It is interesting to see that the immediate response to your post was 'attack'. What can I say - we love our Ford! I have read the similar post by 'russellw' and on the whole, the response to him was sympathetic. Perhaps you were just misunderstood or it took another post to show this is not a one off situation.
I understand the point you are trying to make - whilst we all have to acknowledge that cars are not investments and depreciate rapidly, the question I think you are trying to pose is "what is acceptable and not acceptable" as to the level of depreciation on a 'top of the range' vehicle?
We all expect to lose money as soon as we drive out of the car yard and we accept that it will continue on a downward spiral - but c'mon - does Ford really need to give it a helpful push by offering massive discounts? (after all, we aren't talking about a run out of base model Falcons or lasers.....).
I would be annoyed too if I lost so much so quick - however, there are a few things you should know:
1) If your Mustang is a 2002 model (as per the ad in your post), it is one of a limited number world wide - that will make it more valuable in the long run. If you bought it for the love of the 'tang' and not an investment, who cares what it's worth now - it will be a classic in the future.
2) As someone else has already pointed out to you, they are only discounting the ones they have left - that would be a small percentage of how many were actually imported. Would discounting the handful of them now have a huge impact of the value of the car in the long run? - I don't think so.
3) You have a FORD MUSTANG COBRA for crying out loud - I could only wish for such a car!!!
So what do I think? - I agree that russellw and yourself raise some good points. As much as we all love Ford, we can support both of your situations and continue to love Ford. They aren't right all of the time and should be told so by their LOYAL supporters. How can they learn from their mistakes if people like yourself and russellw don't point them out?? We support them and they should support us back - that's not asking too much.
Q: When you look at your tang, does a smile come to your face?
A: Yes ..... Then just enjoy it!!
A: No ...... Give it away (I'll happily take it off your hands!!)
Good Luck to both of you.
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