Mustang...GT or Ecoboost?

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Mustang...GT or Ecoboost?

Post by mak1277 » Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:08 pm

I'm strongly leaning towards buying my wife a Mustang for Christmas. She had a beat up 80s Mustang when we first met, and it's still the only model of car she's every mentioned. I'm going to buy a lightly used version ('17-'19 model year). The question is, GT or not? On one hand, I say "why wouldn't I buy a GT?". On the other hand, she's not a "car person" at all, so part of me feels like paying the $5k or so extra for a GT would be money wasted.

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Post by runner3081 » Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:13 pm

Has she been in a Mustang recently? For someone who is not a car person, not sure it makes sense to own a Mustang (even the base model).

I drove one a while back on a test drive and they have poor interiors, not the most comfortable seating either.

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Post by FlyAF » Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:16 pm

The answer to this question is another question. Will you ever be driving it?

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Re: Mustang...GT or Ecoboost?

Post by mak1277 » Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:24 pm

runner3081 wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:13 pm
Has she been in a Mustang recently? For someone who is not a car person, not sure it makes sense to own a Mustang (even the base model).

I drove one a while back on a test drive and they have poor interiors, not the most comfortable seating either.
Not an issue. It's not going to be her daily driver, just something fun to have.

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Post by mak1277 » Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:24 pm

FlyAF wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:16 pm
The answer to this question is another question. Will you ever be driving it?
At most, once in a while. This is not a backdoor present for myself! :-)

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Post by whodidntante » Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:24 pm

I own a 2017 GT and I've rented an ecoboost for a week. Both are fun to drive. The GT is a noticeable step up in grunt, sounds better, and will probably be more durable especially if flogged. I am abusive to my car and so far it hasn't seen a mechanic. Multiple track visits and lead foot. And it's really fun to push the limits of that car at the track. I drive mine year round in a place with horrible winters.

The ecoboost feels lighter although neither car feels heavy. The ecoboost is fine if you just want a fun and efficient commuter car.

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Post by researcher » Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:28 pm

mak1277 wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:08 pm
I'm going to buy a lightly used version ('17-'19 model year).
Is there such a thing as a "lightly used version" of a Mustang GT (or 4-banger for that matter)?

I assume you are defining "lightly used" as number of miles driven, not HOW it was driven?

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Post by mak1277 » Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:29 pm

researcher wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:28 pm
mak1277 wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:08 pm
I'm going to buy a lightly used version ('17-'19 model year).
Is there such a thing as a "lightly used version" of a Mustang GT (or 4-banger for that matter)?

I assume you are defining "lightly used" as number of miles driven, not HOW it was driven?
Yep, low mileage.

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Post by rebellovw » Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:38 pm

A car is a big deal - I'd definitely let her pick it out - I wouldn't want to surprise her with a car she didn't pick out.

I have the 18 GT and absolutely love it (with the stick - no auto for me) - the interior is awesome - I'm not sure what the above poster is referring to. I have the premium Performance Pack 1 - next best thing to the GT 350 (reason I got it.)

I'd definitely let her drive them and decide.

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Post by runner3081 » Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:47 pm

mak1277 wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:24 pm
runner3081 wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:13 pm
Has she been in a Mustang recently? For someone who is not a car person, not sure it makes sense to own a Mustang (even the base model).

I drove one a while back on a test drive and they have poor interiors, not the most comfortable seating either.
just something fun to have.
Well, I think you just answered the question. Grab the GT.

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Post by ohai » Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:56 pm

Does she even want this car? Better to ask her first, I think.

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Post by poker27 » Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:58 pm

I had a mustang when I was a kid, and recently rented an Ecoboost for a week.

The new GT mustangs are pretty sweet, but if I wanted a surprise, I might be happier with a fox body, or a early 2000s cobra to reminisce. Can you maybe rent a Mustang for a day or two, and tell her the surprise is your going to buy her one and wanted her opinion?

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Post by mak1277 » Mon Sep 16, 2019 2:05 pm

ohai wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:56 pm
Does she even want this car? Better to ask her first, I think.
That's pretty unexciting.

I know she loves them. I even know what the "perfect" color would be. But if I asked her, I know she'd say no because she'd think it was a silly use of money...so if I don't just buy it, it'll never happen.

