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Hello everyone. I have been reading for several weeks now and It's finally get close to that time to order my new mustang. I recently visited a few local Ford dealers and they all gave me the same information that in order to get the exact mustang I wanted (features etc..) I had to wait for the production of the 2007's to start and order one. They put the arrival date in late August/Sept, Is this realistic?

The major problem I am ripping myself apart is the issue of v6/gt. I am only 20 but I have around 25k to spend on the car so the issue at hand is whether to get essentially a fully loaded V6 or save a few more thousand for the GT. My gut instinct is telling me to save for the GT but then reality sinks in and I think about things such as gas mileage and insurance. The insurance premium for a 20 year old (clean license) is insane from what I have read. Anyone have similiar situations and don't mind sharing information such as insurance payments or cost of the car or any other advice possible would be great. Anyone have any experience with dealers in the Westchester, NY/tri state area?

I have been a huge mustang fan since I was little and I finally hope to be getting one. I just cant bring myself to commit to the V6 when I know the GT is just a few thousand more.Thanks for all the help.

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Go for the GT:green , that is what I am trying to do, if you look in the Thread I created called Monthly Payments, you will find alot of valuable information in there.:thumbsup


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Well, personally I could not of lived with the V6. I just love the speed and look of the GT.
Considering your age, you are gonna' get killed with insurance because of 2 letters -- GT --
I had a friend who had an 88 Escort GT and the insurance was insane and it was slow as $hit!
But are you going to college? are you gonna' have to decide between food or Gas? You don't want to live on Ramen noodles!
I have a lead foot and I get terrible gas milage. I know that the car is not meant to be a Hybrid so I just try not to think about it and drive the car like it was meant to be driven....but that is expensive.
I guess it is what's in your blood? Are you a speed freak, adrenalin junkie? If so, I would lean toward the GT.
If you don't have to burn out at every stop light then V6.
don't get me wrong...the V6 is pleanty fast......so I guess you have to consider your driving habits......
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personally I would have not bought anything but a GT, i spent 24K on a GT deluxe coupe and i dont need leather or the shaker system. I do have the IUP though. At 16 years old i had a V8 camaro and i was paying up the ass for insurance, i think if your on a budget, get the V6, it has good power and it can be fixed up to look just as good as a GT without the GT insurance prices. If you dont mind getting revved on by ricers that you can probably beat, get the V6. BTW, you can probably get a better deal if you buy an 06 on the lot, rather than ordering it.
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cincitystang is right on the 06 models. When the 05's had just come out last year, I bought a GT for 2 grand over MSRP in the Rockland county area there in NY(just moved from there), and had to order it as well. Recently, we bought a 06 Vert off the lot locally, and it was a very different experience. The dealer had 70 06 Mustangs on the lot, so we basically had our pick at UNDER MSRP. After driving the V6 for a couple of weeks, my wife kinda regrets not getting the V8. She was scared of the power at first, but now she wants it! No matter, I count myself lucky that she even wanted a Mustang at all for her daily driver. It is an automatic V6, and let me tell you, although it's the same car in many ways as the GT, it is NOT the same driving experience with the manual transmission and the V8. The GT is so much more responsive(I know, you can get a custom tune for the V6, yada, yada, yada). There in NY, you will need the V8 power to get going onto the freeways and to shutdown those pesky imports! Trust me on that. If I had stayed in NY, I would have supercharged and re-tuned the GT by now, cause I wanted to keep up and not be scared by the BMW M3's and Corvettes. As long as you are not the fastest car on the road and you watch your speed in light traffic and late at night, you should be ok with avoiding a ticket. Many cars can go at high speed, but you need the acceleration. My insurance didn't go up as much as I thought, but I am also 40yrs old and married. But you can check around for insurance rates. Listen to me: Get the GT, and just a few options like the traction control, shaker 500, anti-lock brakes and airbags. Do not go for the appearance upgrades or upgraded wheels or anything that you would or could do yourself later on. I have even seen people replace their cloth seats with aftermarket leather seats. I didn't get the active anti-theft, and instead had the dealer put in a Lo-jack system. Go for the lowest basic model of GT so you can afford it with the higher insurance, and then you can start making upgrades when and if you wish. At least you will have the GT power!:thumbsup

