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Ford Mustang (2004 and earlier)



  • I wish the hood scoop were functional. Would it really be that difficult for Ford to make it functional? Now that would be cool...
  • gt4megt4me Posts: 58
    conversion kits for the hood scoop of GT's that make them fully functional RAM air inducted. Found one on Stangnet once. Too lazy to find the link right now, but they have them. Costs around a grand. Neat stuff.
  • Ram air was not a good idea in Florida, I believe because we get lots of rain. Don't know if this is true or not, but it would be great. Maybe that would be a better mod than gears.
  • and is sweet. I am sure there will be aftermarket setups pretty soon.
  • I noticed absolutely nothing with the cold air kit. I just like the way it cleaned up the engine bay and the chrome brightened it up as well. The only theroetical way it hurts performance is that due to the engine heat, it will cause the steel to heat up, therefore causing the cool air to become warm air, thus, making it contradict its performance.
  • The Mach 1 is just incredible, the seats, the 305 hp engine, and most of all the shaker hood. Maybe mod kits will become more available after it comes out.

    These special editions seem to bring ideas that trickle down to the rest of us ordinary folk - for example, one of my favorite things about my 03 GT is the Bullitt wheels.

    Now if I can just locate (and afford) the Bullitt mufflers!
  • The thing is those Bullit wheels on the Premium GT's don't make the Bullit owners too happy. I think that Ford should have just left those wheels with the Bullit and offered a restyled GT wheel, but hey, that's not my choice, but i'm sure the Bullit owners feel the same way.
  • they have a Bullitt edition. If they want to cry about the Bullitt wheels being on the Premium GT's, then so what? Maybe they can trade their Bullitt in for a regular GT. I'm sorry but one of my hot buttons is elitism, that is one reason I like to drive a Mustang. If I wanted to be elitist, I'd drive a BMW.
  • then maybe in the future Ford should give a written statement to those who buy the limited editions that says limited edition features can pop up on later models. But I hope the brainstorming the Ford design team does continues to impact all the models to some extent. Kind of like the space program has resulted in all kinds of new innovations that are useful here on earth. I heard that after the Mach 1, Ford is going to do a 302 Boss edition! That should be great.
  • revdrluvrevdrluv Posts: 417
    I thought they would do a Boss next. I hope the make a fastback version.

    I want the Mach 1 chin spoiler and side panels on my mustang (subtle but gives the mustang a more prominent chin).
  • I also love the seats! I thought the Bullitt seats were great too. In general, I would like to see the Mustang GT at least get a more retro style leather seat. Also, on the GT, Ford could do a better job on the instruments. The green instruments I think do not befit a GT. How much more expensive could it be to put in better looking gauges?
  • gt4megt4me Posts: 58
    DO NOT get me started on the GT seats. Took my car to the track at Sebring Intl and flew all over the cockpit.

  • There are some detail areas that I don't think would be that difficult (expensive) for Ford to improve on in the Mustang. However, I would rather have a few weak areas and the relatively affordable price of the GT. If they make the car too perfect than it can become too expensive and go the way of the RX-7 or the 300ZX or even the Camaro and Firebird. So I guess that is the other side.
  • gt4megt4me Posts: 58
    More options like the Z has now. I mean look how many Ponies are running around out there, it's not like they aren't selling these things. Offer 4 or 5 different packages. Sport, Touring, Utility, ect. Just an opinion...
  • I thought I saw a Mustang Pony with the Bullitt style wheels - is this right? I thought they were offered only on the GT? Now I am the irate owner -let's give the GT people something.
  • What do you think of these, I heard they can let in too much dust, is this the case?
  • nope... the only down fall is they are 40-50 bucks, but you'll more than likely never have to replace it.
  • john_324john_324 Posts: 974
    Re the seats in the GT, what kills me is that Ford had it right at one point. The seats in '80s GTs were great, with lots of bolstering in the right areas. I guess they decided that "retro" should apply to the seats as well...

