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If you have to ask, go with the base. Premium costs too much extra unless you really want it. I really wanted lather and the other gizmos- but i'm a relatively old guy. You can always add leather for a few hundred later.
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With the premium package, or any of the options, there are some good parts as well as some parts of the packages that I did not want. The standard radio is fine, so I did not want the entertainment package. The side stripes are not for me. I can't see paying $995. for some of the options, when you can purchase aftermarket parts that are better and cost less. I guess if you are not mechanically inclined, the premium package is the way to go, as you would have to pay someone to install the parts for you. I got the base since I wanted to decide which options I wanted, without having to live with options I didn't want. I have aftermarket 18" wheels and tires, as the 19" tires are hard to find, and very expensive. I installed aftermarket suspension, as the upgraded suspension was not much different than the base suspension. I installed 3.73 gears, as the 3.31 gears still do not place the V6 into the correct powerband. I also installed a supercharger, aftermarket seats, rear vinyl applique, because I did not want to get a Shelby GTS, but wanted the same horsepower. I installed a billet grille because I did not want the plastic grilles offered by Ford. I retrofitted projectors in my OEM headlights because I wanted better than stock HID headlights. You get the picture. That is what a mustang is all about. Making it special for you, not buying a package that most owners get, while still either saving money, or getting better quality and performance.
My payments are $475.00 for 3 years. I would have been looking at the same amount for an additional two years. That is $11,400.00 extra. I have spent an additional $10,000, and almost have the car the way it should have been offered by Ford. My car is a screamer, but it does not give any clues how fast it is. Exactly what I wanted.
I wanted the Premium stuff so that I wouldn't have to add it later.
See you need to get a good deal on the car you want then compare it to "what if" you got a deluxe or base and added the extras later.
With all the incentives and rebates plus purchasing it on the X plan, I got it for waaay less than the sticker price.
Shop around and don't jump on the first deal you come to.
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