Go Back   MustangForums.com > Ford Mustang Tech > 2005 - 2014 Mustangs > GT S197 General Discussion
Sign in using an external account
Register Forgot Password?
Search


GT S197 General Discussion This section is for technical discussions pertaining specifically to the V8 variation of the 2005 and newer Ford Mustang.

Welcome to Mustang Forums!
Welcome to Mustang Forums.

You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, at no cost, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple, so please join our community today!


Reply
 
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-06-2012, 12:31 PM   #1
Lifeexplorer
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Vehicle: 2012 GT
Location: TX
Posts: 44
Default Quality of 2010+ GT

I am considering buy a GT, preferably 2010 and on. I'd like to get a sense of its quality. Most of reviews I read focus on how nice it looks and how much fun it drives but hardly any on its quality.

Frankly I don't want to buy a car that will do bi-monthly visit to the dealership beyond just routine maintenance. Just as a comparison. I have a 12 years old Accord which never gave me any problem. 12 years later, no rattle or vibration of any sort and still drives and feels like a new car.

In comparison, I used to have a 96GT. In the short time it's under my custody, first its water pump broke and I spent $800 to fix it, and then it wouldn't start randomly. I spent $$$ to have it towed a number of times and the dealer couldn't figure out what was wrong. It got to a point that I was scared to drive it because I never knew when it would quit and leave me stranded. Then a few months later, some illegal immigrant ran a red light and totaled my GT.

How is the new GT?
This ad is not displayed to registered or logged-in members.
Register your free account today and become a member on Mustang Forums!
Lifeexplorer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2012, 12:38 PM   #2
Lifeexplorer
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Vehicle: 2012 GT
Location: TX
Posts: 44
Default

I forgot to say that the 96GT I had was only 4 years old. The problems were on top of its driving-me-insane rattles. It seemed its interior parts were all coming off.
Lifeexplorer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2012, 01:45 PM   #3
jdmcbride
4th Gear Member
 
jdmcbride's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Vehicle: 2008 Mustang GT
Location: Palm Beach to South Carolina
Posts: 1,566
Default

The 2005+ GTs (designated S197s) are a much better car than previous models. Mine is still rattle-free with 59,200 miles. There are a few S197s that have well over 100,000 miles and have had minimal problems, if any. I plan on keeping my car for at least 3 more years, and probably longer!
__________________

08 GT Premium, Manual, 3.55s, HIDs, IUP, Premeir Trim, Amb Light
Appearance: HID Fogs, Smoked Fogs & Signals, 14" Ant, Black Mirror Caps, Sequentials, GT500 Spoiler & Rear Bumper
Steeda: UDPs, CMDPs, HD Motor Mounts, HD Strut Mounts, Tri-Ax Shifter, Alum DS, Billet LCAs, CAI w/CF Elbow
Other: Detroit Rockers, JBA Shorty Headers, Catch Can, Flow ATs, Koni STR.Ts, GT500 18" F/19" R Wheels, Brenspeed 93 Tune, Ethanol-Free Gas
jdmcbride is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2012, 01:57 PM   #4
Nuke
6th Gear Member
 
Nuke's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Vehicle: 2007 GT
Location: PA to KY ('07) to IL ('09) to MS ('10) to FL ('11)
Posts: 16,036
Send a message via AIM to Nuke Send a message via Yahoo to Nuke Send a message via Skype™ to Nuke
Default

Although the domestics have improved over the past decade or 2, they're still not up there with most of the imports. I'd never expect the reliability from my Ford's like I do my Toyota's. But overall, I'm pretty well pleased with both Stangs, even though mine isn't my DD and my wife doesn't put a lot of mileage on her's, which IS a DD.
__________________
Rick
07 GT Prem: Alloy, MT, 3.55's, Steeda CAI w/Brenspeed tunes, FRPP Stingers, 275/40/18 Goodyear Eagle F1 A/S on SVT Cobras (OE GT500's), 14" shorty, Wheelskin side scoops & qtr window louvers, A-H rear window louvers, SHR honeycomb blackout panel, Sequentials, Hella Optilux Extreme XY fogs, Silverstars
06 V6: Legend Lime, Pony Package, 14" shorty, Sequentials, Hella Optilux Extreme XY fogs, Silverstars
Nuke is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2012, 02:36 PM   #5
Entaille
4th Gear Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Vehicle: 2012 Mustang GT
Location: WA
Posts: 1,514
Default

I am tired of taking my car to the dealership personally.

rough shift issue (2 visits, had to point out a TSB to get action performed)
differential leaking (1 visit, TSB prepared in advance)
paint issue (1 visit)
now I'm having an electrical issue, head units defaulting to AM 600 when the car starts, and my MyColor options are flaking out and picking the wrong colors.

I really don't want to see the dealership again for a while .. maybe I've been lucky, but my accords, 350z, wrx, camaros etc .. never had these sorts of issues and were never at the dealership.

love the car, but boy do I loathe leaving it at the dealership...

Last edited by Entaille; 04-06-2012 at 02:38 PM.
Entaille is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2012, 02:47 PM   #6
Lifeexplorer
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Vehicle: 2012 GT
Location: TX
Posts: 44
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Entaille View Post
I am tired of taking my car to the dealership personally.

rough shift issue (2 visits, had to point out a TSB to get action performed)
differential leaking (1 visit, TSB prepared in advance)
paint issue (1 visit)
now I'm having an electrical issue, head units defaulting to AM 600 when the car starts, and my MyColor options are flaking out and picking the wrong colors.

