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Old 01-20-2011, 04:40 PM   #1
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Recommend a car . Help me Decide

Hey gang. I am in the market for a new or certified sporty or muscle car, no trucks or SUVs or minivans. I don't want to spend more than $55k.

I looked at a 2011 Shelby GT500 (red with white stripes with SVT package) MSRP at just a tad over $55k and I like it. The back end still doesn't sit well with me but everything else I like, especially the big hulking aluminum truck engine topped with a supercharger under the hood!

I am also considering a certified BMW M3 4-door, a used 2007+ Z06, Supercharged Roush Mustang, or order the new Boss 302..anyway, here is my list

2011 Shelby GT500
2011 Roush Stage 3
Used BMW M3
Used Z06
2012 Boss 302
2010 Challenger SRT8 *orange (found a dealer that has one brand new)

anything else I should consider? Thanks guys and gals.


UPDATE 1/28/2011

After driving many cars last weekend and this week. I have decided to buy a 2011 Shelby GT500 in Race Red, with SVT Performance Package and Electronic Package. I have owned many many cars and never a Mustang. Every time I was set to buy one, I ended up buying something else. Well, this time, after test driving a 2010 and sitting in a 2011 and reading all the uprades over the 2010, most notably the 550hp aluminum block and no gas guzzler tax.........well, I am snake bitten once again. My local Ford dealer located this car for me in LA and traded their blue 2011 to the other dealer for it and put it on a flat bed and delivered yesterday in the showroom. They put a SOLD sign on it for me. I checked it over last night and man, do I still have the perma-grin! I love the interior! I will take more pics when I get it home tomorrow. I plan on leaving this stock...can no longer afford to void a warranty. Gets too expensive to fix powertrain parts when they break. I almost bought a cpo'd Z06 but wife convinced me get the Shelby to get the Mustang outta my system already.

Anyway, I am paying $1k over invoice which is an excellent deal IMHO. Other dealers in SoCal still have a mark up and most won't deal less than MSRP. For you SoCal guys, GALPIN FORD still wants $10k over MSRP! Greedy bastids.

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Old 01-20-2011, 05:21 PM   #2
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Given the Choices I would say the Boss 302 or look at the 11 Challenger SRT8 with the new 392.
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Old 01-20-2011, 05:26 PM   #3
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Given the Choices I would say the Boss 302 or look at the 11 Challenger SRT8 with the new 392.
thanks. I spoke with a couple of Dodge and Ford dealers here is SoCal and the bastids once again, are marking up these cars. Supply and Demand plus blood sucking greedy dealers = OUCH in my pocket!
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Depends on how used the Z06 is....
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Have you looked at a 06-07 SRT10 viper?
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Old 01-20-2011, 05:58 PM   #6
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Have you looked at a 06-07 SRT10 viper?
hmmmm didn't think of that. Gonna check autotrader now.
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Old 01-20-2011, 07:07 PM   #7
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Check out the Viper for sure.

They aren't everyone's cup of tea but the Lotus Exige is a huge performance bang for the buck. Tons o' fun.
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Out of that group, I'd say z06 if you're talking about a c6, which I assume you are. After that, the 302. If you get the 302 you absolutely have to turbo or supercharge it though. Those forged internals are going to make for a nasty 5.0 with some forced induction. . .
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I would mark that 10' challenger off your list. if you're going to get a challenger, get the new 392.

get out there and start test driving your list : )
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I would mark that 10' challenger off your list. if you're going to get a challenger, get the new 392.

get out there and start test driving your list : )
Definitely, the new 6.4 is sick. I can't wait to see what some h/c packages do on that car.
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Old 01-21-2011, 01:35 AM   #12
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I would mark that 10' challenger off your list. if you're going to get a challenger, get the new 392.

get out there and start test driving your list : )
you are right, erase the 2010 Chally Srt8. I was reading up on the 2011 Challenger 392 today and looks impressive but I wish they improved the interior, particularly the dash and console.....just looks so cheap and empty. I dislike the design of the seats also. But I will definitely start test driving this weekend.
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Check out the Viper for sure.

They aren't everyone's cup of tea but the Lotus Exige is a huge performance bang for the buck. Tons o' fun.
I have considered the Exige for some time now and I just dont know if I like how small it is. But I have always like its handling prowess and the looks of it. I will look at one this weekend and sit in it for fit.
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For $55k you cant go wrong with the 2011 GT500. PM me if you want a more in depth opinion. Or wait for the Z/28 if you cant get over the GT500's rear.



