Re: 2005 Mustang Experiance
I've owned both the 2005 V-6 auto and currently own the 2005 V-8 GT 5-spd
manual. Both cars perform well. My biggest problem with the V-6 was the
"Whoooom" when undergoing hard acceleration and resulting lack of
performance I'd expect from a performance car--the car seemed to often be
Your analysis of the HP is well thought. Although, I'd think about the cost
of the V-6 intercooler vs GT. My GT insurance didn't increase over a few $$
per month vs the V-6.
The 2005 V-6 does not have the 4 headlight configuration, this was GT only
decision by Ford, the new 2006 V-6 has the 4 light option--2 large
headlights and 2 smaller driving lights in the inner portion of the grill.
I agree the 5 spd is excellent, although I would have liked to have a 6-spd
option on the GT. I currently drive a manual 5-spd.
Interior is very comfortable, I liked the cloth but currently have the
Ride-- have driven the GT on Colorado mountain roads and it's performed
flawlessly. Autocross--good not outstanding handling. Currently live in
Texas and in the "hills" here the car performs well.
In a few years, I'd recommend purchasing a GT and then doing the performance
upgrades. Current magazines have Mustang GT with intercooler superchargers
turning in the low 10s.
1984 Porsche 911
2005 Mustang GT
".boB" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> While on vacation last week I rented a 2005 Mustang convert from
> Hertz - V6, Auto, basic car. I drove about 1200 miles around the state of
> Washington in a variety of conditions. Only a few short stretches of
> highway miles, though. Last year I rented a 2004 Mustang convert to
> cruise around northern california, so I have a fair point of reference.
> FWIW, here are my thoughts about this new car:
> 1. Power: Not enough. The 4.0l V6 was actually quite good, much better
> than the 3.8l. Plenty of power for general driving and sightseeing.
> Would probably be a bit better with a 5 or 6 speed. But there was just a
> time or two when I was wishing for additional power when surrounding
> traffic did stupid stuff.
> 2. Transmission: The new 5 speed is excellent. It shift seamlessly
> under just about all throttle conditions and terrain. It's very quick.
> It would be a tough call between stick and auto, both have significant
> advantages. Again, a significant improvement over the 4 speed auto.
> 3. Ride: Not bad. Again, for general driving the stock wheels, tires,
> and suspension would be just fine. Hard mountain driving would require
> some upgrades, though. And don't even consider taking this car on the
> track as is.
> 4. Brakes: Very good. Not up to open track or autocross standards. But
> much better than many other street cars I've driven.
> 5. Interior: Comfortable. Once you get the seat right, you can sit
> there for a long time. A little noisy on rough pavement or concrete, lots
> of tire noise. But that is probably made worse by the drop top. There's
> a definite lack of storage compartments. The seats could really use some
> map pockets in the backs.
> 6. Drop Top: Very easy to use, takes less than a minute to go up or
> down. But the top of the windshield is only a few inches from the bill of
> my hat. When you're driving, you don't really get the feel of an open
> car. My Cobra has a windshield that's much further foreward, and is only
> raked 46*; so that car really feels like an open car. You just don't get
> that with the Mustang. Cowl shake was noticeable on irregular pavement.
> It's noisy. And the lines just don't look as good. IMO, the drop top just
> isn't worth it.
> 7. Economy: Excellent. We got about 25mpg. No matter how you look at
> it, that's pretty good for a car this big that performs this well.
> Bottom Line: I gotta have one! I love this car. The styling makes my
> heart go pitter pat, especially the 4 headlight front end. There are a
> couple of small styling/cosmetic changes I'd like to make, but not much.
> So here's my plan. In another 1-2 years, I'll look for a used
> 2005-2006 hard top, V6, Auto. The options list is pretty short, the only
> thing I really want is the upgraded dash gauges (but I can add those).
> Everything else I'll want to upgrade with aftermarket anyway. The
> additional front head lights are an easy install.
> The engine makes 210hp (the 4.6 makes 300). But I live at 6,500ft,
> and often drive to 11,000 ft. You lose about 3% per thousand feet; so
> figure about 20% just for altitude. Now you're making 168hp (240 for the
> Adding long tube headers, an intercooled blower, and a custom computer
> program will easily increase power 50% (conservatively) and probably more.
> And that's a 50% improvement over the baseline numbers at sea level! So
> you gain the 20% lost, AND add the additional 50%. Now the lowly V6 is
> making 315hp, 75hp more than the stock GT V8!
> V6 car is lighter, cheaper, handles better, is more efficient, and is
> cheaper to register and insure. Even with the engine upgrades, it's still
> a tad cheaper than a GT. Wouldn't it be fun to have a V6 that turns 12's?
> The suspension will need some upgrades, but not much at all. I have
> another car for the track, so don't need to get radical about it. Some
> good 17" tires and big sway bars will be plenty.
> This is gonna be fun.
> 1997 HD FXDWG - Turbocharged!
> 2001 Dodge Dakota QC 5.9/4x4/3.92
> 1966 Mustang Coupe - Daily Driver
> 1965 FFR Cobra - Finally on the Road!