I'm 40, with family, career, 50+ hr weeks, cleaning up the last of the big bills, and preparing for University tuition(s) for the kids, trying to stay ahead of taxes, fuel prices, job insecurity etc.. etc.. etmfc.
A local kid came to my door two Septembers ago selling magazine subscriptions to raise money for his school. I looked through the options and saw MM+FF - I hadn't had a subscription since the 90's so I bought one. When the first one arrived, I couldn't believe how light it was - gone were the glorious issues 275 pages strong packed full of awesome cars and projects that I had remembered. The simple cheap fast foxes had been replaced by expensive, complicated project vehicles. I think you know where I'm going with this:
To me, my love of Mustangs is dying the further Ford strays from the Fox philosophy of building fast pony cars. I know they could never sell a car like that today, but it remains such that the elements which attracted me (and hoards of others) to the FOX, no longer exist in the Mustang of today. The current crop of GT's are great to buy, and not modify...
I'm still a car guy, but my automotive desires are changing with the demands of my life, and the limitations of my wallet. There has got to be a lot more guys like me who are looking for things a modern Mustang can't provide, and who are experiencing life with the pedal to the floor on many fronts.
I actually have only one Mustang left, an '84GT, which is now just a bare uni body with interior - thoroughly parted out and likely will be scrapped out this summer. It was a high comp. nitrous motor with a 250 shot, and was legislated off the road before I had even got to drive it due to smog regs, and formation of a smog "police" that could fine your ass back into the stone-age for missing equipment. Probably will be the last would-be DD 5.0 fox I will ever own...
Believe it or not - the next DD car project I would probably attempt if any, would look very similar to a Turbo'd D series EG/K Civic with a goal of 50mpg hwy, and 300whp. I wonder if Honda-Tech is slowing down or picking up?