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Who bought theirs new and still own it?

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Old 08-28-2013, 12:47 PM   #1
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Default Who bought theirs new and still own it?

Me, I still have my 2005 GT Redfire Metallic Premium. Build completion date was June 2005 and I took delivery on July 10, 2005 two days before my birthday.
As the years passed, I've done a few upgrades:

Added GT300 side stripes
Replaced stock rims for Silver Bullitt wheels
Replaced stock muffers for Ford Racing Axle-back GTAs
Replaced stock intake for a K&N CAI
Added Diablo Sport Predator tuner

8 years later, it just rolled into 69,000+ miles on the odo and it's still running strong like the first day I got it. I run nothing, but non-ethanol gasoline and it averages around 24 MPG combined city/hwy. It still had the OEM tires which I just replaced (8/24/2013). Hard to believe they lasted that long.

I've taken it on several road trips, did some runs at the 1/4 track once, and it even won 2 car show awards.
I never get tired driving my Stang and have enjoyed it since the first day I got it. It always reminds me of my Grandpa's 1965 fastback 2+2 and I look forward to more great drives and memories.
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Old 08-28-2013, 12:57 PM   #2
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superb dude

have you had any problems at all?
oil leaks anywhere?
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Old 08-28-2013, 01:01 PM   #3
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I bought a 2007 Roush 427R in February 2008 with "Clearance Sale" pricing and rebates.
It has 12,000 miles on it due to weekend HPDE track days and club cruises.

My mods are as follows:
Brake cooling ducts, stainless steel lines.
CAI and tune
LCA, front chassis brace, watts link, coil-over kit.
Dedicated track wheels/tires.
Cooper RS3 daily driving tires
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Old 08-28-2013, 01:32 PM   #4
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Bought mine new in 2008, pretty much left it stock for 2 years and then the modding began.
Really only had the water leak and a bad transmission, I think thosae were the only warranty issues and the dealer just dealt with it. Aboutt he only thing left stock in the drivetrain is the rear-end.

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Old 08-28-2013, 01:58 PM   #5
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This could be an interesting thread; I've seen similar ones on other forums with some good stories.

Bought my Saleen vert in Nov '05. When I found out it is a 1 of 1 I didn't want to do anything crazy to it. I've done some appearance mods and engine dress up stuff but have left it pretty close to the way I drove it off the lot.

Absolutely love the car and it has been 57,000 miles of virtually trouble free driving. Just some minor things, a battery, altenator and about to put the third set of tires on real soon but it still has the original brakes. Not sure how they have not worn out yet?

Plan on keeping it until it falls apart!
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Old 08-28-2013, 03:05 PM   #6
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Bought my 2006 in June 07' with 26K on the odometer. Gone through about 2-3 sets of tires, an alternator, water pump, lower thermostat housing (Common V6 issue) anbout 2-3 batteries. Now about to hit 150K on the odometer and she still runs as good if not, better than when I first brought her home. I too plan on running her until she can no longer run no mores

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Old 08-28-2013, 03:18 PM   #7
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I bought mine brand new while sitting in Iraq in 2007. If you think waiting to come home is hard enough, try waiting, knowing you will have a brand new mustang sitting there waiting for you. I put 42,000 miles on her, and modded her well. So far, knock on wood. I have not had one problem with her, other than TSB's (not really problems though), I do all the maintanace on it, which gives me piece of mind and seems to be working. I plan on keeping the car until my son is old enough and RESPONSABLE enough to have her, lol.

I did have two problems when I picked it up in England, it was supposed to have black leather and a hood scoop, but when I saw it had no hood scoop and saddle leather interior instead, I loved it so I took it anyways.

Good thread op for sure.
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Old 08-28-2013, 03:21 PM   #8
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Bought my GT new in June '07, replaced the stock axlebacks with the FRPP/Borla Stingers that July, added the qtr window lovers and side scoops that August, added the CAI & tune that September, replaced the stock fanblades (blechhh) and tires with GT500 takeoffs and GY Eagles in February '08, added rear window louvers in April '08. She's not and never was my DD but in the first 2 years I put about 30,000 miles on her and only about 9,000 miles in the past 4 years since I got married.

I bought my wife (g/f at the time) an '06 Pony in April '09 and, yes, she's still "paying it off"...
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Old 08-28-2013, 08:18 PM   #9
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Bought mine off the lot with 34 miles on it in March of 08. Has a build date of 10/07 if I recall correctly.. I've got my mod list set, My first mod was a C&L racer CAI and set of tunes. I currently have some Steeda sport springs, Koni yellow shocks/struts, steeda upper strut mount, and bumpsteer kit sitting in the garage, waiting to be installed. I just want to purchase some lower control arms and a panhard bar before I get it all installed. Going with a watts link eventually.

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Old 08-28-2013, 08:34 PM   #10
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As if one weren't enough...
As if spending $$$ on mods wasn't enough...
As if having one build near complete, should give me time to enjoy the car...

I have sooo many ideas running around my head, and now i have a new blank template to play with, as well as my first Vert!

Truly blessed to have the best of both worlds!

