I like the looks and powertrain of the 05 Mustang GT, so, I am thinking of
buying one. What do you people know about them? It will only be driven on nice
days, not an everyday car. Do you think it will become a collectors item? Would
it be possible to have the dealer swap rims with the NON-GT model? I like the
rims with the spinners better. Opinions please.
On 15 Nov 2004 10:29:30 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org
Not much. It is pretty much a complete update with no track
record of it's own other than previous Mustangs which have
generally been anywhere from terrible to outstanding
depending on what you are looking for. Personally, I like
what I see.
Ther is no way to know. There have been certain versions of
every Mustang that have become collectors items if for only
the well healed car collector.
I would think a dealer would jump at that opportunity since
he will probably charge you - and, he would be getting the
more valuable wheels to resell. IMHO, you would be
devalueing your new Mustang especially if you think there is
a possibility of sitting on it for collector purposes.
Original cars are generally much more valuable to collectors
in the long term even if the original did not have the curb
appeal of a modified car. A far better option if you want
it for future collector value is to buy the wheels and tires
you want and, just store the originals in a safe place for
future use. I wish I had done this with the original 15"
Magnum 500 wheels for my Torino - live and learn!
BTW, you should buy the car with your mind not your heart.
It is possible for the mind to buy the car for your heart to
enjoy. My '69 Mach I is the only car I have ever regretted
trading. Most of the others, I have only regretted not
trading them soon enough!
I've had exactly the opposite experience... or perhaps, I think youre REALY
saying "use your mind AND gut/visceral reaction to the car".
If you rely purely on logical choice, as I have in two cases, you sometimes
learn to HATE that car.
I know that's what happened to me... 76 Grenada and 82 Cavalier acquired by
logic because they were so cheap
On Mon, 15 Nov 2004 17:39:21 GMT, Backyard Mechanic
The big trick is to not buy a car that you do not like the
first time you see or drive it. They do not get better with
time. I do have an F150 that is like an old pair of
comfortable shoes. I liked it the first time I saw it. I
drove it only after I had bought it based on prior
experience with F150's. I know it's time is coming but, I
am about to send 'er in for a fresh coat of paint and
rebuild the driver's seat hoping for another 100K to make it
300K. The body is flawless with the exception of crows feet
on the topside paint.
Ok, I'll go check them out today. The local Ford dealer had a few of them and
said he would sell me the GT model for retail, most everyone else is getting
$2k-$5k over MSRP.
If they still have the one I want, I may pay MSRP just to get one.
Good luck finding one in the near future.........
I will be even Mike Hunt is licking his chops over one.
If your particular about features and color (and price), you might want
to wait until next spring. Being an early adopter has its risks too.
Actually I have a red/black/black 2005 GT convertible on order.
Unfortunate Ford will not start building the convertible until
February, bummer. Fully loaded the MSRP is only 30,300, around
5K less than a V6 Camry Solara convertible or the Chrysler V6
convertible and their six is driving the wrong end. ;)
Bob Urz wrote:
Last first... You'd have no trouble finding an owner willing to swap wheels
Eventually they ALL become collectors items, but this all depends on your
mindset... you ARE going to drive it and there a chance that something would
happen to make it relatively uncollectable.
I was in the position once...I needed a car to drive to work. I ran across a
near cherry 84 SVO.. only 3 000 built and only 9000 in the 3 years, so it was
destined to be a collectible quickly.
I looked at it, drove it and went home to change underwear and I was thinking
all the time.. "I cant buy that car because I'll ruin it driving it
Then I thought again.. what is a car for?
I bought it, drove it everyday for 7 years, put 130,000 miles on it, total of
190,000 and I drove it pedal to the metal every chance I got.
No one possession, before or since, brought me so much joy, year after year
and I got my fun everyday!
BUT YOU can drive it from the dealer to your garage and wrap it in plastic
and just think about what you have out there and how much fun it would be to
drive it in 20 years when you unwrap it.
Yes, I AM going to drive it. If I wreck it, so be it, but I will drive it.
It is just a chance I'd take.
Story: Friend bought a brand new Olds Cutlas and put it up on blocks for 16
years for his first son. When the son turned 16, he was presented with the car.
The son didn't like it because it wasn't "cool". So my friend started to drive
it and after a couple years, the rust was pretty bad for a car with only 20K
miles on it.
So, my intent is to drive it like I would a motorcycle. On nice days only.
When my grandson gets 16, I may let him borrow it.
It is a mistake to simply park any car. I have several collector
cars but they must be run to keep them in good condition. I run
mine at least once a month for at least 20 or 30 miles to keep
everything lubed and functioning.
On Tue, 16 Nov 2004 02:50:43 GMT, Backyard Mechanic
I know a fellow who bought one of the '93 or'94 Mustangs
that Ford built and only sold 248 of only to racers with a
current race license. It has the carpet, insulation,
undercoat and back seat factory deleted - no creature
comfort accomodations. It is powered by an unrated 351W on
steroids. It has .4 miles on the odometer and he had it
delivered on a rollback. To my knowledge, his only
enjoyment thus far is spending $44K for a car that is now
sealed in a climate controlled garage that will never be
legal for street use - or, at east, until it is 25 years old
to escape emissions inspection, anyways.
I bought a new 64 Mustang V8 convertible when they first came out
for $2,700, put 60K on the clock in about three years then parked
it and bought another Mustang convert. I still have the car,
among several other cars that I kept. It is still in really mice
condition and worth at least four times what I paid for it.
Backyard Mechanic wrote:
Start at the bottom of the page
Note these guys do a lot of "furrin'" cars, note also the asininity of some
of the commenters!
mustang is a "niche" market car?
gimme a break
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