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2015 Mustang is sharp, except for all the plastic.

I know many guys liked the 10-12 Mustangs with the unpainted rocker panels and rear valance, but I could not possibly dislike it more than I do. I purchased a new 08 GT and when I was ready for a new car, I could not bring myself to take a new Mustang home (it was 2012), even in black. So I bought an F150 with as little unpainted trim (and as much chrome) as possible.

That plastic makes the new Mustang looks cheap, IMO. I don't care if it shortens a car's stance or whatnot, it lacks fit and finish. I don't care how fast it is; it is NOT visually pleasing. Now if Ford offers a package where the panels are factory painted, a 2015+ will make its way into our garage. I picked up a 2014 Mustang once Ford corrected the aforementioned issue with the 10-12s. But to start having a brand new $30k+ vehicle custom painted? Why? Just buy a different car.

Come on, Ford. I've owned two new Mustangs, four Mustangs total. I'm an avid fan in general. We deserve better than a bunch of grey/black plastic all over our cars. Mustangs aren't Jeep Wranglers for heaven's sake.

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Plus those "cheap" black plastic panels don't get all chipped up from the road grime those sticky summer only tires like to throw up there. Another plus in my book.
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I'm thinking that the plastic is twofold...it's cheap, and doesn't weigh as much as metal does. Plus, metal eventually rusts. If Ford got into fibreglass or even carbon fiber, the repairs on those start costing people more money than the cheap plastic, anyways.

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I personally like the unpainted rockers and rear valence. I'm not just saying that b/c that's how mine is but I don't like the 13-14 rear valence either. Just doesn't look right to me.

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I'm indifferent. My GT has body colored panels, but off color rockers and valances can balance the look of a car.

Definitely not a deal breaker for me, but to each their own.

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When i had my '08 i had the painted rocker panels and i liked the look, but i soon realized that they are a pain to keep clean and they show all the road tar and rock chips. Now that i have my '12 i like how easy the black rockers are to keep clean and they do make the profile low shorter over all. Honestly i do like them both, but the new one is less work to keep looking nice.

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When will there be enough posts about someone gripping that they don't like about the new Mustang? If you don't like it, don't buy it. Ford isn't going to make any changes because someone on a forum doesn't like something.
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You're entitled to your opinion, but you decided to buy a pickup truck instead of a performance car because of trim?

That pretty random, but again your choice, your vehicle

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I like cars. They are a passion. I opted for the F150 when I sold my 08 because I live in Michigan, and hey, the truck is beautiful. For me the look of a car is first. Nobody drives a Mustang because he/she wants practicality, right? As far as guys complaining on forums, that absolutely makes a difference for Ford (and other companies). Ever see Ford employees answer questions on forums? Research, my man. Research.

And I did buy a different car--I bought a '14. The key will be in '18, as I like my new cars every four or five years. Now carbon fiber would be totally acceptable. Dang it--just raise the price $1,000 or $1,500 and build a correct car. Period. I HATE when car companies build cars to a price point to where they shortchange the automobile. If someone can afford a $35,000 car, he/she can afford $36,000.

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I don't know what to tell ya about the plastic, to each his own, I guess.

My wife's 2012 has it at the back, my 2014 is body color.

They both look good to me, in different ways.

I do get many more compliments when driving my wife's car than mine, but I think the color has a lot to do with that.


I'm not sure where all the allergies people have for plastic are coming from. I'd rather pay a little less for my 412 or 420 hp ground pounders, thank you very much. Usually plastic weighs less than the more exquisite materials, too. Better for my hp/wt ratio, better for my bank account-what's not to love?


Seriously though, when tastefully done, plastic is just fine. When done like a Pontiac Aztec, then I'm right there with the rest of the whiners.

I'm not a big fan of the s550 styling (mainly that fugly face) but the amount of plastic they used, and where they used it at is fine by me.


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I like your thoughts, Slory. I just hope for a factory option for paint--it makes a world of difference for the monochromatic fans. It will decide whether or not I buy one of the cars. I get the user-friendly nature of plastic; however, paint with paint protection film standard from the factory achieves the same outcome.

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Eh, I don't think the 2015 has that much plastic on it at all.

OP - I see where you're coming from with the unpainted rockers thing...but it isn't nearly as bad as the 10-12. I didn't like the look of my old 12...made it look cheap. I now own a 13 Mustang and I heavily favour the painted rockers of it. Every other car I've owned had painted rockers...it isn't a truck after all, IMHO.

The idea they're using on the 15's is almost like what Roush's come standard with...some splitters. Nothing wrong with that at all. I really dig the look of the 15 as a whole.

Anyway, that's my 0.02...

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I have to be honest -- I never even noticed the unpainted rockers on my '11 until somebody on this forum complained about them. Granted, Kona Blue was a dark color, and maybe it would be more noticeable on a lighter car, but I don't notice them at all unless I'm specifically looking for them.

Everybody has their own thing; I can't stand cars with turn signals on the outside of the headlights; you can't stand unpainted plastic. Those things are easily changeable in the aftermarket.

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I have to be honest -- I never even noticed the unpainted rockers on my '11 until somebody on this forum complained about them. Granted, Kona Blue was a dark color, and maybe it would be more noticeable on a lighter car, but I don't notice them at all unless I'm specifically looking for them.

Everybody has their own thing; I can't stand cars with turn signals on the outside of the headlights; you can't stand unpainted plastic. Those things are easily changeable in the aftermarket.
I have a light car with them and I like them asthetically and from the practical standpoint that they are not chewed up from flying gravel like painted panels might be. After a wash and applying some 303 to them I think they enhance the car

There are also people who PLASTIDIP every part they can, others vinyl wrap their cars in flat black.

...Different horses...


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