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    Thread: "Putting your money where your mouth is" 101: Adding a little vitamin V8 to my diet

    1. Geriatric Member ByronLLN's Avatar
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      08-29-2011 02:10 PM #51
      There's a common misconception among enthusiasts who haven't driven recent Mustangs that they have poor ride quality. They're actually rather plush. Too soft, even, in my opinion.

      Before you push it, you expect it to make for a very distant, vague driving experience. Once you get on it, you realize that the chassis actually reacts rather quickly.
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      Quote Originally Posted by atomicalex View Post
      Can we just have more boob pics, please?

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      08-29-2011 02:11 PM #52
      Congrats. You spec'd it the same way I would. Your new username should read 8cylFordguy.

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      08-29-2011 02:13 PM #53
      Quote Originally Posted by 6cylVWguy View Post
      I like the sound of that. Or simply a track day at NJ Motorsports Park and partying in the hotel afterwards!
      In that order, yes.
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      Quote Originally Posted by atomicalex View Post
      Can we just have more boob pics, please?

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      08-29-2011 02:34 PM #54
      Looks fantastic man! Love that you're driving it like it deserves

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      08-29-2011 03:11 PM #55
      Quote Originally Posted by freedomgli View Post
      Congrats. You spec'd it the same way I would. Your new username should read 8cylFordguy.
      Thanks! I wouldn;t have minded the premium package if it didn't cost so damn much money! The halogen headlights on this car are pretty poor from the factory and it would have been nice if Ford offered HIDs to the base model cars. That's my biggest let down on this car.

      I do still have my VR6 corrado, so I suppose there is still some accuracy to the screen name!

      Quote Originally Posted by curvedinfinity View Post
      Looks fantastic man! Love that you're driving it like it deserves
      Well...I haven't really been driving it like it should to be honest. Still kind of going easy on it. It's MUCH faster than what I'm used to honestly. The car started going sideways in second gear at about 5k rpms yesterday in the dry, which is a sensation that's completely foreign to me right now. I couldn't spin the rear tires in the crossfire in the dry unless I dumped the clutch from a stop---but even then, the ECU limited how much you could rev the motor, which IIRC was something like 4k rpms, so the car was never going to be a burnout champion.

      I can't imagine how fast something like a 997 turbo S feels after driving something with what, 150 less hp?

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      08-30-2011 02:44 AM #56
      Quote Originally Posted by 6cylVWguy View Post
      The car started going sideways in second gear at about 5k rpms yesterday in the dry, which is a sensation that's completely foreign to me right now.
      At an SAE press event, I lit up the tires in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, and would have lit up 4th too, but I ran out of road. I was giggling when I got out of it. Like a Japanese schoolgirl.
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      08-30-2011 09:28 AM #57
      Quote Originally Posted by atomicalex View Post
      At an SAE press event, I lit up the tires in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, and would have lit up 4th too, but I ran out of road. I was giggling when I got out of it. Like a Japanese schoolgirl.
      I love how the traction control lets you have a bit of fun before gently reeling you back in, too. In the BMW, the moment you start to get wheelspin, it cuts the engine and it feels like you stalled the car (which can be unnerving when making a left turn across traffic in teh wet if it's slightly bumpy). In the Mustang, you get to spin the tires a bit, which can help you kick it sideways when cornering hard. Much fun!
      I love cars, but the problem is they are like schroedinger's hobby. They're always in a quantum superstate of being both awesome and a huge waste of time and money... until observation momentarily forces them into one state or another.

    8. 08-30-2011 09:47 AM #58
      Quote Originally Posted by 6cylVWguy View Post
      I know the other poster addressed rattles, which you didn't seem to ask about, but I will say that after 250 miles, the car is tight as a drum! Time will tell if the mustang will continue to be as quiet as it is now.
      Mine is still very tight, although it only has 22000miles on it. But for a convertible it is very solid.

