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  • rodders Posts: 5840
    Victoria
    Forum Legend rodders
    26 Feb 2019 11:14 PM

    So you should probably know I've been a critic of the new Mustang.

    Well I finally got to drive a new 2019 Mustang with the new 335 kw 5 litre V8 engine with the 10........yes 10 speed auto box.

    It has plenty of power. In fact, I don't know what it will shred first...the rear tyres or your licence.

    Took it for a fang along a nice tight & twisty road. Healesville to Toolangi. Us Vics know it well as a popular motorcycle road.

    Shifting it into Sports mode and using the paddle shifters I was surprised how well it held the road as I nailed it from corner to corner. It's true what they say....someone else's car always goes harder than your own when you drive it....LOL.

    I sounded like an accomplished race car driver as the engine blipped on the down shifts.....nice.

    The grip and road holding was outstanding. This car has the standard suspension and factory Michelin tyres. It also had the standard seats which hugged me well. I didn't feel any lateral movement when cranking it thru the corners. You can option the car up with different suspension and Recaro front seats. I wouldn't bother unless you want the bragging rights of having a fully optioned example.

    The multi adjustable glass dash is interesting but the menu selection I thought was a bit fiddly. For example it takes 5 or so command selections to change the note of the exhaust. With some familiarity I'm sure it will become quicker & easier to navigate around.

    I was less impressed with the interior quality. The multi function steering wheel is really good which makes it more the pity that it's wrapped in thin/cheap feel leather. But that can be optioned up also.

    You know, the more I get to know the Mustang and the options available the more I think they've taken inspiration from Harley Davidson in offering a basic product which they know customers will spend extra to option up and individualise to make it their own. There are now a lot of new Mustangs on the road and they always catch my eye. Like HD there are probably no 2 Mustangs alike as there is excellent factory and after market accessories and performance options available.

    The back seats are next to useless for passengers. Nice back & bum padding but next to no leg room.....literally.

    Anyone thinking this is a true 2 + 2 car is either dreaming or has passengers with no legs. Stuffed if I know why they bother with the rear seats. They should just make this space available as an extra luggage area or a place for pets.

    Stripes or No Stripes....that is the question?

    All of which makes it more the pity it has a shit box 3 star safety rating and it's a Ford.....LOL.



  • tussuck Posts: 2591
    Melbourne
    Forum Legend tussuck
    27 Feb 2019 07:33 AM
    Nice review...  I did like the Mustangs, but now every muppet and his dog seems to own one so in my eyes they are no longer the special car.  Its a bugger as there is not a lot of choice out there unless you want to go Asian in a pimped up Mitsi or Toymoto.  

    Despite that I still love the sound of a good loud V8
  • Krash Kinkade Posts: 3094
    Forum Legend Krash Kinkade
    27 Feb 2019 08:30 AM
    Good review rodders!!!
    A lot of people tell me how good they feel. I think if they did not excite, they would not have sold so many. I saw one last week with front of bonnet up near the base of the windscreen. was in a coastal town don't know what happened.
  • Spook Posts: 2716
    Saffastraya
    Forum Legend Spook
    27 Feb 2019 07:21 PM
    You had one???......I'm jealous already! I drove a '66 belonging to an acquaintance up the Macclesfirld Rd back in the day but an XW GT Falcon is as close as I came to owning one. My Gt however contained some non genuine bits, like a 780 Holley and alloy wheels. I'd be hard pressed to even find a photo as I didn't even own a bloody camera back then.
  • JFE Posts: 2071
    NSW
    Motor Head JFE
    27 Feb 2019 08:49 PM
    Good review mate. I just drove a convertible Mustang in Hawaii - bit of fun but I’m happy to stick to my Ranger, which still brings a smile to my dial after 3 months.

    Don’t worry about them being popular, get one and drive it fast and loud. Don’t see to many Mustang’s doing that!

    3 stars don’t matter if no one in the backseat mate. Store your groceries there.
  • Wideglider Posts: 1081
    NSW
    Performance Poster Wideglider
    27 Feb 2019 09:01 PM
    Most '60's & '70's muscle cars were awful to drive by today's standards. But, hey - I remember they seemed excellent & a lot of fun at the time. 
  • Ratbob Posts: 1344
    Adelaide Hills
    Performance Poster Ratbob
    27 Feb 2019 10:54 PM
    Test Driving and long term ownership are different things.
  • Spook Posts: 2716
    Saffastraya
    Forum Legend Spook
    28 Feb 2019 09:02 PM
    Quoting Ratbob on 27 Feb 2019 10:54 PM
    Test Driving and long term ownership are different things.
    Quite so, Ratbob.
  • Smitthy Posts: 18
    Stock Poster Smitthy
    03 Mar 2019 09:04 PM
    Quoting tussuck on 27 Feb 2019 07:33 AM
    Nice review...  I did like the Mustangs, but now every muppet and his dog seems to own one so in my eyes they are no longer the special car.  Its a bugger as there is not a lot of choice out there unless you want to go Asian in a pimped up Mitsi or Toymoto.  

    Despite that I still love the sound of a good loud V8
    The everyone has them is a true thing..its what is putting me off a Harley..
  • Soapbox2627 Posts: 3632
    Whyalla South Australia
    Forum Legend Soapbox2627
    03 Mar 2019 10:57 PM
    Quoting tussuck on 27 Feb 2019 07:33 AM
    Nice review...  I did like the Mustangs, but now every muppet and his dog seems to own one so in my eyes they are no longer the special car.  Its a bugger as there is not a lot of choice out there unless you want to go Asian in a pimped up Mitsi or Toymoto.  

    Despite that I still love the sound of a good loud V8
    Quoting Smitthy on 03 Mar 2019 09:04 PM
    The everyone has them is a true thing..its what is putting me off a Harley..

    Yet here you are


    I have a couple mates that dont have Harley's, so get on board and personalise your Harley to stand out from the rest of us

  • Ratbob Posts: 1344
    Adelaide Hills
    Performance Poster Ratbob
    04 Mar 2019 07:59 AM
    Quoting tussuck on 27 Feb 2019 07:33 AM
    Nice review...  I did like the Mustangs, but now every muppet and his dog seems to own one so in my eyes they are no longer the special car.  Its a bugger as there is not a lot of choice out there unless you want to go Asian in a pimped up Mitsi or Toymoto.  

    Despite that I still love the sound of a good loud V8
    Quoting Smitthy on 03 Mar 2019 09:04 PM
    The everyone has them is a true thing..its what is putting me off a Harley..
    Indeed, it’s one of the many reasons Harley sales are falling.  Harley’s about the coolest bike not to have.
    Met a guy on a Triumph America, he wouldn’t buy a Harley cause they’re too common. 
    Told him he’s correct and suggested he have a think about why that’s so. 
  • Krash Kinkade Posts: 3094
    Forum Legend Krash Kinkade
    04 Mar 2019 10:45 AM
    Well way I see it is, if common. spare parts should be easy to come by.
    but if you don't ride much or drive much. you might look at it different.
    too many commodores in supercars, plus the body they now use does not look like a V8 to me more a 4cyl .
    was refreshing to see mustangs in the race, but no Chevy Camaro's ? ( are they coming?)
     
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