I am close to buying a 2011 5.0 convertible (manual), and have a few
questions for the group:
1. What is the benefit of cloth or vinyl for the convertible top? I
assume cloth is better, but am unsure. I live in Florida, so the car
will never be in snow, but will get beat down by the sun.
2. Are there any after-market mods considered very important that I
should consider? Way back in the past people used to talk about
subframe connectors and such, so I was curious.
It is a moot point the vinyl top is standard, cloth is about a $300 option
on lesser, models but I'm sure you will find it is included in the 5.0 rapid
I have owned seven Mustang GT convertibles and the never had a problem with
the top, the oldest a 1974 still has the original top. What I do not like
about cloth tops is the tend to sage over time but it you intend to keep the
car for more than ten years, the "Stayfast" material that Ford uses, will
hold up better over time.
All of my Mustangs have been V8s but when I buy my next one in 2012 I expect
to buy the V6 "Heritage" model. The body is to be all new next year and the
direction injection V6 has five more HP than my 2009 GT convertible and the
V6 sells for $4,000 less than the 5.0. Unless you are a gear head, go
with the six speed automatic WBMS, it get better mileage on average than the
manual and you will still win any race your want to win. ;)
Opt for the Ford Brembo brake upgrade.
You don't need sub-frame connectors with this design. As for
aftermarket mods you may want to look at a chip and a cat-back exhaust
(Bassani, IMO, being the best).
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