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Old 09-26-2017, 06:20 AM
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Default Bought a new Daily driver (Shelby GT350) to replace my i3.

The lease is up on my i3 next month so I started my search for a replacement. I leased the i3 because at the time my family fleet of cars consisted of an E70 X5M and E92 M3. Both drank gas like crazy and we needed something more fuel efficient when just going around town. Well time passed and I got rid of my gas guzzling cars and ended up with a Q7 Diesel, S2000, and i3. I absolutely love my S2K, but on the street it isn't exactly known to be able to overtake cars easily. It's kind of sad when my fastest car from stop light to stop light is the i3. So now that my i3 lease is up, I've decided to never let that scenario happen again. So here's my new daily and S2K stablemate:




Yes it's a 2017 GT350. Would I have liked a GT350R? Definitely! But my goal was to pay 60k or less, have back seats (I know the R can be optioned with them), and be a useable daily driver. I bought this car locally at MSRP. The other contender was a BMW M2 and no idea if in a few months I'm going to have regrets, but I've bought like 7 BMW's in the past 7-8 years and never owned a domestic car in my life. I'm also very partial to naturally aspirated, high-revving cars (and hate auto blipping throttle crap). But in the end, it was the test drive that totally sold me. This car sounds incredible and the chassis is fantastic (for a car this size). It reminds me of my old E92 M3, only better sound and much better handling/chassis. The interior/exterior fit and finish is nowhere near anything BMW makes, but once you are driving, none of that matters.

I never thought in my lifetime I'd ever buy a Mustang. It's just crazy that Ford made this car. I was browsing some of the mustang forums and saw a thread on why so many gt350 owners are selling the car after a few months of ownership. Most of the guys who chimed in were saying they were previous GT500 owners and were disappointed with the lack of low end torque and how slow the car feels to them. It just doesn't have the muscle car feel they are used to. And then there are guys like me who never cared about muscle cars now interested in this car because it drives like a proper track/driver's car.

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Old 09-26-2017, 06:26 AM
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Holy schwing. I expected to some something like a Bolt, Volt, Prius, etc. Now I have this raging Ameri-boner and I'm saluting you sir.
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Old 09-26-2017, 06:30 AM
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Nice color choice as well...
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Old 09-26-2017, 07:09 AM
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Great choice! Every time I look at something in that price range, I keep coming back to the high-revving, bespoke engine and driver-focused GT350. The "bare bones" style appeals to me - I'd rather the money was put into the rest of the car... They're about $70K (used) here in Canada and closer to $80K new (after taxes), so they're still not cheap.
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Right on, man! That's what I keep hearing about the GT350 - once you drive it, you kind of need one. It's definitely on my short list for next car, whenever that is.

Quite a nice stable you have!
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Yeah, I want a gt350 pretty bad. But you can also pick up an M4 or a Stingray in the same price range which makes the decision tougher.
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Old 09-26-2017, 12:08 PM
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Originally Posted by d1rtyc4r View Post
Yeah, I want a gt350 pretty bad. But you can also pick up an M4 or a Stingray in the same price range which makes the decision tougher.
Not for me. I needed back seats and I don’t like the f8x m3/4 much.
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Killer car... GT350 is an amazing machine! The "R" would be nice but most the cost is in the carbon fiber wheels I believe and for a road car just doesn't seem worth it... love the color combo need to add the red pinstripe the "R"'s have lol
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Congratulations! I'm looking to do the same as you... add something with some power to my stable (likely a GT350) so that I can still enjoy my S2K, but also have something fast. Very cool!
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That car is a beast. Buddy had '17 Yellow with the stripes and black roof. I got to drive a half dozen times and it's no joke. The whole drive train and suspension is top notch. Very easy to get carried away in that car! I can't think of a louder new car from the outside. He wanted to get an aftermarket exhaust and I said "stand outside and I'll drive it around the block". He agreed with me when I returned.

He traded it in with 6K miles for a CLS 65S, He needed a better year round daily driver. He had two cars at the time and the AMG is now his sole car.

Are you in jeopardy of the oil cooler recall?
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