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Old 07-21-2012, 07:19 PM   #1
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2012 Mustang Convertible

I'm on a business trip at the moment and managed to get a 2012 Mustang Convertible 3.7L for my rental car. My dad had a first year Mustang and was the car he loved the most, and, years later, for my first car, I got a used 1971 Mustang Mach I.

OK, with that out of the way here's my impressions...

First, it has the 6sp Auto transmission and that's almost a crime in itself but it is rear wheel drive as any true sports car should be if it aint AWD. Second, it does have pretty decent handling. But unless you get on it the power is only OK -- certainly better than my 2012 FF Ti, but nothing to write home about either.

Finally, the interior is lacking by today's standards and part of that seems to be an attempt to capture some of the look and feel of the original Mustangs. I guess I can understand that, but compared to my 2012 FF Ti with MFT/Nav the Mustang is pretty limited. For some reason there is no Sirius/XM.

But, the $64,000 question is -- would I rather have this car or my FF Ti? I got to be honest and say that if I could have either car for the same money I'd grab the FF Ti every time. There's just too many premium features in my Ti that this Mustang does not have.

I have about 400 miles on her since picking up last Monday and my cumulative mpg thus far is 23mpg -- not bad but at least 10mpg less than my FF Ti would have under similar driving conditions.

Maybe tomorrow I'll test out the car with the roof down...


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Old 07-21-2012, 07:59 PM   #2
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6 speed manual V6 Mustang FTW. i know yours is an auto but just saying! what it sounds like is you have a base model Mustang Convert. the interior in this latest S197 Mustang is far better than what it used to be on the original S197 back in late 2004.
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Old 07-21-2012, 08:51 PM   #3
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Lol, only slightly better power? It has 300hp compared to the focus 160. Rear wheel drive vs front wheel is the only thing that makes it feel different. If I didn't have kids, I would drive a mustang over the focus any day.
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Old 07-21-2012, 09:27 PM   #4
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You can put comprable optionsin a mustang, most of the rentals are base cars, if you look at a premium the trim and feel of the interior is much nicer
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Old 07-21-2012, 10:13 PM   #6
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You can put comprable optionsin a mustang, most of the rentals are base cars, if you look at a premium the trim and feel of the interior is much nicer
I was about to say this. I'm in a rental 2012 Focus SE right now and it is pretty much terrible compared to my SE Sport. no cruise control, no sync, boring lcd's, no usb port, only one 12v power adapter, and no Sirius. So yeah, I wouldn't compare the rental Mustang to a Mustang that you'd pay your own money for, the two are rarely even close to comparable.
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I like the st, I just don't care for the center stack & the radio controls are a hassel. Seems like its geared towards teckky's. & I don't like how ford bundles the options. Seems like its all or nothing. I don't need the sound tunnel= sound symposer in the firewall. I'd rather have that monies in to a torsen. Your comparing a older designed car to a new one. The mustang is geared towards power & Having fun. The best ford car for power per dollar is the gt500. Just raw power=awesome huh. Look at the svt focus, thats a great car.
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I was about to say this. I'm in a rental 2012 Focus SE right now and it is pretty much terrible compared to my SE Sport. no cruise control, no sync, boring lcd's, no usb port, only one 12v power adapter, and no Sirius. So yeah, I wouldn't compare the rental Mustang to a Mustang that you'd pay your own money for, the two are rarely even close to comparable.
You basically have an S model. My SE has sync and all those features. Wouldn't have bought it without.
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Yeah, it has 305HP making it nearly twice as powerful than the FF, but until you open it up it doesn't feel all that impressive. At cruising speed on cruise control the car will down shift on even modest hills. I exected more.

And yes, this is, like many rentals, a base model so I have no way to compare this to the higher trim levels.

The thing is, when I looked it up the price for this base model Mustang is around $27K while the base model GF is about $17K. My 2012 FF Ti with active park, leather, MFT with NAV was under $24K.

I am not trying to dog the Mustang, just sayin I'm not all that impressed. I would prefer driving a manual, non-convertible version with higher grade interior to get a better sense of what the Stang is capable of, but given the roughly $10K difference in price I doubt I be inclined to switch.


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I put another 170 miles on it today and really babied it to see how the mpg would improve. Over that distance I managed 28.5mpg and I'd guess if I were driving my FF Ti the same way I'd have gotten between 37-40mpg so it looks like the Mustang is a solid 10mpg less than the FF.

Also, I paid more attention to the downshifting on hills and noticed that when it downshifts it very often downshifts again within a couple seconds of the first downshift. My FF would do the same, but it only has a 2.0L engine not a 3.7L engine. It appears that the power is in the higher revs and down in the cruising rpm range it has barely any more power than the FF -- while else would it need to downshift so often.

But, the mileage under cruise conditions isn't too bad for a 3.7L V6...


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