Unfortunately, because of my particular wants/needs, the current market of cars, and regardless of my previous misgivings, I’m probably gonna be in another aluminum-hooded Mustang. It is what it is. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I didn’t know this until earlier today, but dealerships can find used cars if you ask (who’da thought), so I called the Ford dealer my parents and I have gotten cars from over the last 20-25 years and told them I wanted the following:
- Manual Mustang GT
- $19-25k budget
- Any color, as long as it ISN’T Black (My anxiety will not put up with those swirls and scratches.)
This way, I’ll be dealing with the salesperson we’ve gotten our last four cars from and it’ll be a relatively easygoing experience rather than a shot in the dark with a new person, and since I was already looking at cars in other states, I won’t have to go further than 15 minutes if they find what I fancy. Covid has messed with the used car market so much, it’ll be interesting to see what they find.
As for the S550/S197 debate, it’s literally gonna come down to whether or not I’ll be fine with trading the IRS, better interior, and modern tech for the live axle and less tech (if it comes to that). I honestly like both aesthetically, especially the 2011-12 facelift. The S550 (hood aside) is pretty much perfect imo. The price delta between S197s and S550s is considerable enough it could be the deciding factor.
We’ll see how this goes.