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Old 08-18-2015, 11:53 PM   #1
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Hey everyone I have a 2011 cali special right now and am looking at getting a 2015 gt the only issue is that all I can really afford is a base model. My question is coming from a premium car will I regret going base. Love to know what some of you guys think. Thanks!

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The base model 2015 has a lot of "premium" features in it already. Also the base model is easily the best value.


Why getting rid of the 2011 tho? Just time for something new?
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I had a base 2014 gt decided to get a base 2015 gt pp and its night and day. If you have navigation on your phone you are all set. You can also get leather for your seats down the road from cat skins or another brand for around $1000. I'm happy with the way I went. Hope that helps


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The premium car has alot more creature comforts, but if you haven't had a premium car recently, you won't notice the difference. I got my 15' GT base for 29K with rebates. I love it. Comes with the same brakes as the 14' PP cars (4 piston brembos), the base seats have great bolsters in them, and you can still get sport and track mode. 3.31 rear and your choice of 18, 19, or 20 inch rims. It's a great car for the money. Check your local dealers in the next few months, as they will have some good deals to blow out the 15's for the end of the year.
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The 2015s base models as mentioned do have some Premium items that even your 2011 doesn't have. Such as the LCD in the cluster that contains Track Apps and such. Also has a Backup Camera. I believe they also have Sync now by default as it used to be optional (some cities now make it mandatory to have hands free phone use by law).

If I remember correctly, the 2011 did not have "Sport" style steering. The 2015s do.

The things you WILL lose with a Base Model is MyColor, Leather, and the Shaker sound system. To be honest, I have sat in the 2015 cloth seats and they are fairly comfortable. The MyColor is overrated (a type of thing where you set it and forget it). The leather is nice if you are in a cool climate.

Some of the little touch ups can be added later on if you get the Base model. Such as the GT500 pedals and such. There are also Base models out there with Cloth Recaro seats.

Lastly, the 2015 5.0 has a few more ponies stock vs the 2011s. So you get a slight bump there also.

Are you looking at a Base model w/ the GT Performance Pack? Best bang for your buck imo. For $2500, you get 3.73s, bigger radiator, 6 piston Brembos, Staggered wheels, etc. Just the 6 piston Brembos alone is worth that, if not more.

Just weigh the options and see what works for you. Also, take one for a test drive if you have any doubts.
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Base model=hot rod. Premium=money that could have been spent on go-faster parts.
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Base model=hot rod. Premium=money that could have been spent on go-faster parts.
Well some of us don't have to worry about money.
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Nothing is better than demolishing the guy in his "premium" 5.0, Paxton 14psi, e85, kooks longtubes, Lund tuned. In your base 5.0
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Well some of us don't have to worry about money.
Haha money wasn't my motivation, I just wanted the lightest I could get in the current chassis with a coyote without going to a body in white lol
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Get a brochure (hard to come by at the dealer --- but they might let you copy the page you need). There is a column that shows exactly what comes on each package. You are going to live with your choice here for years, so go down the "Premium" column and tell yourself for each thing there--- "Yeah, I don't want/need that." If you can get to the bottom of the column and say that every time, then you have your answer.
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You guys are giving me new mustang envy....knock it off please!
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Whatever you do, don't drive one!!!!
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Get a brochure (hard to come by at the dealer --- but they might let you copy the page you need). There is a column that shows exactly what comes on each package. You are going to live with your choice here for years, so go down the "Premium" column and tell yourself for each thing there--- "Yeah, I don't want/need that." If you can get to the bottom of the column and say that every time, then you have your answer.
When I got my 2011 M3, I did what you suggested as far as options are concerned and I was looking at 70K, but I was happy with it. Now I have a 2015 GT Premium with PP and I feel just as did with the M3--glad I did it.
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If you care about "premium" features then get a lexus lol. Spend the extra $$ you pay for "premium package" on mods and you will have a better car
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Yeah but none of them look as good as your car does. A properly done 05-09 may be the best looking latemodel Mustang of them all. Between that and a well done New Edge.
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I think if you can overlook the 2015 being okay looking at best, the ugliest/horrid rear end, European looking sports car that has not an ounce of American muscle car flair, its a great choice. I say if you can overlook those points, the 2015 is the car for you. 😁

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Yeah but none of them look as good as your car does. A properly done 05-09 may be the best looking latemodel Mustang of them all. Between that and a well done New Edge.
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I think if you can overlook the 2015 being okay looking at best, the ugliest/horrid rear end, European looking sports car that has not an ounce of American muscle car flair, its a great choice. I say if you can overlook those points, the 2015 is the car for you. 😁

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I'm okay with everything but the top of the hood.....I'm sure the after market will fix that.
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I'm okay with everything but the top of the hood.....I'm sure the after market will fix that.
Its roof is the least of its ugly. Ba ha ha ha ha

