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Old 08-08-2014, 01:19 PM   #1
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The good news is that after owning my new Mustang GT and using it as a daily driver, I am now allowed to drive my work vehicle home, so I can keep my car at home in the garage!

The bad news is that now that I don't have to use my three month old Mustang as a daily driver anymore, I decided to make it look really nice and I noticed that the stone chips are ridiculous! ARGHHHHHH! After just a couple of months of driving it, I've collected about 10 to 15 stone chips on the front bumper and hood. It just makes me cringe.

I guess more bad news is that I'll miss driving it all of the time and hearing my new exhaust, but I'm very happy to be keeping her out of the elements and to keep the mileage off of her!
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Old 08-08-2014, 01:33 PM   #2
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Why buy a New GT to not want to drive it? Just curious as to what the line of thinking is there? Its not like its a rare collector car. It's actually quite a common vehicle, not very expensive and easy maintenance wise.

Not picking on you here Glocker. I agree it's nice to have a nice ride for the weekends. And maybe something to hand down to the kids. But unless its a leased vehicle which would mean it has to come back after the term in good condition or a a starter vehicle that you figure you might trade in one day for something better or even a real collectable it just makes sense to be driven and enjoyed. ???? Enlighten me here.

It will make for good "food for thought" either way.

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Old 08-08-2014, 01:43 PM   #3
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Black cars are difficult to own. Every little nick and imperfection shows up, there is no hiding them. Now that you have those first few imperfections done just enjoy your car. No vehicle is enjoyable to own if your worried too much about a scratch or rock chip. Its never gonna stay perfect do dont fight it, it isnt worth it.
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Old 08-08-2014, 01:53 PM   #4
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I don't drive my GT either. I choose to drive my little 2.3L everywhere.

I think the s197 cars are just too big and my fox, although ALOT slower, is more fun to drive.
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Old 08-08-2014, 02:18 PM   #5
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I bought my GT in '07 and it wasn't and isn't my DD. Other than driving it about every other weekend on a 800+ mile round trip for the first 1 1/2 years, it sits in the garage for the occasional leg stretching or local club gathering. Sometimes I'll use her on long trips but not very often. She was 7 years old this past June and she only has a little over 42k miles on the odometer. But the wood I get when I pull out of the driveway! DAYUM!!!!
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Sucks you can't drive it anymore but you seem to think that is mostly good news.
I DD my Mustang GT and after the first week I realized I needed a clear bra. Invisible shield on the front of your car and not one chip after. Not sure why cars do not come with these...
I am also not sure why people like to leave these sports cars in their garage and only driving them on weekends. Maybe just keeping the mileage off them for the next owner?

I agree with Cruzinaround. People that leave GTs in their garage should have bought a nice hybrid or something. Rather than buy a nice GT while they drive their pos DD around 95% of year.
If you don't drive it, why buy it? I just do not get it...


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Why buy a New GT to not want to drive it? Just curious as to what the line of thinking is there? Its not like its a rare collector car. It's actually quite a common vehicle, not very expensive and easy maintenance wise.

Not picking on you here Glocker. I agree it's nice to have a nice ride for the weekends. And maybe something to hand down to the kids. But unless its a leased vehicle which would mean it has to come back after the term in good condition or a a starter vehicle that you figure you might trade in one day for something better or even a real collectable it just makes sense to be driven and enjoyed. ???? Enlighten me here.

It will make for good "food for thought" either way.

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Old 08-08-2014, 03:54 PM   #7
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The good news is that after owning my new Mustang GT and using it as a daily driver, I am not allowed to drive my work vehicle home, so I can keep my car at home in the garage! ...
It's still a beautiful vehicle, GLOCKer! Enjoy it when as much as you can!

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Old 08-08-2014, 05:07 PM   #8
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My '08 GT Vert has only 22,550 miles on it.....thank you previous owner for only driving it 17,000 miles until I bought it Nov. 2013. I do not daily drive it.....but I am retired and have no reason to leave the property on some days.
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It's your car, drive it (or don't) however you want to.

