Mustang GT Impressions
By MachZ2871 on
Vehicle2001 Ford Mustang GT Deluxe 2dr Coupe (4.6L 8cyl 5M)
ReviewI leased the GT, the ending up with it
over a Chevy Z-28 in a decision of
economics (The Z-28 was $5K more).
Having traded in a 1997 V-6. I had
some expectations. I expected the 4.6
litre V8 to perform better than the
Chevy V6, but I really had to rev it
up because the low-end torque wasn't
there, which in turn exposed the
laziness of the 4-speed automatic when
commanded to downshift (even
manually!). Overall, the GT was a good
American muscle car, but lacked some
of the really hard-core attributes,
road-handling felt soft and and
sometimes not sure-footed when pressed
hard. Casual drivers would get a kick
out of it.
Best FeaturesThe Mach 460 stereo with in-dash 6-CD changer was a highlight, and the while the hood and side scoops were annoyingly fake, they looked great on the Mineral Grey color that snapped my attention away from all other cars on the lot. (I had one of the first with this color in the area.)
Worst FeaturesBigger gages. Better yet, gages that moved when things happened. The voltmeter and oil gauge never moved when the car was running. The interior needed more sportiness, and a sunroof option. Most of all, the transmission needs to be more responsive and the V8 needs more low-end torque.
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