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Post by G12 » Mon Sep 16, 2019 2:13 pm

mak1277 wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:08 pm
I'm strongly leaning towards buying my wife a Mustang for Christmas. She had a beat up 80s Mustang when we first met, and it's still the only model of car she's every mentioned. I'm going to buy a lightly used version ('17-'19 model year). The question is, GT or not? On one hand, I say "why wouldn't I buy a GT?". On the other hand, she's not a "car person" at all, so part of me feels like paying the $5k or so extra for a GT would be money wasted.

Thanks
My dad has a 2018 GT convertible, that thing is a blast to drive. Suspension is stiff, yet it still rides very comfortably and sticks to the road. 10 speed automatic shifts super smooth. He's 85 and will let it rip, so I would say it's very "drivable" across all ages. The exhaust is tuned well, you can hear it but not obnoxious and barely hear it at highway speeds.

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Post by Brianmcg321 » Mon Sep 16, 2019 2:39 pm

If you getting a Mustang or an F150 always get the V8.

There's just something about that naturally aspirated V8 rumble. You don't really get the same sound out of the ecoboost.
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Post by bbqguru » Mon Sep 16, 2019 2:43 pm

We;ve got a 15 GT Premium with an auto trans. It is just as much fun to drive today as it was when we drove it home.

We were looking at the ecoboost, but after driving both, there's something to be said about seeing the 5.0 badge on the car. You may never use all of the ponies , but it's fun to know you've got it.

I'd suspect that resale will be better down the road for the 5.0 as well.

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Post by Bacchus01 » Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:22 pm

Get an ecoboost and get it tuned. Performance of the GT at much lower cost.

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Post by Kenkat » Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:57 pm

If it’s just a fun car and not driven daily, I’d probably get the GT if the extra money is not a deal breaker.

For a daily driver, the eco boost might be a better choice.

Both will be plenty fast for any type of street legal driving.

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Post by Lextalionis » Mon Sep 16, 2019 4:44 pm

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Post by squirm » Mon Sep 16, 2019 5:23 pm

My wife isn't a car person either. We just purchased a car and frankly she really has no interest in it, she just wants to get from point to point. So I agree with the others, make sure she wants it first.

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Post by Afty » Mon Sep 16, 2019 5:36 pm

It seems a shame to buy a Mustang without a V8. Just my 2 cents.

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Post by dsmclone » Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:06 am

Get the GT. Better performance and better sound and when you go to trade it, better resale.

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Post by mtwhmemn » Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:21 am

Won't CarMax get you a car and allow you to return it if not satisfied? If you are going to surprise her with it maybe that is a solution. A couple days into "pre-ownership" you could change your mind.

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Post by mak1277 » Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:28 am

mtwhmemn wrote:
Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:21 am
Won't CarMax get you a car and allow you to return it if not satisfied? If you are going to surprise her with it maybe that is a solution. A couple days into "pre-ownership" you could change your mind.
Yes, I think so. I know Carvana hwas a 7 day return policy, so I was strongly leaning towards using them.

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Post by mtwhmemn » Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:29 am

mak1277 wrote:
Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:28 am
mtwhmemn wrote:
Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:21 am
Won't CarMax get you a car and allow you to return it if not satisfied? If you are going to surprise her with it maybe that is a solution. A couple days into "pre-ownership" you could change your mind.
Yes, I think so. I know Carvana hwas a 7 day return policy, so I was strongly leaning towards using them.
Oh and a V8 for sure if you are a car person. If you aren't a car person it doesn't matter.

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Post by RootSki » Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:47 am

Whatever you do, don’t get the Turbo (why must Ford rename 100 year old tech as “EcoBoost”) and then put GT badges on it.

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Post by NHRATA01 » Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:41 pm

Get the GT. For one, it's a toy. For two, the resale will be better. For three, in the long term, the naturally aspirated V8 will most likely be more durable then the direct injected turbo 4 cylinder.

Also not sure if you're getting a manual or an auto. A naturally aspirated V8 is an endangered species. A manual transmission is near extinction. Might as well enjoy one before they can't be found, even with the Auto.

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Post by teamDE » Tue Sep 17, 2019 2:40 pm

GT. A Mustang needs to sound like a Mustang to be a Mustang. :D

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Post by flyphotoguy » Tue Sep 17, 2019 2:45 pm

Mustang GT, V8 should be reliable and well tested by now :sharebeer ! And make sure you get the option to return it if the DW really doesn't want it.

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Post by TierArtz » Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:01 pm

Get the GT!