      Quote Originally Posted by Chris_V View Post
      I love how the traction control lets you have a bit of fun before gently reeling you back in, too. In the BMW, the moment you start to get wheelspin, it cuts the engine and it feels like you stalled the car (which can be unnerving when making a left turn across traffic in teh wet if it's slightly bumpy). In the Mustang, you get to spin the tires a bit, which can help you kick it sideways when cornering hard. Much fun!
      I love the TC in the mustang, it lets you have fun and keeps you pointed where you want to go.
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    9. 08-30-2011 02:39 PM #59
      I did too, but I went from 2 4cyl turbos to two V8's







      traded these



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    11. 08-30-2011 10:54 PM #61
      V8s are great because you always have the option to do this.


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      I thought of you when I saw Drive this week.
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      10-30-2011 12:06 PM #63
      I love my Mustang GT. I just hit 14k on the odometer and still no issues with the transmission. I do need new tires though . And I learned a valuable lesson: this car at sea level is an entirely different beast. I only have the 3.31 gears, but I can get this car to accelerate and spin easy. I've even been able to put it in "advance track" and handle it. However, in Reno, with an elevation of 4k feet, it is manageable. On a recent trip to Seattle, I hit the advance track button and quickly realized to put the traction control back on . This car is so much fun and made me and my buddy laugh like idiots from some of the shenanigans. Since I'm getting new tread, I'm going to have a fun month and burn these stock tires to the nubs
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      10-30-2011 12:14 PM #64
      Quote Originally Posted by Son View Post
      I thought of you when I saw Drive this week.
      Didn't see the movie, but heard that there's very little footage of the car. But yeah, when I first saw the preview, I definitely felt obligated to see the movie! Maybe I'll rent it when it comes out on "video".

      Update: It was in the low to mid 30's yesterday in my area. Took the car out for a few a miles and didn't even have a hint of problems with the transmission. For reference many people feel that cold temps bring out the worst in the MT82.

    15. 02-15-2012 09:21 AM #65
      Seems like it's been 6 months since you bought this and I'm wondering how you feel about it? How is it holding up, do you still enjoy it and would you order the same car now that you have had 6 months of seat time in it? Would have gotten this option or that option in addition to or instead of what you got? Have you done any mods or are there mods you're thinking about?
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      02-15-2012 10:07 AM #66
      Quote Originally Posted by sullie View Post
      Seems like it's been 6 months since you bought this and I'm wondering how you feel about it? How is it holding up, do you still enjoy it and would you order the same car now that you have had 6 months of seat time in it? Would have gotten this option or that option in addition to or instead of what you got? Have you done any mods or are there mods you're thinking about?
      I plan on giving a bit of an update when I hit the 10k mile mark and I currently have 6700 miles on it. To be brief, I really dig the car, but I can't quite put my finger on why--maybe it's the sound, maybe it's the power, maybe it something else. It's been a pretty good car overall, but it hasn't been perfect--I just got the rear end vent TSB (too much diff fluid seeps from the vent) done last week and I also had some type of dust cover replaced that was making an annoying squeak. Nothing big, like a transmission or cyl #8 failure, but I still had to bring the car in. As far as mods, I've done minimal work to the car at this point. I put in GT500 mufflers and have a black Steeda pool ball shift knob coming in today. Those are the only mods of substance I've done to the car.

      I'll put up a more thorough review in 3-4 months.

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      09-09-2012 03:51 PM #67
      Quote Originally Posted by 6cylVWguy View Post
      I plan on giving a bit of an update when I hit the 10k mile mark and I currently have 6700 miles on it. To be brief, I really dig the car, but I can't quite put my finger on why--maybe it's the sound, maybe it's the power, maybe it something else. It's been a pretty good car overall, but it hasn't been perfect--I just got the rear end vent TSB (too much diff fluid seeps from the vent) done last week and I also had some type of dust cover replaced that was making an annoying squeak. Nothing big, like a transmission or cyl #8 failure, but I still had to bring the car in. As far as mods, I've done minimal work to the car at this point. I put in GT500 mufflers and have a black Steeda pool ball shift knob coming in today. Those are the only mods of substance I've done to the car.

      I'll put up a more thorough review in 3-4 months.
      Any update? I'm looking at purchasing a brand new mustang gt as well.

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      09-09-2012 04:15 PM #68
      Big time upgrade.

