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#1902 of 2125 A Few answers...
Apr 07, 2006 (2:56 pm)
...for what they're worth:
dubinsc, you're speaking of the V6 Mustang, right? If so, probably the reason for the seemingly lack of mods for the 2003 V6 could be the different engine Ford started using that year. Until 2003, Ford used the 3.8l Essex V6 for the Mustang. In '03, Ford moved to the 3.9. That said, with the exception of some engine mods, stuff like exhaust, etc. should work just fine on an '03 Mustang, even if the catalogs only say 1999-2002. It's otherwise the same car.
bob121, no difference whatsoever. The two years are in all major ways mechanically identical.
sc1977, good question. Have you checked the Differential Pressure Feedback EGR (DPFE) Sensor? Sometimes when they go bad, the car shudders and surges when driving. Are you sure the head gasket is okay? That year's engine is notorious for head gasket failure. Also, have you checked the thermostat?
#1903 of 2125 Re: Water at Rear Passanger Floor 03 Convertible [smk24]
Apr 07, 2006 (6:21 pm)
Maybe the source of your problem is from the seals on the convertible top. Maybe the seals around the edge of the top along the trunk area or around the window seal is where all the water is leaking thru. I read somewhere in another Mustang forum that the convertible tops start having seal problems when they get a few years old. You may want to check it out.
#1904 of 2125 Re: 94 Mustang keeps shuddering [sc1977]
Apr 07, 2006 (7:01 pm)
Did they do a pressure test on coolant system? It should reveal a leak. If you overheated the engine, you might have damaged the head gaskets and now have coolant getting into cylinders, causing spark plug probelms and your "shudders". You better be checking oil frequently for signs it has coolant getting mixed into it. If so, you are wearing out engine quickly.
#1905 of 2125 Problem with 2004 V6
Apr 11, 2006 (6:29 pm)
I recently bought an 04 Mustang with 18,000 miles on it. Besides the right wheel grinding and burning when i make a right turn, 1st gear takes off to about 50mph in no time. Yet it can also get off 15mph like normal. Are the gear ratios messed up?
#1906 of 2125 Re: Problem with 2004 V6 [nghtshd88]
Apr 12, 2006 (4:25 pm)
Something, or things, is wrong enough to justify a trip to dealer. Isn't it still under warranty?
#1907 of 2125 Re: Problem with 2004 V6 [nghtshd88]
Apr 13, 2006 (6:58 am)
Your description does sound like the previous owner swapped out the stock gears for a lower (numerically higher) set. Kinda rare in V6 models, but it does happen.
Most Mustang people like this, as it moves your power band down to where you use it more. However, make sure your speedometer is properly calibrated for the change, otherwise it'll be off (there's a pop-in eletronic module that does this).
The dealer will be able to tell you if you still have the stock gearing (3.27) or something else, and if you have the speedo recal.
#1908 of 2125 Re: 2004 Mustang Driveability problems [tina1994]
Apr 21, 2006 (9:31 am)
I have a 2001 V-6 that is starting to idle at 2,200 rpms. It will go down to a more nomal rpm after some time and then idle fast again. I took to a very good mechanic and he said that he did not know what to do to fix it. He recommended that we take it to a Ford dealership for repair.
#1909 of 2125 Re: 2004 Mustang Driveability problems [stmustg01]
Apr 21, 2006 (3:34 pm)
Yes, the dealer should hopefully be able to fix the problem. I use to have an 03 Chevy Malibu with a similar problem. It was brand new and began to idle at 2,000 rpms for no reason. It went to the dealer 3 times and they eventually replaced the accelerator linkage. To make it worse it was an automatic so I couldn't stop it from moving. The dealer would be a good idea.
#1910 of 2125 Convertible top replacement advice
Apr 21, 2006 (2:16 pm)
I have a 1997 Mustang GT convertible. I've had very little trouble with it and I still love it. However, it's starting to look a bit shabby. The convertible top starting going south a couple of years ago. An apparent brain misfire lead me to Armor-All the top to try to spiff it up. What an idiot. That stuff is evil, I'll never use it again.
That error in judgement along with parking it outside has really taken a toll on the top. The back window panel is disentigrating and has a huge tear in the middle right below the window. It seems time to replace it.
So, I called the dealer to get the "high" price. They want about $3000 just for the parts! So, I looked online and found a place that has the whole top, glass and all, for about $300. Of course that has me suspicious. I really don't know what to expect for a reasonable price for a quality replacement. Does anyone have any suggestions, advice, opinions? Any leads on a reputable convertible top dealer? I really don't want to just pick an online store at random.
#1911 of 2125 Re: Convertible top replacement advice [mrspiff]
Apr 22, 2006 (4:47 pm)
I have a 2000 Mustang covert and just had the rear window replaced. The part was listed on my insurance invoice (Allstate paid for it) $1500. I would be very very suspect at the complete parts going for $300.