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Old 07-27-2012, 11:49 PM   #1
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I'm trying to sort out this dilemma. I plan on buying a '13 gt by spring. It dawned on me the other day that I could buy an '08ish gt500 with low miles in the same price range. Why did you guys choose the gt over the gt500? Any suggestions one way or the other?
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Old 07-28-2012, 03:52 AM   #2
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I'm sure availability was a big one. Some prefer the look of the new mustang. Insurance is probably high on the 500. No way to select your options on a used car. Horse power of the gt is good enough for most people.
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Old 07-28-2012, 04:31 AM   #3
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I'm sure availability was a big one. Some prefer the look of the new mustang. Insurance is probably high on the 500. No way to select your options on a used car. Horse power of the gt is good enough for most people.
+1 on those comments.
Even though i bought a 2012, the other factors for me were
1) rebates
2) Used car vs. New car interest rates
3) Creature comforts of the '11+

I drove an '07 prior to my '12 and feel like i got 10x more car! Even if i was in the position to afford an '07-09 GT500, i think i would look for an '11+ GT 500 instead
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Old 07-28-2012, 06:20 AM   #4
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GT500 all the way if you want performance.
I had the choice and MAN Im glad we went with the GT500.

So much more power. So much more room to mod.
The Shelby GT500 is in another class. It's not even in the same league.
You will NOT regret the GT500 and those tiny little extra radio extras and little interior designs wont mean SHAT to you once you get in the car... let on that gas, and let her roll. Plus the stares you get are a nice haha.
Its VERY nice to be part of the Shelby tradition and the great things SVT has done with the GT500. The amount of MORE power you can add to it for CHEAPER is also an OUTSTANDING bonus.

If you can get a GT500 with low miles. Hop on that bitch as SOON as possible!
I drove both and there was NO comparison at ALL.
9.9% of others that have done the same will tell you the same.

Get a GT500 and have those others as a freaking snake snake my friend!
By the way... our insurance went up only a TINY bit when we upgraded from the 06GT to the 08GT500.
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GT500 all the way if you want performance.
I had the choice and MAN Im glad we went with the GT500.

So much more power. So much more room to mod.
The Shelby GT500 is in another class. It's not even in the same league.
You will NOT regret the GT500 and those tiny little extra radio extras and little interior designs wont mean SHAT to you once you get in the car... let on that gas, and let her roll. Plus the stares you get are a nice haha.
Its VERY nice to be part of the Shelby tradition and the great things SVT has done with the GT500. The amount of MORE power you can add to it for CHEAPER is also an OUTSTANDING bonus.

If you can get a GT500 with low miles. Hop on that bitch as SOON as possible!
I drove both and there was NO comparison at ALL.
9.9% of others that have done the same will tell you the same.

Get a GT500 and have those others as a freaking snake snake my friend!
By the way... our insurance went up only a TINY bit when we upgraded from the 06GT to the 08GT500.
Having just been a convert myself, I agree completely 100%. This is very very well said. I had an 06GT, a 10GT (with ALL of the bells and whistles) and yet there's no comparison. Shelby is truly in a class of it's own.

My insurance went up a total of $15 per month. pfft.
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GT500 all the way if you want performance.
I had the choice and MAN Im glad we went with the GT500.

So much more power. So much more room to mod.
The Shelby GT500 is in another class. It's not even in the same league.
You will NOT regret the GT500 and those tiny little extra radio extras and little interior designs wont mean SHAT to you once you get in the car... let on that gas, and let her roll. Plus the stares you get are a nice haha.
Its VERY nice to be part of the Shelby tradition and the great things SVT has done with the GT500. The amount of MORE power you can add to it for CHEAPER is also an OUTSTANDING bonus.

If you can get a GT500 with low miles. Hop on that bitch as SOON as possible!
I drove both and there was NO comparison at ALL.
9.9% of others that have done the same will tell you the same.

