I am about to scoot off to visit local Ford dealership to shop for a new car. Well actually to possibly buy what I want since talked with salesman last night, trolled through the nationwide inventory on computer, and found in stock a car pretty darn close to what I want without doing a special order.
The Shelby SVT GT500 Mustang is just way out of my price range with a $25,000 mark-up. Delearship had a bright red GT500 convertible on showroom floor marked at $72,000. Eeekk! Makes the two GTs parked next to it almost a steal at $166,000 each, almost. Recently had talked with a guy who owns a 1968 GT350 convertible and he wont buy a GT500 unless they come off that mark-up. Hey Ford are you listening?
So now going to talk, dicker, and finagle with them over a 2007 Mustang GT California Special Edition coupe. Since am a blue kinda person [as in true blue and not Democratic blue] and the version only comes in two colors, one of them being Vista Blue; you can imagine my choice. It also helps it sits lower on bright polished five-spoke 18s and there is this big chrome racing mustang centered in the reworked grill between the fog lights and headlights. I am going with a 5-speed manual transmission, consider me a throwback but a sports car is not a sports car if the car shifts for you.
What I find really interesting is comparing some stats of this Mustang with what I want to trade in. I presently have a fully paid 2000 Pontiac Firebird, V6 and automatic transmission. Pumping about 190 horsepower. This Mustang puts out 300 horsepower. My Firebird gets 27 mpg highway while this Mustang is rated at 25 mpg highway. Some are probably going so? You just lost two miles per gallon. So? Think back to the previously mentioned GT350 or one of the legendary 'Cudas; those behemoths might get 10mpg when idling. The technological leaps we have made with the Otto-cycle motor in the past few decades has been staggering. We now have fuel-efficient muscle cars running the streets. Even the new GT500 gets 21mpg highway.
So anyway, off to the dealership. I plan to have fun even if I dont finally bite and buy.
Well after 3.5 hours, I am officially in debt to Ford. Yes I did purchase the Mustang. Was not too bad of an experience, I stayed relaxed. Though it did help I went in already knowing what I wanted. And as the salesman scrambled to search through the computer for the vehicle again, I borrowed his 2007 model year reference book to build my Mustang how I would want it as a way to pass the time. The additional research paid off. The Mustang I take possesion of Monday has the interior upgrade package which has an instrument cluster with two more gauges, the stock cluster actually tells you more with more idiot lights. So got $460 knocked off there. Also I just wanted a radio that played CDs and MP3s, well this Mustang came with Shaker 500 with a six month Sirius subscription. Another $195 knocked off. Was on a roll until I blew the savings by getting quarter-window scoops for $478. I know, fastback Mustangs have limited rear quarter visibility and I just blocked it all off; but after driving a Firebird with the seemingly four foot wide B-pillars I am used to no visibility there.
So Monday I will have a Vista Blue Mustang GT California Special that will look like a modern 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 but not at the $70,000+ price tag of the new GT500s. Now to get the dealership to paint the white racing stripes on hood and roof, then it would truly look like a GT500. All for $30,000. My insurance company will also like the price difference along with active anti-theft system, locking lug nuts, keyless entry, and the VIN etched in all the glass.
Oh one little thing to note. I am buying this vehicle at the end of the month so my note comes due at the end of each month. Finance guy was wondering if I wanted to delay the payment by a few days to align with begining of the month, it would only cost $1 a month more. Interest he explained for the extra days. I declined. Got to watch these people.
Yet another update
Perhaps did not watch them close enough. I have found a $180 discrepancy. They got some explaining to do before I accept delivery.