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So took my car out again for the second time, just a trip around the block, only have 40 miles on it :D .

-The clutch is 100000X better then my friends 03 Cobra, nice and easy, not like trying to push down a 100 lb brick.

-The shifter is nice and tight, nice short throws and so smooth.

-Sound system is awesome (Shaker 500).

-Power is instantaneous (unlike my 420 hp Turbo Volvo), easy to spin them if you want.

Overall a great car ! ! ! !
 

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I don't have a turbo Volvo to compare it with, but I agree with your assessment! Enjoy your ride!
 

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I have over 700 miles on my GT500 and I can tell you that it is a great car. The power, handling, and style is outstanding. I love to pass people on the freeway, look in the rear view mirror, and see them fumbling to get their camera phones out to take pics. My wife has become very comfortable in the car, she falls asleep when we are driving on the freeway (until I make the supercahrger whine, then she wakes up). When I give people a ride, they are surprised how much it pushes them into the seat.

Funny story, I gave one of my friends a ride (he owns a corvette by the way), he screamed like a little girl when I took a turn at 90mph, the tires didn't even make a sound, and it felt like it was glued to the pavement. I laughed so hard at him, I started to tear up.

I am in the process of doing some minor mods: exhaust, tune, and new wheels and tires. I will post those up later.

To all of you that have your cars congrats and I am sure you feel the same way I do about your car. To those of you still waiting, you will forget about all the turmoil you went through to get your car, as soon as you step on the go fast pedal.

Happy motoring :)
 

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I have over 700 miles on my GT500 and I can tell you that it is a great car. The power, handling, and style is outstanding. I love to pass people on the freeway, look in the rear view mirror, and see them fumbling to get their camera phones out to take pics. My wife has become very comfortable in the car, she falls asleep when we are driving on the freeway (until I make the supercahrger whine, then she wakes up). When I give people a ride, they are surprised how much it pushes them into the seat.

Funny story, I gave one of my friends a ride (he owns a corvette by the way), he screamed like a little girl when I took a turn at 90mph, the tires didn't even make a sound, and it felt like it was glued to the pavement. I laughed so hard at him, I started to tear up.

I am in the process of doing some minor mods: exhaust, tune, and new wheels and tires. I will post those up later.

To all of you that have your cars congrats and I am sure you feel the same way I do about your car. To those of you still waiting, you will forget about all the turmoil you went through to get your car, as soon as you step on the go fast pedal.

Happy motoring :)
You are having way to much fun. Keep the fun alive.:D :D
 

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I have only had a couple of people recognize the car for what it is. Very few recognize it when I drive by or else I just don't notice them. I agree it is a fun car to drive. I really scared my brother-in-law with it yesterday when I gave him a ride . I really don't think he knew what it was until I punched it in 1st and threw him back in the seat. He asked me not to do it again and was shaking all the way home.
 

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I have only had a couple of people recognize the car for what it is. Very few recognize it when I drive by or else I just don't notice them. I agree it is a fun car to drive. I really scared my brother-in-law with it yesterday when I gave him a ride . I really don't think he knew what it was until I punched it in 1st and threw him back in the seat. He asked me not to do it again and was shaking all the way home.
Having owned my GT500 for about a month I can tell you it is better thant a large bottle of extra strength Viagra. Driving this car is good for the soul. I was out this morning for about abnhour and everywhere I went and stopped it became an impromptu car show.

One downside. In the last two weeks I have three times been followed closely by police from local municipalities. Each time I was sure they followed me for the purpose of 'running the plate'. The most recent follow was Tuesday about 2100 hours. A Chandler (AZ) PD SUV made a U turn and followed me for about 3 miles. As we approached a stop light he again turned and headed off in a different direction. I am beginning to wonder if these are just to see if it is stolen, or, they are interested in where its home is? In any event, I don't speed on city streets so I wasn't worried about being stopped.

