2017 Ford GT Welcome Guide: My Purchase Approaches…

2017 Ford GT US Welcome Guide
The new Ford GT Welcome Guide opens with a dramatic image

After getting allocated a new 2017 Ford GT last July, I (along with 999 other folks) have been anxiously awaiting news from the Ford GT Concierge Service. As the initial GT allocation letter indicated, the Ford GT Concierge Service will provide “…a unique client experience from the initial ordering process, through delivery and ownership.” Let’s take a close look through every page of this new Ford GT Welcome Guide that showed up a few days ago. Read more

Camilo Pardo Ford GT Signature Series: Blue Moon

2005 Ford GT Camilo Pardo Signature Series
A Camilo Pardo Signature Series car called Blue Moon

When I discovered my second (of many) failed gauges in March 2012 I wasn’t very happy, but there was an upside to the experience. While I was at my friend’s house in Brentwood getting my car serviced another Ford GT showed up. This one was a Camilo Pardo Signature Series Ford GT called “Blue Moon.” Read more

Ford GT Full Service and a New Oil Pressure Gauge

2005 Ford GT Long Term GT Guy Full Service
A full service for my Ford GT was performed by The GT Guys

March 2012: GT Guy Full Service, Including New Oil Pressure Gauge

By March of 2012 I was tired of looking at a dead oil pressure gauge. In previous years I’d partnered with multiple West Coast Ford GT owners to fly the Ford GT Guys out from Michigan. We’d all split the airfare and hotel bills to put the GT guys up while having them service our cars. The dead oil pressure gauge was annoying, but the long term Ford GT also hadn’t been given a general service in over 2 years, so there was plenty of reason to bring them out. Read more

Ford GT and Ferrari 458 Comparison Test

2005 Ford GT Long Term Fleet Ferrari 458 Audi R8
My Ford GT spent time with an Audi R8 and Ferrari 458

February 2012: Ford GT versus Ferrari 458 Comparison Test

In February of 2012 I organized a comparison test between an Audi R8 and Ferrari 458. This was for another website I was running at the time and didn’t, technically, have anything to do with my Ford GT. Of course, having two more mid-engine sports cars at my disposal made it impossible not to think about how they stacked up against the Ford GT. Read more

Ford GT Original Optima Battery, and Oil Pressure Gauge, Die

2005 Ford GT Long Term Battery Replacement
My Ford GT’s battery finally gave up after 6 years

January 2012: Bye-Bye Original Battery, and Oil Pressure Gauge

Just over 6 years after getting my 2005 Ford GT the original battery died. I know of other Ford GT owners with original batteries that lasted longer, and the sad fact is I wasn’t particularly kind to this car’s battery. The long-term Ford GT often sat for weeks at a time without being started, and months at a time without being put on a battery charger. When I realized the battery was dead and wouldn’t hold a charge, I wasn’t at all surprised. Read more

Ford GT Emissions Test

2005 Ford GT Long Term Emissions Test
My Ford GT’s first emissions test took place 6 years after purchase

August 2011: My Ford GT’s First Emissions Test

When you buy a new car in the state of California you don’t have to get an emissions test for the first 6 years after purchase. Because I bought my Ford GT in August of 2005 I had to get my first emissions test in August of 2011.

If my car hadn’t been modified I wouldn’t have given the test a second thought. But The GT Guys had swapped out the supercharger pulley and refreshed the ECU in August of 2007. I still hadn’t dyno’d the long term Ford GT since the modifications were completed, but it was noticeably quicker in both instrumented testing and seat-of-the-pants feel. Would the modifications make it fail the test? Read more

Ford GT Crosses 20,000 Miles and a Pothole

Just over 5 years after getting my Ford GT it hit 20,000 miles. A 4,000-miles-a-year rate for a Ford GT is pretty good, though I was averaging over 5,000 a year during the first 3 years I owned it. The durability of the Ford GT continues to be its single most appealing aspect (except for the gauges, but at this point that aspect hadn’t reared its ugly head…yet). An unexpected durability test of the GT’s suspension strength occurred in West Los Angeles.

2005 Ford GT Long Term 20000 Miles
My Ford GT crossed 20,000 miles after 5 years of ownership

December 2010: Ford GT Takes 20K Lickin’ — Keeps on Tickin’

Is that Timex reference in the title too obscure for 2010?

Okay, then I’ll state it plainly: my Ford GT turned over 20,000 miles on my drive in to work this morning.

Between the “summer that wasn’t” weather in Southern California this past year, and my weekend schedule in recent months, I haven’t driven the car as much as I normally would. In fact, when I went to fill it up in September I noticed the previous fill-up in the fuel log had happened in…April! The odometer has actually been hovering right below 20,000 miles for most of this year, but it finally crossed that milestone today. Read more

Ford GT versus Dodge Viper

How does a 2005 Ford GT stack up against a 2009 Dodge Viper? I had access to both over a weekend and wrote a comparison of the two striped supercars based on performance, ergonomics and the reaction of other drivers. You might be surprised at my final assessment.

2005 Ford GT Long Term Dodge Viper
Dodge Viper battles Ford GT  in this impromtu comparison

September 2010: 2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10 versus 2005 Ford GT

September 3, 2010 at 18,843 miles

Between a 2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10 and a 2005 Ford GT, which one causes a bigger stir when driving among normal cars. It’s a good question, as both vehicles slot into that narrow field of U.S. exotics produced on a limited basis (relatively speaking in the Viper’s case), and both models are now officially out of production.

They’re also both “stripey!” Read more

Ford GT at Pacific Palisades Car Show and Ford GT Parts

In May of 2009 my Ford GT attended the Pacific Palisades car show, along with my 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T SE. That month I also used a then-new 2009 Ford Flex as a Ford GT parts runner to haul two GT seats, a headlight, a steering wheel and a rear tire about 50 miles. The Flex had room to spare and drove easily with the extra parts in the cargo area.

2005 Ford GT Long Term Pacific Palisades Car Show
Two classic American shapes teamed up at the Pacific Palisades Car Show

May 2009: Ford GT attends Pacific Palisades Car Show

May 17, 2009 at 18,209 miles

On May 17, 2009 I displayed my car at the Pacific Palisades Car Show next to my 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T SE. It was a cool, cloudy day in Southern California, but show turnout was large with plenty of spectators circling the Ford GT and Challenger all day long. Read more

Ford GT versus Nissan GT-R

I was able to get plenty of seat time in a Nissan GT-R shortly after they went on sale in the U.S. The car isn’t really meant to compete with the GT, but comparing the two was an interesting exercise. Both are exceptional in terms of performance, but that’s where the similarities end.

2005 Ford GT Long Term Nissan GT-R
My Ford GT sits next to a then-new 2008 Nissan GT-R

January 2009: Ford GT versus Nissan GT-R — Beyond the Numbers

January 20, 2009 at 17,320 miles

It’s not every weekend I have access to both a Ford GT and a Nissan GT-R . In fact, I’d say it only happens about once a month.

But it did happen this past weekend, and I spent enough time in both vehicles to get a sense of their unique character traits. Thus, what follows is my completely unbiased appraisal of how these two supercars stack up. Read more