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I'm fed up with anonymous BMW’s and Mercedes’s all over London, so I’m seriously considering buying an imported Mustang 2005 V6 :drink: . Had a look at this dealer – price approx $34.500

http://www.evansautos.co.uk/vehicle-details.asp?region=&order=&Model=&Make=&notMake=&notModel=&BodyType=&FuelType=&Transmission=&intMin=&intMax=&RSpage=1&ID=50822&popup=

I rented the V6 for a week during a holiday in Hawaii, and I just couldn’t let goJ

Since this car is extremely rare in the uk, no info from uk owners is available – maybe you can help me.

One thing that keeps me from buying this car tomorrow is the uncertainty of the running costs and reliability.

Have any of you had repairs, and how would you rate the reliability? Being an import I fear that spare parts may be expensive and hard to come by in the uk – but then again, it’s Ford – what’s your opinion?

I may sound like a whining b*tch right now, but how is the fuel economy? (fuel prices are absolutely atrocious over here:mad: ). I read about 18mpg (city) / 28mpg (highway) – those are number, what is your experience?



Last thing – some dealers offer the Shaker 500/1000 stereo as an option – is it worth going for, or should I get the sound elsewhere?

Quite good review here: http://www.edmunds.com/apps/vdpcontainers/do/vdp/articleId=103665/pageNumber=3



Thanks!
 

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I drive my V6 aggressively, and I have reprogrammed the ECU for higher performance and I get 16.8mpg all city driving. The maintenence costs for me have been zero, because my dealer pays for all scheduled maintenence in the first year! My dealer is really good, but from what I hear, I lucked out (my parents have an F150, a Towncar, and a Jag S-Type, my brother has a Navigator, they all hate Ford service). There should be Ford dealers there that honor the warranty, so you shouldn't have to worry about the cost of parts, right? If that's the case, then you should be pretty much trouble free for 3 years/36K miles, after which I suggest you trade!
 

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Having visited your lovely city twice, I can imagine a new Mustang would be most appropiate in a city filled with mostly boring cars. I've owned my "Stang V6 for going on 6 months and have not had one iota of trouble. It's very reliable - starts in a heartbeat, runs like the wind and turns heads whereever I take it. As far as gas mileage, (I know you have had high gas prices forever and we in the states are now being given a taste of what you face everyday) all around I average 21 - 22 MPG. Decent enough, although that's not the reason I bought it - I bought it because of what it is - one fine looking automobile!!! If I wanted gas mileage I could have bought one of those horrible Mini-Coopers, that while they were kind of neat in the "Italian Job" are not my cup of tea. (cannot tell you how many of THOSE I saw in London as they attempted to intimidate the pedestrians. LOL. So, go with the "Stang - you won't reget it!!!
BTW, the Shaker 500 rocks! Tight bass, crystal clear highs and I love the fact that it will spin my favorite MP3's - Classic Rock to Hours of Phil Hendrie!!!
 

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There are quite a few UK importers offering the V6 for around £20k, but you could save around £2k doing it yourself.

I have found a Ford dealer who will service mine (V8) but they will not honour the warranty, you will have to purchase an independent one.I have to provide the parts, but there are plenty of specialists who carry servicing parts in stock.

I have only done 4,000 miles in mine, and have had no problems. When looking at the gas mileage, remember that US gallons are smaller than the UK ones, so add 25% to the factory figures!. This means i get about 21 mpg around town, and just over 30 on a run. The V6 will get more.

By the way, the shaker 1000 is enough to vibrate the door mirrors off!

As you say, it definitely beats the usual BM's and Mercs hands down

Good luck, if you wish to discuss, drop me a line.
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