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Old 01-20-2011, 03:40 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, 04:21 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, 04:26 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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Old 01-20-2011, 04:31 PM   #4
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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, 04:58 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, 06:07 PM   #7
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Have you looked at a 06-07 SRT10 viper?
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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Old 01-20-2011, 06:41 PM   #9
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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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Old 01-20-2011, 07:32 PM   #10
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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, 12:35 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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Old 01-21-2011, 01:42 AM   #14
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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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