I did install a Pioneer AVIC-D2 last week in place of the Shaker 1000 head unit. The MOST noticeable change when I replaced the crappy 6x8 speakers in the doors and rear deck with Pioneer 6x8 three mode speakers. Man, what a difference. If you can actually SEE the junk speakers Ford put in the GT500, you will understand what I am saying. I purchased the speakers and head unit from Crutchfield. The speakers were a bolt in replacement and are actually stamped as being 'Direct Fit for Ford/Masda'.

The only other mod so far is a pair of FRPP axle back mufflers. Now I have a car that sounds like it should.

Merry Christmas.

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Having owned my GT500 for about a month I can tell you it is better thant a large bottle of extra strength Viagra. Driving this car is good for the soul. I was out this morning for about abnhour and everywhere I went and stopped it became an impromptu car show.

One downside. In the last two weeks I have three times been followed closely by police from local municipalities. Each time I was sure they followed me for the purpose of 'running the plate'. The most recent follow was Tuesday about 2100 hours. A Chandler (AZ) PD SUV made a U turn and followed me for about 3 miles. As we approached a stop light he again turned and headed off in a different direction. I am beginning to wonder if these are just to see if it is stolen, or, they are interested in where its home is? In any event, I don't speed on city streets so I wasn't worried about being stopped.

I did install a Pioneer AVIC-D2 last week in place of the Shaker 1000 head unit. The MOST noticeable change when I replaced the crappy 6x8 speakers in the doors and rear deck with Pioneer 6x8 three mode speakers. Man, what a difference. If you can actually SEE the junk speakers Ford put in the GT500, you will understand what I am saying. I purchased the speakers and head unit from Crutchfield. The speakers were a bolt in replacement and are actually stamped as being 'Direct Fit for Ford/Masda'.

The only other mod so far is a pair of FRPP axle back mufflers. Now I have a car that sounds like it should.

Merry Christmas.

Ken
Hi Ken,

Any noticeable "drone" on the axle-backs?

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There is drone at highway speed. Don't let anyone tell you different... there is 2 fixes... Shaker 1000 with some Ozzy or Ac/Dc or better gearing which put the rpm higher up at highway speeds. Someone on the Stangsunleashed board which is the other board I spend allot of time on has done the 3.73 gearing.
But with that being said I would not replace the exhaust for factory. It is very light and quality built. And honestly when driving around town I love the sound and when I have been at a place where I am driving the 65 I do blast the stereo so I don't hear :) You guys don't know me nor I know any of you personally...however I can tell you I will never post bullshit about products...I call a spaid a spaid no sugar coating if I like you will know about it if not you will really know about it !!!!
 

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Here's a post I made a few months back when I first picked up my car in early July:

"I picked up my new Shelby from Freedom Ford in Hampton Virginia within 18 hours of its delivery to the dealership. Freedom had it all detailed and ready to go when I arrived. The car is beautiful in person, photos just don’t do it justice.

I left the same day for the trip back to Florida. I decided to stay off the Interstates all the way home and drive on two lane roads as much as possible. No only did I believe this would be better driving conditions for vehicle break-in, I also thought it would be more fun. I was not disappointed.

I put 1100 miles on the car over the next two and a half days. Here’s some of my impressions:

- The car attracts an enormous amount of attention. I own several high profile cars (including a Ford GT) but I have never seen so much interest. I can’t explain it. Perhaps it is the history of the original Shelby, perhaps it is because the car is priced so that it is within reach of so many enthusiasts, or perhaps it is my good looks (not). Camera phones, U-turns in the middle of the road to follow me, crowds at gas stations, rolled down windows at stop lights to talk…you name it.

- Fit and finish are excellent. I opted for the upgraded leather, and I hate to say it, but the interior materials and assembly quality are better than my Ford GT. I don’t like the position of the cup holders. I know, I know, it was built for driving, not drinking, but I do like my Big Gulp beside me on road trips. The problem is if you put a drink in the cup holder it is too close to the shifter and interferes. Exterior paint and body panel fit are excellent. Ford has definitely made “Quality is Job One” a reality with this car. While I do wish that the stripes were painted instead of taped, the taped stripes work.

