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2011 Mustang test drives - humble opinion

Hi,

I like others have been trying to decide what to order. The following are my personal opinions only... with the wife along for validation

2011 V6 automatic, disappointed in the hesitation when the accelerator is pressed to the floor, especially a highway speeds. Made me feel unsure about when the acceleration would start.
2011 V8 automatic, still some noticeable hesitation but a lot better than the V6.
2011 V8 manual with 3.31 axle, nice acceleration from stop but in 6th at highway speeds felt like I would need to downshift to pass a vehicle comfortably or climb a hill with cruise set
2011 V8 manual with 3.73 axle, better acceleration and at highway speeds in 6th felt like it would comfortably pass a vehicle or climb a hill with cruise set.

Surprisingly the wife concurred on findings.:yelpleased:

Final question to be decided... to Brembo on not to Brembo.

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By hesitation you mean the auto-downshift into a lower gear...?

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Thanks for the info.

What kind of dealer do you go to where they let you drive four cars ?
My experience has always been that dealers don't let a person drive more than about two miles, and usually in city traffic.
If I want a test drive, I have to BUY the car lst !

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yes, that could be. It was more noticeable than on wife's '09 honda pilot. Once they down-shifted great acceleration. As you would expect, better than the pilot.

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If you like a "spirited" drive once in a while, a MUST would be the Brembo package (wider tires, electronically tuned suspension, 6-spd manual) and 3.73 rear end. Any other options, IMO, are just personal preference, frosting on the cake, so to speak.
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It was different dealers. I informed each what I was doing and why. They will each get the opportunity to sell me the car (order) with the options I choose. Each had a different car available for test. Wife and I just made a "day trip" of checking them out after we called to see what was available to test.

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Personally I enjoy downshifting to blow by some peasant in a mini van...I don't think any automatic car anywhere has instantaneous downshifting esp at cruising speeds...well Motortrend was commenting the new paddle shifters on the new LS460 were the best they've seen but that is a $75000 car.
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If you like a "spirited" drive once in a while, a MUST would be the Brembo package (wider tires, electronically tuned suspension, 6-spd manual) and 3.73 rear end. Any other options, IMO, are just personal preference, frosting on the cake, so to speak.
What do they mean by "unique electronically tuned suspension" anyway? How is it different than the stock exactly? Is this actual hardware they add to the suspension system?
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The gears in the auto 3.7 are 4th 1.143 5th .0867
6th .0691. Press the drive by wire, the auto will down shift, keeping pressing the drive by wire down and the auto will down shift again. This is much faster than to the floor. After second down shift floor it.
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What do they mean by "unique electronically tuned suspension" anyway? How is it different than the stock exactly? Is this actual hardware they add to the suspension system?
Ford mentions Unique Electronic Stability Control tuning with the Bremco package. The suspension should be the same.
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I don't know what the Brembro package costs but they say it stops about 10-15 feet quicker from 60mph. Can't ever remember having to do that. What is that, about .15 sec in stopping distance? If you drive hard, agressive into corners and such, go for the big brakes. Not sure it's worth it for a DD
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The gears in the auto 3.7 are 4th 1.143 5th .0867
6th .0691. Press the drive by wire, the auto will down shift, keeping pressing the drive by wire down and the auto will down shift again. This is much faster than to the floor. After second down shift floor it.
Sorry I might be dumb but what does this mean, "Press the drive by wire"?
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Sorry I might be dumb but what does this mean, "Press the drive by wire"?
Modern cars have no physical connection between gas pedal and throttle body/carburetor. Now, when you press the pedal, a signal is sent to a computer and the computer opens the throttle for you.

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Your not dumb, almost all new cars are drive by wire, when you press down on the gas you are telling a computer you need more or less gas. On the new Auto Mustang, when you take you foot off the gas, the computer stops all gas to your engine.
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so how do you force it to downshift quickly when you want to pass?

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