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Unread 06-13-2014, 04:31 PM   #1
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Hello everyone. My name is Nick. I am new to the forum so kind of scoping it out right now to see if it is a good place to be.

I have an 03 Mustang V6 that gets me from work and back. Now that I have a little more money, I'm looking for a new car. Basically, I like a lot of cars. I am in the 5-10k range right now.

From what I gather, the '99-'03 mustang GT seems to have the best bang for your buck. I can pick one up for about $6,000 or less and at 260HP that's a $23/HP car which is the best I am able to find. Now, of course the mustang will be a little heavier than most vehicles but even considering weight, it is one of the best bang for your buck as far as speed. Plus it's RWD which is awesome!

Just looking for some more resources and cases. The most difficult thing about it is considering modded vehicles. For example, you could have a civic that costs $3,000 and with another $3,000 thrown at it with a turbo and intercooler it could make more horsepower than the mustang and not be as heavy. I don't actually want a civic so don't suggest that. It was just an example of the more difficult cases I am trying to find that may be better than the Mustang.

Also, keep in mind that I can't do any of the work myself and it will be my daily driver and I'd like it to at least have 200hp and 200ft/lb.

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Raptor22 has an '04 Mustang GT, perhaps he'll see this thread but I doubt he would really recommend it.

If you can't do any work yourself then forget mods - the most reliable car is a stock one and mechanics aren't cheap.
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Since I can't do the work, I'd just have a shop do it. Yeah if anything happened it would be expensive to fix since I can't really do much (I don't have a lift or specialty tools). I had a GSR once and I was about to have it rebuilt so I had a few shops quote me at $8,000 for a 500hp build including tune and everything and since I paid $4,000 for the car that would be $12,000 for 500hp which is $24/HP.. Only problem is it's front wheel drive and getting all that to the ground is difficult in that car. So I decided not to have it done. That was a while ago and all of that money is gone now but mods are really only expensive if they are internal to the motor. The integra was easy to work on, in fact I swapped the head once. The mustang looks difficult to work on.

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Well, to answer your original question, the king of horsepower for money is and has been for many years now, the GM LS engine.
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I don't care for the body styles of most gm vehicles (including camaros and firebirds) except corvettes (which don't come close to the $/hp of any mustang), so I didn't even bother to see if there was a good $/hp ratio.

The GTO is nearly $10,000 right off the bat and only coming in at about 350hp makes it a lot more expensive hp than a mustang. Plus I like the mustang a lot better.

The mustang still seems like the best choice here (or at least one of the best).

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Honestly, I would go with a 96-98 mustang. Ya know, the edge style but the more rounded one.



They still have the old 5.0 in them and it's a GREAT platform to build from.

Also, it's not hard to do a lot of the work yourself. Get a jack, 4 jack stands, screwdriver and basic socket set and you are set to do a lot of stuff.

If you are looking for mustang info go here: http://mustangforums.com/forum/
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As far as I can tell, the '96-'98 Mustang GT didn't have a 5.0. According to wikipedia at least.

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As far as I can tell, the '96-'98 Mustang GT didn't have a 5.0. According to wikipedia at least.
Sorry, 94-95

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Though initially used in the 1994 and 1995 Mustang GT and Cobra, Ford retired the 302 cid pushrod small-block V8 after nearly 30 years of use, replacing it with the newer Modular 4.6 L (281 cid) SOHC V8 in the 1996 Mustang GT. The 4.6 L V8 was initially rated at 215 bhp (160 kW), 1996–1997, but was later increased to 225 bhp (168 kW) in 1998.
I'd get one in a heartbeat, buy a forged rotating assembly and swap it in then boost the hell out of it. You're looking at $2k for a forged rotating assembly, maybe 5-8k for a 94-95 in amazing condition with low miles on it. Put the rest into some wide tires, a big blower, and suspension.
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I'd get one in a heartbeat, buy a forged rotating assembly and swap it in then boost the hell out of it. You're looking at $2k for a forged rotating assembly, maybe 5-8k for a 94-95 in amazing condition with low miles on it. Put the rest into some wide tires, a big blower, and suspension.
If you want to build a track monster this is one of the cheapest ways to do it.

After this, your next best bang for your buck is something with an ls series motor. The sky is pretty much the limit as far as those motors go. Older 80's era corvettes go for 5k all day and can be built fairly inexpensively if you prefer vettes.
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