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#1975 of 2924 Re: Live Axle. [mschmal]
Mar 08, 2006 (10:07 pm)
Well it may be a little rough on the edges, as you say, but the price is getting more uptown. Once the Challenger, then the Camaro ( if they are still in business ) comes out, I would imagine Ford will have to upgrade the Stang to IRS. And yes, I suppose I could live without it, while likewise the price on the V6 should stay under $20K and the V8 under $25K. Would also expect a different V6 for gas mileage, and / or transmission changes for both Stangs.
If they build that Challenger like the show car, some 79+ inches wide, I for one won't consider it. Some of the streets around here are too narrow, and the parking lots would not come close to fitting within the lines. I think the Mustang will remain on my list of cars to buy some day. A used Corvette is still in the back on my mind, though my pocketbook says beware the maintenance costs. Guess the other RWD car is the Chrysler 300.
I think the live rear axle is gone by 2008 model year, though I could be wrong.
#1976 of 2924 Re: Live Axle. [m1miata]
Mar 09, 2006 (5:39 am)
... Once the Challenger, then the Camaro ( if they are still in business ) comes out, I would imagine Ford will have to upgrade the Stang to IRS. ...
Why would they have to upgrade to IRS?? When the F-bodies came out with well over 300HP, the Mustang GT was still well under 300HP and it still outsold the F-bodies (combined) by at least 2:1. How is the lack of an IRS all of a sudden going to make a difference?
#1977 of 2924 The BOSS is back???
Mar 09, 2006 (5:50 am)
I just got the latest edition of MotorTrend and there was mention of the fact that most of the special edition Mustangs (Bullitt, Mach 1, etc) were canceled except for the BOSS, which will come w/ a 5.4 L V8. I'm hoping it will be aluminum to keep weight down. Maybe this info is very old, but it was the first time I had heard of it. Does anyone know anything else?
#1979 of 2924 Mustang Tuning
Mar 09, 2006 (1:42 pm)
Has anyone used a Predator tuner on a 2005 Mustang V6?
If so, were the results worth the $400?
#1980 of 2924 Re: Live Axle. [tayl0rd]
Mar 09, 2006 (6:32 pm)
The F body failed due the long hood, which was largely invisible up front, low seating position, larger overall size, windshield angle too radical for some, it was not promoted, strange hump where the catalytic converter was located, and a lack of updates, to name a few reasons. The engine was just fine. The handling was better than a Stang. Looks were good, just less functional. The New Camaro and/or Challenger will be a modern suspensioned car, so if they choose to keep the Stang as is, that is their choice. Perhaps it will not matter that much, yet I still think it will be one or several items in need of updates. If the Camaro and Challenger is too expensive, their will be no need to change the Stang.
#1981 of 2924 Re: Why IRS? [mschmal]
Mar 09, 2006 (6:46 pm)
That's great that it works well enough on the track. I have seen 1965 Stangs on the track at Laguna Seca, and having a grand old time. Has nothing to do with everyday car experience and driving on irregular highways and country roads of America. Yes, it is great they won the 2005 Grand Am Cup. I am sure it is a good car with a solid axle. Would consider buying one some day. Will it compare to the competition though when they have IRS in street version - used on the street? That is the question. If they want to sell on price, perhaps it won't matter. Maybe it won't matter if Chrysler or GM shoots themselves in the foot by overcharging for their car, or making it too wide and too dang heavy to be a truly sporty car, and it all won't matter to Ford. I am just saying, someday a modern suspension will likely have to be built into a modern day car.
#1982 of 2924 Re: Why IRS? [m1miata]
Mar 09, 2006 (8:15 pm)
You do understand that it's not a run-of-the-mill solid rear axle - right? It's a very sophisticated setup with a panhard rod and is closer to a racing setup than a normal inexpensive street setup.
Go back and read the reviews on the CTS-V and see how well IRS handles that much power. Do the words axle-hop ring a bell? It's a non-issue. Car and Driver said their testers actually looked under the car after their first test drives thinking there was an IRS under there.
#1983 of 2924 Driving in snow
Mar 09, 2006 (8:22 pm)
I am considering a Mustang V6 coupe, to drive everyday to work. Since I live in the midwest, and occasionally have to deal with snow, can anyone tall me how they handle in snow. Does the traction control tame the rear wheels? I want a V6, 5 spd, but now I'm starting to worry that it will be useless in winter.
#1984 of 2924 Re: Mustang Tuning [scalmie]
Mar 09, 2006 (9:31 pm)
you will see good results with a new tune.
you will see significant results when coupled with a cold air intake.
SCT tuner is favored for automatics.