- The car is very comfortable even after hours in the driver’s seat. Suspension doesn’t beat you up. Seats are well designed ergonomically and the leather is pretty supple. There is no annoying wind noise, no rattles, and no squeaks. Running on beat up farm roads was not a problem

- Engine power is smooth and strong. While I did not really get on it too hard during the drive (now THAT took self restraint), even moderate gas pedal position brings on wonderfully smooth and linear power. Gotta love that supercharger whine!

- The transmission and shifter work as smooth as butter. Throws are short (you don’t need to mod this in my opinion), and the shift lever is positioned well. I believe this transmission is the same that is in my Viper, but it seems to work smoother in the Shelby.

- I am not impressed with the clutch. While the clutch pressure feels just right, it is difficult for me to get a chatter free start. I have a number of manual tranny cars so I don’t think it is me, but who knows. If you really want to get on it there is no problem, but for normal launches, the clutch requires a lot of finesse with the gas pedal. I guess I’ll refine my technique over time, but I expected better.

- The brakes are incredible.

- The car’s handling and cornering are crisp and tight. I was expecting to possibly be disappointed in this department given the final weight of the car, but the weight is not evident in actual real world driving.

All in all it was a great drive home. The car definitely exceeded my expectation. Other than the clutch and all the attention it receives, it’s all good. My plan is to use the Shelby as my daily driver. I’ll drop another post in a month or two with more impressions."

Now I have owned the car for 5000 miles, I can only say it gets better and better. The clutch is still a bitch to get a smooth normal takeoff, but other than that I have no complaints. Total blast to drive. The newness never wears off.

On another note, I did install the Borla/FRPP axle back exhaust on my car awhile back. I couldn't take the drone so it came off the car. I replaced it with a Corsa. No drone. So much for originally trying to save a few bucks...

-Chris
 

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Drove it for about 50 miles today, people pointing and taking pictures, I feel like a celebrity ! ! ! ! !

It is really really really really hard to not go full throttle with 500 hp. I am waiting for 500 miles before I start to go full throttle. All my friends love it, I love it, I'M THE HAPPIEST 22 YEAR OLD EVER ! ! ! !
 

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Drove it for about 50 miles today, people pointing and taking pictures, I feel like a celebrity ! ! ! ! !

It is really really really really hard to not go full throttle with 500 hp. I am waiting for 500 miles before I start to go full throttle. All my friends love it, I love it, I'M THE HAPPIEST 22 YEAR OLD EVER ! ! ! !
What are you waiting for. Have been stepping on mine since 65 miles. As shelbywise has said, drive it like you stole it. These baby's have been bench run from the factory. Ford does not want to replace a $16,000 motor under waranty with no obvious faults other than too much pedal to the metal. May the boost be with you but you would not know till you try.:D :D
 

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Here's a post I made a few months back when I first picked up my car in early July:

"I picked up my new Shelby from Freedom Ford in Hampton Virginia within 18 hours of its delivery to the dealership. Freedom had it all detailed and ready to go when I arrived. The car is beautiful in person, photos just don’t do it justice.

I left the same day for the trip back to Florida. I decided to stay off the Interstates all the way home and drive on two lane roads as much as possible. No only did I believe this would be better driving conditions for vehicle break-in, I also thought it would be more fun. I was not disappointed.

I put 1100 miles on the car over the next two and a half days. Here’s some of my impressions:

- The car attracts an enormous amount of attention. I own several high profile cars (including a Ford GT) but I have never seen so much interest. I can’t explain it. Perhaps it is the history of the original Shelby, perhaps it is because the car is priced so that it is within reach of so many enthusiasts, or perhaps it is my good looks (not). Camera phones, U-turns in the middle of the road to follow me, crowds at gas stations, rolled down windows at stop lights to talk…you name it.

- Fit and finish are excellent. I opted for the upgraded leather, and I hate to say it, but the interior materials and assembly quality are better than my Ford GT. I don’t like the position of the cup holders. I know, I know, it was built for driving, not drinking, but I do like my Big Gulp beside me on road trips. The problem is if you put a drink in the cup holder it is too close to the shifter and interferes. Exterior paint and body panel fit are excellent. Ford has definitely made “Quality is Job One” a reality with this car. While I do wish that the stripes were painted instead of taped, the taped stripes work.

