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    Drove the new Mustang GT

    This was the updated one that is now 300 hp approx.

    Pulling off the dealer's lot and doing stop and go in 1st gear was terrible. This is a brand new car with an ostensibly modern manual transmission and the clutch catch was terrible. Going down the long stretches was fairly fun. Though the car is fast on paper, it feels like you're not moving anywhere, probably because the car is so heavy with 2 men, a v8, and a large coupe body.

    My opinion, not worth the $27,000 it costs by any stretch. The transmission was terrible (to think that people criticise the WRX's manual is tough to accept given all the other cars out there that have it far worse like this one). The car had an in-board fuel calculator. When we brought the car back to the lot (after only 8 miles travel approx.) it had eaten 2.9 gal!!! I know I drove the thing with a heavy foot the whole trip but given the same circumstances with my WRX, it does not consume this much!!

    Only good point, lots of thrust at low rpm.

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    Yeah, but the GT's transmission doesn't have a glass jaw like the WRX's. The newer GT's are more refined, that's probably why you don't feel the speed. But they are quick cars no doubt about it. As for the on-board fuel calculation, this is most likely based on the way the car was just driven.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dcpatters
    Yeah, but the GT's transmission doesn't have a glass jaw like the WRX's.
    The "glass jaw" was only with the earlier (2002-ish) 5MTs.

    I am happy for Ford - it seems they have a winner and a good seller. They seem to be all over.

    Power to weight ratio-wise my stage 2 2004 WRX has the GT beat.
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    my buddy has an 05 GT

    they are nothing special when stock. the DBW really screws around with the power and its tuned to run on 87 octane and make 300hp.

    the day my friend bought his, he drove it off the lot and took it to get SCT tuned. the car turned into a completely different animal

    last time we took it to the track, the mods on the car were magnaflow catback, 4.10 gears, intake, tune, and slicks/skinnies. at LACR(a slow track) it ran 13.1 with a slipping clutch

    in another month its going to be turbocharged
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    I like the new GT alot. Good performance for the money.
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    I like the gt's...minus the interiors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TOOFAST88
    I like the gt's...minus the interiors.
    Really?!? I think it's better than previous years. The shifter is placed better too! Longer wheel base so there's a little more room in back.
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    you also have to take into account that the clutch needs a few 100 miles to break in. I drove a "display model" that had about 2000 miles on it and it seemed fine to me...it was also lighter than the WRX clutch.

    I'm not sure why so many people complain about the DBW. All subarus are not ALSO DBW, including the sti's. from what I hear, a CAI and a tune really makes a beast out of it...and gets you about 300WHP...on 87 octane California gas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dcpatters
    Really?!? I think it's better than previous years. The shifter is placed better too! Longer wheel base so there's a little more room in back.
    Ohh, I definitely agree that they are better than before, but I have yet to find a domestic car w/ an interior that I'm really pleased with. The mustang's is very plasticy/clunky to me. Feels cheap to me IMO.
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    Niggling here ... the gauges are too retro. They seem hard to read. Being able to change the colors is a really cool feature.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TOOFAST88
    Ohh, I definitely agree that they are better than before, but I have yet to find a domestic car w/ an interior that I'm really pleased with. The mustang's is very plasticy/clunky to me. Feels cheap to me IMO.
    Cheap? The Impreza interior sceams cheap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 04.SPT.WRX
    Cheap? The Impreza interior sceams cheap.
    Evo too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TOOFAST88
    Ohh, I definitely agree that they are better than before, but I have yet to find a domestic car w/ an interior that I'm really pleased with. The mustang's is very plasticy/clunky to me. Feels cheap to me IMO.
    Oh, I understand now. If I had to choose between the Domestic's though, I would say Ford has the edge. No matter what GM I have been in, I know it's GM, same for Chrysler.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 04.SPT.WRX
    Cheap? The Impreza interior sceams cheap.
    But, it feels solid at least. I didn't get the same fealing in the GT. I seemed like it all felt "hollow", I don't know how else to describe it. It's the only drawback IMO (which isn't that bad), and it's nothing near as bad as the SRT-4's interior
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    Quote Originally Posted by TOOFAST88
    But, it feels solid at least.
    Might be right. At nearly 24K miles I do not have a single rattle or squeak. This is with the stiff v.7 STi suspension installed when new.
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