How did you decide on mustang

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  1. Coolmanfoo

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    I'm just curious how many cars you all test drove or researched before choosing a mustang. I know for some of us mustang isn't a choice but more of a lifestlye!

    This is my personal story. was walking past an Enterprise one day with a friend and we were bored. Outside they had a race red Ecoboost vert (standard rental). We decided that for $75 for the day it should be a decent bit of fun.

    Anyway we drove up the California coast on highway 1. It completely consumed me. All I could think about was mustang mustang mustang. Now here I am 4 years later about to pay off my gt.
     
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    I sat in a Camaro and said, "This visibility and interior sucks". I drove the Mustang the same day and knew that's what I wanted. Didn't like the way the non-PP felt on the road compared to the PP so I knew right away exactly what I wanted.
     
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    I loved classic mach1's styling, when I could afford to I bought a used 2003 mach1. Since then I refuse to drive anything else unless I have no choice.
     
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    I bought an '04 because I wanted a rear-wheel drive sporty car, and it was one of few and the cheapest available (the Camaro wasn't even around at the time). in 2013, I was thinking of a Genesis Coupe, but I didn't fit in it (I'm only 6' 1", but the 3.8s only came with power seats and sun roofs, and that reduced the headroom too much), so I went and test drove a '14 GT, and loved it. The Camaro wasn't reviewed as well at the time, and I wasn't crazy about the looks.

    At the time, I knew it was being revised for '15, but no one had seen it (this was mid-2013), and I figured I'd give it a few years to work out the bugs. Once the '18 refresh was announced, I liked it, and bought it. I had sat in a 6th gen Camaro at car shows and hated it, and never liked the looks, so to me, for the money, the '18 was a slam-dunk. A10, Magneride, digital dash - it hit every checkbox.
     
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    I was at the Texas State Fair fall of 2005 and sat in a new S197. It fit me perfectly and I loved the new look. I saved up and October 2006 I bought a new S197. I kept her until 2010 when I went through a divorce and was forced to sell her. Fast forward to Jan 2017 and I was in a much better place. I fell in love with the LE WW 50th cars when they came out. I did some research and found mine in Dallas with 2978 miles that wasn't originally sold until October 2016. I hadn't sat in let alone drove a S550 until I bought her. Needles to say it's 10 times the car my S197 was and I will not let this one go.
     
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    I've bought cheap econo-junk all my life; haven't had a car payment in 20+ years. I've never particularly cared about the car I drove because it's only job is getting me to point b. I like big bikes, though. I always got my jollies from twisting the throttle on bikes that are all motor; the bigger, the better. I hate having to wind something up to 5000 RPM to get any power out of it.

    Well, one day, the USB port on my Civic Si dies; I can't get my daily dose of Dave Ramsey's podcast except over bluetooth, which has an unacceptable control delay on that car. So that set me in motion looking for something "new". I did a little soul-searching, and made the discovery that straight-line acceleration is the ticket for me. I don't need to turn good, I don't need to go 150 miles an hour. I just want to accelerate. Hard. I snuck away from work one lunchtime last December and took a test drive at CarMax just to see if this was indeed the thing. Turns out - yes, it was. Kids are grown up enough to have cars of their own, so I no longer needed 4 doors. Spent the next 3 months looking for just the right one.

    Always had a soft spot in my heart for Mustangs starting in high school when I helped a buddy do a little light restoration on a Mach1. There really wasn't any other option for me - there's no other muscle car out there that pleases me aesthetically. And that sound... by the time you wind it up to 5000, you know it means business.
     
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    The summer of 2017 I think I started a mid-life crisis. After nearly 30 years of owning trucks and motorcycles exclusively, I decided I wanted a fast sporty american v8 car. I was a die hard bowtie fan from my youth up until I bought my first new powerstroke superduty in 2011. I have always just hated Dodge/Chrysler products so I knew I was going to get either a Camaro, Corvette or Mustang. One of my closest friends had just bought and built a new generation Camaro (in the same color I would have gotten) and another buddy has a super nice and fast Cadillac CTS-V. So that left the Mustang GT, GT350 and Corvette. When I sat down and did the math on the GT with a plan to upgrade the suspension and add a whipple, the GT with mods was still cheaper than the GT350 and the Corvette in stock trim. But with better performance. So now I am a 700HP Mustang GT owner.

    I do love my car, but I would not say I am in love with a mustang or its heritage. If I were to get a nostalgia car, it would be a 67 through 72 Camaro either RS/SS or split bumper or something like that.
     
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    I didn't choose the Mustang life.....the Mustang life chose me :crackup:

    As an Englishman, I'd admired Mustangs since I was a boy but never thought about owning one. I grew up loving Fords as my dad had a new company car every 3 years and I'd go to the dealer and get the latest brochures and memorize the specs. My first car was a Mk1 Fiesta, then a Mk3 Escort but what I really wanted was the Mustang's European cousin, the Capri. My 3rd car was a Mk3 Capri 1.6 as anything with a larger engine was a no-go on the insurance. After a few years I did manage to trade up to a Mk3 2.8i Special....and then another and then another! I had a bit of a dabble with a TVR as I wanted to scratch that V8 itch.....but the reliability pushed me to a Nissan 300zx Twin Turbo (hence my login name!) for a few years. But a California roadtrip in 2003 (followed by another the following year!) in a rented SN95 sowed a seed and I knew I had to get a Mustang. Once the S197 concept was launched that was the deciding factor and the hunt was on a couple of years later once a few S197s made their way over to the UK.

