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Harley
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posted 01-01-2006 10:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Harley        Reply w/Quote
OK, now that the 05s have a year under them and the 06s are already out, what are the plusses and minuses for those of you who own them? In other words, what might I be getting myself into? Be honest, now.

GTRocks
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posted 01-02-2006 01:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GTRocks        Reply w/Quote
There are quite a few quality issues with the '05s, which I have to assume are fixed with the '06s. Notably, the gas tanks are often preventing fill-ups. They vapor lock after about 1/2 a tank and cause the nozzles to click off. Repair is a new fuel tank. MP3 players often don't play MP3s. This has required a new head unit, and dealers are often requiring owners to drive around for weeks at a time with holes in their dash while their units are shipped out for repair/replacement. Unsat in my opinion. There are a few other TSBs out there. One has something to do with an AC switch I beilieve. Some other rattle issues. All of course covered under warranty. They run strong and are a blast to drive despite these issues. Check the TSBs and you'll get a good idea of the issues. JD Power is not a friend of the Mustang. Jack the knife didn't help us at all in this area either. The design gets good marks. Other than the quality issues, everyone I know that has had one really likes it!

Harley
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posted 01-02-2006 04:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Harley        Reply w/Quote
Sounds like the problems are in the "irritating-but-fixable" category. I'm assuming the drivetrain gets high marks?

ctastang
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From: Virginia Beach, VA, USA
Registered: May 2000

posted 01-02-2006 05:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ctastang        Reply w/Quote
I love Windy. No problems with her, but then again she doesn't have any miles on her yet. Time to get her out and about and let Anni have a rest.

Actually, there are a couple things I don't care for. The headrest is too far forward so I have to have the seat back lean back more than I would if the headrest was like the SN95s. The speedometer in in increments of 20 instead of 10. Much harder to read especially for someone like me who is blind in one eye and can't see out of the other. I wish Ford could design the trunk so leaves and other crud don't get into the crevices. Both Anni and Windy have that problem. I park near a tree at work that has narrow leaves that get into the car. That's the main reason Windy has stayed home while I wait for that tree to quit shedding. It's done now, so Windy's time out is coming Anni's so full of the crud that more doesn't matter that much. Other than that, the car is a blast to drive. Since mine is an '06, maybe she won't have the problems mentioned by GT Rocks.

Carole

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GTRocks
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posted 01-04-2006 10:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GTRocks        Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Harley:
Sounds like the problems are in the "irritating-but-fixable" category. I'm assuming the drivetrain gets high marks?

I would agree with that. Even our harshest of critics gives the drivetrain high marks.

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