I really don't want to see the dealership again for a while .. maybe I've been lucky, but my accords, 350z, wrx, camaros etc .. never had these sorts of issues and were never at the dealership.

love the car, but boy do I loathe leaving it at the dealership...
See this is the thing I don't want to deal with. Which year is your car?

I assume yours is still under warranty. Imagine you have to pay to get it fixed. :-(
Lifeexplorer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2012, 04:15 PM   #7
imaredtuna
 
imaredtuna's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Vehicle: 2010 Mustang GT Convertible
Location: California
Posts: 48
Default

I've had my 2010 GT Convertible since October of 2009, it currently has 61,000 miles on it. I have had zero quality/build issues with the car to date. The only trips to the dealer have been for the routine maintenance as recommended by Ford. I am pretty picky regarding squeaks and rattles, and fixed two minor things myself. The first was a rattling sound at low speeds in the interior rear quarter trim on the driver's side, which I fixed with a bead of clear RTV along the joint between two of the trim pieces. (did the same to the passenger side just as a precaution). The other was an squeaking sound from the LCA bushings when going over speed bumps in damp weather. The short term fix for this was to use some spray lube on the bushings whenever the squeak appeared, the long term solution was to replace the LCAs with aftermarket ones that have grease fittings incorporated into their design. Otherwise everything else on the car has been rock solid and works great.
imaredtuna is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2012, 04:41 PM   #8
Nuke
6th Gear Member
 
Nuke's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Vehicle: 2007 GT
Location: PA to KY ('07) to IL ('09) to MS ('10) to FL ('11)
Posts: 16,036
Send a message via AIM to Nuke Send a message via Yahoo to Nuke Send a message via Skype™ to Nuke
Default

Also, considering that the # of TSB's associated with the S197 is equal to or greater than the total # of TSB's associated with the 6 different model Toyota's that I've owned, I'm surprised I even own 2 Stangs. Damn Ford for making the S197 such a cool car...
__________________
Rick
07 GT Prem: Alloy, MT, 3.55's, Steeda CAI w/Brenspeed tunes, FRPP Stingers, 275/40/18 Goodyear Eagle F1 A/S on SVT Cobras (OE GT500's), 14" shorty, Wheelskin side scoops & qtr window louvers, A-H rear window louvers, SHR honeycomb blackout panel, Sequentials, Hella Optilux Extreme XY fogs, Silverstars
06 V6: Legend Lime, Pony Package, 14" shorty, Sequentials, Hella Optilux Extreme XY fogs, Silverstars
Nuke is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2012, 05:58 PM   #9
Mishri
Mish-ogynist
 
Mishri's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Vehicle: 2012 5.0 premuim
Location: Great Falls, MT
Posts: 3,701
Default

It depends on how well you treat your car. My brother's 2000 toyota camry he bought used rattled, had tons of issues and eventually the engine blew up, a valve broke off and scored the cylinder, this was in 2006.

I really dont think toyota or honda are making cars any better than ford does.

You will likely eventually get rattles, you can chase them all down if you like, i've never personally been in a car that didn't have a single rattle a few years, even my uncle's 6 series BMW had a couple of rattles, and i think he paid over 75,000 for the car brand new. for the most part my 2000 grand am didn't have any rattles (assuming im driving on a smooth road) but as soon as there was any roughness to the road things would start rattling, so it's relative.

But again this depends on road conditions and type of driving. I can't imagine a 12 year old accord that never developed a rattle, you must be driving it only sundays on the best roads under 50 miles per hour. My uncles BMW rattled because he lived on a dirt road and it shakes so much that things get loose. you might think well who drives a 6 series bmw and lives on a dirt road. All of his neighbors were millionaires too, ex-pro sports players and such, it was just a decent area with a lot of land.

That being said, at this point I don't notice any rattles in my 2012, i had some rattle from my dash in my 07 at certain RPMs. I've had 0 issues with either of my mustangs.
__________________

Automatic, Steeda CAI, 4.10 gears, Boss Intake, BBR O/R X, Steeda Tune, M&H Drag Radials.
12.6@112mph (DA corrected 11.7@119mph)
Quote:
Originally Posted by ImpOnFire View Post
mishri created the universe

Last edited by Mishri; 04-06-2012 at 06:01 PM.
Mishri is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2012, 06:11 PM   #10
f4ifrank
2nd Gear Member
 
f4ifrank's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Vehicle: 2010, Ford, Mustang GT
Location: Georgia
Posts: 322
Default

I've modified mine, have 35K miles on it now. It's a 2010 and the only issue I have right now is a cam shaft sensor error that nobody can tell me where it's coming from. It runs great though.
__________________
Mgw Shifter/SSS Terminator Exhaust/Roush M90 Chrome Blower/AFS Mach 1 Wheels/Steeda Ultralite Springs/FRPP Chrome Valve Covers

f4ifrank is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2012, 06:11 PM
MustangForums
Ford Mustang




Paid Advertisement

 
 
 
Reply

Tags
2010, forums, gt, mustang, sunshade

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump

Advertising

Featured Sponsors
Vendor Directory
New Sponsors
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:40 PM.

© Internet Brands, Inc.


This forum is owned and operated by Internet Brands, Inc., a Delaware corporation. It is not authorized or endorsed by the Ford Motor Company and is not affiliated with the Ford Motor Company or its related companies in any way. Ford® is a registered trademark of the Ford Motor Company
Emails Backup