Why Didn't Anybody Fix This? - 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 Long-Term Road Test
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2011 Ford Mustang Long-Term Road Test

2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0: Why Didn't Anybody Fix This?

February 04, 2011

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I took my first drive in our long-term 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0, and this car is as great as everybody has been saying. The 5.0 V8 has a totally different personality than the 6.2-liter LS3 V8 in the Camaro convertible I drove recently. I'm not sure I'd call it better (not this soon, and I'm not trying draw lines in the sand with this post), but it's an exciting engine for sure. Also, have others have written, the seating position in the Mustang is ridiculously good compared to the Camaro -- the beltline feels low, I can see out of the car and, if I'm having a dumb-driver day, our long-termer has a back-up camera.

It's such a nice cockpit that I simply can't understand why nobody addressed this center console -- specifically those raised corners at the front edge of the console lid. They've been bugging me since 2005.

See, they're not soft, forgiving corners. They're pointy. And the one nearest the driver seat sometimes catches my right elbow on 3-4 upshifts and 4-5 downshifts. I don't rest my arm on this console ordinarily, but the top of it is rubbery and grippy, and it's at just the right height to intercept my arm during said shifts and ensure that my elbow rams into the corner.

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Obviously, any redesign of a car involves careful allocation of resources, and it's obvious Ford has put money into the chassis and drivetrain for the 2010 and 2011 Mustangs. So maybe there wasn't room in the budget for a new console container top that fits more flushly with the console. But had I been running the project, I would have insisted on this change. Then again, had I been running the project, the Mustang would be a hatchback with big smiley grille.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 2,981 miles


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