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Ford GT v. F355

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  1. h2oskier

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    Straight to the point!


    FGT's are the only Ford worth anything in my book.
    Very good looking.
    Fast.
    Power is nice and linear.
    Engine is a simple v8 that's easy to work with.

    Really the exact polar opposite in my book than a 355.

    No brainier trade in my eyes.
     
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  3. mseals

    mseals Two Time F1 World Champ
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    You're right... straight to the point!

    One other factor that I have to consider is that my 355 is a Euro spec model. When I leave Kuwait (and only God knows when that will be), if I did want to keep the car, I'd have to have it converted to US Specs at a cost of around $20K (or more).

    All GTs are US Spec, and US imports, so the issue of sending one back is so much less of a problem than getting a Euro Spec car converted.

    Of course, another option is to sell my Spider, put the money away, and get another F car when I go back. But, that could be in a few months, a few years, or even in 7 to 10 years...

    There's one (count 'em one) GT for sale in Kuwait, red, no stripes, better than fair condition... but, funnily enough, the general population here do not like Fords in general, including, but not specifically, the GT.

    There are a couple for sale in Dubai that I may fly down and look at in the next few weeks...

    Time will tell!

    Mike
     
  4. Senna1994

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    +1 Mike, Luke's GT40 really is awesome from his Videos.

    I am waiting to get more garage space and as soon as I do, I plan on getting a Ford GT as well. They are just such great looking cars, I cannot get over it.
     
  5. ApexOversteer

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    You could also just buy a real GT40...

    GT40's are great, vintage and replicas both, but they're a totally different thing than the GT. The GT has to be the best bang-for-buck hypercar out there. It's reliable, eminently usable, wicked fast right out of the box, making it even faster is simply a question of "how fast?", and the GT, which has obviously been proven to be a timeless design, is a smack in the face visually, with an impact unmatched by anything this side of the Pagani Zonda.

    The only real question is which color to get.

    Tungsten is the answer.
     
  6. DIGMAN52

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    Mike,
    I have owned a '95 355 Spider since 2003, and a 2005 Ford GT since 2007. They are 2 of the best cars of their marque ever produced, in my opinion.

    The 355 is light and nimble, very easy to drive quickly if you keep it up high in the rev band, and has a sound like an F1 car strapped on behind you. You search out tunnels just to hear that sound. Did a 2,000 mile drive with 30 cars to Terlinqua and Big Bend in it, and it was made for those big open roads. The downside is the maintenece cost, and depreciation.

    The Ford GT is very docile in around town driving. Air works great, good sound system, and then you press the go pedal. Holy Sh*t ,all hell breaks loose. The exhaust ramps up the sound, the tires attempt to maintain grip, and by the top of 2nd and 3rd gears, you are experiencing tunnel vision. First time I did an airport runway session, I backed off at the top of 3rd just because I had never experienced that kind of G-forces. I have ridden in a lot of exotics, with a VTTT Diablo probably being the fastest , but this Ford is right there with it in propulsion, and does it without even breathing hard.

    That being said, it's hard to pass up a cruise around the lake with the top down in the 355 on a beautiful day. With the Ford, you look more for the entry ramps and freeways of the world, to feel the rush.

    I bought the Ferrari before I knew about PPI's and F/chat. In the first 5 years of ownership, we had every typical problem 355's have. Seat potentiometers, cats, broken exhaust headers, and finally popped an exhaust valve at Motosports Ranch and did the valve guide fix. Spent over $30k, as each repair came 3-6 months apart. Now, 3 problem free years later, she is running fine. The Ford doesn't break. Never laid down on me, and the only service other than oil changes has been the warranty repair of some suspension bolts, and a fuel neck repair. We have been very happy with the Ford's good service record.

    I share these 2 great cars with a buddy from high school, that taught me to powershift on his '67 Mustang GT 390. Hired his firm as our Auditors after our 20th Reunion, and we have been car partners for 7 years. We swap off every 4-5 months, share expenses and insurance, and it has allowed us to have two very different but equally great cars. If I had to live with only one from here on, it would be the GT.
     
