Saturday, November 13, 2004

The Auto Show: Ford Mustang

I was looking forward to seeing the new Ford Mustang at the Boston Auto Show. I've thought for a long time that car manufacturers should take some of their most loved models and bring out new versions that are faithful to the original designs. I almost bought a used '67 convertible Mustang once, but when I got it inspected prior to purchasing it, I found out it had a cracked frame.

Hey car makers, how about remaking a '57 Chevy Bel Air? We used to have one when I was little. It was pink with a white top. That's because it was one of the last ones on the lot at the end of the year and my father wanted to get a deal. We had it for a long time. We had it for so long that the floor in the back seat rotted out. My father had the floor replaced with steel plates to keep the car going as long as possible. He had good taste in cars since the car after the Chevy was a '67 Pontiac Tempest. Yeah, that was a cool car. Make that one over too.

As you can see from the photo, lots of people were interested in taking a look at the new Mustang. Overall it's pretty nice. There are a few things they could fix. When you release the front seat to allow a passenger to squeeze into the nonexistent back seat, the front seat doesn't go back to the last position you had it in. You got to readjust it. That'll get old real soon.

The metal features on the dash are made of plastic. Sad.

And take a look at the grille:

It's made of plastic, and parts of it aren't even grille-like since they are filled with plastic. That's going to be a pain to keep clean.

It's exciting to see the old Mustang back on the road, but maybe after getting customer feedback they'll make some improvements.

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