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Kinda off topic but, deciding between 04 Mustang Mach 1 or 2002 Camaro SS

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    1. JLindley

      JLindley Active Member

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      Im having a hard time deciding what i should get either a 2004 Mustang Mach 1 or a 2002 Camaro SS. Its gonna be a year or so before i get one but would like some other peoples thoughts about the cars
       
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      Mach 1 definately.. Rick and JDraper both have one..
       
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      Mustang all the way!!!!
       
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      SS all the way

      5.7 vs 4.6
       
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      Get the Mach 1. Look at the reviews (the epinions, not the car magazine reviews) of both. The Mustang trumps the SS in everything. I've driven both (haven't owned either, but 2 friends have the cars) and the Mach 1 seems like a much better car. Lighter, better gas, seems to handle better (they let me drive them like they drive them) and while it's not much, the Mustang is 2 years newer.

      2002 was the last year for the Chevy, and they were all the same from 1998 up. The Mach 1, while not a big change from the GT, was a bit more rare than an SS.

      The aftermarket parts market will be almost equal, but check out the possibilities available to the Ford. The Ford had, what, 305 or 310 HP? The Chevy, I believe, was 325. Throw a sidewinder onto the Ford and now you've got 450 HP, easy.

      Be responsible and remember - friends don't let friends drive Chevys.
       
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      Cam the LS1 its done.....
       
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      This isn't even something that should be debated...Mach 1 hands down :)
       
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      Umm..define what you mean by "not a big change". Different motor, different suspension setup, different interior, different hood, shaker intake system......

      I drove both when looking at buying one new, and they are significantly different in performance. I wouldn't have bought the GT. I couldn't not buy the Mach 1.
       
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      OK - poor choice of wording on my part. The '02 SS was essentially no different in appearance than the '98 base. Yeah, hood, wheels, and a few other things, but for 5 years they were hard to tell the difference from each other. A non-enthusiast might not be able to tell them apart.

      The Mach 1, though, is pretty recognizable. Again, a non-enthusiast might not recognize them easily, but it is a lot more rare than an SS.
       
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      Mach 1!!!
       
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      Go test drive both and decide.. Trust me the mach handles better hands down
       
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      I've had 3 Camaros.....I can't wait to own a Stang.
       
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      I like both, but the older ones from the 60's and 70's. True muscle cars. MY brother in law bought a brand new 1971 Plymouth 'Cuda 383ci right after he came home from the Vietnam war. Now that car was cool and could haul a$$!
       
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      You'll find that the new muscle cars will run circles around the old ones performance wise. Faster, better handling, better braking, better fuel mileage, etc.

      At the time it was built, the 03-04 Mach 1 was the 3rd fastest production Mustang made (0-60 wise and 1/4 Mile) behind the 03-04 Terminator and (if I remember correctly) the 1969 Boss 429.
       
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      I have 2000 GT 5 speed and walk the 5.7s all day and all I have is an intake and exhaust
       
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      DOHC 4.6 is a killer motor. Love our Mach 1.

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      Same experience here. We test drove the GT, didn't like it, and were going to leave the dealership. The salesman asked if we wanted to try the Mach 1. I wasn't familiar with the car at all. We walked out back and that shaker scoop got my attention! Took the car for a ride and it handled NOTHING like the GT. The suspension setup is different. It uses Tokico struts in front which makes a big difference. The brakes are the same as on the Cobra of the same year. Hit the throttle and the thing will turn 13s bone stock and still get an EPA mileage of 28mpg on the highway. A really nice package.
       
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      It isn't just about the speed off the line, it is the look and feel of the pure muscle and rumble of the stock engine and car, the sound from the factory dual exhaust and the posi, double burn out, rear tire trail going down the street in a cloud of tire smoke. Can't do that in a front wheel drive, it just isn't the same. My bro-in-laws 71' Cuda could do 150-160 mph or more all day long and hold that speed there without flinching, and without any high tech, fancy, computerized technology helping it along. Only thing that would slow it down would be the lack of road. Just pure horsepower off of the lot and no sensors going off warning you about your speed or some other issue (door ajar :) ) wrong in the car. His 'Cuda also came with factory, lock down hood pins which added to it's overall cool look. Cuda's also came with 340 ci and 440 ci engines as well. His was the 383ci.
       
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      You have a lot to learn about newer muscle cars...From the factory, they come with all the features you described. Posi rears, dual exhausts, they are rear wheel drive and are far better in every way except the look. They are more dependable, last longer, cost no more to maintain, etc..

      Go take a ride in a new Mustang or Camaro..you'll be amazed at how much the muscle car has been improved.

      BTW, I also have a '66 Mustang, and driving the two Mustangs back to back is no comparison. The ONLY place that the '66 does better is the body style.
       
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      I say get the Mach. In the long run you will be much happier with it for a variety of reasons.
       
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      Camaro or Mustang that is like asking blond or brunette :)

      I vote for the Mustang given the ones you asked about.

      As to new or old that is much easier. Looks and sound old, in every other aspect there is no comparison as new has way more power, is way faster, handles way better, way more comfortable and so on.
       
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      Then you should know what I am talking about regarding the sound and feel of an older model muscle car.
       

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