Get a GT500 and have those others as a freaking snake snake my friend!
By the way... our insurance went up only a TINY bit when we upgraded from the 06GT to the 08GT500.
Blacksmoke pretty much said it all...I picked up my 08 Snake in Feb 2010 with 558 miles on it...I installed a Brenspeed Stage2 pulley swap package...Dyno Tech DS...Borla exhaust...with a few other little things...I kept my 06 GT which has the normal tunes etc...I enjoy driving it and I have driven the new 5.0...but I get in my Snake and there is no comparison!
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Old 07-28-2012, 01:26 PM   #7
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How big is the "seat of the pants" difference between a 5.0 and 05-10 Shelby? I know traction (on stock tires) is an issue for the previous model Shelby..but other than the obvious joy of the sound and look..(which is all most people need to want one..), how different do they feel?
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Old 07-28-2012, 07:14 PM   #8
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GT500 all the way if you want performance.
I had the choice and MAN Im glad we went with the GT500.

So much more power. So much more room to mod.
The Shelby GT500 is in another class. It's not even in the same league.
You will NOT regret the GT500 and those tiny little extra radio extras and little interior designs wont mean SHAT to you once you get in the car... let on that gas, and let her roll. Plus the stares you get are a nice haha.
Its VERY nice to be part of the Shelby tradition and the great things SVT has done with the GT500. The amount of MORE power you can add to it for CHEAPER is also an OUTSTANDING bonus.

If you can get a GT500 with low miles. Hop on that bitch as SOON as possible!
I drove both and there was NO comparison at ALL.
9.9% of others that have done the same will tell you the same.

Get a GT500 and have those others as a freaking snake snake my friend!
By the way... our insurance went up only a TINY bit when we upgraded from the 06GT to the 08GT500.
I can vouch for BSmoke...I have an '07 GT and he let me drive his car. No comparison at all, I drove my car later and it felt so incredibly slow. The GT500 is a monster and there are very few places in America where one can really even use its full potential legally. Also another way to think is yeah the 5.0 can be modded to hang with an early GT500; but a 2011 V6 can be modded to hang with my '07 GT but that is no reason for me to buy a V6. If I was in the position to choose between a 5.0 and an'08 GT500, I'd take the one that comes with 500 HP to begin with and begin the mods.
Oh yeah and also you will hear from the "GT500 has nose dive it's front end heavy" camp. Yeah maybe so and my grandfather's Cooper Mini handles better than my much faster Mustang, no big deal.

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Old 07-28-2012, 09:10 PM   #9
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Another thing to consider is collectibility. In 10 years the GT500 is still going to be a GT500. A Mustang GT is going to be another used car, no matter what has been done to it. The GT500s are going to start being very popular now that Carroll Shelby has passed. You've got to think about the provenance.
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Thanks for the replays guys. I'm sure I can't go wrong either way! Any more comments are welcome.
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Old 07-31-2012, 04:27 PM   #11
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If it were me I'd go with the 11 and new engine platform. Don't buy a GT500 if you're hoping it'll be a collector. The cars we consider collector cars are 40+ years old. You willing to wait that long for your car to become a collector? 10 years from now, it'll be a 15 year old GT500, and probably pale in comparison to the GT500 of that generation. They're great cars now, but I'd rather have an 11' and mod it to be my own.
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Old 07-31-2012, 04:32 PM   #12
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I bought a GT over a used GT500 because I wanted a newer car with (imo), better looks, more creature comforts, a warranty etc. 400+hp is more than enough for me.

