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RHD Mustang pros & cons re ownership?

RHD Mustang pros & cons re ownership?

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CaptainSensib1e

953 posts

143 months

Saturday 22nd July
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I'd agree with what's been said previously, there aren't many come if you go in with your eyes wide open. Also worth noting if you buy a car registered on or after 5 April it will only cost £140 a year to tax.

Only downside of ownership for me is the car is so damn big! Makes navigating narrow roads and car parks more of a challenge. That said you do adjust to the size, but it's useful if you have access to another car for popping to the shops etc.

All in all it's a great car, couldn't be happier with mine. If you get one I think you'll be chuffed to bits.

djc206

2,357 posts

47 months

Saturday 22nd July
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CaptainSensib1e said:
I'd agree with what's been said previously, there aren't many come if you go in with your eyes wide open. Also worth noting if you buy a car registered on or after 5 April it will only cost £140 a year to tax.

Only downside of ownership for me is the car is so damn big! Makes navigating narrow roads and car parks more of a challenge. That said you do adjust to the size, but it's useful if you have access to another car for popping to the shops etc.

All in all it's a great car, couldn't be happier with mine. If you get one I think you'll be chuffed to bits.
Last week I was in Cornwall driving down their lanes. Not a problem at all. It doesn't feel as wide as it looks and I find it very easy to judge the width, the length not so much!!

mac96

784 posts

65 months

Saturday 22nd July
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djc206 said:
CaptainSensib1e said:
I'd agree with what's been said previously, there aren't many come if you go in with your eyes wide open. Also worth noting if you buy a car registered on or after 5 April it will only cost £140 a year to tax.

Only downside of ownership for me is the car is so damn big! Makes navigating narrow roads and car parks more of a challenge. That said you do adjust to the size, but it's useful if you have access to another car for popping to the shops etc.

All in all it's a great car, couldn't be happier with mine. If you get one I think you'll be chuffed to bits.
Last week I was in Cornwall driving down their lanes. Not a problem at all. It doesn't feel as wide as it looks and I find it very easy to judge the width, the length not so much!!
And, while it is wide, there are plenty of equally wide Audis, Mercs etc, not to mention big SUVs. The days of all US cars being hugely bigger than European ones are long gone, but some people seem to have long memories!

djc206

2,357 posts

47 months

Saturday 22nd July
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mac96 said:
And, while it is wide, there are plenty of equally wide Audis, Mercs etc, not to mention big SUVs. The days of all US cars being hugely bigger than European ones are long gone, but some people seem to have long memories!
My previous car was an RS4, I think the mustang is only 2 inches wider which is insignificant. I find it much easier to judge the width of the mustang than the Audi. My girlfriend got a cracking photo of us driving down some of the lanes in Cornwall, an inch or two max either side from the embankments but happily doing 30-40mph. I find it a very easy car to drive, the only limitation being the oil tanker turning circle.

rehab71

3,176 posts

112 months

Friday 18th August
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bigblockmark said:
TackMEU said:
This is changing, to a point.

Hendy Ford Southampton have started a Ford performance centre and they'll be offering all manner of upgrades for their sportier Fords, including the Mustang. I am already booked in for a test drive of both of the Roush Mustangs they are getting in.
Could this mean Roush supercharged Mustangs with ford warranty. I'm in
Their Mustang is now complete with the Roush supercharger, Roush active exhaust, RTR 20" wheels, lowered, bonnet scoop, side scoops and spoiler. I've done circa 150 miles in it and I can tell you it sounds AMAZING! The power is utterly savage as it's now running 675BHP!

The lowering really helps the handling IMO and the exhaust really makes the car sound good, two very good mods for sub £2k.

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kapiteinlangzaam

17,087 posts

155 months

Friday 18th August
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The Roush active exhaust is a lot more expensive than 2k unfortunately.

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rehab71

3,176 posts

112 months

Friday 18th August
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kapiteinlangzaam said:
The Roush active exhaust is a lot more expensive than 2k unfortunately.

