I just rented a 2006 Mustang convertible from Hertz with the V6 and I
really like the car.
I've been wanting a 'stang for a long time and now that I'm approaching
retirement age, the time has come.
Yep, another grey haired old fart clogging the highways :)
I rented the car for a few days to see how I like it.
So anyway, cars are my passion and I have always been a Chevy man with my
current ride a 96 Impala SS.
I do all my own work BTW and my SS has more than a few aftermarket parts.
So anyway, I am in a quandary as to which way I should go with my Mustang
Option 1: Go with the GT and most of the toys.
Option 2: Go with the convertible and the V6....
(I can't afford to go ragtop and GT, at least I don't think I can).
The rental I have has only has 700 miles on it and the V6 seems like a
very strong puller but I am concerned as to the aftermarket parts
situation with this motor compared to the V8.
Still, there is something really nice about the rag top and the entire
driving experience. This one has the Pony Package and all the bells an
whistles including larger rims/tires etc.
I keep all my cars for just about an eternity and my Impala has 370,000
miles on it and still runs strong and smooth. Original tranny and motor
except for intake, water pump, some ignition stuff and cam.
So the question is what would you do?
GET THE V-8!
You only live once, why live with regrets related to your compromises? I'm
sure you could find some creative way to finance the $6,000 difference...
I also rented a V-6, it was impressive. That is what convinced me to go in
and try the V-8, now that is much more impressive...
Good Luck and enjoy your new GT...
The 6 and the 8 are very different cars as are the stick and automatic
You might also consider used, low mileage, versions of the V8,
specifically the Bullitt; Cobra and Saleen.
I have a five speed manual Bullitt. Ford only made a few thousand of
them. Only in 2001.
I bought mine with 600 miles on it at a very good price. This was my
chance to get a stick V8.
You can search eBay.
An awesome car!
I've been able to get away with restoring "junk" as the wife calls it,
but buying a fully restored '71 429 SCJ, if I could find one, would
definitely get me homicided.
I've been years into restoring a `72 BB Vette ragtop and have to go
begging & scraping every time I exceed my monthly allowance for this
or that. The damn car is never going to get done at the rate I am
The frame & mechanicals are @ about 80%. Just need to reinstall the
engine, tranny & rear-end which are all rebuilt as bullet proof.
Still need to do the body work, get it painted & reassembled. Oh and
new meats & rims, but since the ones I want are about $2k this year
that is going to take a while too.
For choosing to fight, one gets the horrors of war,stress,and possibly
K .. heres the deal.
In '99 being the tender young age of 52, we did a 3 year lease on a '99 V6
Vert (couldn't afford the GT + vert, same as yourself), it was a fun car and
got us back into a 'stang after being away from "CARS" for 25 or so years.
BUT after the first year I wished we'd gone the GT coupe route. As soon as
the lease was up, ordered the '02 GT and have been happier than a pig in
poop ever since. I plan on keeping this car a long long time, its my daily
driver and track car, its my winter beater... I love the hell out of it.
Its currently undercoated, rustproofed, supercharged, lowered, subbed,
chipped, methanol injected....the list goes on....complete list is here
Get the GT.
Not bad advice... Do not buy the V-6 for less, but end up paying 'more'
long-term... Although, my 2000 v-6 5-speed coupe was very reliable over
the 6.5 years I had it... The following things went wrong in it's history..
1. Rear Engine seal leaking shortly after purchase. (warranty)
2. Clutch at 40k, (related to rear seal).. Ford made good and replaced
3. Water pump gasket at 110,000
4. Clutch at 100,000
I traded it in with about 130k on it... Still running well, although the
suspension was starting to feel slightly 'loose'...
Other than that, just tires, oil, belts, and antifreeze
You and I are in similar circumstances, I think. I also rented a V6
convertible and am sold on the new model. I, too, would buy a GT
convertible, just as soon as I can make the numbers work.
I could go out today and buy a V6 coupe. A V6 convertible, probably no
problem. I could swing a new GT, but it would take a couple of days of
serious negotiation with my wife. But that extra little bit for the GT
convertible seems undoable right now, and that's the car I would buy.
Also like you, I tend to hold onto the cars I like for a long time, so it's
only those few years of payments that are the hold-up. But those few years
will fly by, and I'd still have a really... really nice car.
If you can make the numbers work, go for what you want. I would imagine that
the V6 convertible would do well for you, but you'd always be wondering what
life would be like with those two extra cylinders.
Last September I bought a '98 convertible Cobra mustang triple black with
6500 miles on it. Like you i could have bought a new V6 convert., but I am
very happy with my Cobra. Got it for half the price of a new V6 convertible.
Good luck deciding you'll have fun which ever you choose.
Cobra boy '98 convert
You said yourself you keep cars for an eternity.
Save up a few more bucks and get that ragtop V8.
Do not spend eternity with a less desirable car.
> Option 1: Go with the GT and most of the toys.
> Option 2: Go with the convertible and the V6....
> I keep all my cars for just about an eternity
I bought a 2000 V-6 Coupe in Sept of 1999. I bought it because:
1. Cheap Transportation ($18,750) the GT at the time was approx $25k I
2. I did a lot of driving for the job I do.. (IT consultant, Network
While the V-6 had decent power and pickup, I regretted not spending the
extra money on the GT. I always wanted a convertible, but at that time I
was working in Philadelphia and was uncomfortable having a convertible
parked in the city. My situation has changed and I have a different job
where I do not have to go into the city or drive nearly as often.
I too, keep cars 'forever'.. My '00 had 125,000 when I traded it in this
past April. I had a '94 Explorer I bought new for a family car, sold it 12
years later with $150k..
I test drove the 2006 V-6, V-8, and the V-8 convertible.. I ended up buying
the GT RagTop. The ride, power, sound, and the ragtop was well worth the
extra money.. I bought GT Convertible for $31,500, sticker was $33,825
If you can afford it, you won't regret it... My $.02 is to get the GT
ragtop... It's a rush every time you climb in and start it up. Gas mileage
isn't too bad, according to the computer, I am getting 22 mpg, and believe
me, my foot has been in the accelerator often..
2006 Mustang GT Convertible Premium
Shaker 500 Audio
Dark Charcoal Leather
Go with what you can afford and what will make you happy.
About a year ago, I really wanted a new Mustang GT Vert and used Fords build
web page to build the one I wanted. I then found out that my local dealer
had one on the way which was close to what I wanted so I called them and put
$500.00 down on it using a credit card.
When the car arrived, the dealer called me to come work out the deal. After
taking it for a test drive, I felt it was an awesome drive but not really
$35,000.00 awesome. So, I let the car go and got my money back. Meanwhile,
I still wanted a Mustang but wasn't willing to part with all that cash so I
started looking around at used one. Mind you, I think the exterior look of
the new ones is awesome but the last model still looks quite good as well.
So, I ended up finding a 2002 GT Vert with only 5600 miles on it. When I
checked it out, I could not believe the condition it was in. It looked just
like it was showroom new and wasn't even used. We negotiated $19,000.00 for
the car and I have been extremely happy with it ever since. With all the
money I saved, I've been adding to the car and now, it has a 2003 Mach1 hood
with the ram air scoop, Mach1 grill delete, Mach1 spoiler, Mach1 side
stripes, and I painted the rear wing flat black and painted the spot between
the tail lights flat black. Also added white gauges and sequential turn
Next, I will move onto engine mods but I am extemely happy to have found a
really great car at much less money than I wanted to pay.
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