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Chevy S-10 Vs. Ford Mustang  
User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1792 times:

Well in about a year from now (when I move back to CA) I will be buying my first car! But currently I am torn between what I want. I do not want to spend more then $15,000 as considering soon after I purchase this I will be on flight instructor wages which means not a lot of money!
Here is my delima, I am torn between a Ford Mustang, or a Chevy S-10. They both have there good and bad in my books:
Ford Mustang
Good: A sports car, Convertable, seats 4
Bad: More expensive

Chevy S-10
Good: Cheaper, off road ability, fits surf boards
Bad: Uncomfortable to seat for 4

If you where in my situation what would you go for and why? Is there any other car you would prefer in this price range?
Iain

81 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineMilldoh From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1674 times:

In your never-ending quest to score more and more chicks' phone numbers, go with the Mustang  Wink/being sarcastic

But I wouldn't get either. The 2002 cars are coming out soon and so will the car guides. I would suggest getting the Consumer Reports 2002 Car Guide or use a website like http://www.edmunds.com/ and find a nice car you can afford.


User currently offline174thfwff From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1661 times:

Why would you even bother with the S-10. You can barely fit 3 people. Plus gas money? Forget about it. Just strap your surf board to the roof...Mustang-more fun to drive too!

-Peace In-
174thfwff


User currently offlineKaiTakFan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1588 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1653 times:

Do like i do... get a Mustang GT. a V6 mustang is by far a pathetic excuse for a mustang! i have a 1996 GT and it is just awesome! The speed, the roar of the exhuast, ahhh just such a nice car! everyone i know laughs at guys in a V6 mustang or camaro for that matter. the GT is really the only way to go with a Stang. and what ever you do get a stick shift!! you will have a blast in that car!
If you cant down the extra money for the GT dont do it!

Cheers!
Brian


User currently offlineThe747Man From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1651 times:

Screw em both, Mustangs for girls, S-10s too small.

Go with this!



User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1643 times:

Hmmm the shaggin wagon!
Iain


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39887 posts, RR: 74
Reply 6, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1640 times:



You can fit your surboards and haul around all of your sexy chicks in this 1971 Plymouth Satellite Wagon.  Smokin cool

Best of all, you can get these for much less than $15,000.
Low insurance cost too.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineDC10Tony From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1012 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1637 times:

Get the S-10. My brother just got a Sonoma (same thing) extended cab 4x2 4.3L V6 for his birthday and it's a GREAT truck, it's got everything you need and nothing you don't.

The Ford Mustang is a CHEAP car. I don't care if it outsells every other sports car, it's built with cheap materials, trust me, 2 of my friends have Mustangs. If you can swing it, get a Z28. My friend has a '99 6 spd and when you nail the pedal-- YOU FEEL IT. The F-Bodies have balls of brass.


User currently offlineWhistler From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1638 times:

HOLY SHYTE! You could fit my car in the back of that wagon Big grin. Is that Shaft in the background?? Big grin

User currently offlineThe747Man From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1633 times:

Iainhol, damn straight. LOL

User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1631 times:

I am leaning towards the truck at this moment in time, but who knows!

The747man,
If I did get that I would lower it, pimp it out, have a bed in the back, with a mirror on the ceiling!
Iain


User currently offlineThe747Man From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1621 times:

The 4.3 liter V6 is one of the best engines ever made. It has almost as much torque as a lot of V8s.



The Chevy Astro is the best mid-size van out there. It'll pull, tow, and haul more than any minivan today.





User currently offline174thfwff From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1617 times:

Hey the747man,

Those vans are slow. Very slow. I could beat it with my Yukon any day with my trailer on the back. They are ugly, tall and i don't like it.

-Peace In-
174thfwff


User currently offlineThe747Man From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1616 times:

174thfwff,

Wow, I didn't know vans were meant to be fast. What's your problem? I don't really care if you don't like them, I do.


User currently offlineThe747Man From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1615 times:

BTW, my van has plenty of power.

User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 15, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1611 times:

Is there a big difference in insurance? I would guess the Mustang would set you back a lot more. Could be enough to be the tie-breaker?


"Shaddap you!"
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39887 posts, RR: 74
Reply 16, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1611 times:

JetService:
Shouldn't you be out trick or treating? Big grin



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39887 posts, RR: 74
Reply 17, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1608 times:

I would lower it, pimp it out, have a bed in the back, with a mirror on the ceiling!

Then you would want the 1971 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser. Big grin
Notice the glass rooftop panel and matching surfboards?
Some models came with matching surfboards.




