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Is the GT THAT much better

If I really did some digging I could probably find an 05-07 mustang and even possibly the GT. My question is, is the new mustang (referring to the 05-07 models) noticeably better (in a straight line) than an older model? Old v6 vs new v6, old v6 vs new GT, old GT vs new GT, old GT vs new v6. If I can spend less money on an 04 v6, will it ever be as good?

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04 V6- 190hp, 220ftlb.
05-09 GT- 300hp, 320ftlb.
Why not start off with the GT and be at a place where the V6 will never be with just bolt ons? It just makes more sense financially.


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04 V6- 190hp, 220ftlb.
05-09 GT- 300hp, 320ftlb.
Why not start off with the GT and be at a place where the V6 will never be with just bolt ons? It just makes more sense financially.

And.. The 190 hp is on a brand new motor. Add 100k or whatever miles to it and it makes less.


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If I really did some digging I could probably find an 05-07 mustang and even possibly the GT. My question is, is the new mustang (referring to the 05-07 models) noticeably better (in a straight line) than an older model? Old v6 vs new v6, old v6 vs new GT, old GT vs new GT, old GT vs new v6. If I can spend less money on an 04 v6, will it ever be as good?
Most important thing is to aim for a body style you love. The S197 is different inside and out from the SN95. For my taste, I preferred the S197, looks more late 60s early 70s, where the SN95 has its own look. The interior, to me again, is also much nicer. Now if you look at the two and feel the SN95 is better, then that is what you should go for.

The S197 has better balance in weight distribution for handling, a little less nose heavy. The SN95 has a lighter rearend, so easier to smoke the tires, drift the car, or spin out.

The S197 has improved suspension over the SN95, and this increase becomes larger from 2010-2014.

The GT has a V8 and the base is a V6. A V8 has more power and sounds different than a V6. Which ever you prefer, go for that.

I have a friend whose 2 sons each have V6 SN95s. They love their cars and have done plenty of mods to them. He and I each have 2010 GTs and love modding them. Our cars have the 4.6L 3V - it was 2011 and up that got the 5.0L 4V. Lots of folks on here prefer the 5.0 as it comes with 100 more horses. But I have beaten a 5.0 on the quarter mile, the 4.6 is a great engine with few problems, and it has some advantages in modding and costs. Shelby offered the Terilingua Mustang - a V6 set up to out track race V8s (S197 platform). So you see, any year Mustang could be the right one for you. But you have to drop buyers remorse and focus on what is good about yours or you will always have regrets and not enjoy what you have.

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. . . . . If I can spend less money on an 04 v6, will it ever be as good?
Short answer is "NO" in my personal opinion -- you could pour a ton of money into a 2004 V6 and it will never be as "good" as a 2005+ GT.

But like the others have said, it really comes down to personal preference and budget. Regardless of that, my advice would be, if you want to match a 2005+ GT then buy one; I think it would cost you more to mod a 2004- V6 to match the performance.

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Short answer is "NO" in my personal opinion -- you could pour a ton of money into a 2004 V6 and it will never be as "good" as a 2005+ GT.

But like the others have said, it really comes down to personal preference and budget. Regardless of that, my advice would be, if you want to match a 2005+ GT then buy one; I think it would cost you more to mod a 2004- V6 to match the performance.

It would cost a butt-ton just to match the performance of a stock '99 GT and a partial butt-ton to match a stock '98.
Think about it this way; guys w/ '96-98 GT's spend thousands on a used '99-04 GT topend because adding bolt-ons to their '96 GT won't get them to stock '99 gt power levels. It doesn't seem that there are anything on the aftermarket for the v6 other than bolt-ons. I'm sure there's that niche market and somewhere there's a guy that builds turbo kits and or heads and stuff, but being niche market it won't be cheap.
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We, my daughter and I have both. A 2007 GT and a 2013 V6 GHIG Convt. Mustangs.
I fill the 2013 each week, this week it was only $25.00.
Starts nice, pop off the line, BUT that is where it stops. GUTLESS runs out of cubes!
You can look nice and smile, get better mileage - OR - Enjoy a GT and have fun. NO COMPARISON!

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We, my daughter and I have both. A 2007 GT and a 2013 V6 GHIG Convt. Mustangs.
I fill the 2013 each week, this week it was only $25.00.
Starts nice, pop off the line, BUT that is where it stops. GUTLESS runs out of cubes!
You can look nice and smile, get better mileage - OR - Enjoy a GT and have fun. NO COMPARISON!

He's currently looking at an '01 V6. Your daughters would make that one look silly in a race.


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Greetings;In my humble opinion,endure the pain of the extra money for the 05 to 09 GT model right off the hop, and you will feel the justification for your decision every time you walk by it,open the hood,talk about it,start the engine,detail it,and most importantly drive it.All the louvers,side scoops,ground effects,GT badges,cobra stickers and racing stripes will not replace that V8,RWD,stick shift,dual exhaust rumble feeling in your soul.Peace
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I took a drive up to Big Bear Lake elevation 7500+
On the drive up, I past the box cars, then the 3.7's, then closer to the top even the 4.6 ran out of air & cubes.

I love my GT, I would not consider an older V6, the sound of the exhaust, engine clawing for air, a smile reserved for power- one of the ultimate male things.

Buy what you can afford- I cannot afford a GT350 - but I can dream!
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