sorry this is so long. i'm in Ford GT mode these days. just waiting now to see what happens at my dealer. they're expecting their first car in august and they claim one more this year as well. i'm supposedly top banana, but i'm not holding my breath either. but i'm feeling verklempt about the service issue and would be curious to hear others' opinions. the crux of my concern is that these guys spend their days selling and servicing F150s and other such non-exotic, non-limited-production, non-performance (with some minor arguments) vehicles. boston sportscar took care of my 355. they were stellar. i NEVER worried about whether the wheels were properly torqued or any other dumb crapola when i was doing 120. for better or for worse, i trusted their competency and they never steered my 355 wrong. but they weren't cheap. we all know what f-car mechanics charge. i have to assume that the local ford dealer isn't getting $100 to $125 per hour for Festiva brake work, right? if one shop is charging $110/hr and another shop is charging $65/hr, i think it's fair to assume that the guy actually doing the work is probably making a hell of a lot less per hour in the second case. and certainly there's not a blanket correlation of "salary" -vs- "competency" but on average, they're absolutely not disconnected either. so how does Ford plan to service these things? their web site claims that ANY Ford dealer can sell them. some small number of the cars will be distributed to dealers by lottery. i've heard stories that only the top 100 to 150 dealers will really get cars. i've heard stories that it'll get spread across the top 500 or so dealers. not sure what to believe. i just find it hard to believe that EVERY Ford dealer is going to be GT repair certified. and i am skeptical about the level of service a car like this may require and getting the proper service from a Ford dealer. this is WILDLY outside their normal course of business. the highest-end SVT mustangs are still sub $40K cars. if they **** it up they can just get a new one. you **** up a GT it's potentially a big problem. i've never bought a Ford. in fact, i'd never been in a Ford dealership until the GT came around. i have owned Chrysler products (Jeep Grand Cherokees - two of 'em) and service is, at best, "adequate". my first dealer was a small shop with no automation and no tracking - major pain to get info out of. my current dealer comes back with lots of "could not reproduce / could not find" crapola. a buddy of mine has a dodge pickup. he hates his dealer. total scam artist a$$-wipes. and the service was horrible (he's out of warranty so he takes it elsewhere now). horrific service stories. but he says he'd watch Vipers pull into the bays alongside POS pickups and he just cringed for the owners, only imagining the damage the mechanics were going to do. did Dodge figure out how to support Viper owners properly at the dealership? do folks think Ford can pull it off for the GT? doody.