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    I did the unthinkable today. I just bought a new 2017 Mustang. The price was killer and I just couldn't pass it up. My first impression; It's an amazing car. It's the ruby red. I'm going to keep my Mark VIII though as a family backup and continue to restore it.
    Bill W

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    You won't get any hate from me. Those new 'stangs are tremendous bang for the buck. Congrats on the new ride!!

    Does yours have the "line-lock" function? If so, you need to go try it out. That's the photo of the car we all want.
    Mike Martin

    1997 Mark VIII LSC 5.0
    2001 Dodge Dakota

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    • #3
      pics pics pics!!!!!

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      • #4
        Congrats

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        • #5
          Here are some pictures of the car It really runs well and has lots of interesting features. One of the best is a ton of soft gauges that you can put on the screen between the tach and speedo. It will give you fuel / air ratio, oil temp and pressure, trans temp, head temp and more as a list or as analog looking gauges. It has track apps like an accelerometer, lap times and 0 to ?? times. It has no line lock, but that doesn't matter to me since I'm more a road / rally person than a dragger.
          Bill W

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          • #6
            My first order of business will be suspension upgrades. I've already found a really good wheel set from Ford performance parts.

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            • #7
              That really is a great color. Very nice choice.

              Watch out though, I see she's being "stalked" by that white Mark VIII..
              Mike Martin

              1997 Mark VIII LSC 5.0
              2001 Dodge Dakota

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              • #8
                Thanks That was the colour that I wanted because I do think that it's the best colour for the car. I got super lucky since my local dealer had one and there wasn't another one in a 500 mile radius. They were mostly white, grey, black or bright race red; all not quite right. It only had 26 miles on it and part of those were from my test drive. I'm not sure why no one ever took it out, but I'm happy that they left it alone for me. I guess that it might be because it's an extra charge paint colour.
                Bill W

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                • #9
                  I love the look of the 2015+ Mustangs, I've only every had the privilege of beating the piss out of the Eco-Boost ones but I was impressed and would love to own one someday.

                  Great looking car!!
                  Eric
                  -00 Honda Accord (The MPG'er)
                  -97 Mark VIII Base (The Row'er)
                  -95 Mark VIII LSC (The Go'er)
                  -14 Model T touring (The Show'er)
                  -Rebuilding the T

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                  • #10
                    I'm not a big Eco-Boost fan because they only make power from 2K to 5K and need 93 octane fuel to make the claimed power. On normal pump gas they make less power than the V6 which has a broad flat torque band all the way to redline on regular gas. Better gas kicks the V6 up. And then there's the turbo, a high maintenance cost item. That narrow torque and HP band is why they dropped the 10 speed into the new Eco-Boosts. I tried one and didn't like it. It felt like my daughter's turbo VW EOS; All or Nothing!
                    The modern Mustangs have 4 different personalities; real sports car, boy racer and drag racer/ grand tourer and Shelby. I'll suggest that a real Mustang is the V6 sports car that they canceled for 2018. No one can afford the Shelby, but it's a totally trick car.
                    A true sports car is a fine balance between handling and power. Both the V6 and the Eco-Boost have the well balanced chassis that offers good handling since these light motors give a better front to rear weight distribution than the V8 does. The V6 and Eco-Boost have nearly perfect weight distributions. The V8 has a heavy front end which inhibits handling, but it certainly is quicker in a straight line. But the Eco-Boost suffers from the narrow power band. So, which is quicker in real world driving? All Mustangs have the power to pass almost anything like it was standing still. Everyone disses the V6, yet they think that the Subaru BRZ with 200 HP is a wonderful car; Really??? The V6 is actually the best Mustang available since it makes power in a predictable manner all the way up to redline and handles well. However, Ford doesn't love the V6 the way that they push the boy racer Eco-Boost.
                    Ford Performance offers a set of 9 x 19 wheels for $395 to upgrade the V6 and then you can tweak the suspension from there. This will allow you to build it into the best Mustang ever.
                    The tranny is another issue. Yea, we all think a manual is the best, but a modern dual clutch tranny is actually quicker than the manual. Lots of upscale cars like Alfa make it standard now; no manual option. My 1962 Jaguar MKII had a nice clutch as did my 07 Rabbit, but the Mustang clutch was stiffer than my 83 GMC diesel truck; ick. The Mustang gearbox shifted nicely, but the clutch??? Horrid. The paddle shifters are wonderful and the tranny locks into every gear and then anticipates every next shift based on what you do. Time to give in and go modern!
                    These are the reasons that I chose the car I bought and I think that it will still be my favourite 20 years from now. Mustangs were supposed to be sports cars not drag racers like the Camaros and Dodge cars. The V6 bones are good, but it does need to be built.
                    Bill W
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                    • #11
                      in the week I've had it now I have discovered a fundamental "problem" with the car. It's almost impossible to drive it slowly
                      Bill W
                      Last edited by ranchodenieve; 01-14-2018, 01:55 AM.

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                      • #12
                        A great write-up on the ins and outs of the current gen mustang. I'm pleased to hear it is exactly what you wanted.

                        Originally posted by ranchodenieve View Post
                        I have discovered a fundamental "problem" with the car. It's almost impossible to drive it slowly
                        I have this problem with my Lincoln, too. Although I now suspect you wouldn't be a fan of the clutch.

                        Spring can't come around these parts soon enough...
                        Mike Martin

                        1997 Mark VIII LSC 5.0
                        2001 Dodge Dakota

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                        • #13
                          I live in the land of eternal summer. Yesterday it got to 80, but next week It may freeze at night. Our problem is that for about 6 months of the year it gets to over 100 every day. Nothing rusts here, but the paint and the dashboard top pay the price. You deliberately park in the shade even if it is clear across the lot from where you are going.
                          My MkVIII is perfect underneath, but the dash has a small crack and the paint needs to be redone. Rubber parts dry out too. My rear window seal is all dried out and I need to find trim for it. Does anything that would cover the rubber exist?
                          Bill W

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ranchodenieve View Post
                            My rear window seal is all dried out and I need to find trim for it. Does anything that would cover the rubber exist?
                            Unfortunately, the rear window trim is actually molded into the glass itself. It's not technically replaceable without doing the window along with it. If you search for "lasagna" you'll find a lot of discussion on the matter. (usually the trim "ripples" before it becomes weather checked. Yours may have skipped this stage.)
                            Mike Martin

                            1997 Mark VIII LSC 5.0
                            2001 Dodge Dakota

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                            • #15
                              I know on the window, but it's still solidly in place and the inside is good. What I'm looking for is a trim piece that I can use to cover the rubber to hide and protect it. Since door molding is flat it won't work. I was looking for something that was slightly hollow on the inside to fit over it.
                              Bill W

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