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Bret
01-17-2008, 12:57 AM
So I had to take the old 2001 F150 Supercrew 4x4 into the Ford dealership have the cracked front rotor brake hubs pulled & replaced. Try as I might – I’m sure I could do the job myself, but I found that I just didn’t have the tools (or more importantly the TIME because of work right now) to sit down and do the job myself.

Anyway after dropping off my truck I had to wait for the shuttle (no 12 o’clock shuttle) to get me back to my house. So I decide that while I’m waiting I’d take a stroll around the lot. See as much as I love my truck – I know I’m going to have to start looking at a replacement sooner or later. I mean on average I drive about 5-600 miles per week and while I’d like to step up to a new F150 XLT Supercrew or better yet a Lariat, I really don’t need a “TRUCK” every day of the week.

So I’m toying with the idea of paying off my truck and actually keeping it in reserve (for those special occasions where only a truck will do /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif ) and getting a car better suited to daily driving duties.

I know some of you are going to laugh but I actually took a test drive in a brand new Mustang. No I probably wouldn’t of done it save for the fact that they had a brand new “Bullet” Mustang sitting there lookin’ pretty sweet. Now I didn’t take the Steve McQueen recreation out, but I did take one of their basic GTs out for a road test. Guy was cool – he let me take it out on a couple of back roads to “let it loose” if you will to see how she handled.

I must say I was pretty impressed. Performance was great and the handling was pretty tight - granted not as good as my 30 year old Porsche 928 but better than most cars these days. I also really liked the seating position – especially in relation to the stick shift. I’d always thought that the previous generation was totally uncomfortable and the stick was positioned way to forward.

So there it is – I’m “considering” paying off & keeping my 01 Supercrew (own less than $5k on her right now) and picking up a new Mustang coupe. My only concern is how much of my tools & test equipment I can fit in the trunk.

Of course I didn’t tell the salesmen this but I’m kind of waiting for the new Dodge Challenger to come out to see how it compares.

Whatever I do – if I go with a car, it’s going to have two doors (coupe) and have a V8 under the hood. But then I need to figure out where I'm going to put four vehicles? Oh well not such a big deal if I just go with another truck – if I do, it’ll probably be another Ford Supercrew.

racingenglishcars
01-17-2008, 03:55 PM
I guess a hybrid is out of the question!

Actually the Bullitt is one of the only fords in the last 2 decades I thought was a bit OK. Generally I tell people "Friends don't let friends drive Fords".
I've just finished scrapping another one (2001 Escort sw z-tech) because of major chassis rust. 6 years from new to trash is just too short. It was replaced with an Opel Vectra sw 1.3 turbo diesel with 90hp. I thought that was quite a bit of power from such a small engine, and diesel to boot. It gets about 50 mpg.

Bret
01-17-2008, 04:30 PM
I’ve been a loyal Ford “Truck” guy for a while now. So unless the Big Blue Oval really screws me over soon I don’t see that changing. Truthfully my 2001 Truck has been one of the best vehicles I’ve ever owned – honestly – sentiment aside – this truck has never left me stranded and has been relatively low impact on my wallet to maintain. Truth is I’ve put more into my other vehicles to maintain them than I ever have with this truck.

Kind’a reminds me of a Garth Brooks’ song:

She loves to haul them cattle, all my ropes and saddle
And it doesn't matter work or play
If it's a mountain she can crawl it, if it's hay then she can haul it
She's the last one to call it a day
Every cowboy loves her, Lord they all dream of her
Oh brother, don't they all react
At the end of the evening, when they see me leaving
With my cowboy Cadillac

That said & out’a the way (excuse the minor detour /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif ) - I don’t have any problems with Hybrids, they just aren’t really my cup of Joe. So in a word "no" I won't be going that route anytime soon. (Leastways not until gas starts to hit $8-$10s a gallon). Besides my employer pays over 90% of my vehicle fuel bills – so if they want me to drive a Hybrid to save on travel expenses - they can cough up the cash to give me one as a company car. If they did that – I’d gladly take it.

