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#555 of 2125 Mustang front plate
Aug 26, 2003 (9:53 am)
Having always had a front plate I must agree...it looks weird without it!
I believe my 2000 Mustang a lots of other Fords don't use a front "bracket" per say but rather have "bolts" built into the front bumper just below the surface. If you are a plate state, they just stick an awl through the surface of the bumper at the dealer and make screw holes.
The plate screws right into the bumper and I believe it is the same on my wife's Taurus and my son's Focus.
Aug 26, 2003 (11:14 am)
Just took a look at my '02 GT vert and you're right; Ford just screws 'em right thru the bumper normally.
After I bought the vehicle (used with 4k miles) I plugged the bumper's holes with some small, black plastic plugs from Pep Boys that match the bumper color.
#557 of 2125 Front license plate problem FIX and NEW SSSSTANG
Aug 30, 2003 (3:27 pm)
Try this link to see THE way to mount the front license plate.
I have a 1995 Sapphire Blue Mustang GTS. It has been a GREAT car for the last 8 yrs and 90,000 miles. I now drive almost almost an hour to work and abck per day so I had to come up with something new.
A 2003 Black 10th Anniversary Cobra. This is is MEAAAAAAAAAAAN! At first I didnt think the performance was alot more than my 95 which is modded, of course. Well after finally getting a chance to push this thing and drive it a bit harder than the normal test drive, holy smokes. She corners, accelerates, brakes, and does almost EVERYTHING better than my 95. It better right?!? The only thing I nedd is a little better exhaust note, but that will be taken care of this spring
#558 of 2125 2001 mustang GT convertible
Sep 01, 2003 (11:29 am)
HELP!! I'm on the verge of purchasing a pre-owned 01 mustang GT convertible and I've got plenty of co-workers and family trying to talk me out of it. I would GREATLY appreciate any feedback current owners can give me on this model. Are there any major problems I should be considering? How well is the convertible top holding up? THANKS!!
Sep 01, 2003 (6:32 pm)
I purchased a slightly used (4k miles) '02 GT 5-speed convertible earlier this year and I love it. My son also has a '01 5-speed GT hardtop.
Besides the kick out of modding it (so far - Pro 5.0 shifter, Bilstein shocks/struts and lowering springs, subframes, etc.) it gets 20 mpg on regular gas, the insurance premium isn't bad if you're past 30 (and I'm waaaaay past!) - and it's a blast to drive.
On the downside, the backseat is good for a briefcase or a few grocery bags but not humans, the quality of some parts is rather suspect, the fit and finish is Ford Job What?, etc.
As for your question about the top holding up...if that's a major concern, you might not be the perfect candidate for a convertible...after all, steel & paint hold up better than vinyl fabric just about every time. It would be nice if you can garage it; if not, try a high-quality custom car cover (CoverCraft makes an excellent one for GT convertibles).
And did I say it's a blast to drive?
Don't let anybody talk you out of it. And, when the weather is perfect for that drive with the top down...remember to NOT take them along!
You list a Honda sedan as your driver now...so the Mustang will be a VERY different experience for you. If you buy a used one at a good price - and there's lots of convertibles to choose from in So. CA...you can sell it down the road without a lot of depreciation. That's a good way to get into a different type of automobile - low risk.
#560 of 2125 Nose Mask
Sep 01, 2003 (7:09 pm)
I'm looking for a nose mask for my 03 Stang. What do you folks recommend ? Colgan, Ford, whatever ? What brand is the easiest to install and remove ? Thanx for all comments.
#562 of 2125 98 Mustang V6 vs 99 Mustang V6
Oct 07, 2003 (8:39 pm)
The 98 Mustang V6 is listed at 150 horsepower. The 99 Mustang V6 is listed at 190 horsepower. Anybody have any idea what the actually real wheel horsepower on both of those cars is? Also does anybody know why the 99 Mustang supposedly has 40 more horsepower than the 98?
Oct 08, 2003 (7:18 am)
I think actual rwhp for the 1998 V6 is somewhere around 125-130. 99+ jumps to 150s.
And yes, the 99+ do have 40 more hp. New heads, split-port injection, and other changes to the 3.8 did it.
The 99+ V6s are the ones to get if you're going V6.
Oct 08, 2003 (3:16 pm)
I am looking to buy a used mustang this Christmas. I want to get a 99+ V6 because of the horsepower gain and I like the style of them better as well. I got a few questions.
#1 How reliable are the 99+ Mustang V6's? Because when I am searching on auto trader I usually put the mileage limit to under 60,000 miles any suggestions on wether I should lower or higher that limit?
#2 Will I run better times on the 1/4 mile with a manual than with an automatic? If so how much time difference do you think there would be between the two?
#3 One of the first things I would like to do when I get it is a different exhaust. I will have to be making monthly payments so I would need a cheap one. Any ideas on what is a cheap one that will give me a good sound and some more horsepower?