This is Bandit: Got him in Dec of 2012, very heavily modified and just a blast to drive! Bandit is almost complete, the idea is to make a Retro-Mod Mach 1 out of him.
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This is Bianca: Just got her Monday...can't wait to get started on her!
She will be a tribute to Carroll Shelby as a GT350 clone.
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Old 08-28-2013, 08:41 PM   #11
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Bought my 06 new 9/06. Intake/Tune, Tint, Steeda Ultralites, Panhard, Brace, D-specs, HD mounts, radio/speakers replaced, spoiler deleted, blackout panel on back, Boomtubes... First bought 18x8" ASA AR-1 wheels but this summer bought the Ford Racing Brembos with stainless steel lines and went with 18x9" TSW Nurburgrings.

28k miles, fuel pump replaced under warranty as well as A-pillar trim piece and shift ****. Only oil leak was a valve cover VCT grommet leak.

I sometimes think about selling it but only when I haven't driven it in a while. Once I get in and take her out I realize I could never sell it... Always something more I can do to it.
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:09 PM   #12
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Great posts! Thanks for sharing your stories. Keep them coming!

Originally Posted by Rudolph Hucker View Post
superb dude

have you had any problems at all?
oil leaks anywhere?
Thanks bro!
No major problems or issues to report.
Replaced the battery twice which is about the normal typical life of them.
The only minor issue is just the upholstery on the both the driver and passenger side doors. They've started to peel off, but I read up on how to easy stick them back on.
As for oil leaks, none that I've noticed. The oil level pretty much stay stable whenever I check it. I use synthetic 5W-20 and change it every 5000 miles which is coming up soon.


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Old 08-28-2013, 11:55 PM   #13
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Sick thread. I love to see some of you guys hanging in there with the OG s197. Took delivery of mine on 01-04-07 with 7 miles on her. I'm at almost 80,000 miles now and she's still a sexy bitch. Only real issue has been with the car killing batteries with the factory shaker 1000 unit. I switched the battery, alternator, and head unit out to aftermarket and it's been fine since. Also occasionally it will tell me that my driver door is ajar when it's not. Also when I re-tune or unplug the battery, the car takes way too long to re-learn idle trim and feels like it's going to stall for a day or two.

Other than that, solid car. I have well over 100 drag strip passes in it, 2 autocross seasons, and years of street nonsense/burnouts/drift sessions and the mechanical parts of the car are holding up excellently *knock on wood* Been running one of the original Bamachips tunes since 2008 with a JLT intake and 4.10's.

Just replaced the brakes with the new Brembos off a 2012 and noticed that the front pads were only worn about halfway. Those OEM pads on the regular brake cars are great for longevity and not dusting.

But yeah, I love this car, and s197's in general. Lots of good memories in this car. It gets compliments and/or looks every day. Everyone still thinks it's a new car. The guy at the tint shop last month wrote "2013 Ford Mustang" on the ticket LOL. Perks of taking proper care of it I guess. I have no plans of selling it ever. Looking to get a '15 or '16 5.0 to sit next to it in a few years though.
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Old 08-29-2013, 03:57 AM   #14
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Bought my 07 mustang GT in September of 2007 and so far have put just over 122k on it. Did some Mods over the years. Took it on vacation 2 weeks ago and on the way home, engine started knocking and ended up with a destroyed engine. New crate engine is going in this week and I will be back on the road.....
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Old 08-29-2013, 07:45 AM   #15
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Purchased new in 2007. Mods listed below. Replaced a few batteries and the alternator a couple months ago. Just turned 68K miles, and running alot stronger than day one!

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Old 08-29-2013, 10:18 AM   #16
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I bought mine in 09, as a never titled car, dealer's wife drove in 08 and parked since. Warranty replaced one battery and no other issues. Just turned over 18k.

Mods so far is suspension and DOB blower. only thing I think I have left is a different drive shaft.
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Old 08-29-2013, 10:54 AM   #17
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Bought it in 08, Carsdirect.com....they delivered it to my door. Put a M90 on it, and is loving it! 13k miles on it....

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Old 08-29-2013, 11:24 AM   #18
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I bought my 2013 on Valentine's Day 2013, and she's still going strong all these...months...later

I test drove this very car in December, if I recall, and it was still on the lot in February. I stopped at the dealer that day only because some oblivious dumbass was poking along in a lane that was ending and I didn't want to be rude and cut in front of somebody, and there was the dealer lot, so I turned in and bought a Mustang.

Okay, I kinda knew that morning I was going to buy a Mustang, but I didn't decide to do so until I was right there in the wrong lane.

I bought my last car new and kept it 14 years. Put 170K miles on a 99 Taurus. It was a trouble-free car until the transmission started slipping, and I drove it like that for a year before chickening out and buying a new car.

I'm driving the Mustang less than the Taurus, so I expect I'll have it longer than 14 years.

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Old 08-29-2013, 11:31 AM   #19
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I've been punishing this car since she left the dealership 7 years ago.

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Old 08-29-2013, 12:08 PM   #20
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Bought mine in 12/04. Currently is just shy of 34K miles. CAI/tune only mods. Fastest and funnest car I've owned.
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