I'm going to be buying a cheap pickup in the near future to use as a DD and for the winter months and save the Mustang for the weekends. It's not that I don't enjoy driving it, quite the opposite, it's just because I want that experience to stay special. It's a mental thing mostly. I don't care what others say about that, it's none of their business.

You just do what makes you happy (and don't worry about paint chips on a black car, you're starting to sound like Rudolph )
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Old 08-08-2014, 11:45 PM   #10
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My 08 has 16k miles....drive it once a week. Going to keep it for my son...he's 4 now
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I rarely drive mine anymore but that's bc I work out of state. When I'm home I don't need to go anywhere unless the track is open
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My 06 has 4,200 miles on it, I just bought it a few months ago when it had 2,900 on it. I have a company car that comes home so I don't need a car. I have mine because I really like it and I have a nice car to drive when I want to. It's a garage queen by default, not by design.
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Old 08-09-2014, 08:29 AM   #13
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The good news is that after owning my new Mustang GT and using it as a daily driver, I am not allowed to drive my work vehicle home, so I can keep my car at home in the garage!
I'm afraid I can't make any sense out of this. If you're going to miss not driving the Mustang to work, why would you have ever driven the work vehicle home instead of the Mustang? Especially since that implies having to leave the Mustang overnight in places other than your own driveway or garage.


I ordered my black '08 specifically to be my daily driver, which it was for the next four years. Now that I'm also a retiree, it doesn't have to be driven daily, but when I do go somewhere it's still the car I'm most apt to take even though there are two others not counting my wife's DD to choose from.

Although I probably have the time, I just can't bring myself to obsess over the occasional stone chip or even the bug remains. I'll just touch up the chips and since working in a bent-over position is becoming increasingly uncomfortable and unpleasant I don't get too fussy about the bugs very often. Gratuitous picture showing some 120 mph track day bug suicides. Cleaning them off is the lowest-priority of several automotive matters at the moment.


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Opps. I typed. I meant to type that I'm now allowed to take home my work vehicle, a 2007 Crown Vic. Driving my Mustang to work was great except I had to either drive it all of the way to work and park way far away because employees in my division are supposed to park on a gravel parking lot and I'd park across the street at a different office on asphalt, or I could drive my car to where I stowed my work car and leave my Mustang there during the day, but then I'd have to worry about people parking next to it in a tight parking lot.

Yeah, I'll miss driving my car during the week, but I'll enjoy the hell out of it during the weekends and keep her looking pretty!
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After you get the cips restored out of it, put one of those #M clear bras on and no worries when you drive
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Filling in the chips is pretty easy if you want them to be gone. I have done about 10 on my 2007 mustang. The factory paint on our cars is pretty bad. They barely use 2 coats so it chips and fades easily.

Just go to paintscratch.com and get the correct paint. I use a pinch of bondo, some primer, then paint, then clear. Once you get a knack for it, you can fill holes so good, you can barely tell anything happened.
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I see no reason to rack up miles on a car if you don't have to no matter what kind of car it is. I'm new to Mustangs but I know there are a lot of vette owners who rarely drive their cars and they have them for years and years and get a lot of enjoyment out of them.

I personally love these guys because at some point you can still find a low mileage well cared for car that they enjoyed in their own way, and now someone else gets to enjoy it. Win win.
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My 2006 just rolled over 18K miles. It has never been my daily driver. I love taking it out from time to time and it still feeling like a brand new car. My kids love it, and it's a treat for the family when I take everyone for a ride.
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I personally love these guys because at some point you can still find a low mileage well cared for car that they enjoyed in their own way, and now someone else gets to enjoy it. Win win.
I'm not so sure its a win win, but I also love buying low mileage cars from the guys who hardly drive them. I end up paying a slight premium for their cars, but its not near as much as the depreciation hit that the seller took.

I love driving mine and am not saving it for anyone else.
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