It's not the exact same car, but my BIL took me for a demonstration ride in his 2013 Boss 302 Mustang and used the Track Key (secondary key to engage performance tuning). The acceleration and sound were both amazing! I'm not sure I'd want to drive it every day. I think he mainly takes it to shows to pair with his perfectly restored 1970 Boss 302 Mustang (same color).

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Post by LilyFleur » Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:13 pm

One of my kids has the ecoboost. Works great for a commuter car.

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Post by unstartable » Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:45 pm

Honestly I would get the ecoboost. 300 horsepower is enough for some fun, but not get in trouble too quickly. I would also get the limited slip differential.

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Post by Moland » Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:04 pm

I got a 2015 ecoboost convertible and have put on 67,000 miles mostly joy riding. I can get over 30 mph highway with regular gas. The V8 can run on regular but needs high test to get all the power. The ecoboost has alot of power but you don't get the bragging rights of a V8. Most non-Mustang folks wouldn't know what engine is in it. The resale might be more but the purchase price is higher today. If you need to burn up a new set of tires in 15 minutes the V8 can do that too.

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Post by fasteddie911 » Wed Sep 18, 2019 6:39 am

I had a foxbody mustang. Non-V8 mustangs have come a long way since then, and back then most enthusiast would laugh off a non-V8. Your wife's love of an iconic car while not being a car person is at odds. What did she like about it? The purist in me says V8. The sound, feel, tradition. Ford really came thru on the coyote engine after years of mediocre mod motors, which followed the iconic 5.0. You're already buying a "impractical" car, one that can be seen as wasteful especially for a non-car person, so why not go all out and pay the extra $5k (assuming you can easily afford it).

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Post by mak1277 » Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:30 am

fasteddie911 wrote:
Wed Sep 18, 2019 6:39 am
I had a foxbody mustang. Non-V8 mustangs have come a long way since then, and back then most enthusiast would laugh off a non-V8. Your wife's love of an iconic car while not being a car person is at odds. What did she like about it? The purist in me says V8. The sound, feel, tradition. Ford really came thru on the coyote engine after years of mediocre mod motors, which followed the iconic 5.0. You're already buying a "impractical" car, one that can be seen as wasteful especially for a non-car person, so why not go all out and pay the extra $5k (assuming you can easily afford it).
She had a fox body also...99% sure that it wasn't a V8.

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Post by Sandtrap » Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:37 am

An 80's Mustang with nostalgic memories is not the same as a late model Mustang of any type.
Highly suggest Spouse take a test drive and evaluate if she really wants and needs such a car at this stage of life, vs back when.
I would leave it up to her, completely.

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Post by mak1277 » Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:58 am

Sandtrap wrote:
Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:37 am
An 80's Mustang with nostalgic memories is not the same as a late model Mustang of any type.
Highly suggest Spouse take a test drive and evaluate if she really wants and needs such a car at this stage of life, vs back when.
I would leave it up to her, completely.

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This is and has never been a question of whether she wants one ... I am not uncertain. As far as whether she needs one, of course not. This is a toy, pure and simple.

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Post by Sandtrap » Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:06 am

mak1277 wrote:
Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:58 am
Sandtrap wrote:
Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:37 am
An 80's Mustang with nostalgic memories is not the same as a late model Mustang of any type.
Highly suggest Spouse take a test drive and evaluate if she really wants and needs such a car at this stage of life, vs back when.
I would leave it up to her, completely.

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This is and has never been a question of whether she wants one ... I am not uncertain. As far as whether she needs one, of course not. This is a toy, pure and simple.
That's very nice.
On Christmas morning with a large red ribbon and bow around it. :D

I've had a number of Mustangs, classic and newer. The late model GT's have a harder/stiffer ride than non-GT's. Have not had the eco-boost. Prefer a little more simplicity and "non turbo" engine design. I can't remember if the "ecoboost" requires premium gas $$$.

Have fun in this adventure.
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Re: Mustang...GT or Ecoboost?

Post by crystalbank » Wed Sep 18, 2019 6:16 pm

Without hesitation the GT. Eventually all cars will be turbo 4-bangers and soon we'll all be sitting in electric pods. So why not have some fun while we still can :D

Having said that, the Ecoboost motors are very nice too, if you're ok with the idea of a turbo-4 Mustang. They pull all the way to redline effortlessly and save you some money too.

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