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  9. Nativetroy

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    I love the GT. Completely, ever since the concept. I haven't driven one, well on the road, but I have been in several. Amazing. The only car that has excited me more was an Atom. And the shape is gorgeous, I love that they did it retro without butchering it. But the 355 is gorgeous as well. And I haven't had the pleasure of a ride, so I can't compare that.
    But for your driving style, it's a hard desicion. The GT accelerates like it doesn't want to quit, the sound of the blower just urges you to stay in it. But you don't get the high rpm scream.
    I'd say buy the GT. If it's not your deal, sell it when you get back to the states and by another 355, then put the rest in the bank. Or bring it back and buy the 355 anyway:D
     
  10. rdefabri

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    Awesome!

    Is there a preference for the MKI or the MKII, or are they close enough?
     
  11. leead1

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    I bought my 2005 Ford GT new. It has been a reliable and fun car to own. Not awesome power but very good at the stock 500 hp. The car is very inexpensive to maintan.

    I have owned several ferraris, a 360 Modena, F430 and now a 458. I think you will find the F355 expensive to keep up with service unless you do it yourself and some may be difficult.
    My freind who has a 355 says you "live for the tunnels". great sound to wind the 355 up but no real Grunt and no real power but alot of fun.

    I think the Ford GT will be easier to live with in allaspects including total cost of driving.
    I think the car is a refined and exciting car to drive.

    Good luck whatever you buy. :)

    Lee
     
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  13. mseals

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    Excellent post... thanks, Lee!

    Mike
     
  14. rdefabri

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    I drove one - I don't own one.

    It's definitely a brute of car - not just in performance. It feels "big" - big doors, reasonably stiff clutch, wide body, etc.

    Once you drive it - that impression of "big" goes away. It's nimble, nice steering, handles great...sounds awesome.

    Completely different to the F430 I drove right after - I much preferred the F430, but the GT was memorable. If you are smitten with them, you wouldn't be disappointed once you own it.
     
  15. Luke Warmwater

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    Ford GT has a stiff clutch? I would consider the GT pedal to be in the same league as a Honda Accord.
     
  16. rdefabri

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    Note, I said "reasonably stiff" - maybe better to have said "moderately stiff". Perhaps it was the car I drove, but I wouldn't put it in Accord category! I found it on par with my E-Type, which compared to my old Toyotas, is like a truck.
     
  17. Luke Warmwater

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    It's not reasonably or moderately stiff, that is simply an inaccurate description. It has VERY light pedal pressure. They don't differ from car to car either. You can shift them with your pinky as well. One of the slickest manual tranny setups ever!
     
  18. Senna1994

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    Did you change the stock setup on yours to the FORD Catalog Parts Short Throw Shifter?
     
  19. rdefabri

    rdefabri Three Time F1 World Champ
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    Ok - I guess I'm wrong then. In the future, I'll make sure my opinion is run by others to ensure it aligns with their thinking, because clearly I know nothing.
     
  20. NTB

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    I disagree - I've owned 11 FGT's - the clutch is moderately stiff for a modern car.



     
  21. switchcars

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    Respectfully disagree. Yes, it's easy to shift, but as Tom and rdefabri said, correctly, the clutch does have a decent amount of pressure.

    As far as shifting with your pinky....not quite. Heck it takes both hands to put that thing into reverse!
     
  22. Luke Warmwater

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    Putting it into reverse you have to push through a detent and never once in two years did I use both arms to do it. That is different than shifting through the gears. They only difficulty is shifting into second when it is cold. Other than that they shift like butter.

    I've owned 27 GTs and the clutch pedal pressure is very light and if you think differently then might I suggest a gym membership. That or just buy a flapper shifting car leaving both legs to press on the accelerator. What modern supercar can you even buy these days with a proper shifter?

    Based on the two arm shifting and stiff GT clutch pedal comments I am hereby notifying you both to never EVER attempt to drive a GT40. It will not be a pleasant experience.
     
  23. Luke Warmwater

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    No
     
  24. ghibliman

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    I have an e-type and a GT.......not even close, the GT clutch is much lighter/easier.
     
  25. NTB

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    I'm calling BS..... You've owned 27 GT's? Come on, you've owned 1........ that you bought from Elite. Don't you know that many of the FordGT Forum members are also members here? And as far as never attempting to drive a GT40, neither of us has, you're driving a kit/replica, a nice one though.


     
  26. Luke Warmwater

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    LMAO ok Holmes you mean there are other FGT forum members that are on here? I am so busted the humanity! Sarcasm... just another service I offer.
     
  27. Luke Warmwater

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    PS if you call my GT40 a kit car one more time...
     
  28. S Brake

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    The FGT appeals to me more than the 355.
    Make the move Mike. You can always trade it for an F430 later on. ;)
     

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