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Re-introduction and a super duper mega gigantic critical question
I haven't posted to these boards in over a year and a half and a lot has happened since then, mainly college graduation over a year ago and newly engaged, both of which has had some pretty serious impacts to my bank account for the better and for the worst.
I/m now sitting here and contemplating my next vehicle and have been doing such for the past 6 months and I'm looking for genuine opinions from a board I've come to trust (and I'm not posting this in OT to get way off track from my main purpose). I know I've come to a mustang board asking for next vehicle advice and I know that in the end, I have to determine what's best for me, but I'm genuinely looking for viewpoints I have not considered yet.
I'm trying to decide between a 2011+ (maybe even a 2015 if I save long enough) F-150 supercrew 4x4 and a 2011-2014 5.0.
Reasoning for the F-150 - I'm getting more into hunting and hope to soon own a dog within the next 3 years (between a lab and golden retriever). This would be the perfect vehicle for hunting and a future family and plan on keeping the truck for 10 years or until it falls apart at the seams. I want to start having kids by the time I'm 30 (about 6 years away) and a mustang is no vehicle to strap a newborn into in logistics and safety perspectives.
Reasoning for the 5.0 - I'm almost 24 years old and will be young only once and for so long. I have a passion for mustangs (bordering unhealthy) and I don't want to see that being ruined by kids and then put on the afterburners until I'm damn near retirement. My dad lives 1.5 hours away in Tampa and we've always hunted together and he owns a 2010 supercew lariat. I'm not considering the 2015 because of cost and because I much rather have an SRA since I have no intention of autoXing the car. The SRA and off-the-line speed of the late S197s are more than enough for me (until the mod bug bites of course).
So, what are your opinions? Target the 5.0 or the F150? And yes, I've test-driven them both within the past 6 months.
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Reasoning for the 5.0 - I'm almost 24 years old and will be young only once and for so long. I have a passion for mustangs (bordering unhealthy) and I don't want to see that being ruined by kids and then put on the afterburners until I'm damn near retirement. ... etc ...
Easy one here .... you should end the engagement and forget about kids, you aren't near ready for either and they (wife and kids) will only suffer because they will "ruin" your "Mustanging" (your "passion") as to do justice to them, they will have to be elevated as your real passion.
You should just get the Mustang and play ..... IMHO
To tell him to end an engagement is just silly to just get a Mustang.
I'm probably going to go the opposite of most people on here. I'd say get the F150.
Trucks are always good to have no matter what you like to do. My first vehicle was a smaller S10 and I still have it. There have been times where I needed to throw tools in the back and go help someone fix their car. Or i'll help out friends moving. That truck has been the most dependable thing I have ever owned.
You're Stang is amazing, man. Why not just throw on F/I later on and call it a day? I'm sure that would keep you happy for quite awhile.
When you get a dog, are you really going to want him to go in the 5.0? My dog would tear my interior up, so he's a no-go in my sixxer. Are you really going to haul around all your hunting gear with you're 5.0?
My dad was about 24-25 I believe when he had me, and I was the second child. He had his unhealthy obsession with his '71 Z28, and STILL has it to this day, among several other fun cars. Getting old is just a mental state. You won't ever grow out of loving cars and going fast. You have your whole life ahead of you to mod your cars away. That's just my honest opinion.
One question. Are you planning on trading in your current mustang for one of these cars?
My first car was an 05 v6 mustang. I sold it with plans to save for an 08GT and mod it heavily. I waited 6 months and decided maybe a truck would be better.
I bought an 05 Ram 2500 with the cummins Diesel engine. I LOVED it. I could take my dog anywhere and not worry about him in the back seat. I could tow anything, and I mean anything. And I loved just being able to throw stuff in the bed and of course I loved playing with it In the desert.
I didn't want to sell it for anything.
Then I drove my brothers 2013 v6 mustang (jaybestangs94) and I fell in love with the mustang again. A month later, I had the truck sold and now I've got my 2014 5.0
I love everything about it but part of me misses my truck. I hate putting my dog in my mustang, I worry all the time about where it's parked. And I catch myself speeding all the time.
I'm 23. I plan on getting married soon and starting a family. The truck is way more practical. I find myself borrowing my parents Tahoe when I need something bigger which is convenient. I just wasn't ready to completely grow up. Once I have a house, I will get a truck. The dodge was killing me financially...$1300 for tires.. Ball joints were $800, steering box was $700...etc... Within 2 years I had put almost $4,000 I to it to get it to drive nice. Parts were ridiculously expensive . (Motor was solid, front end was weak) and before I sold it, the tranny started slipping and I didn't have another five grand to spend on it. I figured maintenance on the stang would be cheap.
I would say get the truck, you not really have to worry about maintenance since it will be new and it will be much easier for everything family related.
Sorry for the essay lol
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