I sympathize with you. I've got the popping, floor vent and gas tank issue, so I'm picking up what you're layin down, and I'm *fanatical* about the proper operation of my car, *especially* a new car. After all, we paid a price to drive these things, so they should work properly....
H O W E V E R
Ford has acknowledged the popping issue, the vent issue, and the gas tank issue. Of the three, there is only one that they have a 'fix' for--the gas tank. So here's my suggestion:
Go out and enjoy your car for a while. Don't worry too much about these issues. None of them are serious enough to warrant a recall. At most, they're annoying. You have a 3 year warranty. Let the dealers *learn* how to fix this stuff on other people's cars, then when all the fixes are in, mature, and the dealers have practiced up getting these issues fixed, and when the 'newness' has worn off some--then take your car in and get it ALL done in one shot. Instead of trip after trip and day after day without your ride, you're in, you're out, it's fixed.
Ford KNOWS about these problems, and they will fix them. Remember, you bought a first year car. Anybody will tell you that while you get the first GT on the block, you also get to be in the group that helps the model get its sea legs so our upcoming 06 friends don't have to....but then you're a charter member of S197 owners, and they won't be. :hihi:
PS Find a new Ford Dealer. I know what you mean on the clutch post burnout feel. I'd have a hard time believing anybody who made the blanket statement "our guys don't do that". How the HELL would he know? It's not like the techs are going to come back and say, "boss, you shoulda seen the pair of stripes I laid in front of the Chevy dealer!!!!" Laying a stripe is one thing, telling me you didn't do it is another.