"Let me be clear...these comments are specifically about the 2005 anniversary issue. I believe by the 3rd year Ford got it right! The car is more stylish than any other car in that price range (lexus, infinity, etc.), and that in itself is worth some accolades. I am sure some would argue that 'stylish' is subjective, so I will clarify by adding that while the other cars looked quite similar, this car definitely stands out.
The car is just a blast to drive! The stock suspension is a little 'spongy' in my opinion, but fine. I have modified the exhaust to give it more of an 8 cylinder rumble, but you may prefer a more dignified sound with the stock system. It's personal preference and nothing more. Gas mileage is acceptable for this type of car, and can actually do quite well on the highway with 26-28 mpg. It has all of the styling of a classic with most of the modern accouterments. I would have added gps navigation and mp3 however, but this can be added after-market.
The engine is supposed to be a modified jaguar engine, so you basically have a jaguar under the hood. With my muffler modification it sounds just right when you accelerate, and not too 'throaty' when cruising...and it is a cruising car! The 2005 anniversary model had most of the premium features standard (powered seats, heated seats, temp control. etc.), and the "50th Anniversary" emblem is on both sides of the car on each fender. Some unscrupulous dealers are replacing the fender emblems on older T-birds with this special emblem, so be careful!
Some of the negatives would be the hard top contact between the car body and the top is basically rubber, so you get a slight sound as you drive over bumps. It is the sound of rubber squeaking across metal, that's all. There are many things you can do to stop this, but I haven't done anything because it is not that bad and I understand what it is. Another negative is that there is the typical Ford 'cutting corners' with some of the interior dressings. In places where a higher quality material should have been used (like the behind the seat emblem), plastic (or similar) was used. The control panel is also standard Ford fare (boring), but that can be dressed up. The suspension as I mentioned is rather odd, and I think a tighter ride is preferred for a sports coupe. I haven't changed this either, and it can be just fine for most people I am sure. One last complaint could be that the car may seemed cramped to larger people; low overhead and little foot room. This is, of course, a sports coupe and not a sedan.
Overall, I find it a pleasure to drive, and I always look forward to taking it out on the road. I will probably look back many years from now as this car being my favorite car...unless they come out with an electric modification for it. Then I imagine I will be driving it for a long long time!"
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