03 Mach 1 to a '13 5.0 and could not be happier (except that I traded in my Mach)

You won't regret it, just make sure you get exactly what you want as far as options that $$ allows.
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My 1st mustang was a 2010 GT then after a few years had to sell it and downsized my budget and I bought an 04 gt had it for 09 months and traded it in on my current 2012 gt premium. There is no comparison the best platform ever is the current s-197.
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I've had just about every style since 89. 89 5.0 vert, 91 GT, 94 cobra, 95 GT, 99 v6 (rebuilder money maker), 2001 Bullitt and an 02 GT. Only body style I have not owned through these years was an 05-10. I have an 11 GT and it is by FAR superior in every aspect IMHO. No doubt it will be a good decision!!

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