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Help me decide. 2008 GT Manual or 2012 GT auto

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Old 07-09-2013, 07:22 AM   #1
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Default Help me decide. 2008 GT Manual or 2012 GT auto

Buying a motor swap for my car by buying a wrecked vehicle. I have to decide between a 2008 GT manual or a 2012 GT automatic. Some people say stick with the manual and others are saying the new 5.0 is worth getting in auto. Plus the possibility of swap later on. I can't decide so give me your opinions.
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Old 07-09-2013, 07:53 AM   #2
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Both of my GTs have been a stick...I do most of my driving in town, and the manual does not lend itself to fooling around with anything in the car. A quick drink of coffee or change the radio station. Forget a cell phone... I like to hear the engine and so the radio is usually down low. I drive my wife's SUV from time to time and its just sitting there holding the wheel...not much to do. I also like how many people who would otherwise ask me to let them drive my sweetie, are put off by the stick...
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:13 AM   #3
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As EVERYONE knows well, manuals are WAYYYYYYYY more fun to drive but there's a lot to be said about the 5.0. You can SC the 4.6L and have more power than a lightly modded 5.0 but... something about that 5.0 is hard to resist. If it were me, I'd lean towards the 4.6 with plans on SCing. Part of that is because I'm not a fan of the styling change beginning in '10.
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Well I'm not changing bodies just getting the motor. See I'm tempted with the 5.0 but at the same time I hate automatics. First thing I plan on doing to either motor is cams and heads but if I get the 4.6 I will have a little more money to play with than if I get the 5.0. The 4.6 will be $5700 and the 5.0 will be $7000 but the 4.6 has better body and more miles.
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Go with the 4.6 and use the difference in cash to SC it. The install I would think would be more strait forward and less of a headache. Go manual!
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4.6 and buy a Vortech, keep the V6 appearance and try to stick with one muffler that's as quiet as possible! And then go to RMR and beat up an all these annoying WRX's and EVO's around here that think their cars are instantly considered fast due to AWD/turbo.
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4.6 and buy a Vortech, keep the V6 appearance and try to stick with one muffler that's as quiet as possible! And then go to RMR and beat up an all these annoying WRX's and EVO's around here that think their cars are instantly considered fast due to AWD/turbo.
I'm sticking with the V6 appearance till I can buy an cervinis body kit but the exhaust I'm going duals and loud maybe do quiet duals with cut outs to be loud at the track.

So it's almost looking like most people say 4.6. I plan on eventually getting a KB supercharger unless someone tells me whipple is better.
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Sell car and buy a gt500 for like ~30k or 2011 5.0 with like 40k miles for 23k (finance if necessary and build some credit while interest rates are low)

You can still work on the car but this would save you so much work, time, blood, sweat, tears, effort, headaches, frustration and probably money in the long run.
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I looked at doing that but I can't afford $400+ monthly payment.
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Seriously? 5.0 without a doubt. Sure you could supercharge the 4.6....and end up with "maybe" 50 more hp than a bolt on 5.0.

If the 5.0 is an option, I don't know why you'd consider a 4.6.
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If the 5.0 is an option, I don't know why you'd consider a 4.6.
...because the 5.0 is an auto. You can't compare auto to manual for fun factor.
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The 5.0 engine is amazing especially if it's matched with the 6 speed automatic. I got tired of shifting gears after 6 years and traded for an automatic.
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I can't freakin decide they are both so tempting. Darn it.
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I looked at doing that but I can't afford $400+ monthly payment.
How are you paying for the wrecked car? Even a wrecked 5.0 is going to be like 12-15k+ with a good powertrain right? Where are you going to be working on this? Do you have a garage that can take 2 cars in it and have room to work with it? Id really consider just selling and buying a working car then modding that if you want to put some work into it. Keep current car until you can afford the new one.

up to you though
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...because the 5.0 is an auto. You can't compare auto to manual for fun factor.
With 100+ horse difference, sure you can. If you had to choose between a auto 3v and a manual v6 (4.0) would you say the same?
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.. If you had to choose between a auto 3v and a manual v6 (4.0) would you say the same?
Yes, but ONLY if I could easily make the 4.0 put down as much or more than a mildly modded 3v. Which is possible but a stretch. Also, both the 4.0's and the 3v's body styles are the same (except in '10), taking that issue out of the equation... for me.
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I guess the biggest thing will be when I go look at them to see if the 2012 is too damaged or if the motor might have been damaged. So far a got a couple people for the 5.0 and a couple people for the 4.6. Ease of installation is probably going to be 4.6 but more power in the long run will probably be 5.0, correct? Anyone else got pros and cons?
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Seriously? 5.0 without a doubt. Sure you could supercharge the 4.6....and end up with "maybe" 50 more hp than a bolt on 5.0.

If the 5.0 is an option, I don't know why you'd consider a 4.6.
Well, lots of people pushing 450whp on the 4.6L (blown), a 5.0 with CAI/tune/exhaust, is about 400whp... you'd need headers and cams to really be neck and neck with a 10-12 psi 4.6L



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Well I'm not changing bodies just getting the motor. See I'm tempted with the 5.0 but at the same time I hate automatics. First thing I plan on doing to either motor is cams and heads but if I get the 4.6 I will have a little more money to play with than if I get the 5.0. The 4.6 will be $5700 and the 5.0 will be $7000 but the 4.6 has better body and more miles.


bingo.. of course the 5.0 has over 100hp over the 4.6, but ever time I get in the auto 5.0 i'd be kicking myself. Its faster, but less fun to drive.

I'd definitely get the 4.6L and save up for a s/c kit


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With 100+ horse difference, sure you can. If you had to choose between a auto 3v and a manual v6 (4.0) would you say the same?


that's a whole different situation. Not ragging on the 4.0, but i'd never even consider buying one, unless it was super clean, dirt cheap, and i needed a car right now. You can SC the 4.0 but it still is a 6 cylinder and i'd always be wishing I had the v8

4.6L and 5.0L are both v8's (sound, potential, etc).... 4.0 is v6



edit: yes, obviously check if anything is damaged, but mileage is another factor. If the 5.0 automatic only had 10k miles, while the 4.6L manual had 60k miles, i'd probably get the 5.0 in that case.
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The 08 has 80k miles and the 5.0 has 3,000 miles
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