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2005 Ford Mustang Convertible

2dr Conv GT Premium

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  • $30,745 original MSRP
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2005 Ford Mustang Convertible

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Sunny California? I must have taken the wrong exit off the I-5. After two weeks of rain, Malibu's beachfront cliffs are melting into the sea. But despite the menacing clouds moving in from off the Pacific, we just can't resist the opportunity to roll back the roof of our new Mustang Convertible.

Ford's retro-styled pony car has been an unabashed smash since its introduction last autumn, the assembly line struggling to keep up with demand. If our brief run through the mountain passes north of Los Angeles  is any indication, Ford is in for a full-fledged factory meltdown once the ragtop hits the street.

There's been plenty of press for the all-new Mustang, so we'll just touch on some of the highlights. That sense of d? vu is purely intentional, the '05 update unabashedly lifting its cues from the classic '67 pony car. But under the retro skin, it's all-new, in fact the first completely new platform in the 40-year history of the Mustang.

With both the base and GT versions of the coupe starting at less than $20,000, Ford has turned the new Mustang into an incredible value story - especially when you consider the tremendous improvements that have been made, top-to-bottom, inside and out. At $24,495 for the V-6, and $29,995 for the GT Deluxe, the Mustang Convertible is still a heck of a deal.

Surefooted and solid

Charging through the sharp curves on Mulholland Drive, our bright red 'Stang generally proves as surefooted as the steed it's named for, though a puddle of water briefly sends the live rear axle skittering sideways. But even then, the car is quick to recover. The power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering is tight and precise, while braking is quick and predictable. Slamming the pedal when a stop sign catches us by surprise, the car's ABS system confidently brings us to a halt.

It's all the more impressive, by the way, considering we're in a convertible. There's none of the cowl shake, rattle, and body flexing we'd come to expect of past Mustang ragtops. Ford claims it more than doubled torsional rigidity with the '05, and it shows. But it also got there without bulking the car up. There's extra bracing, of course, but Ford engineers took pains to avoid adding lots of metal. As a result, the 4.6-liter GT, with its five-speed manual, weighs in at a reasonably svelte 3614 pounds. That's only about 130 pounds more than the coupe. Typically, you'd expect a convertible to add 300 pounds or more.

That's good news when you're putting a full 300 horsepower to the pavement. The new three-valve, single-overhead-cam, 4.6-liter powerplant uses variable cam timing to produce 40 percent more horsepower than the previous GT. While Ford isn't releasing official times, it "suggests" that the GT convertible will launch from 0-60 in just 5.1 seconds. The car's standard traction control system can easily be disabled if you want to do a burnout or hang the tail out in a hard turn.

That seat-of-the-pants thrill is matched by what your ears hear. Ford engineers put a tremendous amount of effort into tuning both intake and exhaust, and their work paid off. Tip gently into the throttle and the big V-8 emits a baritone rumble. Slam the pedal to the floor and you're rewarded with a menacing roar that tells everyone around you this is a car to watch out for.

Easily topless

Put the electrically-operated top up and you're likely to be equally impressed. The insulated cloth roof does a good job of diminishing wind and road noise.  But it doesn't narrow your field of vision like the previous Mustang - or most other convertibles, for that matter. The rear window is relatively large for a fabric top car, while the new Mustang features full quarter windows, modest-size C-pillars and a full glass backlight, with a standard-equipment defroster.

Like the coupe, the new Mustang convertible features a slick aluminum interior package that compliments the metal trim of the steering wheel, visually one of the nicest touches on the new car. The instrument cluster, meanwhile, uses color-configurable lighting that can be set to reflect a driver's mood and style.

We do have some problems with some of the other interior materials, particularly some of the hard plastic trim surrounding the center stack, and framing the windshield. These pieces are unexpectedly tacky in a cockpit that may otherwise be among the best interiors Ford Motor Co. has ever put on the road.

Along with the anti-lock and traction control systems, the new convertible features a safety cage cabin designed to resist deformation during an impact. The driver and passenger front airbags are dual-stage, while side-impact airbags are available - sadly only as options - for the front seat.

We've always had a soft spot for the Mustang, and the 'Stang Convertible, in particular. With all the improvements made on the '05, it's now a car you'd be hard pressed to ignore. The price is right, the performance is there, and despite a few lackluster details, we expect the new ragtop will be in short supply as we move our way towards warm weather.
2005 Ford Mustang Convertible
Base price:   $29,995 GT Convertible Deluxe; $24,495 for V-6 Convertible Deluxe
Engine: 4.6-liter V-8, 300 hp/320 lb-ft; 4.0-liter V-6, 210 hp/240 lb-ft
Transmission: Five-speed manual or five-speed automatic, rear-wheel drive
Wheelbase:107.1 in
Length x width x height: 188.0 x 73.9 x 55.7 in
Curb Weight:3476 lb (V-6 manual) - 3658 lb (GT automatic)
Fuel economy (EPA city/hwy): 19/23 mpg (V-6 manual), 18/23 (GT automatic)
Safety equipment: Front dual-stage airbags, pre-tensioning seat belts, anti-lock brakes, traction control
Major standard equipment:Electronic alarm with anti-tow sensor, cruise control, AM/FM/CD player, trip computer, electrically-operated roof with glass backlight and defrost, tilt steering wheel, power windows, mirrors, and locks
Warranty: Three years/36,000 miles

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Std
Traction/Stability Control Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Opt

Road Visibility

Fog Lamps Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Security

Alarm Opt
Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

Ford Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Manufacturer's 7 years / 100,000 miles Powertrain Limited Warranty from original in-service date. 12-month/12,000-mile Comprehensive Limited Warranty. See dealer for details.. See dealer for details. Rental Reimbursement $30/day.
Age/Mileage Eligibility Model Years 2010-2015 with less than 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 172
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

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