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ofcourse the gt is the next level but money means alot too...you wanna be able to go places in your new car and actually spend a little dont ya...having said that i would go with the v6 if i were you...hell a few years back i was you and i did go with the v6 then...money and insurance didnt let this bar hoppin stripper grabbin nghtrnnr get his gt until he was 33...and i dont regret it...i got my v6 and modded it until i liked it...the mustang gt will still be around when you are ready for it...spend ya 20s with ya buddies goin to places like london and vegas and blowin dough on high priced hookers and poker games.


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Hello everyone. I have been reading for several weeks now and It's finally get close to that time to order my new mustang. I recently visited a few local Ford dealers and they all gave me the same information that in order to get the exact mustang I wanted (features etc..) I had to wait for the production of the 2007's to start and order one. They put the arrival date in late August/Sept, Is this realistic?

The major problem I am ripping myself apart is the issue of v6/gt. I am only 20 but I have around 25k to spend on the car so the issue at hand is whether to get essentially a fully loaded V6 or save a few more thousand for the GT. My gut instinct is telling me to save for the GT but then reality sinks in and I think about things such as gas mileage and insurance. The insurance premium for a 20 year old (clean license) is insane from what I have read. Anyone have similiar situations and don't mind sharing information such as insurance payments or cost of the car or any other advice possible would be great. Anyone have any experience with dealers in the Westchester, NY/tri state area?

I have been a huge mustang fan since I was little and I finally hope to be getting one. I just cant bring myself to commit to the V6 when I know the GT is just a few thousand more.Thanks for all the help.
I know im jumnping in with every1 else, but you'll regret it if u dont get the GT. Insurance isnt much less nor is the gas mileage(I get 24 on the highways, and 22 avg mpg) much more on the V6. Fully loaded dont mean jack, unless they have new cool options like massaging backrests, or auto pilot . Nothing is in these cars that you cant remove and upgrade? Stereo, seats, interior packages.

Nothing can really compare to the feel behind a v8. So you might get a stereo upgrade or leather seats, but fact of the matter is once you get the car, you're stuck with it or you'll have to take a huge hit in your wallet to trade it in for a GT.

Don't get me wrong I have nothing wrong with a V6. I loved my '01 coupe. But when I got my 01 coupe I knew I would be selling it as soon as I could afford the GT.

But it's up to you. My only advice is take a test drive in both, and you'll be sold. OR not. Either way, at least you're a mustang lover!:smilie

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Insurance is always up in the air. I have never been pulled over nor do I have a police record. So my insurance might be lower than most...then again I live in JErsey. So who knows. For a young kid, I don't tihnk it will make much of a diff, V6 or v8, they are both sports cars.

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It all depends what you want out of the car. For commuting or just cruising, there's nothing wrong with the V6.
As for letting BMW's and Corvettes "scare" me, I came from NY as well. I never let them scare me in my Escort, why would they scare you in a V6? They have a lot more to loose if they wrap the car around a telephone pole, so let them have at it and let the rest of us get on with our lives. (step off of soapbox).
I get 22 MPG average in my GT, so the gas isn't too bad. It's only an occasional drive for me, so I'm lucky if I have to fill the tank once a month. My insurance is $600.00. But, I'm also almost 40, well established, and have a clean driving record. I've wanted a Mustang since I was 18. You're young yet, and this isn't likely to be your last car. I say, unless you have a specific reason for wanting the GT, go with the V6 and maybe step up to the GT in a few years. It's still a nice looking car, and with the money you've saved, you'll be able to enjoy the car more, maybe install a few handling upgrades.