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Yes, should clarify. The active exhaust is but the basic axle back one is sub £1k fitted I think

spudgun08

168 posts

104 months

Wednesday 13th September
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One thing I'd like to know please, what is traction like in the mustang?
I've had a c63 and an f10 m5 , and traction was useless, even in the dry sometimes, non stop tc light flickering, cutting power etc
I'm currently in a golf r and it's no problem at all, fast in all weather conditions, but the mustang is an itch I have to scratch!

kapiteinlangzaam

17,087 posts

155 months

Wednesday 13th September
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With good tyres. It's fine.

The OEM Pirellis are poop, although Ford are switching to Michelin PS4S from next year.

croyde

13,875 posts

152 months

Wednesday 13th September
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Since I changed my rears to Michelins, I have had no problems in the wet and or cold.

14,000 miles in mine and the average is 21mpg. I've seen as little as 12 in London traffic and as good as 41 from Reigate down to Folkestone. That was trying to see how good I could get it so a lot of sitting between 60 and 70 on the motorway and keeping it in 6th, which is essentially an overdrive gear.

I keep meaning to sell it as work has not been good but every time I drive it, I just love it so much.

Only mods, so far, are a cue ball gear shift knob and a retrimmed and shaped steering wheel so it now looks like the GT350 with the flat bottom and large thumb grips. Trimmed in perforated leather and alcantara with orange stitching to match the Competition Orange exterior.

spudgun08

168 posts

104 months

Wednesday 13th September
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I test drove one recently, really liked it, it had 'personality' , but one thing really irritated me, the seat belt kept rubbing on my neck, and there seemed to be no way of adjusting it.
Is there a fix for this, or any idea if it's a bug that's fixed in the 2018 model?

Heartworm

1,017 posts

83 months

Wednesday 13th September
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spudgun08 said:
I test drove one recently, really liked it, it had 'personality' , but one thing really irritated me, the seat belt kept rubbing on my neck, and there seemed to be no way of adjusting it.
Is there a fix for this, or any idea if it's a bug that's fixed in the 2018 model?
There is a clip on the shoulder of the seat that should hold the seat belt lower, it's probably been unclipped from it for viewing of the back seats.

spudgun08

168 posts

104 months

Wednesday 13th September
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Heartworm said:
spudgun08 said:
I test drove one recently, really liked it, it had 'personality' , but one thing really irritated me, the seat belt kept rubbing on my neck, and there seemed to be no way of adjusting it.
Is there a fix for this, or any idea if it's a bug that's fixed in the 2018 model?
There is a clip on the shoulder of the seat that should hold the seat belt lower, it's probably been unclipped from it for viewing of the back seats.
Smashing, thank you smile

swooshiain

214 posts

19 months

Monday 9th October
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Coming up on a year's ownership of my race red GT now, and I absolutely love it. One thing I think is very worth looking into is undersealing. The rust proofing on the bottom of the car and around the engine bay was basically non-existent on mine, and I recently made a small investment to have the car thoroughly treated by a specialist. He was geniunely taken aback at how little protection the car had, but he's done an absolutely great job to get it properly prepared for the Scottish roads. I fear there will be a lot of very rusty Ponies on the road in the next five years or so.

downthepub

976 posts

128 months

Monday 9th October
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swooshiain said:
Coming up on a year's ownership of my race red GT now, and I absolutely love it. One thing I think is very worth looking into is undersealing. The rust proofing on the bottom of the car and around the engine bay was basically non-existent on mine, and I recently made a small investment to have the car thoroughly treated by a specialist. He was geniunely taken aback at how little protection the car had, but he's done an absolutely great job to get it properly prepared for the Scottish roads. I fear there will be a lot of very rusty Ponies on the road in the next five years or so.
I've been meaning to get mine undersealed as it'll be in constant use over the winter months, who did you use?

swooshiain

214 posts

19 months

Monday 9th October
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downthepub said:
I've been meaning to get mine undersealed as it'll be in constant use over the winter months, who did you use?
Peter Wilson at Prestige Car Bodies in Cockenzie, East Lothian - his main business is classic car restoration, so he's a real perfectionist. I was delighted with the job he did - he really went hunting for every nook and cranny he could find. Lots of vulnerable seams, and quite a bit of water seems to get past the front wheel arch liners in particular. There is also a channel between the front door and the front wheel arch with some sort of foam deadening in it, which soaks up water and keeps the area nice and wet.

