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Is a new S550 GT worth it?

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I've been debating for awhile on upgrading to a new S550 GT or switching to something else.

My current stang' is a 2014 V6 base with the 3.7 and 6 speed manual, it is owned and is in very good condition with only 46,000 miles on it. It's FBO ( tuned, exhaust, intake, shifter, aluminum driveshaft, 3.55 gears) with some cosmetics (wheels, Roush grills, gt spoiler), looks great and performs great as well for a 3.7.

It has some issues though despite the mileage and I downsized the family fleet to 2 cars (4runner and the stang) since I no longer commute to an office, which is making the stangs shortcomings more noticeable since it isn't kid friendly as is due to the modifications plus base model S197 normal lack of comfort and tech. Its my go to vehicle when I go out myself but my family doesn't enjoy it (wife and toddler) due to its roughness and I find myself questioning spending more money on it. Going back to stock would be costly and I love the car as is.

Leading to the S550 GT, how much of a leap is it? Ideally I want it to be safe, reliable and fun 100% stock, tired of driving a modified car at the moment.
  • Can it handle being a comfortable cruiser for a 1 year old for occasional long trips?
  • Is the safety truly better than a S197 for rear passengers as I've heard it could be worse due to the slope of the rear in comparison to the S197
  • Lastly would it be impossible to haul both the kid and a dog in a trip in the rear as well?
  • Is there anything the S550 does worse than a S197 that would make more sense to keep my car?

I have a newer 4 runner as well so it the majority of the time we would drive the 4 runner with my son but I need a vehicle that can handle long trips in the summer with a toddler which I'm hoping a stock S550 GT that is new will fit the bill. Asking on the forum as I know I'm going to forget the minute I start a new GT up since I'm a die-hard V8 muscle fan so any weigh in is appreciated.
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If your family is not comfortable in your S197 all the same short comings exist in the S550 in regards to the back seat. I am 6' even and with the driver's seat adjusted for me I have a hard time squeezing my arm between the back of the front and leading edge of the back seat. That being said my 8 and 6 year old grand daughters love riding in grampa's Mustang. They sit on a booster seat with there feet on the seat. Not sure how they would be after and hours ride. None of my dogs are happy in the back of the Mustang, they can't see out.

For a long distance cruiser for the wife and I my 17 Ecoboost Mustang is great. The ride is smooth (even with the Performance Package), quiet and the trunk is big enough to easily swallow luggage for a week or more trip, plus the rear seat backs fold if I need more room.

Keep in mind if you want all the latest tech in a GT you are talking a sticker price in the mid $40k range and a trade in value for your 14 that is likely going to be less than $10k.

I have been toying with the idea of trading the Mustang for a Charger GT. The GT gets you the body work of the SRT versions with a v6 and all wheel drive. But for me it makes more sense to trade my wife's compact sedan for an SUV with more room for the grand kids. I still have a beater 4x4 pickup to use on bad weather days.

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