if power is the only concern, there are a LOT of high power options in the mid 30s range..
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GT500 is already supercharged putting out just under 100 more hp than a stock GT. If you aren't planning on modding, stick with the GT500. The 5.0, you can slap a SC on it and put that GT500 in the dust with the same mods. Also, buying a used GT500, you don't know how the previous owner drove it and you can only assume they punished it, since you know we all would. Shelby is a nice name plate, and unless you're going to put it in the garage and baby it every time you take it out, it wouldn't be worth it in the end. Beat the crap out of a 5.0 and don't feel as bad :P Just my opinion.
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If it were me I'd go with the 11 and new engine platform. Don't buy a GT500 if you're hoping it'll be a collector. The cars we consider collector cars are 40+ years old. You willing to wait that long for your car to become a collector? 10 years from now, it'll be a 15 year old GT500, and probably pale in comparison to the GT500 of that generation. They're great cars now, but I'd rather have an 11' and mod it to be my own.
You don't have to wait 40 years for a car to be collectible. There are plenty of 90s and 2000s cars that are getting premium pricing due to what they are. Look at prices people are getting for SS Camaros, WS6 Trans Ams and Terminator Cobras. They are selling for much more than a regular Z28, Firebird, or GT of that same era.

2011 GTs are nice cars, but they're still GTs and there are a lot of them out there. Walk through any cruise in and you'll see a ton of nice GTs, but people will still flock around a GT500.
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All three you mentioned we pretty limited production runs. Only one of those has a modern incarnation along the same lines as what existed before. Yes, they are getting premiums over their regular counterpart, but it's still a rare case that they are netting anyone a profit. They're cheap power cars, and while they have their fans, they have limited appeal. The SS and WS6 are especially popular because you can get them for 10k, invest another 1-2, and have 500hp. The Termi that people lust after was only available for 2 years, and that is one of the primary reasons they go for a premium. The modern GT500 has already been around for coming on 7 years now. Not trying to **** in anyone's cherrios because I think the GT500 is a fantastic ride.

I'm not saying the resale on a stock GT500 won't be better than a modded 2011 a few years down the road. I'm just saying that I don't think they'll be a collector car in the traditional sense, and I wouldn't ever buy one thinking that. But that is my personal view, and I know there are many out there who lust after the GT500 for the Shelby name, perhaps more so than the performance that comes with it.
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I'm trying to sort out this dilemma. I plan on buying a '13 gt by spring. It dawned on me the other day that I could buy an '08ish gt500 with low miles in the same price range. Why did you guys choose the gt over the gt500? Any suggestions one way or the other?
Personally I would do the GT500. I like the new 13's alot. Big upgrade in looks. I never liked the rears of the 2010-12. The GT500 can get BIG HP gains from a pulley, cold air intake, and a tune. GT500s are always going to be a "demand" car because of this reason.

That being said I would drive both and see what you like better especially if this is going to be a daily driver.
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I do appreciate all the replies fellas. You all have made good arguments for both.

I like the idea of a fairly unique vehicle and the potential the gt500 has. Really a solid 11.5 quarter mile car that handles good too would be great. That's my appeal to the gt500. It sounds like the ease and cost of getting the performance I'm after would make the 500 the best option. Also it sounds like it can handle more power without worrying about scattering the motor. I'll admit though I'm not real clear on what the limits of the new 5.0 motors are with boost or nitrous.

On the other hand it doesn't take a lot to get the coyote cars into the 11's. The cost of a blower is a big negative though. Having a warranty and the gas mileage would be nice.

I'm always back and forth. I guess I'll know when I get one and I don't see anything wrong with either.
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I was looking into a GT500, but wife asked nicely to please not get it due to power and she knows what a supercharger can/will do. LOL

What she does not know is the 12 GT tuned, CAI and manifold will be getting pretty close.
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I would think that it depends on what GT500 you're looking at. There's a GriggsRacing suspension equipped 2008 GT500(in Vista Blue) with low miles up north in Fresno(I'm in L.A.) for $38K(can probably talk them down from that), but that Griggs setup is like $10K with installation. The GT500 I mentioned is very well looked after and the mods are 1st rate IMO. Do your homework, venture into the GT500 forums and maybe someone that lives close to you has a sweet GT500 in your price range and in 1st rate condition(most GT500s are babied, at least out where I'm at). Good luck with whatever you choose cuz it'll be a Mustang!
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