Merc 450

449 posts

21 months

Tuesday 10th October
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swooshiain said:
Coming up on a year's ownership of my race red GT now, and I absolutely love it. One thing I think is very worth looking into is undersealing. The rust proofing on the bottom of the car and around the engine bay was basically non-existent on mine, and I recently made a small investment to have the car thoroughly treated by a specialist. He was geniunely taken aback at how little protection the car had, but he's done an absolutely great job to get it properly prepared for the Scottish roads. I fear there will be a lot of very rusty Ponies on the road in the next five years or so.
Had my race red GT 10 days now and i absolutely love it, I average 4000 miles a year so i was thinking of doing the underseal just before the first MOT with around 10,000 miles on it. Yes it's huge yes it's loud both visually and aurally, it's the same colour as my old cerbera and it's close but between the TVR and the Mustang currently i'd choose the Mustangbiggrin
By the way how small an investment? i'd put money aside for Rousch exhausts but it doesn't need them if it was any louder my elderly nieghbours would have kittens.


swooshiain

214 posts

19 months

Wednesday 11th October
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Merc 450 said:
Had my race red GT 10 days now and i absolutely love it, I average 4000 miles a year so i was thinking of doing the underseal just before the first MOT with around 10,000 miles on it. Yes it's huge yes it's loud both visually and aurally, it's the same colour as my old cerbera and it's close but between the TVR and the Mustang currently i'd choose the Mustangbiggrin
By the way how small an investment? i'd put money aside for Rousch exhausts but it doesn't need them if it was any louder my elderly nieghbours would have kittens.
Honestly, if you're going to get it done, I'd do it sooner rather than later. I procrastinated for a year before getting mine done, and there were already a few spots looking troublesome. There are an amzing amount of seams around the engine bay that are real water magnets. The cost will depend on how in depth you choose to go - I'd say between 400 and 800 depending on the methods and amount of WaxOyl etc used.

Merc 450

449 posts

21 months

Wednesday 11th October
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swooshiain said:
Merc 450 said:
Had my race red GT 10 days now and i absolutely love it, I average 4000 miles a year so i was thinking of doing the underseal just before the first MOT with around 10,000 miles on it. Yes it's huge yes it's loud both visually and aurally, it's the same colour as my old cerbera and it's close but between the TVR and the Mustang currently i'd choose the Mustangbiggrin
By the way how small an investment? i'd put money aside for Rousch exhausts but it doesn't need them if it was any louder my elderly nieghbours would have kittens.
Honestly, if you're going to get it done, I'd do it sooner rather than later. I procrastinated for a year before getting mine done, and there were already a few spots looking troublesome. There are an amzing amount of seams around the engine bay that are real water magnets. The cost will depend on how in depth you choose to go - I'd say between 400 and 800 depending on the methods and amount of WaxOyl etc used.
Thanks for that I will have to see if I can find somebody who does this in Cumbria

catsey

10 posts

Quinny said:
The mods are addictive...

I've done wheels, lowered, arb's, cold air intake, headers, full cat back, remap, stripes, strut brace, Alcantara interior and I'm currently sorting a brake upgrade.

As for safety ratings. I came from an LS powered Griff, no abs, no airbags, no TC and made of fibreglass..... The Mustang is probably the safest car I've ever owned..biggrin





Edited by Quinny on Saturday 22 July 12:40
Quinny
its big jim back on forum im getting back my red SC Griff just got the GT@ at the moment
i bought a 2 month old 2012 Shelby 500gt mustang white no decals Kooni exhaust mod with recaro interior electronic pack etc
live axle with 550bhp was a hand full but loved the engine and car looks great i drove very carefully from Houston to San Antonio and did 24mpg to the US gallon Ford V8s are unbreakable. my plan is to retire in uk and import latest Shelby 350GTR cost to me in USA is 50k so a real deal import duties nil .