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I would drive one for sure.
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Which part of the top of the hood?
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I think if you can overlook the 2015 being okay looking at best, the ugliest/horrid rear end, European looking sports car that has not an ounce of American muscle car flair, its a great choice. I say if you can overlook those points, the 2015 is the car for you.
Wow...........the 2015 is the best looking car in the U.S., and is the only reason we now own one. Different strokes, I guess, but we think that the 2015 is flat GORGEOUS!
I will admit that the new design is very European, and a more "mature" design --- perhaps appealing to my "senior" sensibilites.
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I love my Mustang GT convertible with the 50th anniversary package. But I'm old so going over 130 mph isn't important to me, even though I did. 130 with the top down is fun in every definition of that word. Like others have said your biggest bang for your buck is going with the 2015 base gt and mod the heck out of it.
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Save your money for the Premium. You will probably have the car for several years and this will make it better for selling it down the long run. You never know who will be buying your car in the future. If it's for someone's wife, she will want all the comforts. So wait one more year and see what is on the 2016s. The 2015s will be cheaper then.
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I would make a list of the options you want in a car and evaluate what comes with a base vs a premium and honestly ask yourself what you want/ need in a car and make your decision based on that. Before my mustang I had a 370Z and went with the premium model 'just because' and found that a lot of options (heated seats, navigation, etc) were a complete waste because I never used them. So when I got my Mustang I asked myself the same question and decided to go with the base model. The only thing I really wanted was leather seats and I got a set of take off's from Roush for 500 and installed myself.

One thing I would consider is not to get caught up in the base and premium titles. Years ago base models had crappy radios and manual windows. Now a days every car has power windows, locks, CD player, etc. even the base is a nice car to drive everyday.
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Wow...........the 2015 is the best looking car in the U.S., and is the only reason we now own one. Different strokes, I guess, but we think that the 2015 is flat GORGEOUS!
I will admit that the new design is very European, and a more "mature" design --- perhaps appealing to my "senior" sensibilites.
Fair enough sir. I'm glad you like the new model and think its GORGEOUS. It's too European sports car design is not my style for what I personally like in an American Pony car.

Different strokes for different folks but one thing is for sure. Ford is selling a boat load 2015's and am real happy they are doing so. That means the mustang will stay in production and maybe in 2025 I will like the all new redesigned model. 😀

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Wow...........the 2015 is the best looking car in the U.S., and is the only reason we now own one. Different strokes, I guess, but we think that the 2015 is flat GORGEOUS!
I will admit that the new design is very European, and a more "mature" design --- perhaps appealing to my "senior" sensibilites.
My father is a "senior" too and he thinks it looks like *** lol. I think it looks just ok. I don't love it or hate it. There are way better looking cars out there that is for sure but looks are subjective. If you guys think its gorgeous then I'm glad you like your car.

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Save your money for the Premium. You will probably have the car for several years and this will make it better for selling it down the long run. You never know who will be buying your car in the future. If it's for someone's wife, she will want all the comforts. So wait one more year and see what is on the 2016s. The 2015s will be cheaper then.
I personally give ZERO thought to anyone who might own the car after me. I buy a car for me, not some schmuck who will own it later on. As far as resale, yeah if you pay less you will be able to sell it for less. Maybe. If you were to buy a 2011 Coyote base and keep it in really good shape maybe do high quality bolt ons its going to be worth more than some yutz who had a 2011 Premium and didn't maintain it right for 5 years. Especially for the performance crowd.

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I would make a list of the options you want in a car and evaluate what comes with a base vs a premium and honestly ask yourself what you want/ need in a car and make your decision based on that. Before my mustang I had a 370Z and went with the premium model 'just because' and found that a lot of options (heated seats, navigation, etc) were a complete waste because I never used them. So when I got my Mustang I asked myself the same question and decided to go with the base model. The only thing I really wanted was leather seats and I got a set of take off's from Roush for 500 and installed myself.

One thing I would consider is not to get caught up in the base and premium titles. Years ago base models had crappy radios and manual windows. Now a days every car has power windows, locks, CD player, etc. even the base is a nice car to drive everyday.
Exactly EXACTLY this. Base model these days means that you may or may not have a leather seat option and some other gimmicky stuff. I buy a Mustang to go fast as hell and look good doing it. These days they come pretty "loaded" especially the 2015s. For a 2015 I'm not sure why anyone would pay more for a premium with all the stuff that comes in the base.
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I had a premium ecoboost I rented for a little over 2 months. Sure the cooled seats were nice in the hot winters we have here in Florida. But similar to Starz post, it really wasn't worth the extra cash to me. For some, it might be impossible to live without. The great thing is Ford offers the base and a premium to appeal to just about everyone. And Starz makes a great post with his list idea.

As far as looks go, I didn't like it at first. But I think that happens for the first year for just about any facelift Ford has done (with some exceptions). That happened with the 11'-14' (even the 13'-14' rear), and now people like them. I believe in a year or two, it'll grow on people, and then the same thing will be said for the next Mustang facelift lol
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