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Jan 18, 2004 (10:53 am)
Hi everyone. I am hoping to buy a new 2004 Mustang in the next few months. I have a Ford Focus and have been semi-pleased with it (except for all the re-calls that it has gone through). I'm wanting the full package...leather, moonroof, spoiler, etc. My question is what should I look out for when looking at Mustangs? We have a family friend that is a dealer at the local Ford shop so I hopefully don't have to worry about him swindling me. I'm needing an automatic transmission since I never learned to drive manual, and i'm wanting the bright yellow color on the outside. Also, what version of the Mustang do you think I should get? Thanks for any help you all can give me! Oh, one more thing...do any of you have any regrets on what you didn't get when you bought your Mustang?
Jan 18, 2004 (11:02 am)
If you have to have an automatic transmission then get the GT. What little fun you can have in the V6 is completely robbed by the not-so-smooth auto tranny.
Jan 18, 2004 (3:08 pm)
Agreed with revdrlv...get the GT if you have to have an auto.
Or why not get a manual? You'll learn to drive it (you'll have to), and I guarantee you'll love it and wonder why you didn't learn sooner.
Otherwise, what you want is a "premium" edition Mustang (both GTs and V6s are available at this level). Pretty much everything is standard with the premium package...leather, nice stereo, spoiler, etc. However, no moonroof is available at any level...Ford doesn't offer one on Mustangs. However, there are aftermarket ones you can have installed.
But one option to get is abs and traction control. Abs and t/c, which used to be standard on the GT, are now optional at all levels. Both are good things to have.
The one regret I occasionally have is that I didn't get a convertible...on a nice American summer day, there are few things better than a convertible Mustang. : )
Jan 21, 2004 (5:26 am)
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#1037 of 2125 manual transmission noise
Jan 22, 2004 (4:06 pm)
I have a 98 mustang V6/ manual transmission and it moans or grunts when letting off the clutch in 1st or 2nd or 3rd gear especially when the rpms are low. It seems to be in the back end...maybe the differential that is making the noise. What is this noise and is it normal? I have only noticed it lately or since winter set in. Only have 17K on it.
#1038 of 2125 Kirstie H host, remember me?
Jan 22, 2004 (6:53 pm)
Kistie, question, do you keep a page on here that "reviews/highlights" the weekly discussions of Live chat?
If so, how can I get to it?
#1039 of 2125 Cold air intake
Jan 23, 2004 (9:34 pm)
Hey guys havent posted on here in awhile. I finally got my mustang. It is a 96 GT with just over 60,000 miles on it and I love it. I dont know how many people on here have modded mustangs but if so can u tell me what you think the best cold air intake is for a 96 mustang GT and what it would cost me.
Jan 26, 2004 (12:55 pm)
Congrats on the Mustang! What color? 5spd or auto?
Re cold air intake, the consensus is usually that CAIs don't really do much except change the sound of the engine. If that's what you're after, then go for it; otherwise, take a pass and put the money toward something else (does it have a catback?)
The stock Mustang induction system is actually pretty good as is, so you don't get too much of a benefit from swapping for a CAI. It's been said that just adding the drop-in K&N gives you most of the gain you get from a CAI, at about 1/3 of the price.
Just my 2 cents.
Jan 26, 2004 (1:56 pm)
newbuyer31, sorry for the late reply, but if you go to the Town Hall home page:
we list the scheduled chats. On a weekly basis, we've got a Mazda (Tues) and Subaru (Thurs) chat. You don't have to be an owner to stop in! The topical chats are held on the third Wednesday of every month, and are often based on popular themes on the News & Views board. Hope to see you at one!
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