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Ford Mustang (2004 and earlier)

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  • gt4megt4me Posts: 58
    Air filter? Fuel Filter? I'm not very techy but I know all of my past "hesitation" issues with any car have been some kind of intake/exhaust/fluid flow issue.
  • checkmecheckme Posts: 73
    This car is very exciting. I cannot wait until it is released.
  • gt4megt4me Posts: 58
    from a friend who went to the NYC Auto show last week that the new GT's will have a supercharger/intercooler like the current Cobras. The rep from Ford told him that we'd see this car for sale this October/November (2003) as a 2004 model costing around 27kMSRP. Cobra will be pushing upwards of 500hp when it is realeased...they had no comment on that date or even a specific year. But from the horses mouth...
  • newton1959newton1959 Posts: 1
    HAS ANYONE SEEN THE COBRA ON THE SVTOA SITE? IS IT THE 04 OR AN 03? IT SAYS IT'S AN 04 BUT IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE THE ONE AT THE NY AUTO SHOW. STILL HAS THE 03 BODY STYLING. VERY NICE PAINT. NEW MYSTICHROME COLOR-SHIFTING PAINT FOR OUTSIDE AND COLOR-SHIFTING LEATHER INSERTS ON FRONT & REAR SEATS. ONLY 1000 TO BE PRODUCED WITH THIS PAINT JOB. HAS ANYONE SEEN ANY OTHER PICTURES?
  • rorrrorr Posts: 3,630
    Please turn your "caps lock" off. No need to shout, we can hear you just fine.

    Regarding the new body/retro styled Mustang: I was under the impression that it wouldn't hit the showrooms until next spring as a late '04, early '05 model. I've also heard the new Cobra will lag behind the introduction by 1 model year (making the new Cobra an '05 or '06 car).

    So I would imagine that the car on the SVTOA site is, in fact, an '04.
  • john_324john_324 Posts: 974
    As rorr says, I think the Cobra in question is in fact the 2004.

    I believe the mystichrome paint job is part of the "40th Anniversary" package only for Cobras...GT and V6 versions will have lemans hood stripes. Never cared for the colorshifting paint myself, but I like stripes on pony cars... : )

    However, I am a little dissapointed that Ford is choosing to commemorate the Mustang 40th birthday with warmed-over current designs, rather than using it to introduce the new design. Oh well..

    _John
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,687
    rather than introducing the new 'Stang prematurely and run into the problems they had with early Escapes and Foci.

    New design will be on the streets in fall '04.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • rorrrorr Posts: 3,630
    .....wouldn't a 40th anniversary of a car introduced as a 1964-1/2 be a......2004-1/2????

    Hmmmm.....seems like a spring 2004 intro would be about perfect for the new Mustang.
  • argentargent Posts: 176
    Ford has never been able to decide whether the original Mustang was a '64 1/2 or a '65. It was introduced in April 1964, which was the tail end of the normal '64 model year, but I think the official documentation listed all of them (even before the changeover that substituted the 289 for the 260, etc) as '65s. Hence the anniversary confusion.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,687
    all the 64 1/2s were titled as '65s, a buddy in the class ahead of mine got one in '64. The official introduction of the new '05 production version will be on April 17, '04, the 40th anniversary date, so in that sense all '05s will be 40th anniversary Mustangs (thery'll be identical to the car introduced in April '04).

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • john_324john_324 Posts: 974
    So who do you think will get the badges?

    I guess I just want to see the "40th anniversary" badges on the new one (since the old design got the 35th ones)...not that it really matters, but I've thought that paring the 40th anniversary with the launch would make for one cool advertising campaign. : )
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,278
    There is no such thing as a 64 & 1/2 Mustang. That's made up by collectors, media, etc. The factory designates them officially as 1965s. Back then, in the 60s, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, it was very unusual to introduce a model year so early.

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  • rorrrorr Posts: 3,630
    Well, if that's the case, a 40th anniversary car would by definition have to be a 2005 model.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,278
    That's correct, if you go by model year. If you go by introduction date, which WAS a big deal with the Mustang, than it could be a 2004. I mean, this is just a car, you can play with the numbers without changing the course of world history :) Ford made the car, they can call it whatever they want whenever they want.

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  • argentargent Posts: 176
    Lee Iacocca was very big on mid-year ("XX 1/2") introductions for certain models. Before the Mustang there were the Falcon Futura and then the Futura Sprint. A way to pep up the post-winter sales blues or something.
  • rorrrorr Posts: 3,630
    Iacocca was a marketing genius, I'll give him that much.
  • john_324john_324 Posts: 974
    Father of the minivan (don't know how I feel about that though...)
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,687
    the father of the minivan. Iacocca did dream up the idea of tarting up the Falcon with a sportier body and calling it the Mustang.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • john_324john_324 Posts: 974
    I knew as soon as I wrote that someone would correct me with the specifics... ; ) But I did mean it more generally...

    But who was the guy responsible for the design of the Mustang as it appeared in 1964?? I read it once I recall but have since forgotten.
  • jkeith1jkeith1 Posts: 1
    We are looking at a 99 gt-beautiful to look at and drive but can ya'll tell me what kind of problems we can expect if we should get it?
  • madmax9madmax9 Posts: 8
    Sounds like a tuneup is in order. My auto 95 can roast tires easy..
  • john_324john_324 Posts: 974
    jkeith1, in my experience, the Mustang is an fairly reliable car overall, but possessed of minor, if irritating, build-quality issues (an unintended retro feature of the car it seems).

    My 2002 GT squeaks over bumps (normal, says Ford), clunks into second gear, the A/C compressor makes a "shinck" noise as its clutch goes in and out, the driver's side window squeaks noisely as it goes down and just recently the car has started making a ticking noise that I think might be a tiny exhaust leak (getting it checked out soon).

    Not major problems, but annoying nonetheless. However, when I fire her up and hear the exhaust roar, all is forgiven... : )

    -John
  • gt4megt4me Posts: 58
    my '02 did the same thing with regards to the 2nd gear "Clunk". I've installed a Steeda Tri-Ax on my '03 which cleaned a lot of that up. Can't understand WHY it helped as it is just a shifter but whatever...

    PS
    Anyone know about how long you should go until cleaning a K and N Air filter? Oh ya, and HOW do I clean it?

    Thanks!
  • My friends 25th Anniversary mustang is an '89 if that helps.

    40th ~ '04
  • thedarkwolfthedarkwolf Posts: 70
    Most autoparts stores should carry a cleaning kit for them and they have instructions on it. Its pretty simple.
  • argentargent Posts: 176
    Chief designer on the Mustang was Hal Sperlich; chief engineer was Don Frey.
  • pinettedpinetted Posts: 104
    Cleaning intervals are at 50k unless you drive on dirt roads etc...
  • I have a '99 with 65K miles on it...NO problems whatsoever. Just keeping the fluids changed regularly....and peel everynow and then.

    Dropped in a K&N last winter....will convert to dual exhaust and 17" wheels/tires this summer....the way it runs, I'm looking to have her for the long haul.

    Mine is black, no wing. Looks smooth as silk!
  • harlequin1971harlequin1971 Posts: 322
    just jumped into a Hyundai Elantra GT. Pretty good car for the money.

    Heading back to school for my masters, so I needed to make sure that my car was under budget and under warranty...didn't want to risk the next year waiting for the new 'stang.

    Good luck to you all. I hope this Mustang is everything it looks like it will be. I will be on the fence, waiting for graduation and a fat paycheck on the other end...once I am there, maybe I will be back in the market for a car.
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