2012 Ford Mustang Convertible V6 2dr Convertible (3.7L 6cyl 6M)
I've had my 2012 base V6 convertible auto a few months.
It was a rental and has just under 50,000 miles
My first Mustang.
It is certainly behind in design compared with European sports cars,
especially the base model,
but the appeal of the Mustang is in some ways its simple raw charisma,
not its bling.
The new V6 has awesome acceleration and can match the old V8 in terms of performance.
The stock auto setup is a compromise though.
For general driving the Mustang is sweet.
When you want to unleash the beast,
there is throttle lag and imprecise gear shifts until you get above 3500 rpm,
then she pulls like a train.
I love the retro exterior styling and the sequential tail lights.
You just can't beat a summer's day cruising with the top down in an American icon like the Mustang.
The Mustang stops on a dime to match its raw power and for that power, the 25mpg combined and 33mpg highway is amazing.
Rear seat room is really tight and limits who can travel with you.
I'm 6' 2" and no one can sit behind me!
It could do with a couple more inches.
I haven't been happy with the clunky spirited driving performance.
After some research, I read about aftermarket tuning mods. After installing them, these have unleashed a hidden and incredible level of power,
acceleration and shift control/smoothness,
yet maintained the fuel efficiency.
It's now a totally new car and a real muscle car despite being a V6 and not a V8.
I believe Ford allows for Mustang owners to personalize and customize their rides,
so there's always room for improvement - I'm now totally enamored with my Mustang.
If you'd be upset with a creaky front end, having to return to the dealer a few times in the first 10-15K miles for warranty work (front end bushings), and a potential wheel bearing failure, then this is not the car for you.
With all of that said, the style and performance far outweighs any squeaks, creaks, rattles or noises (plus the fact that it's under warranty until 36K).
I will most likely be trading this in for a 50th Anniversary edition of the same model, not only because I am sure I'll want one, but also because if I'm having bushing trouble and a fairly loud wheel bearing noise at 15K miles...I can't imagine that the long-term reliability is good.
Engine, engine, engine, and engine.
The 6MT is notchy, but loosens up a bit over time.
It's still rather tight, but the overall powertrain is incredible.
The exhaust note with the top down has me lowering the roof at 50 F.
Move the tilt wheel lever (knee scrapes it on exit), and give the driver more right-knee room. If the suspension components (e.g. sway bar bushings, lower control arm bushings), and wheel bearings are any indication of the quality of peripheral components in the car...I'd say "Ford, you better find another supplier".
As I state earlier, long-term reliability is questionable, especially if the dealer has had to replace the lower control arms (for a TSB), the sway bars and links (they said that there was too much play in them), and a groaning/warbling wheel bearing (I've heard it from 5K miles, and it's getting worse...hoping it fails in a non-catastrophic manner while still under warranty).
Alread forgot my bmw 1 series convertible. Enter the mustang gt convertible premium.
This car is jam packed with value.
The car has great ergonomics, the sync system works flawlessly, the engine is a beast of beasts and shocked me with it's pure power and torque.
I expected the interior of car to be cheaply made.
But to my surprise the car is beautifully appointed and laid out smartly.
Not cheaply done at all.
The shaker stereo rocks.
Crisp highs and nice lows with no distortion.
Bluetooth is amazing works great with the top down and wind blowing at 60 mph.
Car handles great and has a great bite on the road. No doubt you get more car then a bmw and save over 10k.
Its a no brainer.
Shaker system is awesome.
Nice shift action with a quick short throw.
Great third and fourth gear loaded with all sorts of torque.
Nice leather wrapped steering wheel.
Lighting accents are nice.
Gauges a real throw back.
Synch rarely misses a word you have spoken.
Intoxicating exhaust note.
and jittery on bumpy roads.
Torneau cover would be an upgrade.
Get ride of lataches and and replace with automatic top that can be put up or put down while driving up to 20 mph.
2012 Ford Mustang Convertible GT 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 6M)
Wow. That is all that is needed to be said. This car is for anyone, aged 16-116 who wants to own the most fun/dollar vehicle on the market. With sleek 1969 Mach 1 tribute styling, the 2012 Mustang GT gives everyone the opportunity to own a piece of Muscle Car History and be the baddest car on the road. The new Mustang is extremely light compared to the Camaro and the Challenger, and with the 6- Speed Manual and 3.73 rear end, this car is like a rocket, both in the straight line and in corners. It is extremely good looking, extremely comfortable to drive, and is unbelievable fast for the price. Highly recommended to Everyone.
The 2012 and 2011 are pretty much the same in the base GT like I've got. However, new to 2012 is the automatic headlights and Electronic Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) with any-speed settings, including Standard, Comfort, and Sport. Mine is equipped with the Brembo Package, with 14" Brembo front rotors and Brembo 4-piston calipers, which will get the car to stop as fast is it will go. The 3.73 ratio is a must for anyone who likes to turn green lights into green flags.
This car is intense to say the least, as it comes out of the box, but with Ford's available Ford Racing Accessories, including Power Packs, Handling Packs, and other must have accessories that can be installed from the dealership, you can take your Mustang one step further, I added the SVT mufflers, which give it a much more noticeable growl, and the Ford Racing 1.0" Lowering Springs, which do wonders for improving cornering and wheel-hop on launches. After installing the springs, the amount of wheel hop is negligible.