- The car is very comfortable even after hours in the driver’s seat. Suspension doesn’t beat you up. Seats are well designed ergonomically and the leather is pretty supple. There is no annoying wind noise, no rattles, and no squeaks. Running on beat up farm roads was not a problem

- Engine power is smooth and strong. While I did not really get on it too hard during the drive (now THAT took self restraint), even moderate gas pedal position brings on wonderfully smooth and linear power. Gotta love that supercharger whine!

- The transmission and shifter work as smooth as butter. Throws are short (you don’t need to mod this in my opinion), and the shift lever is positioned well. I believe this transmission is the same that is in my Viper, but it seems to work smoother in the Shelby.

- I am not impressed with the clutch. While the clutch pressure feels just right, it is difficult for me to get a chatter free start. I have a number of manual tranny cars so I don’t think it is me, but who knows. If you really want to get on it there is no problem, but for normal launches, the clutch requires a lot of finesse with the gas pedal. I guess I’ll refine my technique over time, but I expected better.

- The brakes are incredible.

- The car’s handling and cornering are crisp and tight. I was expecting to possibly be disappointed in this department given the final weight of the car, but the weight is not evident in actual real world driving.

All in all it was a great drive home. The car definitely exceeded my expectation. Other than the clutch and all the attention it receives, it’s all good. My plan is to use the Shelby as my daily driver. I’ll drop another post in a month or two with more impressions."

Now I have owned the car for 5000 miles, I can only say it gets better and better. The clutch is still a bitch to get a smooth normal takeoff, but other than that I have no complaints. Total blast to drive. The newness never wears off.

On another note, I did install the Borla/FRPP axle back exhaust on my car awhile back. I couldn't take the drone so it came off the car. I replaced it with a Corsa. No drone. So much for originally trying to save a few bucks...

-Chris
Florida Chris great post and it is not you, the clutch is the one item on this car that leaves alot to be desired. I have driven alot of clutches but this is one clutch that needs alot of finesse out of first gear. I find reverse is less of problem than first. Have been told that the chatter diminishes over time but with almost 1000 on mine I have noticed a minor improvement. Great collection of cars (Ford GT, Viper and GT500). The Ford GT is one car I would love to have in my garage. Have driven my dealers GT and if I had any complaints at all it was visibility with the supercharger in your rear view and limited sideview vision with plenty of blind spots. Other than that, Wow what a car.
 

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I did install a Pioneer AVIC-D2 last week in place of the Shaker 1000 head unit. The MOST noticeable change when I replaced the crappy 6x8 speakers in the doors and rear deck with Pioneer 6x8 three mode speakers. Man, what a difference. If you can actually SEE the junk speakers Ford put in the GT500, you will understand what I am saying. I purchased the speakers and head unit from Crutchfield. The speakers were a bolt in replacement and are actually stamped as being 'Direct Fit for Ford/Masda'.
How 'bout some pics, please?

Has anyone taken advantage of the space afforded by the missing spare to fill it with a sub, like my wife's ride?

 

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I have 1100 miles on mine and I have not had any clutch chatter. I find that if you don't give the car adequate throttle when you take off in first, she will want to stall, but it is easily corrected.When you have this much power you need to be constantly aware of what you are doing and not forget it for a second. That is the thing I enjoy most about this car is that it makes you feel so alive and doesn't let you daydream while you are in it. Maybe its just me, but I feel like I'm 22 again when I drive it, except that my left leg may not be able to take the constant clutch work( damaged nerve which has caused loss of my calf muscle so I don't have much strength in that leg. I am hoping the clutch work may be like physical therapy, because it will be impossible to stop driving it now.
 

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Great Posts everyone!

I just got my car from Morrissey Motors in Madison, Nebraska. I live in Louisiana so the trip was a little over 1000 miles. Here's a few first impressions.

