Car and Driver - GT350 Long Term Test Wrap Up After 40k Miles

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    A great read, nothing surprising for owners, but I sure don't get tired of being told I own the greatest Mustang ever.

    Give it oil and rubber, and rejoice in it's anti-prius ethos.
     
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    What method is used to take a picture like above??
     
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    Definitely a good read, and pretty much sums up what all other owners have seen and experienced.

    By far the best quote of the story was from the editor-in-chief:

    "Ford sure named this voodoo engine right. I feel like my right foot has been possessed by the spirit of Carroll Shelby." —Eddie Alterman, editor-in-chief
     
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    Is it me or the the rear springs are sagging like crazy.
     
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    This guy...


    "The Mustang GT's new Quiet Start mode would be welcome here." —Older Tony Quiroga

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    Most likely a long exposure with HDR and some post processing to enhance the results.
     
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    The funny thing is the GT350 Normal Mode and 2018+ Active Exhaust Quiet Mode operate identically, the exhaust valve is closed. Track mode on both exhaust systems operate identically, the exhaust valve is wide open. The only difference between the two is the 2018+ Active Exhaust has Normal and Sport modes. Which open the exhaust valve partially then depending on throttle position opens it more.
     
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    I think the car was Photoshopped in.
     
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    They probably have bags and gear in the trunk. I assume the photo was taken during a cross country road trip.
     
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    Incorrect. He's talking about START UP. At start, the GT350 does a loop diagnostic that will open and close the valves and keep them closed because the car defaults to Normal Driving Mode on start. This happens on first clutch depression when the car has been shut off regardless if the car is in accessory mode or not.

    2018+ Mustang GT's with active exhaust can be left in a mode and the valves will stay in that position on any start up.
     
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    It can be but if you look at the background you have blur from folks moving while picture was taken and that indicates a long exposure. Post processing (aka as Photoshop or equivalent) might have been done selectively on the car yet if you look at the glass you see the correct background through (I am not saying it wasn't just that I do not think they needed to).
     
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    Probably a High Dynamic Range (HDR) photo.
     
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    Ah, Devil in the details.

    I missed the part about Startup. He must not be aware of quiet starting the car by clutching in and waiting for the valve check to complete so you don't get the loud burp.
     
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    #15 Mspeedster, Feb 4, 2019
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    I take heart from this article, the car may not be perfect, but 40K hard miles and the Shelby is still running very strong. Same 0-60 time of 4.2 secs when new and at 40K miles, lateral grip improved to 1.03g.

    So this is what a well used 40K mi shift knob looks like. :)

    2017-ford-mustang-shelby-gt350-lt-wrap-111-1548959193.jpg
     
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    Cool photo locale, I've been to that shop in New Orleans. And the bar across the street, beware the Hurricane. :rockon:
     
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    It is the safe to say that Car & Driver beat this snot out of this car. I would venture to add that few 350’s have been driven as hard as this one. It used oil, within Ford’s guidelines, but most importantly the engine didn’t self-destruct. I say this proves the 5.2 FPC generally is not a ticking time bomb.
     
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    My guess is that it is wide-angle lens distortion.You see the same effect on the vertical building lines.
     
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    No, that's what a neglected shift knob looks like. I assure you, mine will not look like that at 100K.
     
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    Thats probably the most positive/best review i've seen for the GT350 in a while
     
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