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Old 05-16-2017, 09:39 PM   #1
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I've always wanted to pull the trigger on a mustang and I think the time has come. The ecoboost looks tempting, but I just don't think I can turn down the V8. I plan on getting automatic. I'm curious if there's any real differences between the 2015 and 2016 GT's? I plan on waiting until the new mustang comes out as I hope this will give me some leverage on a used 2015 or 2016 GT. I guess I'm curious if it's worth spending a little more for a 2016 over a 2015? I will be buying used under 20K miles, unmodified and one-owner. I plan on doing some basic upgrades, like full or at least catback exhaust, JLT cold air intake, maybe a few more things, and a dyno tune. Eventually may do a supercharger but for now I think I'll be able to have plenty of fun with 400hp. Thanks for any input in advance
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Old 05-16-2017, 09:49 PM   #2
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I've read some issues with too much transmission movement under load but it looks like it was isolated to manual transmission models. Are there any quick fixes I should be aware of that I can get done shortly after purchasing a 2015 or 2016 GT to avoid future headaches? I should have also mentioned, I can stretch my budget and wait for a nice 17 GT deal if it comes up and the 17 is worth it. Thanks again for any input.
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Old 05-17-2017, 03:09 PM   #3
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The biggest difference is that the 2016+ models have Sync 3, which is amazing (infotainment system) and, IMO, worth going for the 2016 over the 2015 (the 2015s use My Ford Touch, which isn't nearly as good as Sync 3). Also, the 2016 model has turn signals in the hood vents. Lastly, the 2016 models can be updated to use Android and Apple Car Play (it's standard in the 2017).
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Old 05-17-2017, 03:11 PM   #4
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BTW - I'm unsure if it's the same everywhere, but here in NJ, the 2017s are already being discounted like crazy to make room for the updated 2018s. May be worth looking into.

Also, it's a hot point of debate, but I'd skip a Cold Air Intake, they don't seem to do much with actual performance on the S550 GTs. Someone on another forum did a track run with a CAI in and with the stock box in, the performance was pretty much the same (the stock box actually ran .1 faster, but that's a standard variable between runs). Just get an exhaust and a tune (the tunes add a ton of performance for most people, dropping the 1/4 times from 12.8 to 12.3-12.4... Which is kinda crazy with just a tune on a naturally aspirated engine). The CAI, IMO, is only worth it if you prefer the look of the aftermarket intake.

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