Sitting down, there is this wonderful cozy feeling; like your in there, at the controls, almost part of the machine. The comfort, noise level, roominess, etc. far exceed my '96 Cobra. This is a car I could travel in! The feeling of confidence swells as you explore the limits of acceleration, cornering and braking.

I was a little disappointed, (I hope you can understand where I'm coming from here) in the acceleration department. I have had and still have several high performance cars but none with 500HP. The articles and posts I've read hype you up for this mind boggling rush of power like a funny car on street tires. Well, It's not like that at all... what you get is a very firm, linear pull; somewhat deceiving I might add. A friend of mine once had a Camaro with a 2 speed powerglide (remember those?) and had just dished out a whippin' to another friend with a W30 Olds with a 4 speed. They later went for a ride together in the winners car and the loser kept saying with amazement "You beat me in this?!?" Like in this illustration, I think the Shelby IS faster than it FEELS. Ever ridden in a fast diesel truck? Same thing! But hey, like I said, don't misunderstand me... it DOES feel great and the power is there. There are no peaks or "power bands", just linear, predictable power. It builds as it revs. It should prove to be awesome on the track (road course) as this kind of power is just what the doctor ordered. I'm a little leary of adding aftermarket tuning for fear that the extra umph may come in a range not condusive to smooth cornering, etc. Oh and don't forget The Whine, oh that fine whine. You just gotta love it!

A few more comments on power. Isn't it astounding that we can have a 500HP car with a smooth idle and no overheating! That is incredible to me. My wife can drive this car without being intimidated; unlike some of my other cars. Also, think about this... rev limiter kicks in 250 rpms above peak HP. Hhmm.

Like many others, the clutch was one of the first things I noticed. It chattered the first time I started from a dead stop. The revs needed to be finessed too, but then I remembered the '96 Cobra in my garage. The rotating mass was intentionally lowered for fast revs on those cars thus the initial start is a little different than with a regular or older model with a truck style flywheel. Also, you have to remember our Shelby has got a dual disc clutch. Smaller diameter, lower mass, more surface area. So what do you want, grocery getter ease or race ready performance? Yeah, I know... both. Me too, but sorry, not this time.

Somewhere, in a state I will not mention, there was a stretch of road. My brother-in-law refers to the event as "We tested every safety feature of the car except the air bags." Let's just say the rev limiter works at 6250 (in fourth gear) and the speed limiter works at 155+. It is interesting to note that the speed shown on the speedometer is actually a little lower than actual speed (about 1%). Very out of the ordinary!

Oh, did I mention 0 to max in less than a minute? Like I said before, the power is deceiving.

Yes, the cup holders are, well, you'll just have to choose your priority, drinking or driving. It's difficult for both. Also, ditto on the tape stripes. They look great but had I known, I may have opted for stripe delete and had them painted on locally.

The gauges other than speedo and tach are in this deep hole in the dash. If oil pressure or boost is an issue with you, you may want to look for aftermarket gauges.

Ok, leaving the technical stuff aside, the car is a blast to drive. There seems to be a "groove" between 85 and 90 mph that just feels right. You could easily set the cruise above 100 and forget it. This is a very well thought out automobile. The caster is there for you at those speeds and so are the brakes. It is really a pleasure to drive such a capable car.

Somewhere on the way home, in another state I won't mention, we were cruising along, minding our own business and an Infinity pulls up along side. The driver turns his head, nods, and proceeds to "goose it". I'm thinking, "What is going on here? Is he out of his mind?" As we downshifted (merely for effect) and passed, I knew exactly what was on his mind. His smile broadened from ear to ear as he saw that he had accomplished his intended result! He just wanted to see what we all want to see... Show me what ya' got! We did and everybody was happy!
 

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Nice write up CajunCobra. Makes me want to get out on the open road again soon.

Nice collection of 'Stangs as well. Love to see some shots of them sometime if you can find the time to post.
 

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Nice post CajunCobra. Good luck with your new ride and look forward to future posts.
 

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Great post and glad you are happy.I have to admit it is a blast to drive.
 

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CajunCobra, well done! Very enjoyable read!
 
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