I got my 2013 Boss last October, and decided to share some of my impressions over my first 3 months of ownership. As the thread title indicates, this is the first Mustang I've ever owned so while I've driven others this probably gives me a slightly skewed impression of what they are like!
I'll start with my only real dislike and get it out of the way: fuel economy.
(When you're done laughing at me, please continue.)
I probably have averaged about 16mpg over the last 3 months, and achieved a whopping 21mpg on a recent road trip up to Oregon. I know how to hypermile, and have done so with cars suitable to that task in the past, but I won't even bother trying to hit the EPA rating in this Monster as it's not worth the driving time. It's good I have a Chevy Volt that I drive all-electric for my daily commute and grocery-getting so I can atone for my sins committed in the Boss.
I'm fortunate enough to live in a hilly section of Northern California with lots of twisties and elevation changes, so when I choose to take the Boss out it's usually on roads suitable for its pedigree. However, I've never owned a car which is so apparently unsuited to exploring its performance on public roads. At first, the car felt really big and somewhat heavy to me (in comparison to the other fun car in my trio, a 2003 Miata of which I'm the original owner) but as I've adjusted to it the more I drive it the more I love it! Probably the closest car to it I've owned was an E36 M3 Sedan that I sold 2 years ago, but that didn't have the grip or the lack of roll the Boss does. The only other car with a solid rear axle I've ever owned was an 83 RX7 GSL. With that, the solid rear made the car "playful" when combined with its relatively low grip and light weight. The Boss if I didn't know it had a solid rear I'd probably not even think about it: yes I know this car has skewed my impressions to a large degree. While driving it the other day the thought crossed my mind, "They wanted you to think you're driving an early 70s IMSA racer, power included." That they largely achieved is (albeit in a quieter, more comfortable form) is really remarkable. On uphill grades the car accelerates like it's immune to gravity. If I ever start to think I need to add power I'll just go make myself drive nothing but the Miata for a week.
On sound. Sound gets a paragraph all its own. I don't even really know how to work the damn radio in this car after 3 months. The S52 inline 6 in my M3 was absolutely, hair raisingly, lovely at full song. But even that car I didn't just drive around with the windows down constantly, sometimes blasting the heater to do it. I've never been nor even consider myself now a "V8 guy". However, I've never owned a car before that just the hearing it makes a drive an exhilirating experience, you don't even need to be going that fast. And as the revs rise as does the volume your hear rate struggles to match it! OK, I get the whole V8 thing now, at least in the instance of a Boss 302. What makes this more remarkable is my exhaust is stock, with the side pipe baffles in! I'd drive the red key all the time but I'm slightly concerned how it might affect the cats long term since I have to worry about smog down the road, so I save it for special occassions. If anybody has any input on this I'd love to hear it.
Just a personal note for those who might consider adding a rear seat to a Laguna Seca: believe the excellent thread on this forum that makes it sound like a pain in the ass and not a 30 minute job. He is telling you the truth. Now, more specifically the seat belts are the true pain, the seats far less so, but also get the bolts from Ford. Yes, just pay their ridiculous prices. Some things just aren't worth the headache. I really wanted a Laguna Seca for the exclusivity and suspension tuning and I really wanted a back seat so I can actually drive the car when both the wife and kid are along. My advice to anyone who might read this is, unless you absolutely, must have a Laguna Seca just get a regular Boss if you want a back seat! I will say, an unexpected benefit is that the S197 back seat has at least an extra inch of head room in the back, which nixed an S550 with the performance pack a while back.
As mentioned earlier I wrestled with the decision to drive the car all the way up to Oregon (about 500 miles one way) so my sister and brother-in-law could see/drive it. I'm glad I did as they fell in love with it! A couple observations from the trip:
-power makes mountain passes fun
-I love my Passport 8500 radar detector
-being able to pass quickly is actually a safety feature!
-the shocks on 1 and the Recaros are far more comfortable than they have any right to be, far better than my Miata on Tein Flex coilovers
-people in more rural areas really notice the Boss, I received more compliments in one day than in 3 months with this car. Kinda cool.
So far, my ownership experience has been a good one. Some times I still can hardly believe I own #551, as this was kind of a "dream car" and I always thought I'd just go get a Cayman S if I ever tripped over a 5 pound gold nugget. But even a lightweight sportscar purist like me has been rather won over by it: it's "different" but that's no less "good".
Edited by shrspeedblade, 08 January 2018 - 03:55 PM.