      I got my first Mustang this year and I'm hooked big time, I'd love a new 5.0
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      09-09-2012 04:19 PM #69
      Clap clap clap clap clap. Excellent purchase.

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      09-09-2012 06:27 PM #70
      Quote Originally Posted by The Dubsta View Post
      Any update? I'm looking at purchasing a brand new mustang gt as well.
      Just hit 24k on my early build 2011 GT and my only issue was the clutch bolts. There was a TSB on it and I needed it. I've been moddin mine like crazy this year: lowering springs, sway bars, wheels/tires, adjustable panhard bar, panhard rod support, rear lower control arms, control arm relocation brackets and adjustable shocks/struts and GT500 strut mounts. Next is a MGW short shift kit. Then next year is gears (3.73's since I have 3.31's) and thinking of long tube headers/high flow cats/exhaust. This car is so much fun that I've been concentrating on handling vs more power. If you buy one you can not only put a grin on your face but also haul stuff and road trip with it. I love this car and it may be the first car I don't actually get bored with
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      09-09-2012 09:30 PM #71
      Quote Originally Posted by 6cylVWguy View Post
      I found out that the headrests are adjustable front to back, not just up and down. I LOVED that aspect of my older vws. Interestingly, in the mustang the headrest actually locks in place when adjusting the headrest front to back--unlike the VWs I'd owned.
      Locking in the properly adjusted place means that it will likely provide better whiplash protection than if your head hitting it just pushes it back. The adjustability is presumably to allow you to place it as close to your head as possible without being uncomfortable (in some cars, the head restraints are intrusively too far forward for some drivers, particularly those who have the seat back closer to vertical).

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      09-10-2012 01:01 AM #72
      Quote Originally Posted by Wilhelm0075 View Post
      Just hit 24k on my early build 2011 GT and my only issue was the clutch bolts. There was a TSB on it and I needed it. I've been moddin mine like crazy this year: lowering springs, sway bars, wheels/tires, adjustable panhard bar, panhard rod support, rear lower control arms, control arm relocation brackets and adjustable shocks/struts and GT500 strut mounts. Next is a MGW short shift kit. Then next year is gears (3.73's since I have 3.31's) and thinking of long tube headers/high flow cats/exhaust. This car is so much fun that I've been concentrating on handling vs more power. If you buy one you can not only put a grin on your face but also haul stuff and road trip with it. I love this car and it may be the first car I don't actually get bored with
      Great to hear! Any pics of your GT? Also can you elaborate a bit on the clutch bolt issue? Was there an issue or was it done per ford? No trans issues in the cold?

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      09-10-2012 09:31 AM #73
      Quote Originally Posted by The Dubsta View Post
      Great to hear! Any pics of your GT? Also can you elaborate a bit on the clutch bolt issue? Was there an issue or was it done per ford? No trans issues in the cold?










      If I remember right, the early build 5.0's with manuals had too short of clutch bolt and they could sheer off. Well mine did. New bolts and a new clutch. I park my car in a garage, so I'm not as affected by cold issues. It is a transmission that's a little notchy till its warmed up. I've heard the 2013's are a little tweaked so may not be as big of an issue. I usually start off in second when it's cold till the transmission warms up, and definitely will a lot of time when I get my 3.73's installed. I have a MGW short shift kit to install and am curious if that will change shifter feel a lot. It's a heavy duty unit and is very thorough in its design.
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      09-10-2012 12:25 PM #74
      That really looks sharp with the RTR(i'm guessing) wheels and tuned suspension !

      So in regards to the clutch issue I'm assuming everything was handled per powertrain warranty from ford? Any other issues that you have had please post.

      6cylVWguy post up your update please.

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      09-10-2012 03:06 PM #75
      Quote Originally Posted by The Dubsta View Post
      That really looks sharp with the RTR(i'm guessing) wheels and tuned suspension !

      So in regards to the clutch issue I'm assuming everything was handled per powertrain warranty from ford? Any other issues that you have had please post.

      6cylVWguy post up your update please.
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      Yeah everything was covered by Ford. I'm sure they changed later builds to the proper clutch bolts. And I haven't had any other issues. I change the oil and drive it. That's it. So different from my BMW ownership experience
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