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#4 of 2125 2002 Mustang fuel tank
Apr 24, 2002 (6:34 am)
i recently read on blueoval.com and in usa today that because of the location of the gas tank on ford mustangs, lives have been lost and people injured, that Ford has settled several cases out of court(hello firestone). i believe there have been as much as 40 incidences more or less. it is my understanding that upon rear impact not necessarily at high speeds, the car can and has exploded into a ball of flames causing lives or serious injuries to others. The articles mention that this problem has occurred in mustangs throughout the 90's. My question is this:
Can anyone tell me if this also applies to the 2002 mustang? Is the 2002 mustang capable of exploding into a ball of flames upon impact be it mild or forceful impact?
I don't want to buy my daughter a car that has a high probability of catching on fire.
I await your response.
#5 of 2125 Thanks Shayesky1
Apr 24, 2002 (2:22 pm)
I've been a Stangnet reader for years, even before I owned one. Great website. I wanted this chat to be more focused on our own opinions and future plans for our cars.
I'd also love to know what is up with the '02 and the fireball thing. Please advise us all of you knowledgeable Mustang fans.
If I have to go down in flames, I hope it's in the front seat of my new Mustang...That way no one else can have it!
Apr 27, 2002 (8:07 am)
Hey Craig. Great idea with this. I could use some ideas for mods seein' as I don't really know much about that kinda stuff.
I've had my '02 GT with the premium package for about a month now. I paid about 21,400 after rebates (which were pretty awesome I thought). I went with the black w/ dark charcoal. Was lookin' at the grey, but my sales guy said the only colors that stangs should be in are white, red, & black. I'm in FL too. West coast, south of Tampa about an hour.
The only changes I've made so far were to the Mach 460 system. Not that it really needed it (best factory system I've ever heard). I added an Infinity BassLink and the sound is incredible now. I love that sub! I didn't want to give up the space in the trunk to a double sub box. What's the point in having fold-down seats if you can't utilize them, right? I had the BassLink mounted on the driver's side, rear-back corner. Now I can still toss a set of clubs in the back and have a kickin' sound system.
Dealership was getting ready to do some work on my car and put it on the showroom floor the day after I met with my sales guy. He had to tell them it was already sold. They were talking about adding springs, flowmaster, and some kinda chip to increase the HP. May look into having that done sometime soon. Have you seen those taillight covers everyone has been adding? What are your thoughts on those? The mainly clear ones selling for about $260. I can't decide if I like them better or not.
The only problem I've had so far was with the in-dash CD 6 player. Discs you burn and add labels to are getting stuck and jammin' up the drive. Pretty annoying. Had to bring mine in last week to have them pulled out. Tech. told me not to use the labels anymore because they'll negate the warranty. Heads up if anyone else out there has the same system.
Hope we hear from some more people. Peace.
#7 of 2125 Ouch...that CD story is a great heads up...
Apr 27, 2002 (11:21 am)
I burn discs a lot. Thanks for the info Gary.
I've not seen the tail light covers you are talking about, link? That's great you added a sub. I was thinking about that too. I've done some homework and I'll probably have Steeda doing my suspension work. They are located in Ft. Lauderdale right off of M L King Blvd.
Where are all the gearheads?!
#8 of 2125 Proper Break-In Procedure?
May 02, 2002 (1:25 pm)
Just picked up a new GT, and have been unsure as to the proper break-in procedure for the car...the owner's manual is vague at best, merely noting that "there is no specific procedure". Any thoughts on the proper procedure, and for how long it should be done? Thanks!
#9 of 2125 Break in
May 03, 2002 (6:22 am)
I have been told for the first 2k miles never to drive at the same speed for a long period of time. Avoid situations that require hard or emergency braking. Avoid full throttle, but the flip side of this is the theory that the harder you drive the car during break in, the faster it will be. I have no idea if that is true. Also change the oil after 1k miles.
May 03, 2002 (11:01 am)
I had a '00 GT vert. Traded it on a '01 GT vert. Ford just bought that one back, now I have a '02 GT vert. (black of course.) Best one of the 3. I think Ford finally got it right on this one. I've had it since March 15 and have a total of 293 miles on it. It's just a toy. Good luck with yours and welcome!
#11 of 2125 Breaking in the horse...
May 06, 2002 (2:46 pm)
I've got 5000 miles on my 02GT. It's only 45 days old :-/ I drive a lot of hwy miles for work and have been driving at constant speeds pretty much all of the time I've been breaking it in. A few hard accelerations (hey, it's a GT!) but mostly babying it. Can anyone else help us out with what the proper procedure is on breaking in?
May 10, 2002 (6:10 pm)
hey everybody. okay so i really want a 96 mustang coupe but im a lil confused. obviously the cheaper is the STD, and then the GTS, then the GT....so whats the difference with each one? and how are the stereo systems? i probably wont be able to find my way back to this message board so if you could email me with answers, if you have any that would be awesome. and then again, if you dont feel like goin to all that trouble, just post in here and ill try and find this site again. thanks so much for any help you can give. oh and my email is takemewhereyouarejuno.com. thanks again!!!
May 11, 2002 (8:16 am)
Well the basic is the STD. It has a V6 with about 140 hp and runs a 1/4 in about 17 seconds. Its very slow. I wouldnt recommend getting a V6. Next its the GTS. Iam not really sure if it was produced in 1996. I think it was a 1995. Anyways, it was a stripped down version of a GT. It had the V8 but no p/w p/l. I recommend something like this for racing. Then it was the GT. It was a 4.6 V8 SOHC with 215HP stock. Ran a 1/4 in the high 14s. I had one myself. Its a great car. Its available with a stock stereo which isnt that good and a MACH 460 stereo. The MACH is much better. But thats the last thing that Iam worried about when looking for a stang. Good luck finding a ride!