This past weekend I went to the Ford dealer to answer a question to myself: how much better is the new Mustang really than a Mustang thats 8 years older?
I’ve owned my 2007 Mustang GT for so long now that I know this car inside out and am really ready to replace it.
So you might be thinking…first of all, why even bother owning a Mustang for 8 years??
And second, if you hate it so much, why don’t you just get rid of it?
Honestly, I don’t hate the car as much as I’m just really getting sick of it. Eight years is so long. So much happens. You age eight years, your kids grow older and you wake up thinking – where did the last eight years go?
Yes, it’s time to replace the ol’ Mustang.
But there’s a reason why I didn’t replace it. I bought the car brand new and the depreciation was much too quick for me to lose that much money. So every year went by and I thought: “Do I really don’t want to lose this much money?”
And here we are – eight long years later.
After reading all the amazing things about the all new 2015 Mustang, I became very curious about the new Mustang – enough to go test drive one.
I just couldn’t make up mind on how I felt about the looks. I liked the styling and overall look initially but somehow the more I looked at it the more weird it looked.
I kept wandering around the parking lot looking at all the Mustangs lined up next to each other and then they all started to blend together.
And as usual, Ford makes some of the most unattractive wheels on high performance cars that are today. Wheels make such a big difference in how a car looks and they seem like they’re unwilling to make anything that looks better.
I’m positive that if the 2015 Mustang had better looking wheels I would’ve liked the overall look of the Mustang better.
Here is the Mustang I found with least offensive-looking wheels to drive.
I ended up picking the fully loaded Mustang to drive which incidentally was replete with buttons. No wonder, it was worth about $43K; I can only imagine how much repairs would be on this car after the warranty’s out. Parts may not be that much but with all the gadgetry in this simple man’s sports car, you can be assured that it will not be cheap to fix anything.
My car was worth around $24K; it basically has nothing has had hardly cost me anything to maintain over all these years!
Even after accounting for inflation $43K pushes the Mustang into Lexus, BMW, Acura territory but I’m not sure if that’s a good idea.
Let’s face it – cars are a status symbol. The Mustangs are not status symbols and in that price range people generally buy cars for to represent some level of prestige.
Perhaps Ford is trying to rebrand itself to a certain extent with its cars but it might be a long time before it can achieve that.
Starting the car up
Wait..was I in the right car? I could barely hear the engine. The huge 5.0L V8 gently idled away under the long hood. It was so disappointing.
Stock Mustangs have never been quiet like this before. That’s a huge part of the appeal of buying this car in the first place – the fact that you can step on it and immediately you know what is powering this vehicle. It grows hair on your chest. A simple exhaust modification also means that you can wake up your neighbor every morning at 5 AM but you like it because she annoys the hell out of you for not cutting your grass as often as she wants you to.
It was so quiet, that I didn’t even thinking I was in a Mustang. To be fair, my exhaust is a little louder than stock, but even the factory mufflers were so much more louder than the whisper-quiet growl that came out of this car.
Driving the car made me instantly appreciate all the improvements Ford has made over the years. Finally this car can turn!
I’m used to a solid live rear axle so every bump in the road meant that I would basically be bouncing around. It is hard to retain traction and the handling around turns is pitiful. In the rain or icy conditions driving this thing is a nightmare. I don’t even want to discuss how tricky it was piloting this unruly animal around a track.
Thankfully, the 2015 Mustang has independent rear suspension so going over bumps and taking hard turns were a breeze. I imagine the track experience would have been nothing like what I experienced with my car.
There are definite improvements but at the end of the day it still felt quite a bit like what I currently drive – just a much older, tired, worn out and less sophisticated version of one. You could say it’s an iPhone 6 compared to an iPhone 3 – upgrades and such but it’s essentially the same thing.
I remember what my car felt like brand new and it was quite fantastic. And this one felt very similar. So, basically, what I’m saying is not much has changed. There is no revolutionary difference in the way the car feels and drives. Sure, the IRS is great, but it’s still a Mustang at the end of the day which is not necessarily a bad thing but it didn’t provide me with anything new.
The seating position is high and the driving experience feels more or less the same so in terms of a daily driver it would largely be the same thing.
You have a lot more luxuries and buttons to push but that just means there are more things that can break and cost you lots of money. Whereas in my car, there aren’t too many buttons and so when the lumbar support button broke at 90K miles, I just left it alone.
On the 2015 Mustang you have 4 different suspension options and 3 different steering wheel settings. All this on a Mustang?? But why?Can you imagine if the feature that changes your suspension settings broken at 90K miles or your steering precision settings broke? Perhaps you could just live with but i can just see this being a huge liability if you own the car for many years.
In that case you might as well own a Porsche, BMW or Mercedes or just take your pick amongst the “higher-end” cars. The loaded Mustang is basically trying to play in that arena but the problem is the market for this car typically won’t be paying $45K for a Mustang.
If I’d never owned a Mustang, I think I would be quite impressed. The interior isn’t quite up to par of say a BMW, but it’s not bad at all. It’s still a fantastic value. The EcoBoostsAssuming you’ve never owned a Mustang and you really want the new one, my recommend would say, get one, but not the most expensive one. Get the cheaper one that is around 32K.
Or better yet, buy a Mustang that’s a couple years older that’s significantly cheaper and drive the hell out of it!