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Ford Mustang, Ford Mustang SVT Cobra, Coupe, Convertible
#22 of 71 Re: First Time Mustang Owner! 2000 bright red "srs" [john_324]
Apr 30, 2007 (9:39 am)
No, but the baking soda would probably be even more effective.
#23 of 71 AHA! "srs" is not anything to do with the car!
Apr 30, 2007 (7:51 pm)
HAHAHA! The joke is on me. I thought it was a trim level, like "SE" or "LS". Yes, it's lettered on the dash. Now I must change my profile so people won't laugh FOREVER.
The engine is a V6, 3.8 liter. That's about all I know about it. There's room under the hood for a bigger engine but this one's just fine, considering the price of gas these days. Gas was .45 per gallon when I first started to drive. Tonight it was almost 3 dollars per gallon.
Regarding the headlight covers: we're going to try to polish them gently.
#24 of 71 hello you mustang owners
May 01, 2007 (6:57 am)
got to meet more mustang owners come see me i dont know how 2 get around all thius stuff
#25 of 71 Re: hello you mustang owners [nancy49022]
May 01, 2007 (8:25 pm)
Greetings! I am the third owner for this 2000 Mustang. It was my father's car and he was very fond of it. After he passed away in June 2006, my neice drove it until last week when I finally managed to buy it from her.
I wanted the car - it's a great car and has sentimental value because it was Dad's. MDH and I keep our cars a long time and plan to fix all the little cosmetic "dings" this car has. I hope to keep it at least ten years or more. It's in excellent shape mechanically, so that's VERY realistic.
So tell us about your Mustang.
#26 of 71 Re: hello you mustang owners [maryaw]
Jul 02, 2007 (6:46 am)
I recently had a 99 Mustang with the headlight lenses fogged up. I tried almost everything and NOTHING worked. I purchased special lens polishing stuff from auto stores that polished the lens with a 3/8" drill using a cloth attachment. When I traded the car in the dealer told me the only thing to do was to buy new lenses for the car at about $250.
I love my new '07 premium convertible GT with 5 speed stick (Redfire). Different type headlight lens that looks good now. Hope they stay that way.
#27 of 71 Re: hello you mustang owners [moronix]
Jul 02, 2007 (1:13 pm)
This was in the Chicago Tribune a couple of months ago.
When J.C. of Hoffman Estates wrote that he wanted to remove cloudiness from the headlight lenses of his 1997 Acura 2.2CL, which he likened to cataracts (Transportation, Feb. 11), we offered some tips and asked you to weigh in.
Here is a sampling of responses:
- First, wet sand with ultrafine sandpaper to remove the damage. Start with 1000 grit and work up to the finest grit you can find. Then polish the surface to a smooth, clear finish with a good- quality compound made for clear-coat paint. E.C., Westchester
- A very quick swipe with a very soft cloth very soggy with acetone does it. No rubbing, just swipe it on and stand back. A.A., Galena
- Smooth the surface with finer and finer abrasives, just like a woodworker or jeweler would do. Start with a relatively coarse compound--grit of 600 to 800--and work your way up, in several steps, to fine.
I use something called Novus Plastic Polish No. 2 about once a year. Not sure if the lenses are coated at the factory or hardened somehow, but once the cataracts set in, the treatment doesn't last. R.W., Chicago
- Try chrome polish. Wipe it off and polish with a soft cloth. W.H., Aurora
- I use Meguiar's Mirror Glaze. Use the No. 17 cleaner and No. 10 polish. I have used this on many vehicles as well as the plastic windshield on my boat with excellent results. G.C., Harvard
- I solved the problem some time ago. I ordered my Chevy Astro with conventional sealed-beam glass headlights for the above reason and because they are cheaper to replace. R.B., Waukegan
- Polycarbonate usually has UV inhibitors blended in it to resist sun damage. But solvents and chemicals that may be found in bug removers, glass cleaners or even sun-screen lotions can cause crazing (a condition before a fracture). Clean them with a mild detergent and coat them with an automotive wax to slow further damage. A.L., Round Lake
And now a word or two from Geoff Burgeson, of the development group for GE Lexan, a brand of polycarbonate:
"The problem with cloudy polycarbonate headlight housings is a difficult one. Because polycarbonate is relatively soft and subject to abrasion, it is almost always 'hardcoated' with an abrasion- resistant clear coating. It is this coating that scratches, dings or degrades and becomes cloudy.