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For $55k you cant go wrong with the 2011 GT500. PM me if you want a more in depth opinion. Or wait for the Z/28 if you cant get over the GT500's rear.



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That black one With a stance and tires like that, the back end looks completely different.
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I have considered the Exige for some time now and I just dont know if I like how small it is. But I have always like its handling prowess and the looks of it. I will look at one this weekend and sit in it for fit.
I would skip the lotus. I have always hated them personally. They're fun track and sunny weekend day cars, but they are horrible cruisers. Every other car on your list is as fast or faster, way more comfortable and way less. . . toyish.
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Out of that group, I'd say z06 if you're talking about a c6, which I assume you are. After that, the 302. If you get the 302 you absolutely have to turbo or supercharge it though. Those forged internals are going to make for a nasty 5.0 with some forced induction. . .
...agree the Boss 302. Comes with ported heads, cams, and intake with a couple of tunes from the factory. Very unique car and I venture to bet very under-rated.

Throw a turbo on there and hot damn.
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That black one With a stance and tires like that, the back end looks completely different.
Camera angle has a ton to do with that. Outside of the tires, everything else is bone stock from the factory down to the mufflers.
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Camera angle has a ton to do with that. Outside of the tires, everything else is bone stock from the factory down to the mufflers.
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There several loaded 2009 CTS-V Caddys with under 15K miles on them (some with under 4K miles) for under $53K on autotrader right now. I'd much rather have one of those than the cars you listed. From your list, I'd have to do some test driving. Good luck!
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thank you all. I really appreciate all the input.

The "one-who-signs-the-checkbook" reminded me this morning as I was walking out the door NOT TO BUY A CAR TODAY! She'd like me to for once, take my time and not fall in love at the first car I see that is on my list. Man, it is so damn hard to not leave work early or take an extended lunch to go car shopping! I am right in between two major rows of new car dealers.
On my way home last night, I found myself missing my exit and continuing on another 7 miles to a Ford Dealer where a Race Red 2011 GT500 is sitting in the show room. SVT package, narrow white stripes, Audio/Navigation option, argh argh argh argh!!!

My little boys want me to build another 1965 Shelby Cobra replica. Arrrghhhh! but they are too little to help me at this point so maybe in a 5 years.

The CTS-V is an awesome machine but no offense to anyone...I have never been a fan of Caddilac styling. It will be another 20 years before the Caddy stigma that is burned in my brain may go away.

Buick Grand National....nah, never fancied them enough to own one. I think they are awesomely menacing cars for their era. The GNx was/is the one to own.

I am going to call Dodge dealers today and find out how much they are marking up their 392s.

CPO'd M3, now that is appealing to me.

Darn it. This is why I have always fallen in love at first sight..too many to choose from AGAIN!
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thank you all. I really appreciate all the input.

The "one-who-signs-the-checkbook" reminded me this morning as I was walking out the door NOT TO BUY A CAR TODAY! She'd like me to for once, take my time and not fall in love at the first car I see that is on my list. Man, it is so damn hard to not leave work early or take an extended lunch to go car shopping! I am right in between two major rows of new car dealers.
On my way home last night, I found myself missing my exit and continuing on another 7 miles to a Ford Dealer where a Race Red 2011 GT500 is sitting in the show room. SVT package, narrow white stripes, Audio/Navigation option, argh argh argh argh!!!

My little boys want me to build another 1965 Shelby Cobra replica. Arrrghhhh! but they are too little to help me at this point so maybe in a 5 years.

The CTS-V is an awesome machine but no offense to anyone...I have never been a fan of Caddilac styling. It will be another 20 years before the Caddy stigma that is burned in my brain may go away.

Buick Grand National....nah, never fancied them enough to own one. I think they are awesomely menacing cars for their era. The GNx was/is the one to own.

I am going to call Dodge dealers today and find out how much they are marking up their 392s.

CPO'd M3, now that is appealing to me.

Darn it. This is why I have always fallen in love at first sight..too many to choose from AGAIN!
There is a gentleman that sells Mopars on ChallengerTalk and will not add a mark-up. He is in Indiana I believe but does deliver (for an additional charge of course). Oh, they just started taking orders for a new color this month, envy me green or something like that. Haven't seen the actual color yet but is possible similar to the Viper Snakeskin screen and also comes with the Black pocket wheels from the Furious Fuscia SRTs.
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CTS V!! Once you drive it, you won't want anything else!

Or, a lightly used Z06 would also be amazingly sweet!
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