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Old 01-13-2016, 04:54 AM   #1
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which axle ratio for 2016 mustang v6?

My 14 year old Grand Prix GTP is being totaled due to a minor fender bender and the fact that it can't be repaired because of a rusted a-frame (nowhere to attach new tie rod mount) and an engine mount that broke shifting the engine.

Thinking about getting a 2016 Mustang v6 with automatic and the 051a equipment group which is basically 18" tires, power seats and spoiler.

My question is, stay with the standard 3.15 axle ratio or upgrade to the 3.55 for $400?

I presume the 3.55 will give me faster starts off the line, more or less what I am looking for.

Thanks, any help would be appreciated
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Get the GT if you can afford it. It's a significant difference over the V6.

And this was posted in the wrong section.
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Either way get the 3.55.

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tcman,

I have not driven the 2015's but my 2012 would prefer the 3.55's. The cars are similar enuf I know that it'll be an improvement (except for a slight hwy mpg loss) in the feel of the car. Welcome to Mevo.

I moved your thread for ya and of course the V8 is better but I wasn't willing to spring for it.
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I have a 2012 with the standard rear end and a 6 speed manual. If I had to do it over again I would get something like the 3.55. With the 6-speed I find myself always downshifting from 6th to 5th when going up what I consider a mild hill. With your automatic you may not find that inconvenient, but it sure is with a manual. I also owned a 2011 6-speed with the 5.0 and there was no problem with having to downshift going up mild hills. I plan on buying a 2017 5.0 and will get the standard rear end that comes with it as I don't plan on racing it. Too many tickets and accidents already. The 6 has a lot of power but once you owned the 5.0 you will not be happy going to the 6 cylinder engine.
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I have a 2012 with the standard rear end and a 6 speed manual. If I had to do it over again I would get something like the 3.55. With the 6-speed I find myself always downshifting from 6th to 5th when going up what I consider a mild hill. With your automatic you may not find that inconvenient, but it sure is with a manual. I also owned a 2011 6-speed with the 5.0 and there was no problem with having to downshift going up mild hills. I plan on buying a 2017 5.0 and will get the standard rear end that comes with it as I don't plan on racing it. Too many tickets and accidents already. The 6 has a lot of power but once you owned the 5.0 you will not be happy going to the 6 cylinder engine.
Now thinking about the manual to shave $1200 off the sticker price even though I have never driven a manual before, shouldn't be hard to figure out.

Of course I would want a GT if I could afford one but I can't so that's the end of that story, plus if I had the much power under the hood I would probably get in trouble with it, I am a bit of a leadfoot at times, lol.

If I have never driven a manual before should I just forget about getting it or learn it, I know there are many advantages to the manual transmission.

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Now thinking about the manual to shave $1200 off the sticker price even though I have never driven a manual before, shouldn't be hard to figure out.

Of course I would want a GT if I could afford one but I can't so that's the end of that story, plus if I had the much power under the hood I would probably get in trouble with it, I am a bit of a leadfoot at times, lol.

If I have never driven a manual before should I just forget about getting it or learn it, I know there are many advantages to the manual transmission.

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Someone else on this forum just bought a manual and had to get someone to drive it home for him. Learning after the fact and liking it.
On the other hand, ideally, if you could swing it you should drive a standard before you commit yourself to a new car. There are advantages to an automatic as well. No one can tell you what you will prefer, although they will try.
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Honestly, the V6 with manual is almost as fast as the V8 in normal traffic, provided that you swap the gears to 3.73. It's a lot of cost savings as well, plus a perfectly good daily driver.

We're talking about less than a second slower 0-60 set up like that and almost $6K less cash out of pocket after the gear swap.
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Go for 373!

I can't speak to the model year, but I upgraded my 2012 V6 to 3.73.gears from the stock 2.73s and the performance improvement is amazing! It is literally a whole new car.
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I installed 3:73 gears in my 2011 3.7 and huge improvement over the factory 2:73's. Its like a different car when they were installed.

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