New Member/ thinking of buying one
well, here's my story. In 2003, I purchased a 2004 Ford Escape as kinda a family car thing because I was married. I got deployed to Iraq and then news of the new 2004 GTO came out. I really wished I hadn't bought that escape after hearing that. Well, I was in germany from when I got back from Iraq, until this July. I could not order a GTO over there because it is an import to begin with in the US, so they won't order them to military sales in Germany. so I sat and watched the GTO get better through 2005 and 2006. Well, good new, I just got divorced and now have no one else spending all my money, and I just got 2 jobs to get as much money as I can. The ex got the Escape, and I figure thats ok cause it now gives me a reason to buy the car I've been agonizing over for the past 3 years. I would wait one more year, but they won't be made anymore till they redesign them(wich I don't want.), so I have to buy soon.
Now that I've told my story, here comes the questions and asking of advice. First off, I've been reading and following along in forums about the GTO's, and there seems to be little quorqs with each year. I heard of the 2004's rubbing their tires, the 2005 not having lighted steering wheel control lights along with no council door locks and seat motor issues, and the 2006 having strut leaks and diff whine. This has not detured me from wanting one, but out of the 2005-2006, which seems to have the least problems or or less needing to get something fixed?
I would want the manual tranny for sure, and probably an exterior of black or silver and an interior of red or black. This will be my car for many years and I want to make sure I get the best odds of getting one with no problems
Should I save around $4,000 and go with the 2005, or should I start fresh with a 2006 so I know HOW the miles have been put on the car?
Please feel free to give advice or comments as long as this doesn't turn into an arguement. This is to help me decide on a 2005 or a 2006.