You would be the envy of all the guys in Orange County.  Laugh out loud

Now if your a pure surfer, then you would go with this!  Laugh out loud


1955 Ford Country Squire



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineKaiTakFan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1588 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1609 times:

The747man. I hope you are like a parent driving around in something like a van for god sakes! I dont know what your hook up is with a stupid van but its strange! anyways Camaros are known for the poor reliability, horrible deppreciation when it comes to selling, plus they rarely ever please the eye like a Mustang does! I havent had a single problem with my GT... only gets better after time and throwing in add on's. Plus its much more comfortable then a Camaro, so... looks like GM has a loser!!! Figures since the Camaro is being put to a well deserved DEATH and the Mustang is still riding strong! Get the stang you will love it! take a test drive this weekend while your at it and let us know you how like it!

Cheers!
Brian


User currently offlineDeltaRNOmd-80 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1600 times:

Camaros are boring and everyone has one, parents get their teenage kids used Camaros (at least in my school) and the kids drive around in them like they are all that, they aren't, if you really want to impress, get a mustang GT.

User currently offlineThe747Man From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1589 times:

The747man. I hope you are like a parent driving around in something like a van for god sakes! I dont know what your hook up is with a stupid van but its strange!

No I'm nothing near a parent yet. You know, I get this kind of crap from several people and it pisses me off. All I want is a reliable vehicle, that gives me plenty of space, and flexibility.

THIS happens to be it:



The Chevy Astro is simply not a minivan like parents drive around. It hauls more, tows more than any existing minivan today. It is much more truck-like, and it has a ton of space inside. It has one of the most reliable and powerful V6s, the Vortec 4.3.

It is great for the long drives that I frequently make. Just because I don't want/need a badass sports car like a Z28, doesn't mean I am weird or have a bad taste in cars.

I am a fan of sports cars as much as the other person. But in reality, you can't take advantage of a sports car in a big city like Austin.

So, my van provides me with space, reliability, and power like I need. No sports car can do that. Of course, if I wans't interested in space or capacity, and I didn't need it, than I would probably have a Camaro or something like that.

I actually haul and tow things with my van. Try towing a 6000 lb boat to the lake for the weekend with a sports car.

So the fact is, some people use their vehicles nothing more than to go to and from places. Others use theirs for all kinds of things, like me. A sports car can give you a fast ride, but that's about it. My van gives me space, capacity, and power.


What is wrong with that?

NOTHING, so shut your mouth and mind your damn business.


User currently offlineKaiTakFan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1588 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1583 times:

Hey 747man... didnt mean to get on your case, just givin you a hard time. Im sorry. The only reason why i said that is because 2 of my friends parents drive the same thing. So you can see from my point of view its not the norm for a young guy to drive a van. but then again, in todays society there really isnt a norm as to what younger people drive! Atleast you do have pride in what you drive! And its good you defend what you have. I had no idea it worked out best for you and your needs. so my bad there! If ya dont mind maybe i will promote my ride to the mustang fans out there! Iainhol pay attention to these pics and you will be set for the stang!





God I love the Mustang GT!! well once again im sorry 747man. didnt mean to act out of sorts on ya!

Cheers!
Brian


User currently offlineTsully From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 651 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1580 times:

Living in southern California, I prefer a sports car. A convertible isn't such a bad thing in the "Golden" state, either. Two of my friends have Camero Z28's; T-tops, 1999 and 2000 model years. If you look around, you can find late model Z28's in excellent condition/low mileage for around 15k. As for the Mustang, I wouldn't get it unless it is a very late model car and GT. The regular Mustang is (I believe) only 193 horses. Same with the Camero... Although I don't know the engine on the base Camero, I do know it pales in comparison to the Z28's 310-horse power.

So I'd say go with the Z28... you'll get slightly worse gas mileage than you might with the Mustang, but when you're doing 0-60 in 5.4 secs, you'll know why I love this car so much.

“Raw power” cannot even begin to describe the Z28.

Don't worry about your surfboard dilemma...I'm sure you will meet some friends with a pickup for surfing...

