• Welcome to SVTPerformance!

What do you hate about your GT500?

Discussion in 'SVT Shelby GT500' started by Nbrac27, Oct 12, 2019.

  1. Nbrac27

    Nbrac27 Member Established Member

    Messages:
    100
    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2018
    Location:
    El Paso
    Whats up guys!

    I'm in the market currently for an 11/12 GT500, and am curious for those of you who own them, what do you hate about them?

    For example. Prior to owning my terminator I thought there wasn't going to be a single thing I didn't like it about it (I mean, I come from the Subaru STI world, and considering all EJ motors want to do is explode anything else would be a blessing..)

    Then I discovered that some people were on their um-teenth alternator and already had their next one sitting on the shelf ready.. the IRS is basically made of glass and if you blow on it the wrong way it shatters into oblivion.. and god forbid you try to put in a new headunit without tearing out the ENTIRE sound system and replacing everything to make it sound any better..

    So what are the common issues with the GT500s that aggravate you all that own them?
     
  2. proxemics

    proxemics Member Established Member

    Messages:
    151
    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2005
    Location:
    saudi arabia
    I hate the fact that it is gone. (totaled)
     
    lexustech48, me32 and Chancey like this.
  3. Nbrac27

    Nbrac27 Member Established Member

    Messages:
    100
    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2018
    Location:
    El Paso
    I mean if thats the only thing you hated about it, that's a good sign!

    That does suck though, will you be getting into another one?
     
  4. 1Kona_Venom

    1Kona_Venom A&P Mechanic Established Member

    Messages:
    2,846
    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2010
    Location:
    Savannah-ish, Ga
    I've had no issues with my car. 43k miles
    But I also do maintenance and upgrades to stay ahead of stuff
    I've had 2..... '12 and '11
     
  5. Nbrac27

    Nbrac27 Member Established Member

    Messages:
    100
    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2018
    Location:
    El Paso
    Okay so what about from a modification standpoint? Are there like certain milestone power points where things need to start getting upgraded? Or like meaning what is a safe limit before things start breaking?

    I know for my old STI it was 350whp before you had to start worrying about the motor.

    For my Terminator the stock blower could really only produce in the mid 500's if it was ported with full bolt ons.

    What is the GT500s limits before major upgrades?
     
  6. biminiLX

    biminiLX never stock Established Member

    Messages:
    9,798
    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2003
    Location:
    Toledo, OH
    -Gear whine from 8.8 if you drag race. If you don’t launch on a sticky tire it’ll be fine.
    -remote mount shifter/1-2 gear lock out (my ‘14 wasn’t bad at all but early guys have issues, usually ‘11-12 actually)
    -restrictive stock blower, you’ll need a TVS upgrade for any real power
    All I have, more positives than negatives by far.
    -J
     
    Canson and me32 like this.
  7. Catmonkey

    Catmonkey I Void Warranties! Premium Member Established Member

    Messages:
    3,309
    Joined:
    May 20, 2011
    Location:
    Louisiana
    All my negatives have been upgraded. I can't say I hated those aspects that were upgraded. You don't have to go quite as far as I have to make these cars more fun. Stock was a reasonable compromise at a decent price point. A few things I think Ford could have done was a better supercharger, like the 13-14, although I put on my first TVS at 1,200 miles. The intercooler system is largely a carry over from the Terminator. I think they could have done a better job making it better, although it was intended for much lower boost than most of us are running. However, I see what looks like the same intercooler tubes on cut-aways on the 2020. I think Ford should have let Tremec make the transmission more durable at the sake of being quieter.
     
    me32 and biminiLX like this.
  8. 1 Alibi 2

    1 Alibi 2 If not today, when ?????? Established Member

    Messages:
    2,461
    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2011
    Location:
    Hackettstown, N.J.
    Recaro's weren't an option in 2011.
    You can see 750+rwhp if your wallet can support it, but I wouldn't do it on a " canned " tune..
     
    1Kona_Venom and HillbillyHotRod like this.
  9. Booky

    Booky Well-Known Member Established Member

    Messages:
    2,950
    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2010
    Location:
    Evansville, WI
    My Recaro seats were tight and uncomfortable for me and
    as -J pointed out, the 1-2 gear lock out is frustrating and a TVS upgrade is a must.
     
  10. Nbrac27

    Nbrac27 Member Established Member

    Messages:
    100
    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2018
    Location:
    El Paso
    So it sounds like there really isnt that much in a sense of irratating little issues with the car?

    I'm currently in a toss up, I'm between the 11/12 GT500 and a 16-18 Camaro SS.

    But I'm leaning much more towards the shelby.
     
  11. RBB

    RBB Well-Known Member Established Member

    Messages:
    1,283
    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2013
    Location:
    Stephens City, VA
    I hate the cheap, tacky looking interior, but that’s about it. There were some good points in the other replies, but pretty much everything you would hate about a stock Shelby can be easily taken care of if your budget allows it.
     
    kazman and Bearbo like this.
  12. biminiLX

    biminiLX never stock Established Member

    Messages:
    9,798
    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2003
    Location:
    Toledo, OH
    If the budget allows a glass roof Recaro ‘12 would be my advice.
    -J
     
    Bearbo likes this.
  13. 1Kona_Venom

    1Kona_Venom A&P Mechanic Established Member

    Messages:
    2,846
    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2010
    Location:
    Savannah-ish, Ga

    I came off 2 Cobras with 650rwhp via VMP. A stock 11-12 Shelby was a fkn pig.
    I'm more than safe at 700/660 on 93 Octane.
    To go from stock to 700...budget $8-$9,000 on an '11 or '12

    and if your really serious about buying a Shelby, PM me and I can work you out a good deal
     
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2019
  14. PM-Performance

    PM-Performance Active Member Established Member

    Messages:
    333
    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2015
    Location:
    Blandon, PA
    Depends on your goals and what you expect from it.

