As someone who loves cars, I want to love the Mustang. I really do. But I have the hardest time welcoming it into my heart, mostly because of the massive cloud of negativity that covers every positive aspect with negative representations. In my 26 years on this planet, 90% of the Mustang owners I’ve interacted with at car events have been jerks, totally un-accepting of anything other than a their glorious Mustang. From flat billed teens rocking their V6 4th Gen ‘Stang, to the middle-aged divorcee clinging to any hope of his twenties via a fully restored Foxbody, slamming Miller High Life’s and effectively tarnishing any value in his words.
The latter may be offensive to a few people, and for those people, I have one bit of advice – stop what you’re doing, sell your car, and accept that not everyone feels the same way you do about your car. Sure, there are a few really fast Mustang’s out there, some really clean restored Pony’s, and some awesome owners with lots of positive insight and great knowledge stored under their lid. Reflect on if that is you, change accordingly, or move the hell on.
Now, to the reason why we’re all here: the 2015+ EcoBoost Mustang. In my opinion, the 6G is one of the most attractive cars to meet Ford’s showroom floor, ever. The lines are simple yet exotic enough to value a second look, fuel economy that is acceptable in today’s competitive market, and enough pop from the factory to appease the needs of most enthusiasts. The list of good things is long for the 6G Mustang, and the EcoBoost option adds another outlet for car lovers and performance guru’s alike. It offers a growing list of aftermarket modifications equal to that of the V8 powered ‘Stang, which means it’ll only get better and more refined as time goes on.
This leads to the point of this post: growing out of the predisposed clique that every Mustang owner is automatically placed in once they leave the dealer lot. Your opinion matters – Yes. But you don’t need to throw aside other people feelings about your car like yesterday’s garbage. Stop being douche’s. Stop doing burnouts at meets in an attempt to bolster your ego. For the love of God actually interact with Chevy guys. You may not like the Camaro or Corvette, but don’t ignore them. They have wheels, engines, and they’re awesome too. We’re all car guys, we’re all here for the same reason, and we all value the approval of our fellow man. The first step to being accepted is to accept your own weaknesses, and being a jerk is a weakness not worthy of forgiveness, so you’ll always be stuck in the niche of pimple-faced teens and jort wearing middle-aged men wearing bowling shirts and sipping overrated beer.
The Mustang EcoBoost has tons of potential to do so, and I think it just may project Mustang and Mustang owners into a new stratosphere. Here’s why: the EcoBoost has a turbo. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think turbocharger? To me, it’s weekend car meets and track days, typically attracting young guys and old folks alike. In my experience, these events blossom casual car guys who never consider modifications into savvy aftermarket consumers, hungry for performance, value, and increasing knowledge. They also aren’t afraid to communicate strengths and weaknesses in regards to mods.
As an owner of a 2015 Mustang who’s already installed some aftermarket EcoBoost parts, I’m doing my part to educate new owners and those new to Mustangs in general. I hope others take heed of my request, take action, and move on towards making the Mustang name better and feared instead of ignored and neglected.