What part of California will you be in?

tsully





I love America. I guess that makes me Bush's poodle, but I'd rather be a dog in New York City than a prince in Riyadh.
User currently offlineDTW_Steve From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 93 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1571 times:

Get whatever you would have the most pride in driving. I haven't driven any late-model Mustangs, so I don't know how they are, but the S-10's are nice....IF you get one with an extended cab. If you get a Mustang, it doesn't really matter which engine you have in it, as long as you have pride in driving it. Granted, if you get the V-8, you'll get a lot more power and chick-picking up ability. Then again, you'll spend more money on tires, gas, tickets, and insurance. I'd say if you can afford the bigger engine, go for it. If you can't, i wouldn't worry about the guys who own the V-8's laughing at you. I own a 6 cylinder Camaro, and I could care less if the Z28 guys are laughing at me. It gets me where I want to go, I can afford it, where I can't afford a Z (I'm a destitute college student, after all). Besides that, it's still a nice car, and its better than most of my friends cars. Bonus: If you get a 6 cylinder, you can always have the last laugh when some guy in a V-8 thinks he's gonna humiliate you by peeling out from a stoplight, and doesn't see the cop car sitting up the road that's going to be pulling his ass over in about 20 seconds. Just my thoughts.

User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1566 times:

Tsully I live in Socal, in the hills at the begining of the approach for SNA.

Right now I am leaning towards the S-10. I really like the looks of the truck, and I am also drawn towards it because the lower initial cost, the cheaper insurance, and with a cover over the bed I can decrease fuel burn. I am not too sure about extended cab or not, I would prefer it, however it does cost a bit more, although in second hand cars it is pretty insignificant!

Superfly I really like the 50's Ford, I wish I could have one! I also like the 30's chevy Suburban.
Iain