    The K&Ns are great. In the long run, they are cheaper than using paper filters, you get a little better gas mileage (every bit helps with these cars), and a slightly better engine sound. Plus you can stick a gigantic "K&N Performance" sticker on your hood, in the manner of certain other automotive "enthusiasts"... ; )

    As for the Bullitt wheels and other parts, didn't Ford state early on that the special models (Bullitt, Mach One, and hopefully Boss) would be used to test-market certain features for application to regular production models? But having said that, I have the regular (increasingly rare it seems) forked GT wheels on my Mustang, and think them appropriate to my car. I like the Bullitts (who doesn't), but can't help but sometimes feel that they'd be even cooler if they came only on Bullitts (in the same manner as the dark highland green color) -John
  • All I know is I love my "Bullitt" wheels and I am very glad to have them on my regular GT. I think they are just beautiful wheels, I give Ford a "10" on these wheels. I will be adding a K&N filter too!
    On the seats, I was just curious if that is the case that a major influence on the new seats is the retro look? (I personally like the seats, but I like retro, so maybe that is why.)
  • gt4megt4me Posts: 58
    The seats are horrible. Take a couple hairpins at racing speeds (if you're into driving schools like I am) and you'll know what I mean. That along with the fact that the back seats are not even real leather kinda upsets me. Not that I didn't get all that for 21k, but the fact that I had no options for REAL leather backseats and REAL racing-esque front seats. Ah, I'm just venting...freezing my Florida boy butt off in a hotel room in North Carolina. Don't mind me...

  • I've always wondered about this, as I am a fairly tame driver. How hard on a car is it to drive it fast, revving it out, quick shifts, hard acceleration? I don't mean is burning the tires hard on the rubber, but what about engine life and health, transmission and clutch life, etc?
  • great thread, i'm looking at a red 2002 mustang convertible 6cyl, has all options, leather, power seat, i can add nice rims later, it has 5k miles and i can purchase for 15k... do i buy? thanks for your responses...
  • john_324john_324 Posts: 974
    Price sounds about right, maybe even low (based on what I see where I live)...sounds like a good deal. If it's in good shape (i.e. if those 5k miles were done right), and not a rental car, I'd say snap it up. BTW what wheels does it have on it now? The bright aluminum 5-spoke ones with the exposed lugs, right? I've always thought those look good, and very appropriate to the car. I'd say keep the wheels, just get better tires. -John
  • gt4megt4me Posts: 58
    with reference to the V6 Price. Pick that thing up man!

    With regards to driving a car hard...As long as you know HOW to drive a car and it's done in a safe place (track, course, ect) under the right conditions, the only thing you'll have to worry about replacing are tires and brake pads. When driven correctly (which I've yet to master myself) and smoothly, the car should not take any kind of abuse. A good driver is a smooth driver. You shouldn't feel anything but acceleration and braking. Never should shifting or clutching be jumpy.
  • I checked out the Bullit exhaust sound track on and it sounds great. I have just picked up a new 02 Gt and I'd really like to install this system. I've been to the local ford dealer and these pipes and mufflers are available but his information resources seem to be limited. Please help? Will this system bolt on to the H pipe the same as the original system without modifications, will it be a suitable installation with the stock 4.6L V8,(don't want to do any other mods right now) and will it effect the emisson standards. thanks
  • on and I agree it sounds great. However, the Mustang specialists in town here have said that in reality the Bullitt exhaust does not sound that much better or different than other aftermarket exhausts. For this reason, I am considering an X-pipe with some type of turbo syle mufflers instead of just adding the Bullitt mufflers to the existing exhaust. I understand that the X-exhaust system raises the perfomance and horsepower of the car significantly, and it should sound good too. Also, I understand it is high quality, stainless steel or chrome or something and should last as long as the car. Total cost on the system including X-exhaust and mufflers should be about $600. I don't have the answers and am still learning, I love the Bullitt exhaust sound in the movie but I believe I will probably end up going with the X-exhaust and flowmasters or something similar. Good luck.
  • Bassani makes the best quality x-pipes. Dr. Gas is another reputable company. I have a BBK x-pipe on my 93 GT and I love it. I am running a flowmaster catback with 2 chamber mufflers and it's definetly a great sound w/o being obnoxious. should be all of your best friends!
  • I was thinking of getting an '03 Mustang next year, should I wait?
  • so if you like the design, you should go for it. I am a little concerned, often as not they mess the cars up as they "evolve". Look at the Camaro, the Z cars, etc. Maybe the price will go up. Also, it normally takes several years for a manufacturer to get a new model "right". Look at how the current generation kept getting better in terms of looks and performance, and have peaked with the 02-03's. Yes, I am prejudiced.
  • Has anyone gotten the $300 interior upgrade option from the factory? I was just wondering what you thought of it.
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