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Ford Mustang, Coupe
#1971 of 2125 Re: 2000 vs 2001 [beernut]
Sep 22, 2006 (12:30 pm)
I never understood the tan striping...a very odd choice at the time, given how Ford was really ramping up the retro at that point. Red stripes would have been a good-looking choice for white Mustangs only...
I actually put those rocker panel stripes on my '02...white for me, as my car is dark blue.
What do the wheels look like on the '00? Are they kinda a shiny, machined chrome, in a star pattern with exposed lugs?
#1972 of 2125 Re: 2000 vs 2001 [john_324]
Sep 25, 2006 (3:57 am)
No, the wheels are a machined aluminum affair with a pony cover over the lugs. Not my favorite, but I'm not big on wheels anyway. They are actually what I would call a "split" three spoke in that there are actualy six spokes but not evenly spaced - they are sort of mashed into three pairs. It seems to be pretty standard for the 00. The 01 I looked at had the same finish in a five spoke and I didn't like it as well.
Anyway, the dealer came down another grand so I bought the 00 on Saturday. The exterior is in very good condition and appears to have been garage kept at least for some of its life. The interior looks showroom - even better than I would have done - I'm really surprised at how clean it is.
Just a side note... I looked at a '99 convert. on Friday for $3 grand more. Only 24k miles and beautiful pictures on the internet. But...YIKES!! It started as a Hawaii car and moved to Maryland after two years... probably military. Well, it appears the low mileage was due to it being stored for a long time AFTER it was nicely covered with Pacific Ocean salt... corrosion everywhere you looked and at least one complete repaint. Some body panels had at least two repaints.
So, now I own a Mustang. There you go.
#1973 of 2125 Re: 2000 vs 2001 [beernut]
Sep 25, 2006 (2:41 pm)
Ah, the classic 15" inch wheels. Those were the standard wheels for that model. Not bad at all though IMO. Nice, kept-up interiors on used Mustangs are super-rare, so that's a real score. Sounds like you found a good one.
Congratulations, and enjoy your car...Mustangs are loud, crude, antiquated and unsophisticated...and probably the most fun car you'll ever own.
#1974 of 2125 Re: 2000 vs 2001 [john_324]
Sep 26, 2006 (3:39 am)
I'm lovin' it so far. I haven't had a rear-drive coupe since my '78 Supra which was my first new car (I know... long time ago). After the sedans, mini-vans and PU trucks, I find I really want to go for a drive now. And after recently giving up all self-performed maintenance tasks, I went out last night and re-stocked on DIY supplies.
This is fun!
Hey... I've got a question about the clouded headlights that all of these cars have. Is the fix...
b) Expensive polish job by a pro
c) Buy some goo and polish it myself, or
e) Leave them alone??
I'm sure its been discussed on this board before, but I'm new here.
#1975 of 2125 Re: 2000 vs 2001 [beernut]
Sep 26, 2006 (7:33 am)
Replacing them will run around $130 each or so (for the OEM part anyway...I'm sure aftermarket ones will be cheaper, but quality could be an issue).
I've heard of people wet-sanding their clouded stockers with a really fine grit paper (like 2000), and then polishing them...apparently works pretty well.
If yours aren't too bad, you might get good results with just some plastic polish and some elbow grease. Just be glad you don't have a 94-98 model...the headlights on them are known to get quite yellowed with age.
#1976 of 2125 Re: 2000 vs 2001 [john_324]
Sep 26, 2006 (7:42 am)
2000 grit? Gadzooks!
Never heard of it. It must be close to emory cloth. I suspect its a body shop item.
#1977 of 2125 Re: 2000 vs 2001 [beernut]
Sep 26, 2006 (10:06 am)
A good autoparts store should carry it.
#1978 of 2125 Re: 2000 vs 2001 [beernut]
Sep 26, 2006 (4:30 pm)
a couple of years ago, i just took some polish to the covers of my nephew's 92 sundance. ended up using some compound, then polish after that. they looked good for about 6 months, then did it again. car got totaled before it needed another refresh on the headlights.
#1979 of 2125 Re: 2000 vs 2001 [explorerx4]
Sep 27, 2006 (3:40 am)
Hmmm... I've got both rubbing and polishing compound somewhere in the garage. I hadn't thought about it as an equivilent to 2000 grit sandpaper but its worth a try.
It beats the "total" option.
#1980 of 2125 2000 mustang "GTR"
Sep 27, 2006 (11:44 am)
At www.mustangforums.com they mention a "midyear presentation of the GT appearance package". "It included 17 inch wheels, hood and side scoops and specialized body graphics."
My "GTR" has 275/40/R17 tires, a K&N air filter, "281 High Output Engine" graphics on the hood, "GTR" badging and the galloping ponies graphics on the sides. Could this have been the midyear package they are referring to? (The car also has a "Ford Racing" sticker on the radiator shroud.) There are no stripes on the hood but the car is red with grey fabric.