Hi Lee,The story goes like this- after selling my '09 GT500 last November (a deal I now regret and the reasons will become more clear as this post explains), I got into a beautiful, low mileage, DHG '19 Bullitt. 3 weeks after buying the car, I got fired so this car- thru no fault of its own- causes me to feel guilty every time I drive it. It's $$ out the door I don't need to spend right now and honestly, I'm just not getting much joy out of the car. Plus the insurance is just outrageous, I'm guessing because of all the technology. And before I got fired, I even bought a Steeda H pipe and Magneride lowering springs but they're still sitting in their original boxes. I just can't bring myself to throw $$ at the car.
After discussion w/my wife, I've strongly considered selling it as the used car market is steaming hot right now. Carvana offered me more $$ than I paid for it some 8 months ago & I'm seriously tempted, although my wife thinks it's a mistake.
I started shopping replacement vehicles and thought I'd narrowed my choice to a '19 Volkswagen GTI, which is a sporty hatchback, considerably smaller/lighter, more versatile/practical, w/much better gas mileage and solid reliability; except when I exposed this pick to my wife she said, "But it's not a Bullitt- there's nothing special or exceptional about the car." After 37+ years of marriage, she knows me all too well and I know what she means; she's afraid I'll get bored w/it quickly and start the dance again. My counter-thoughts are that once I'm re-employed, I can always buy another Mustang. Seems logical, right?
And then this hit me- why don't I just buy another '08/09 Bullitt and lightly mod her? Yes, I know it's 2 steps down from the S550 gen's higher build quality. I've also made no bones about my former '08 possibly being my favorite of all my Mustangs. I know my wife liked that one best of all my Stangs. And even after 3 accidents, the car was nearly indestructible and I never had any performance issues w/her. Lastly, that 5 speed trans is like an anvil, unlike the MT82D trans in the newer version Bullitt.
I shopped the internet this afternoon for a bit, and prices aren't bad at all. By the time I'd sell my car to Carvana and pay off the loan, there'd be $$ leftover to pay off a Bullitt and do some of the basic bolt-on mods I always do. Basically, it'd be a clean sweep and I'd have no expenses hanging over my head... or guilt. If I instead went the other route w/the GTI, I'd be without a Mustang in the garage for the first time since '88!
It might not be the most logical choice. After all, the '08/09 Bullitts are already 12+ years old and since I use my Stangs as daily drivers, it's going to be pretty used up by the time I decide to sell and likely won't have much value. But at least I'd still have my emotional connection to Mustangs, and particularly the Bullitt.
Hindsight being 20/20, I never should've sold my GT500 but I didn't see my firing just ahead. Too late to focus on that. Now I've just got to confirm to myself this is what I want to do.
The pandemic didn't do me in, but 15 yrs of back procedures finally has taken its toll. I'm basically selling everything off to invest, as I can no longer work, and savings near the big goose egg. In any event, I'm going to be selling my '08, #3056. NEVER been modified other than a K &N CAI filter. 64k miles,, DHG. This is breaking my heart, but if I have to sell it, I prefer it being a Bullitt guy. Let me know if you're serious about getting another '08/'09. May consider trade for a Class C motor home. My possible new living arrangement.....