    Biggest issue are of you want a car to run full tilt,
    Remote mount shifter can be an issue
    Gear whine can get annoying
    Heat soak is the biggest issue with these cars.
    They are big heavy cars too. Coming from an SN95, it’s a big car, but it’s really comfortable

    If you just want a cool car to drive for ice cream, it’s negligible.
    If you want a car that you can make tons of power and race it, you gotta work a little harder than people make it seem to be
     
  15. lkempf

    lkempf Member Established Member

    Messages:
    118
    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2012
    Location:
    Indiana
    I've owned my 11 for 8 years and the biggest problem I've had with the car was the 1-2 gear lockout. I upgraded he fluid and put in a MGW Gen 2 and it has mostly gone away. Honestly I would prefer an automatic. Considered selling it for a 18+ GT with an auto but it will never be Shelby. Everybody has GT's but not many have Shelby's. I wouldn't mind having all of electronic gadgets on the newer ones like line lock, and launch control. Just my opinions.
     
    1Kona_Venom likes this.
  16. Handlebar Moustache

    Handlebar Moustache Well-Known Member Established Member

    Messages:
    307
    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2017
    Location:
    Louisiana
    I agree. If you live in a hot climate, cooling upgrades should probably make it to your list.

    Minor issues:

    -stock brake pads dust easily and soil the wheels quickly. Wash the car and take one ride...wheels are dirty. Easily fixed with a pad upgrade.

    -There is no spare tire. Same situation for most cars of this caliber I guess. NBD.

    -To me, it can be hard to relax in a car with relatively expensive components. The 5.4/5.8 motor isn’t cheap...and that fact is always in the back of your mind when you think about approaching certain limits (RPM, power levels, tuning envelope, boost levels, etc). I hate to admit it, but I had the most fun in cars with literally a third of the power out of cheap components (pushrod 5.0/T-5 fox bodies). I can afford the Shelby I currently drive and if I blew it up, I’d be fine. But I’d cry myself to sleep out of principle. So I have the car tuned very conservative and I never approach those limits. Approaching the limits is what makes it fun though. I don’t think I can go 2020 GT500. $20k+ motor AND another $20k for the DCT? No thanks. I’ll stay below $50k all in. The point, I guess, is that even after the initial purchase, you always have to be willing to pay if you want to play (more so with the Shelbys than with other/more mass produced performance cars). Just my thoughts... I’m sure plenty of guys would say to nut up and send it.


    Sent from my iPhone using the svtperformance.com mobile app
     
    1Kona_Venom and PM-Performance like this.
  17. lOOKnGO

    lOOKnGO Keep'um smiling Established Member

    Messages:
    3,681
    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2009
    Location:
    White Post, Va
    I have a list that will detour most buyers!

    Gray valve stem caps
    No gas cap
    Hood prop on wrong side
    People think you like to talk about cars
    To much power for bumper to bumper traffic.

    Good luck in your quest!
     
    1Kona_Venom likes this.
  18. 850SNCobra

    850SNCobra Active Member Established Member

    Messages:
    207
    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2017
    Location:
    La La Land
    I don't think the 11-12 models have this problem but the door panels in the 07-09's are a complete pain in the ass when the door panel vinyl/leather starts sagging or peeling.
     
  19. merkyworks

    merkyworks Well-Known Member Established Member

    Messages:
    934
    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2016
    Location:
    Houston
    My 12 is my only car so obviously I daily it, all the mods I have done are in my sig. The car does have some few quirks but what car doesn't, biggest that comes to mind is the clunky trans. Going full out the trans shits like a champ, I don't suffer from 1-2 lockout like others but when just cruising around gear changes can be notchy. Only time I don't like driving the car is stop and go/bumper to bumper traffic cause its a manual and not an auto. I've toyed with the idea of by a 18+GT 10sp auto car with twin turbos and on 93 octane 700 whp should be doable. But at the end of the day it's just another GT live so many others on the road, maybe I've drank the Shelby kool-aid for to long but there's just something special about a GT500.
     
    shelbygt500hoss likes this.
  20. HKusp

    HKusp Member Established Member

    Messages:
    62
    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2019
    Location:
    Perry Hall, Maryland
    I have an '09 and as was stated previously, heat soak is the biggest problem, followed closely by the occasional 1-2 shift issue. When the weather is warm and the car is warm, it get's down on power pretty quickly due to the heat soak. Upgrade the heat exchanger (H/E) and the pump. VMP makes a nice H/E with dual vans and get the '13-'14 H/E pump and all will be good in that department. Supposedly 700 rear wheel is "safe" on a stock block all day, and it's a matter of how much money you want to spend on the accompanying parts to get there. Coming over from the Terminator and Subaru world, you already have a grasp of that I suspect.
     

Share This Page