"While polycarbonate can quite successfully be polished with buffing compounds or 'vapor polished' with solvents such as methylene chloride, the hard coating will resist and/or disrupt the process.
"The result of the sandpaper and polishing compound approach will be less than perfect [and a lot of work], but probably deliver a noticeable improvement--especially if the headlight is yellowed and/ or opaque due to haze.
"If you do the sandpaper approach, use a new, or like-new, lens as a reference for clarity and light transmission, though that will be difficult to measure. I expect some of the focus to be lost and the light transmission to suffer with a rougher than [an original equipment] finish.
"Also, once the raw polycarbonate has been exposed [and polished], what remains is a softer than original surface that will scratch and weather quicker than the original.
"While waxing does help significantly, it's a pain and at best a stop-gap."
We thank our readers for their overwhelming response. We also thank Geoff Burgeson of GE Lexan and add that we would advise against harsh solvents. We also are sorry to report that it is impossible to clean the insides of the lenses.
May your skies--and your headlights--be bright and clear.
Bob Weber is an ASE-certified Master Automobile Technician, having recertified every five years since 1978. Address your questions to him in care of Motormouth, 17717 Silcott Springs Rd., Purcellville VA 20132. Send e-mail, including name and town, to motormouth.tribverizon.net. Answers will be supplied only through the newspaper.
#29 of 71 Mustang owner
Aug 24, 2008 (7:04 pm)
I just bought my 3rd Mustang. it took me 29 years to get my 98 GT and 2 years to get my 3rd Mustang GT. my first was a Shelby GT 350 H. which i owned in High School and when i was in the Army. sold it like a fool but you don't know then what you have and what its worth today. but live and learn. i'm glad with my 3rd wife things worked out for us to get the 98 we owned. it was Modified and we both loved driving it. it was totaled 2 years ago by some lady in a Benz who couldn't wait for my wife to go thru the intersection and my wife T Boned her totaled both cars spun the Benz around and it hit a pick up truck waitng at a red lite to turn. my wife had to have both knee operated on . shes doing ok but we can't do things like used to do before the accident., we are waiting on settlement from the accident. i don't know how people drive with they heads up there butts , the only way the see daylite is when they yawn, so we just bought a 2004 Mustang Gt Convertible with the help of my brother. it took us about 2 months of looking od Cars.com and 1500 Mustangs later. the price was right and the miles were right. only 23000 miles on the car. its in great shape, was well maintained. i'm the former VP of the Mustang Club of Maryland. we have over 250 Mustang members. love the best Pony car ever built. sorry the Break My Windows owner couldn't fall in love with his Cobra. well look at it this way now another Mustang owner has it and i'm sure he loves it. sorry about your loss Bemmer owner. Thanks Dan Heagy
#30 of 71 2008 Mustang GT Bullitt
Sep 26, 2008 (10:08 am)
Hi everyone. Well I jumped ship from my Honda Civic and picked up a new highland green GT Bullitt #5608 last night HID headlamps/Shaker500/ambient lighting and damn what a ride! I finally know what the missing piece has been in my life....the other 4 cylinders. Anyways, any of you veteran Mustang owners out there want to give me some advice on these things would be appreciated!
#31 of 71 I love those classic mustang...
Sep 29, 2008 (8:21 pm)
Hello to you fellow mustang worshipers,
I just love my fast back....yep, its a 1965 gt and I have owned it for 8 years. Just transplanted a 5.0 liter engine still using the v-belt set up. Just one problem...I should have intalled the 164 tooth flywheel if I was still planning on using my good old t-10. I still need to do this in order to start the car. I was considering just selling her and letting some one else finish the job...... I am just getting burned out. Has any one been there before? I found a 1968 gt fast back J-code for sale with all origional equipment and only 59,000 miles on the engine. I learned it the origional engine too. Any recommendations on what to do? I can be contacted at jarmstrong_28yahoo.com. I have pictures on the 1965 gt fast back too. I reside in central california. I am looking for $18,000 or best offer. Contact me if interested.