Car & Driver "Long Term Test" for Shelby GT350...

Discussion in 'Shelby GT350 Mustang' started by YOLO, Sep 14, 2018.

  1. YOLO

    YOLO Banned

    C6 Z06, Lexus GS350
    Aug 13, 2018
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    The comments are always more interesting than the actual article.

    18MPG yet they still bitch!

    I could care less if I don't get 300 miles to the tank. :punch:

    In regards to the Oil Consumption, they should be happy only 1qt per 2,000 miles. My Chevy LS1 engines drank 1qt every 1,000 miles and had a tick.

    Past 30K Miles, Our 2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Drinks Heavily, Sings Heartily

    WHAT WE LIKE: The spine-tingling sensation that a full sweep of the tachometer needle delivers hasn't grown old. Few engines deliver enjoyment like the Shelby GT350's rev-happy 5.2-liter Voodoo V-8, and those that do come with substantially higher price tags. The shifter navigates through the gates with the precision found in German sports cars engineered in Stuttgart. A few comments in the logbook ask why a radio and navigation are even offered since the exhaust note delivers a melody better than any Top 40 hit, and who really cares where you're going? It's easy to get lost down some nowhere roads when a car's chassis dynamics are this superb and an engine this enjoyable.

    For even deeper coverage of the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, view our Buyer’s Guide in-depth review.

    WHAT WE DON’T LIKE: The gripes in the Mustang logbook have stayed mostly the same over 15 months. The inability to travel 300 miles on a single tank of premium fuel-even during cross-country highway slogs-is a grievance we've learned to live with. When the Ford is driven hard, a tank drains quicker than a keg in a frat house. Some staff members have complained that the supportive thigh and torso bolsters of the Recaro bucket seats are too aggressive for daily use, requiring contortionist maneuvers-or at least sliding the (nonpower) seat all the way

    back-to get in and out. The once warm and fuzzy microsuede steering wheel, soiled over time with hand-care products and sweat, now resembles a beat-up piece of old leather, confirming our suspicions that, when used as a steering-wheel wrap, the material isn't cut out for longevity.

    WHAT WENT WRONG: Our 5.2-liter Voodoo's thirst for 5W-50 synthetic oil continues, amassing a combined total of 18 quarts over 36,000 miles. That's one every 2000 miles, far short of the oil-change interval. On the bright side, topping off the oil provides additional opportunities to pop the hood and admire that big, screaming V-8.

    More worrisome was that we noticed a high-pitched, metallic clicking sound coming from the left-rear wheel when rolling forward or reverse. Our local dealer determined that the wheel bearing had expired-or so they thought. When the noise persisted after the repair, we returned for a second diagnosis, which identified excessive play in the splines that mate the axle shaft and the hub assembly. Both repairs were covered under warranty. Still, the clicking continued. We began to think this was something we'd have to endure for the remainder of the test, but when we once again replaced the rear Michelin Super Sport rubber after 16,000 miles of use, we decided to swap wheels from side to side. Voilà! The clicking vanished, which still has us scratching our heads. (And no, there wasn't anything stuck in the tire.)

    Finally, the white-stripe gripes continued, when our car's decals began bubbling around the rear spoiler. While we waited for the back-ordered wheel bearing, the stripes were replaced free of charge.

    WHERE WE WENT: Shortly after returning to C/D's headquarters after wintering in California, the Mustang hauled staffers to support our annual Lightning Lap event at Virginia International Raceway, where a GT350R performed impressively in 2016. The detours around construction along I-77 led us right to where this track-bred steed deserved an honest flogging-the tight and twisty roads of the Appalachians. Since then, the Mustang has stayed near home except for weekend getaways to Chicago and to Michigan's Upper Peninsula. With just a few thousand miles to go, our beloved Mustang is nearing completion. As sad as that makes us, we're also running low on oil.

    Months in Fleet: 15 months Current Mileage: 36,551 miles
    Average Fuel Economy: 18 mpg
    Fuel Tank Size: 16.0 gal Observed Fuel Range: 280 miles
    Service: $890 Normal Wear: $1900 Repair: $0
    Damage and Destruction: $4656

  2. datadatum

    datadatum Well-Known Member

    '18 GT350
    Aug 19, 2018
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    Overall not too bad. No comments about the reverse lock out spring vibration or other fit and finish gripes. We all know that the Recaros aren't for everyone. A bit surprising that the most text was spent complaining about a tire that needed to be replaced. That's like a 1-star Amazon review that said their delivery package got rained on.
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  3. chedder

    chedder Well-Known Member

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    2017 GT350, 2017 Raptor SC, 2016 custom crew cab
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    In 1969 my Shelby drank 1 quart of oil per 500 miles, I didn't complain then, I don't complain now at 1 per 2k. And for mileage what gear are they using and lead foot driving technich? I drive Seattle to Portland and get 23+. And cruising distance my bladder goes 3 hours so who cares how much further the tank allows. At the track, 2 sessions, refill. Who cares, I'm having fun. R/T are complainers. And last, clean hands before driving means good grip on the wheel.
  4. oldbmwfan

    oldbmwfan Well-Known Member

    2017 GT350R
    Oct 19, 2016
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    My car has yet to use 1 qt of oil. It's at 5400 miles, I've changed the oil twice (once at ~1200 miles and then an annual change at 3600 miles). It's been 1800 miles and 3 days on track since the last change and it is less than 1/4 quart down, and I have pulled most of that (about 4 fl. oz.) out of the catch cans. Virtually nothing is being burned.

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