2011 Ford Mustang GT Premium 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 6M)
I drove the Challenger, Camaro and Mustang.
The Dodge was a slug, and the Camaro drove well, but felt excessively claustrophobic, and its lines never "sang" to me as did the 'stang.
I was hooked.
After 25000 miles in my Sterling Gray 5.0 GT with 6 speed manual I still REALLY enjoy driving it.
Every time I get in it after a couple of days away, it's like an eager puppy that wants to go out and romp - with 412 HP.
Great bang for the buck!
The lines of the car simply captivated me.
Handling is crisp, solid and predictable.
An absolute joy to drive.
Noise level is quite good, but after four hours can become tiring.
Acceleration is awe inspiring.
Flooring the accelerator during a freeway merge, the 5.0 never seems to run out of power... it simply keeps pulling through the gears, and easily exceeds any speed limit.
The NAV and SYNC systems with Bluetooth connectivity and USB flash drive jukebox are fantastic.
Fuel economy is as advertised, but a heavy foot is penalized.
The new 5.0 engine is destined to be a classic - the story of the development of the Coyote is a tour de force in modern engineering.
Interior storage space is limited, and more would be most appreciated.
The 6 speed manual transmission close ratio gearing and shifter throw lengths are excellent.
The linkage/shifting leaves something to be desired, and is usually smooth and effortless, but occasionally becomes difficult to shift.
There are many SIG forum posts on this, and AFAIK, there has been no comprehensive cure.
It would not prevent me from buying the car again, but the car is so nearly perfect otherwise, it's a shame to have that one glitch.
I have owned nothing but V8 muscle cars in my life. So when I decided to look at the new V6 Mustang I was confident it would disapoint. However, to my surprise it was fantastic. So great in fact, that I bought one! The car handles great and is a real joy to drive. The steering is just fantastic. I also got the 6 Speed Manual which is great. I have added a few aftermarket things throughout and are now pushing around 350hp at the engine. The car will get to 60 in 5 seconds flat and if im quick enough it will even get in the high 4s to 60. Thats incredible! The car just goes and looks good getting there. I got 32.5 MPG last week with mostly highway driving. Its the first great V6 Mustang ever!
My Mustang is only 5 months old and I have already had the A/C fixed and new front control arms. Plus it has a hard time going into third gear at times and the remote works when it wants. So it would be nice if Ford improved its build quality.
2011 Ford Mustang GT Premium 2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 6M)
2011 Mustang Gt California Special automatic trans is the best car I have ever owned and I have been building hotrods for 30 years. I have yet to find anything I dislike about it and I am very picky. Bought it with 12k miles on it and it has a Roush intake and exhaust which I highly recommend. 21mpg in town and consistent 27 highway with a best of 29 on a long trip doing 70-75 mph. Took it to the track and ran 12.80 in the 1/4 mile on street tires with the traction control on. My bet is it would run 12.5 with sticky tires. Wow. Such an incredible designed vehicle.
Get the V8.
Heated Seats are great. Stereo is awesome. Love the california special package! The new V8 "coyote engine" is absolutely beautiful. The ability to change the color of dash and sill plate lighting and accent lights to any color is really cool.
Don't change a thing. You should put this engine in everything ford makes.
2011 Ford Mustang V6 Premium 2dr Coupe (3.7L 6cyl 6M)
I just bought a used 2011 Mustang V6. I LOVE the car! I had a 2001 mustang that I have fond memories of, which is why I bought a 2011 so aI could share it with my 16 year old. The 2011 makes the 2001 seem like absolute garbage. This is a great all-around car! For the price, you get great performance. It's only a half second slower than the GT, and I'm getting 30 mpg on the highway.
Mine has an automatic, which I opted to get for my daughter. You don't get into much of the power until 3000 rpm, so the auto trans has less than impressive torque feel from a dead stop (perfect for a 16 yr old). If you want to really utilize the 305 hp, go for the manual!
The engine! Also, the interior has a lot more customizable features than I expected. Sync works great, the customizable gauges and ambient light are cool touches. The dual exhaust is awesome. I like that I have a V6 mustang and it doesn't feel like it's a second-tier mustang. It doesn't feel like a cheaper version of the GT like the older models. I love it, it gets a lot of compliments.
The center console design is a bit cumbersome. There are a lot of buttons, and it's taking me a while to get used to their placement. Although I can do a lot with the steering mounted controls, I find that i have to take my eyes off the road a lot to adjust climate control, or when I sync to my phone via bluetooth, I have to go through a few menus every time to get it to work. Easy solution is to plug in a USB cord, but I like not having to mess with cords all the time. This is splitting hairs, but maybe a launch control? The car is powerful but underwhelming until it hits it's power band. Needs a telescoping wheel.
2011 Ford Mustang V6 Premium 2dr Convertible (3.7L 6cyl 6M)
I have a convertible and like it, but I feel the price for the V-6 Premium was about $5K too much and I bought it used.
I have only had it three weeks and was a victim of a nasty hit and run while I was in a store so it sits in the shop.
It will be interesting how it will hold up after being repaired.
My girlfrield loves taking it on tight curves so I think this will be more her favorite car than mine.
I miss my 2011 Fusion SEL.
Much better bang for the buck.
I love the gas mileage.
23-26 in the city and 30-32 on the highway.
Automatic transmission shifts almost unnoticed.
Love the changeable lighting on the instrument panel.
Longer seat belts, not all of us are thin toothpicks.
I worry about belting in the winter with a heavy coat on.
Belts may not fit at all.
I had no issues with the Fusion.
It feels a bit unstable over bumps, I know that seems to be common with convertibles.