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When I was buying my GT, there were problems with finding a bank that wanted to take me on because of my income. The managers and stuff were sitting with me, and he asked a straight forward question, "Are you here for a Mustang? Or are you here for a GT?" Of course, I could've afforded the V6, gotten the wheels I wanted, the color I wanted, but would've been automatic. I was like, "GT!!!!!!!!"

So, they went back in the finance department and found me a bank. I would've never bought a V6. I had a V6 F150 and decided it was time for something more.

I'm 24 and am actually on my grandmother's insurance plan still. I get full coverage on my GT for $160 a month, which I'm sure is going to fall when I hit 25 this November. When asking the insurance company how much difference a V6 from a GT would've been for costs, they told us that it didn't matter to them (State Farm), that a red mustang is a red mustang no matter what engine it has in it.

I say get the GT, you'll never look back.

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Both cars are great. Important thing is to think it through thoroughly before you buy. You don't want to buy the V6 and then end up trying to trade it for a GT in 6 months and really take it in the a$$. Don't think you can go wrong with either. Good luck with your decision.

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Put pen to paper. Can you afford the GT? Can you afford the additional fuel costs? Talk to your insurance agent, find out the exact cost of the V6 vs the GT. Add it all up. I waited 40 years for my GT, I love it, I hope you get one, but it won't be the end of the world if you have to wait a few years. Don't put yourself in a financial bind over a car, that's what we women are for! Never mind...get the GT!
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Hey man, I was in the same boat as you 3 months ago. I'm 20 to and I was debating to get the 6 or the GT. I went with the GT and I am so happy that I did, it is an awesome car. My advice to you is to call insurance agents around your area and talk to then personally. I was doing online quotes and I was getting like 350 bucks a month quotes. I called a local agent and we got it down to about 115 per month. Still a bit expensive, but you can't ask for too much more being a 20 year old with a car like the GT.
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Well now it's time for a few words from an old fart. I think your decision to get a Mustang is a good one. What I am going to suggest is that you do yourself a financial favor. Get the GT and with the money hot in your hand, check around and buy a used one - wait - a preowned one. Look at a 2006 from CARMAX, Auto Trader and locally - check Yahoo and Google. Someone will want to sell their 2006 Mustang to get the new one and will be able to well afford taking the loss in depreciation to get a 2007 - you cannot. The car will more than likely have very low mileage. As we get older (I am one of them) we will do things we would not necessarily do before - like getting a new car every year. Why should I not enjoy the fun - I will not enjy it when I am dead. So look around and Florida might not be a bad place to look - Palm Beach, Lauderdale and some of the retiremtn places. I kid you not.
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greetings. . .

i wish you luck with figuring out what to make out of all the wonderful advice you'll receive in this forum. . .some will be good . . .. a lot. . . just sad. . . . the bottom line with your decision. . just lay everything out in front of you. . .. car expenses comparing built v6 vs v8 from ford site. ..against money for your vehicle. . . living expenses. . etc. . . and that'll tell you. . .this whole "i've got a v8 and wouldn't dream of a v6" or "not enough of this or that". .etc. . .is tiring beyond belief. . . there was a time you could get some well balanced advice in here . . .nowadays it's a pissing contest. . .just boring . .use common sense and enjoy. .. either way you'll have fun and enjoy your beast. . . . . whether 6 or 8 cylinders. . i mean. . . like it's 6 or 8 inches. . haha. .. either way you'll be having fun. .. .btw. . . i'm a happy owner of a v6 2005 mustang. . been tooling up and down the east coast from florida to new york to maine. .etc. . . . seems to go as fast as i need it.. . takes a couple or so more seconds to get to warp speed then a v8. . oh me oh my. the horror. . haha. . . . stops on a dime. . . sounds fine. . . i mean. . what the heck is there to complain about. .. sorry for the length. . . just tired of seeing a pissing contest in every other posting on here. . . good luck with your decision. . it'll be worth the expense once your behind the wheel. . .
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