Purchased at the very end of July 2011, this is what I consider my first real car. I drove a beater for a few months before this but that was only to practice driving a stick and avoid wearing out the clutch of a good car.
I bought this car specifically to get used to a (relatively) powerful rear-wheel drive car while not spending too much money. A Mustang of this generation seemed to be the general consensus when I asked the members of my forums what I should buy.
The car is 100% stock except for a stereo modification that I did so that I could hook my iPhone up to it.
Purchase Price: About $9800 (I forget the exact price)
Purchase Mileage: 54xxx miles (low mileage for a 10 year old car!)
Engine: 4.6L (281 cubic inches) V8
Claimed Horsepower: 260 hp (194 kW; 264 PS) at 5250 RPM
Claimed Torque: 302 lb·ft (409 N·m) at 4000 RPM
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Miles Driven: 7,468.4
Average MPG: 14.0 via 532.68 gallons
Total Spent On Fuel: $3,597.23 ($0.48 per mile)
I have never gotten around to taking many of my own photos of the car so here’s some from the dealer’s online listing.