    Mustang ownership has given me some amazing experiences and lots of great Mustang owning friends. I can't imagine being without a Mustang now :)
     
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    Bought my 5.0 mustang when I turned 50 last year. Get it.. See what I did there...
     
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    I saw the prototypes in summer 2013 and knew I had to have one after that.
     
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    I wanted one of the loudest, most obnoxious, cars out on the road. So I got this sum bich. It's pretty much the opposite of me. You know what they say about opposites attracting. It's true.
     
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    My grandfather bought a 1966 Mustang (brand new) off the showroom floor. He passed it down to my dad, who has passed it on to me. 37,000 original basically one-owner (one-family?) miles. We still have the window sticker.

    Fast-forward 25 years later when I had graduated college and was in the market for my first new car: in stepped a 1991 LX5.0, exactly 25 years newer than my 1966.

    Exactly 25 years after that, it only seemed natural to buy a 2016, exactly 50 years after my grandfather.

    Eagerly awaiting the 2041 model (for those of you mathematically-challenged, that would be 75 years after the 1966).
     
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    This, only for me it was an auto show in early 2014.

    I had seen pics and was intrigued, and went to the auto show specifically to see the S550 in the flesh. They had a silver GTPP on the podium. My wife, who is largely indifferent to most cars in general, even commented on what a good looking car it was. She asked point blank as I stood there drooling, "You're going to buy one, aren't you?" At the time I had my '09 Bullitt, and knew its tenure was limited before I left the event center. I placed the order for mine the day after New Year, 2015.
     
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    I was perfectly happy with my modded Lexus IS350 F-Sport and thought for once in my life I would keep a car for longer than 2 years. Then, right about that 2 yr mark the urge hit to at least look. Started researching for anything different but not convinced I would find something. My wife mentioned she would like to "someday" own a convertible. Also, we are only 7-10 years from semi-retiring to a car-free lifestyle in a Mexico beach town somewhere so "someday" might never happen. So, when Ford started offering large discounts in late-June 18 we decided we had to go check out a loaded PP1 GT 'Vert at a local dealer. 2 days of negotiation later it was ours.

    Honestly, it's such a fun car and the confluence of events lined up nicely. Doesn't hurt that it offers M4 performance at 60% of the price which also supports early retirement goal.
     
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    Drove (in order):
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    • Miata RF (I loved it more than the Mustang, wife hated it)
    • Mustang GT350 (I liked it, wife didn't)
    • M2 (I liked it more than the GT350, wife thought it was too much like my M235)
    • Camaro 1SS (I hated it, wife never got in it)

    Ordered the GT.
     
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    I was 9yrs old and saw a black 1989GT with the red stripe going around the body moulding. From that moment on I knew as soon as I turned 16 I wanted one.

    When I turned 16 I did buy one.

    Since then I’ve owned 6 of them. Including the 2019 GT I’ve got now.

    After my supercharged 94GT was totaled (hit while parked in front of my house) I didn’t have another one until last august when I got the 19GT.

    I didn’t care for the s197 body styles so I waited. I was close to buying a virgin 2003 Terminator for $25k but decided to go with the 19GT instead. I’ll eventually add a Termi my garage though.
     
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    Easy, I wanted a V8 before they went away. Over here in the UK the Ford Mustang was the cheapest new V8. The fact that it is a true motoring icon is the icing on the cake.
     
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    Well, I wanted a V8 RWD American car, something cool.

    I drove a friend's Camaro around a parking lot and quickly decided that the lack of visibility and the feeling that I was piloting a submarine was not for me. They are undoubtedly the most powerful, but loving a car is way more than HP/TQ.

    I sat in a Challenger and decided I didn't want such a large car. The R/T does nothing for me. Initially I liked the car's styling but it began to look boring after seeing more of them on the road. They appear tall and boxy to me.

    The Mustang fit just the niche for me. Reasonable visibility, not a huge car, good power, and sexy as he** looks. And the price didn't have me selling a kidney to get it. The aftermarket makes personalizing these cars almost infinite. There was a bit of favoritism however, Dad always had Fords and I started out with one.
     
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    I had always been a Chevy fan growing up. Own a Rustang?, Never! But... 30+ years later, started looking for a car for me. I've bought all the cars for everyone else, and it was finally my turn. I took my oldest to look a V6 andended up driving an EB. We both really liked it. Test drive a Camaro. Wife hated it. She said "Well, you don't have to worry about me driving it". I test drove a Challenger. 392 Shaker. Loved the look, but wasn't a huge fan of the boat-like interior. And the drone was brutal. Went back to test out a GT, and that was all it ook. I knew what I wanted, just had to hunt up the right one.
     
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    The list of powerful, rear-drive cars that are remotely affordable to me is pretty short. The Mustang had all the performance I needed at a fair price, with (so far) no major drawbacks.

    I considered the Camaro, but didn't like the visibility (and at that time they seemed to be having problems with the rear end & the 8-speed auto transmissions). The Challenger/Charger also interested me but it was bigger than I wanted and I had concerns about FCA's quality control. I considered the Infiniti Q50/60 sedan and coupe, but I wanted more power than the 300 HP versions, and the Red Sport 400 HP models were a little too expensive. I also was interested in the Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan, but I was concerned about reliability and service (that model had a lot of trouble in the first year and there are not many qualified techs for it). I liked the BMW M235i/240i and 335/340i, but after you put any options on them they are very expensive. Corvette was too expensive and probably more flash than I wanted.
     
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