Seconded. All the dealerships in the DMV wanted $30-50k ADM. We ended up picking up a CFTP in the midwest for MSRP aka cheaper than they wanted for the base model locally.
If you’re willing to travel you can avoid a markup. Using a mustang app that I found on the App Store, I spent months plugging in zip codes all over the country. Eventually I had a choice of 4 brand new gt500s to choose from. I put 500 miles on my gt500 driving it home.
Well at 75 mph the revs are like 2000. Maybe a 8 speed auto might have helped with the mpg. It’s a pain in the butt on any long trips. Plus I wish the Recaro seats had adjustable side wings. Those seats are a pain in the butt ... after 5 hours.I went from ok to abysmal. Only around 200 miles per tankful on a 16hr trip meant plenty of opportunities to buy the lone, burnt hotdog left on the rollers next to the gas station cashiers across the country.
Coming from a 816 RWHP (1,025 ish crank) 2017 Whippled GT mustang, I don't think you'll be disappointed. This car out performs the car I parted out & traded on every level, even with the drop in HP.Well .. still lusting for the GT 500 so I asked them to throw the GT 350 in the mix .
I got an offer for $52K taking of what I can .
That is an additional $3500 in tax savings if I trade .
so $56K is not far off what I wanted ... and I could take off
1. Gen 3 whipple with multiple pulley .
2. QA1 CF drive shaft .
3. triple pump fuel system and ID 1300’s
4. Custom gauges /N gauge
5. Not sure if worth taking off drag springs and BMR cradle lock out
6. ZLI on dive planes
I figure I could get at least $12K -$13K for above .
I would make out $7k more than I wanted when I listed it .
They would still get an upgraded motor and clutch ..
Not sure the GT 500 is worth almost twice my car (940 whp >> 600 ). I would also still have 2 very nice built voodoo motors (one built with Gen 2 block/Manley rod /valve spring /head studs
and , the other skeeved Gen 1 with I beam upgrade / RPG pistons and same head upgrades) to sell to get closer to their asking . Thats still a lot of swag to get one car . Lol
... but to be honest , being a drag racer I know the GT 350 is never going to be a drag car even with 940 whp ... I tried once and the low profile drag radials just spun . It’s was of course easier (still tough ) to launch NA .
I think fat house can run the times they do only because of the motech .
it’s probably best used in 1/2 mile events ... I don’t have much interest in those .
At least I would be able to use the GT 500 at the drag strip(would be occasional ) , run 10’s and not get thrown out after one pass .
Decisions ... first world problems
The service manager is also a friend (he set up the deal with sales ) and swears he would turn a blind eye .. he is actually encouraging a “pulley and tune “ mod if I get it .
I dunno though as it would not be up to him if I grenade a $30K DCT
I'm not rich by any means and contribute some of it to pure luck. I've made friends with the right people along with making a few smart financial decisions over the years and I believe that has helped me get to where I am today. I don't waste my money on fancy clothes or expensive dinners - I spend it on my cars. They are all paid for and that makes me feel very good.Then I see threads like this and think wow, who the heck could ever afford a GT500? Not sure there is anything we could have done differently with our careers to get to that point. But some of you guys have BOTH a 350 (or other cars) and a 500?? This is mind boggling. And it's clear from your posts that you are car guys who don't take your good fortune for granted, and appreciate your opportunities to be able to do it. Hats off to you!
The other thought is regarding ADM's. There must be people that pay them, or dealers wouldn't charge them. Someone in our area just bought a new Mach 1 listed with a $7K ADM.