But I really want something that I can still perform my weekly duties & haul some of my tools & stuff without sacrificing some comfort (space), performance and good looks.

Dave Richards
01-17-2008, 05:10 PM
My Ford F250 was nothing but trouble, expensive trouble. I won't be going back. My GM experience has just been one step up from that. My Chrysler experience, although far from perfect, has been the best of the American Big 3.

3 Fords
5 GMs
7 Chryslers

Just my experience with the cars and trucks I've purchased.

As for the Mustang, I like the retro look, but it's always been a girl's car around here. Again, just my opinion, FWIW, maybe nothing.

If you can't wait, you can order an SRT8 Challenger right now and take delivery in the Spring.

Bret
01-17-2008, 06:10 PM
Chick car uh? Well I would tend to agree with the basic Pony car introduction but I think by the time Steve McQueen got his mitts on one that persona changed. More so with that chicken farmer from Texas who worked his magic on them. /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif

Heck even today the base model V6 has more power than many of the early last generation GT Mustangs did.

Oh & regarding the SRT8 Challenger? I checked in with the local Dodge boys in town and I should start receiving call backs on the process of pre-ordering one soon.

tony barnhill
01-17-2008, 07:44 PM
Were I gonna get one, I'd hold out for the green Bullitt.....but Jerri said 'no'!

terriphill
01-17-2008, 08:07 PM
or your could wait on the 09 Chevy Camaro...... /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smirk.gif

Bret
01-17-2008, 08:08 PM
I saw the Green Bullet while I was there Tony, & let me tell ya it looked pretty cool if you ask me. But at $38K (after the customary $5K dealer markup) it’s probably going to be a deal compared to the first SRT8 Challengers when they start rolling in.

I say this because I just got off the horn with one of the local dealerships where I’d made inquires about how much of a deposit they’d need. Well, they can’t order any now but they are taking deposits on the “ONE” that is coming in, and then it will be auctioned off to the highest bidder of those with the pockets deep enough to slap down ten grand.

Oh I figured that if I wanted to be one of the first I’d have to pay through the nose but I don’t have that kind of money lying around collecting dust. And even if I did - it seems foolish to get into a bidding war just for braging rights.

Anyway while they where nice about it they basically told me to come back & talk to them in 2009. So it looks like I’m probably going to go with a Mustang GT I just wish I could get one in that beautiful Highland Green that the Bullet will be sporting – then I’d just throw on some torque thrusts alloy wheels and do some minor under the bonnet tuning via a Borla or Magnaflow cat-back system, a cold air intake (they make a Shaker hood version I hear) and then by a basic power programmer to finish it all off.

Talking to some of my friends those bolt on modifications could realistically bring the standard GT well beyond the numbers of the Bullet Stang.

drooartz
01-17-2008, 08:20 PM
I've been a fan of the current Mustang generation since it came out. I like the lines from most angles, and it's really pretty affordable for a nice looking V8. I'd get one, but they're not all that good in the snow, and we get lots of that here!

I also really like Highland Green on a Mustang... too bad they don't offer that in the normal GT version.

Good luck, hope you bring home a nice shiny Mustang soon. /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

GregW
01-17-2008, 08:57 PM
- it seems foolish to get into a bidding war just for braging rights.
Amen to that!

DNK
01-17-2008, 10:26 PM
- it seems foolish to get into a bidding war just for braging rights.
Amen to that!

Isn't that all that Barret- Jackson is??

racingenglishcars
01-18-2008, 02:27 PM
There's a nice article about a '95 Mustang GT beef-up in the latest Summit Racing catalog. Inspiring.

As for where I live, gas is at $7.80 per gallon, and going up.

AngliaGT
01-19-2008, 06:36 PM
We rented the new Mustang when it came out.
I like the looks,but the seats in the V6 models
aren't all that comfortable.

- Doug