I have to agree with others. You'd be doing yourself a disservice if you don't at least drive a V8 GT.
Of course, this is your money and your decision. And, ultimately, you're the only one that should have any say in what you eventually want to purchase. But, make sure you make an informed decision. As others have pointed out, there are good condition GTs out there that are probably very close to your price range. The gas mileage difference between the two (V6 and V8) is pretty negligible. And, although the base V6 is a perfectly serviceable car and a good family hauler, the V8 GT will put a smile on your face every time you drive it. It will be a good family hauler and a fun car to drive. Plus, if you ever are so inclined, there is a lot you can do to a GT to get even more fun out of it that just isn't possible (or would be ungodly expensive) on a Base.
Again, your decision. Buy what you are comfortable with. But, there's a reason so many here are encouraging you to at least consider a GT.
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