CLIFFS - Thoroughly disappointing car. I took a red, red leather one out for a spin in Peoria last week, here are my thoughts. First, the sticker was a little over $30k. I thought these things were supposed to be dirt cheap? If you drive one or live on the internet you would think so. The Mustang is the type of thing you buy if your number 1 priority is being stared at or if you want to stare at it all day yourself. I think that's about all it's good for stock. It really drives like an ox-cart, I was blown away at how primitive it is. It's the exact same thing I hated about the blown SVT Cobra I drove a few years ago and why I didn't buy one of those. The ride is unsettled. The steering is vague. The peddles are mush. The engine is thrashy and reluctant. The seats are hard slabs, not comfortable or sporty in the least. It also rolls and dives much more than I expected when hustled. Details are nonexistant and the column doesn't even adjust for reach. The interior is styled nicely but trimmed in the cheapest stuff imaginable. The only thing I liked about the car besides the styling was the Shaker sound system. In fact I liked driving it better with the radio on to drown out the hoarse sounds of the 4.6. Speaking of the 4.6 has anyone looked under the hood of the new Mustang? It's a hilarious mess. It looks like the back of most people's home theatre systems. I think many hot rodders could build a better looking engine bay in their garages than Ford does at their plant. I got back in my Grand National which is an old car, and it drove better and was more comfortable than this brand new Ford. It's that dire. The GTO and Hemi Chryslers feel about a century ahead of this car in dynamics. Both rev freely and effortlessly while making nicer sounds, have much better body control and bite hard when you turn the wheel, they are also comfortable to drive and could do a cross country trip with little fatigue. When you pop the hood you're greeted by clean and organized engine bays. Both aren't far off the price of this Mustang either and do not suffer all of it's faults. I still think the Mustangs look cool, but I would never own one. Maybe when Ford puts more effort into it to make it less like a carnival bumper car. I have no doubt the Camaro and Challenger will be absolutely more rewarding to drive.