Yet when it comes to overall rigidity, the current Mustang convertible is light years better than its predecessor. Many of the traditional pony car shortcomings, including a stiff ride, rattling construction and considerable interior vibration, have been minimized or eliminated. It doesn't look it, but the 2006 Mustang has a wheelbase six inches longer than the previous generation, and that makes all the difference. Just like the old days. Overall, the Mustang remains true to its formula as a quick, stylish and affordable car. One of the biggest improvements in this Mustang is the steering. Everything under the car has been upgraded substantially from previous Mustang levels: bigger brakes by nearly 20 percent, completely new front and rear suspension designs that yield much quieter, smoother ride as well as much more precise steering during hard cornering, improved engines and new transmissions.
The interior is as blatantly throwback as the exterior, and nearly as well done. These are the good old days in terms of roominess in the Mustang. Driving ImpressionsThe 2006 Mustang improves those things that have appealed to so many different kinds of drivers for more than 40 years, and it nearly eliminates some traditionally bad pony car traits. Its long hood and short rear deck capitalize on 40 years of Mustang history. In general, the good has gotten better and the bad, less so. Its solid rear axle can get bouncy on bad pavement, and we advise snow tires four of them for Mustang owners in the Northeast or Midwest. Indeed, the Mustang V6 Deluxe is the most popular model about 70 percent of Mustangs sold today are V6s , and we like it.
A few months went by and i started to get a noise in the rearend. I am very fit so weight was not an issue. Our test car was solid enough to think that it would remain largely rattle-free even after a couple of winters pounding over Midwest roads. Speaking of brightening, however, there's enough shiny metal on this car's dash and steering wheel to create some glare problems for drivers on sunny days. An acknowledged icon among American sports cars, the Mustang continues to generate a lot of buzz among the media and enthusiasts. An acknowledged icon among American sports cars, the Mustang continues to generate a lot of buzz among the media and enthusiasts. There's a very heavy dose of 1967 Mustang inside, with two distinct right and left pods, blended with modern touches.
Perhaps most retro of all Mustang features is a new-for-2006 Pony Package for V6 models. The new-found solidity even applies to the convertible. We know, because we've driven every generation since the original debuted in the spring of 1964. We found the front bucket seats to be comfortable, supportive and retentive in hard corners. The new rear suspension uses coil springs and a lightweight three-link design with a Panhard bar and other locators to keep things constant. The previous-generation Mustang, a modified, welded version of a chassis that dated to 1979, was about as stiff as wet rope.
A rigid foundation provides the basis for a host of good things, including improved ride quality, sharper handling and less interior vibration. With this redesign, Ford reached into the vehicle's early history for styling influences, as the interior and exterior are reminiscent of early Mustangs. The package includes 17-inch wheels, front-fender pony badges, a lower door stripe, and a rear spoiler. The ultimate in posing requires that you manually install the optional boot, but the folded, exposed top and frame don't look too bad without the cover. Our tests show this version of the Mustang is a major upgrade over the previous model in terms of style, comfort, and performance. While some of the materials have a cost-saving look and feel, the package is not bad given the high style and price of entry.
The Ford Mustang is an American success story. It's a fact: Cars that cost five times as much as the Mustang tend to get shakier when the fixed roof is removed to design a convertible version. The Ford Mustang has been an icon of American performance since its introduction in 1964. It's also quieter and better built even the convertible , and it rides more smoothly. By adapting ideas and components from luxury cars, Ford has given the current Mustang a level of sophistication its predecessors never had. The brakes, too, are improved, 15 percent larger than the previous generation.
It created the pony car genre, and after 40-plus years of competition with the Barracuda, Camaro, Firebird and others, it's the only one left. This Mustang is simply much more rigid and rattle-free than its predecessor. A family car, the Mustang isn't. Optional antilock brakes bundled with traction control give any driver much more of a fighting chance in bad situations by allowing the driver to brake and steer at the same time. With its new duds inside, Mustang offers a color-changeable instrument panel display, with 125 color schemes to choose from. We'd be inclined to pass on those. With this redesign, Ford reached into the vehicle's early history for styling influences, as the interior and exterior are reminiscent of early Mustangs.
This one's steering is more crisp, more precise and more confidence inspiring. Yet the 2006 Mustang holds true to an idea that still appeals to people of all ages decades after it was launched. This is a very common problem that should have resulted in a recall. They work well in high-speed highway driving situations, as we found during a test in Los Angeles. Both are available with a manual or automatic transmission. The base model has a 210-hp, 4.
Thanks to a longer wheelbase and larger overall size, there is a lot more hip, leg, elbow and shoulder room inside this Mustang that in any previous generation. Forty years after it created an automotive niche all its own, Mustang is both true to its roots and better than ever. It's a gimmick, to be sure, but it's easy to use, and it can brighten your day, and especially your night, as you drive. But they didn't have to pay - I did! As is typical of many coupes, rear seating is tight and rear access is difficult. Launched for 2005 with a clean-sheet design, the Mustang is faster and more agile than ever.