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#1643 of 2124 Re: The GOOD, the BAD, and the UGLY [m1miata]
Mar 13, 2005 (9:51 pm)
i own a 94 v6 mustang and am also a mechanic. the head gasket problem that you were talking about is mainly on the 94 and 95 model but some up to 99 still have the issue. from what i have seen, however, the problem seems to surface only when the car reaches high mileage, with a small amount of exceptions. ford had extended a warranty on the head gaskets to 100,000 miles in order to take care of ppl who had the problem. one thing to do if you buy a automatic of a year before 99, have the tranny flushed and refilled with "mercon V" Automatic tranny fluid becuase if it hasnt been done then the fluid that is in it isnt real good and will give you a vibration when going up hills in 3rd or 4th gear around 1000 - 2000 rpm, the fluid change fixes the problem. overall i am happy with my car, i use it as a commmuter car, ive had it for 6 months and have had no problems, it gets 22 mpg everywhere. good luck and if u have any more questions feel free to IM me on aim (mr nick502) lata
#1644 of 2124 Customizing 02 GT
Mar 14, 2005 (8:44 pm)
Hi, all. I'm a rookie and don't have much experience with cutomizing rides. Anyways, I just got a 2002 Mustang GT 5speed with very low miles and want to turn that thing into a beast. For starters I'm thinking about hooking it up with the K&N injection/air intake kit, Flowmaster exhaust and a supercharger. How many more hp can I gain just from that equipment and what are the possible drawbacks? Which brands should I stick to? What else could I do to it? Appreciate any advice!
#1645 of 2124 Re: Customizing 02 GT [luxrus79]
Mar 14, 2005 (9:06 pm)
i like your ideas for the better airflow (k&n and the exhaust) that will work well with the supercharger
#1646 of 2124 Re: Customizing 02 GT [luxrus79]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Mar 14, 2005 (9:30 pm)
You might not gain any horsepower at all if you take a "shotgun" approach without careful research.
Countless other people have walked this road before you and you should consult with them and hear what problems they ran into.
My personal experience has been that there is this common misconception that the part you are bolting on contains a certain amount of horsepower, and that if you bolt on more of these parts, you keeping adding the horsepower.
But it's not like that. A muffler claiming 20 HP and a cold air intake claiming 15 and an air filter claiming 12 don't give you 47! Sometimes they cancel each other out, sometimes they take away horsepower, sometimes they change things you never even touched. And sometimes their claims are simply not true at all.
Here's one guys' experience on a 4Runner, which isn't a Mustang of course but it gives you an idea of what you might run into:
I think you should map out a very careful plan and consult experts in this area if you want a "beast" of a car. If you just start grabbing stuff out of catalogs you could end up really disappointed with the results, and many people have.
#1647 of 2124 Be sure it can still pass smog checks and
Mar 14, 2005 (10:13 pm)
Have fun with the customizing. The people at Stangnet may have some advice as to what worked and what did not. And I bet some good advice here too, like the previous post. Hope you will still meet the smog checks marks OK, and don't kill gas mileage, unless you are rich. I love the sound of the stock system. Ford dialed in a perfect balance there. It is possible to get too much of a droning sound for long trips, so be careful and ask others here and elsewhere just how sweet the sound is, as well as, added performance. You can also get advice from people involved in local Mustang clubs. Will this be for track racing,drag racing, or just bragging rights? There are some handling improvements you can add. Have fun - wish I had the bucks to play with a GT! Actually, I am still thinking of someday getting a 1998, or a 2000-04 car used. Saves a bundle off the new Stang prices and avoids the big first hits on depreciation. You have a good plan there!
#1648 of 2124 Re: Customizing 02 GT [luxrus79]
Mar 15, 2005 (3:34 pm)
Luxrus79 you may also want to try IMBOC's web site they are mostly Bullitt owners as am I but if you are thinking about it someone there has done it. I just ordered the first mods for my Bullitt, BBK underdrive pulleys, cold air intake and a Mach 1 chin spoiler. Gears would have been my first choice but so far the prices I have been quoted are to high. Have fun but do your research!
#1649 of 2124 Re: 2005 Mustang V 6 Gas problems [sportscardkid]
Mar 15, 2005 (5:45 pm)
Hi, I just bought an 05 Mustang for my wife. Same problem with the gas fill up. The tube looks too small to me. I have an appointment on Monday the 21st with the dealership. I will let you know what they say. I am glad you posted your problem so that I know it is not just me. It is a pain to try to fill up. Shuts off every gallon or so and dumps gas all over. We only have 1,200 miles on it but it has been a pain from day one at the pump. We love the car so far other than that. Our mileage has been about 25 mpg.
#1650 of 2124 Re: 2005 Mustang V 6 Gas problems [billsweers]
Mar 15, 2005 (8:01 pm)
Gas neck problems??? Other cars have had this fate, and for the life of me, I can not understand how they can spend billions in engineering depts. and screw up something so simple. Too small a hole? Perhaps they thought it was to be a diesel car ) Gas mileage should improve over time. The 25MPG for the automatic is not so good considering gas prices these days. The 28MPG is not too bad for the stick. Ford needs to catch up to GM in V6 gas mileage. The overall package of a Stang though still looks pretty fair. Discounts are on the way, no doubt. My guess is that $2k rebates within 6 months.
I saw an '04 GT for $21, but I bet they would take $20k for it. I think it is 5K off, but I have heard of 6K off on some models, as people want the latest tool. I can see that with such a large change in the model that a discount should be expected. I can also appreciate some the good things about the previous design. Most things are better, but I do prefer a speedometer and tach that is not obstructed by the steering wheel, and I prefer the rounded look of the old dash. Also like small as possible, as I see slightly larger cars each change. The changes to handling is a good thing. I like that little window for the backseat area. The backend looks good and the side view perhaps better. I am sort of a fan of the original make-over in 1994, though the latest is cool in some ways, and just bigger, sorta like '69, which is OK as long as the next step is not '70's fatter size. And please no mid-70's Pinto design Let us know how long it takes for Ford to fix this problem of the gas neck. Should be interesting to see if they are on the ball. And for you it is dang important. Better luck to ya! - Loren
#1651 of 2124 first time mustang buyer
Mar 15, 2005 (8:25 pm)
Greetings fellow mustang fans,
I am thinking about buying my first mustang and I'm leaning towards either a 2000 or 2001 mustang with the3.8 v6. Ive heard that there is a problem with the head gasket and was wondering if anyone could tell me if either of these two models had been affected by this problem. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.
#1652 of 2124 Re: Customizing 02 GT [Mr_Shiftright]
Mar 15, 2005 (9:31 pm)
mr shiftright is correct about those bolt on things that claim to give certain amounts of hp. but i do know someone that has a gt with a supercharger and exhaust on it but not much else and it runs real good and real fast, just dont go too nuts with boost, i am highly upset that my last post only showed up with one line, i had a bunch of future mods you could do to your gt that included things such as valve train, upper and lowerintakes, headers, port and plish the head and so on, i dont feel like typing it out again but since you are the host mr shiftright could you tell me why 90% of my message didnt make it?