25 High : Get a good used BMW.
26 Post contains images Tsully : Go with the Camero. It is such an awesome car:
27 Adam84 : The747man: Are you sure thats even classified as a minivan? I rode in an Astro taxi and man that thing was huge. Im not kidding, that thing had like 3
28 Post contains images Whistler : The Astro is based on a full size cargo van, so it isn't really a "soccer mom" car . I like Vans and Minivans. All that space is great, the only bad t
29 Post contains images The747Man : Kaitakfan, it's no problem. Adam84, I agree, but some do classify it as a minivan, and it's really not. Most companies who make the minivans make them
30 174thfwff : Well I would never buy that thing. I am not making fun of you because of you likes of cars...some people may not like my taste. I like the Toyota Supr
31 Post contains images The747Man : I just think those things are too boxy, slow (they are slow, so don't try to argue with me) Uh, no my van is not slow. It cruises easily, and I mean e
32 Post contains images The747Man : The Astro is the midsize van equipped to tackle everyday life, offering the ideal combination of versatility, physical strength and the competence of
33 Post contains images Whistler : What about acceleration? Any car can get to high cruising speeds eventually, but its how fast they get there that counts . I am sure that thing has a
34 Post contains images Whistler : Anyway, speed isn't everything. I doubt a Toyota Celica can haul a fraction of what the Astro can, and for a 6'1" guy like me a van or large car would
35 The747Man : Like I said it's no sports car. It accelerates pretty good, and I was VERY impressed when I test drove one for the first time and gave it a kick.
36 Post contains images The747Man : The Astro can tow, haul, or pull more than any minivan, and it has more cargo space than a lot of SUVs.
37 Tsully : One of my friends' parents have a '95 Astro that has been very well maintained and cared for, but that thing rattles like hell once you push (and I m
38 The747Man : Tsully, good for friend's parents. I am also proof that the Astro is indeed NOT underpowered and it rides very smoothly at 85MPH. I have a 1995 one my
39 The747Man : Also, many people claim they take care of their vehicles, but changing the oirl every 3000 miles is just one thing.
40 Post contains images Whistler : How about this one: Almost as big as one of those mini school buses!
41 The747Man : BTW, according to Motortrend Magazine, the Astro does 0-60 in 9.1 seconds. Not too bad for a van huh? Also, I'm sure you know all about how your frien
42 The747Man : Whistler, that's too big for me. Those Expresses are huge!
43 Post contains images Whistler : My friends dad has an Astro Cargo Van (or it might be a Safari) for his business and when you are driving in it you can really feel the power. It feel
44 Whistler : "Whistler, that's too big for me. Those Expresses are huge!" :D I think it can hold like 10 people. I saw one the other day that belong to the army, i
45 AgnusBymaster : Is it just me, or would it look really funny to see a guy driving a Mustang?
46 The747Man : I know, that V6 does have lots of power. I'm surprised at how well it passes on the highway and stuff for a van. I doubt Tsully or 174ffth have even d
47 Post contains images Whistler : What do you mean AgnusByMaster? I see lots of guys in Mustangs and they look fine to me. It isn't a girl car, at least not IMO, the newest model has a
48 Post contains images Whistler : "The huge Expresses in that pic can hold around 15 people actually." Those things are more designed for being Shuttle buses and stuff like that though
49 Whistler : How is fuel economy on the Astro? Probably not that good eh? My uncle has a Cherokee which is pretty hard on gas, not too good to have at the moment w
50 Tsully : The747Man, To clarify 2 points for you: 1) My friend's dad is a top-rate mechanic. He takes better care of his cars than most people take care of them
51 Tsully : Whistler, If it's any consolation, our Suburban costs nearly $60 every time we fill it up. tsully
52 The747Man : . Every time I drive with him in that van, he floors it to get on the freeway and you feel as if you should get out and push. I've never heard more BS
53 The747Man : How is fuel economy on the Astro? Probably not that good eh? Actually I can get 17mpg in the city, and 21-23 on the highway. Not too bad.
54 Tsully : Okay. I am not interested in prolonging this futile argument. We obviously have different opinions on the Astro; so let's leave it at that, shall we?
55 The747Man : Tsully I'm through with this discussion with you, you seem to think you know the vehicle better than I do and you've never even driven it. Your friend
56 174thfwff : Wow, I don't want to argue with you The747Man. I just stated I don't like that car. Period. No matter what you try to tell me. I just don't' like it.
57 The747Man : 174thfwff, Well I personally think American made trucks/vans/cars are the best. I'm glad your parents think the same way as I do.
58 174thfwff : Oh, Also The747Man, Lighten up. I feel you are acting like a communist. Anyone who doesn't like that van can just go jump off a bridge. You reject eve
59 The747Man : Oh, Also The747Man, Lighten up. I feel you are acting like a communist. Anyone who doesn't like that van can just go jump off a bridge. You reject eve
60 Post contains images Whistler : Holy shyte!! 60$?!?! Thank god for my family's Saturn, if there is ANYTHING it excels in its fuel economy . BTW since everyone is talking about cars t
61 174thfwff : I never said I knew a darn thing about that car. I know nothing about it because I personaly think it is stupid looking. So I couldn't waste my time e
62 Post contains images Whistler : Whoa, you guys need to cool off . You both have different taste in cars and there is little chance you will ever agree . And here is one more pic of t
63 174thfwff : Nice car buddy, How much does that cost? -Peace In- 174thfwff
64 Post contains images Whistler : Thanks . The MSRP is $22,000-$24,000 Canadian depending on the options etc. It isnt sold in the US, so I don't know what the price would be there, pri
65 Post contains images CPDC10-30 : I'm officially on hiatus, but I couldn't resist bringing a bit more objectivity into this, from the 2001 Consumer Reports auto edition: Ford Mustang S
66 Post contains images Superfly : CPDC10-30: I'll drink a bottle of Molsen to celebrate your return!
67 Iainhol : I still find myself (at this point) leaning towards the S-10. Today I was think about modifications I coudl do. I am think of dropping it 3 in the fro
68 Flight152 : ewwwwww Chevy Astro, i'm gonna puke! That thing is ugly as ass.
69 TurbineBeaver : Well, If you want to get a car that another 25% of America owns, and wont' even turn heads, then get a Mustang. However, if you want something a littl
70 TurbineBeaver : OR, If you are looking for speed. Get a USED BMW. TB
71 Stretch 8 : Leave it stock. The after market crap may seem appealing now. But in two years it will be out of style and you will have a stupid looking truck. Also,
72 Iainhol : Stretch thanks for you advice, I certainly understand what you mean, about the style changing so quickly! I have looked at the Tacoma, but I prefered
73 KaiTakFan : Turbinebeaver i am guessing you have never driven a Mustang GT correct? first off what do you drive? I bet if you actually were to drive the GT around
74 Whistler : "If you want to get a car that another 25% of America owns, and wont' even turn heads, then get a Mustang." If 25% of America owns a Mustang how could
75 KaiTakFan : Very good point Whistler. Obviously the stang is doing something right!
76 TurbineBeaver : KaiTakFan, I agree the GT is a good car. However, DID I MENTION THE GT? Nope! I am talking about the regular, MUSTANG, plain 'ol Mustang. No GT, SVT C
77 TurbineBeaver : Iainhol, Btw, if you are considering a pickup type thing, have you considered the Ford Explorer Sportrac? TB
78 Whistler : There is nothing really wrong with the V6 Mustang, it isn't much compared to the GT or Kobra but a V6 is a lot more than most cars.
79 The747Man : On the downside, both GM models drive like the outdated trucks that they are. They handle ponderously, ride uncomfortably, and have scant footroom in
80 174thfwff : The747Man, Do you have a problem with people who don't like your Almighty Van? People don't like it! Get over it. Why can't you take any criticism tow
81 The747Man : Do you have a problem with people who don't like your Almighty Van? Not necessarily. People don't like it! Get over it. People do like it, I'm a perso
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