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I know this is a Challenger forum. No, not selling my Challenger.

Anyone own(ed) a 5.5th (2010-2014) Gen Mustang? I'm going to say 3.7L V6. No mods, at most lowering springs. Speed and performance does not matter. It this point, it will be used car.

Tell me anything, good, bad and the ugly?
 

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My brother has a 2014 Mustang he bought new he wanted one of the last model before the new body change. it has the 3.7 v6 6 speed manual. he has had no trouble with it at all. He stores it during the winter and only drives it in nice weather. He has a 2008 Mustang as his DD and winter car.
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I felt 5.5th and 5th were the closest to the modern interpretation of the old Mustang.

Yes, I like the look of the current ones, on it's own as a car. But I think the 5th gens were more "retro."

BTW, I'm asking this because of thinking of a semi-project car.
 

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What do you have in mind for the project?
 

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Are you looking at 5th gens (2005-2009) or 5.5 Gen (2010-2014)??

Pretty good jump in price/performance between the two. The 2005-2009's are more affordable. The 2010 is more refined. The 2011-2014 5.0's are quite a bit faster than the out going 4.6.

If you can pony up the bucks, I highly recommend looking for a 2011-2014 GT 6spd "Brembo" car. The 2011-2012 cars a bit more affordable than the 2013-2014's.

The 2013-2014s get another 9 hp bump to 420hp total. They use the Shelby GT 500 looking front end and updated tail lights. Also the Torsen diff and Recaros became available as GT options. (formerly Shelby or BOSS only)

Do a search, there is a lot more to the "Brembo Package" than just the brakes.
The Coyote loves to spin and makes its power higher up the range. The optional 3:55 or 3:73 rear gears are a big plus.

The weak link in the 2011 and up is the MT82 transmission. Its not as stout as a Tremec. If you drag race (especially on a tire) sooner or later your gonna have trouble.
Another common complaint is high rpm lock out. The transmission gets blamed for this too, but really its the factory clutch and to some extent the stock shifter. At 6500+ rpm the factory clutch is not disengaging quick enough for a lightning fast shift. The more you force /manhandle the stock shifter, the worse it becomes. It also can/does damage the transmission syncrho's, forks, ect.
 

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I just wanted to add that although 2010 is the 1st year of the newer 5.5 gen body, it still runs the older 4.6 engine (315hp) and 5 spd transmission.
The 5.0 Coyote (411hp) made its debut along with the 6spd transmission, in the 2011 GT's.
 

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I had a 14 manual base GT. It was a decent car and I had no problems with it. I just wanted more creature comforts so I traded it in for a 16 auto premium gt. I broke even on trade after 2 years.
 

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I have a 2013 base GT as my daily driver. It has the manual trans with 3.31 limited slip. Plenty of gear for a daily driver and if you drag race it you can cross the line in 4th (mid-12s @ 110+ MPH stock). I've owned it since new and it has been 100% reliable (currently 56K mi.). The only issues are the paint seems to chip easier than my Challenger, the front brakes creak at very low speeds (but function perfectly - just an annoying noise), and the overall fit and finish just isn't as good as my Challenger. I haven't had to put any money into it at all yet. It's much faster than my R/T and in the real world going against a 6 speed 392 is a driver's race. Also I'm averaging nearly 20 MPG (I use premium fuel only) with 70% city driving and I beat on it often and drive 80-85 MPH on the highway. Not bad for a V8 performance car.

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