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Do you think anyone really cares??

You are an egotistical asshole. I'm not the only one on this forum that thinks this, either. Go f**k yourself...wait, you probably already do--'cause no one else would...except your butt buddy Stevi

He's the latest former Taurus owner to see the light and defect to the glory of the Panther platform

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Two things that don't go together Mustang and EcoBoost.....

Spoken like someone who has no idea what they're talking about. This car is the best true sportscar that the Mustang has been in years.

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Spoken like someone who has no idea what they're talking about. This car is the best true sportscar that the Mustang has been in years.

I'm a V8 and manual transmission guy when it come to any Mustang or any muscle car. My two friends both bought V6 Mustangs and regrets soon followed. Plus the EcoBoost engines have had quite a few recalls to much of a reminder of the 6.0 Powerstroke for this guy to buy into....

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There's a big difference between a bad fuel line, faulty intercoolers and egr coolers melting or head studs stretching. And I bet those v6 mustangs were either 3.8s or 4.0s, well sorry to say both of your friends made poor decisions. Anyone who expected a V6 mustang pre 3.7L to be fun and fast is an idiot, those cars were just for the name and look.

Ecoboost has proven itself time and time again. Sure there were some hiccups with the 1.6L but those things are bound to happen. Besides the 2.3L is a new engine that has yet to be proven in the real world.

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I'm only interested in EcoBoost Mustang. The V6 is a rental car and while the GT is great, it's not what I want for a daily driver. The EcoBoost has the lighter weight advantage for better handling and fuel economy.

But my practical side is telling me to get the updated 2015 Focus ST instead. We shall see come next October.

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I'm only interested in EcoBoost Mustang. The V6 is a rental car and while the GT is great, it's not what I want for a daily driver. The EcoBoost has the lighter weight advantage for better handling and fuel economy.

But my practical side is telling me to get the updated 2015 Focus ST instead. We shall see come next October.

 

The 3.7L V6 that's been in the Mustang since MY 2011 is an awesome engine.

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Did a chart of my warmup vs driving time/speed for the '03 Wagon. Coolant 12 degrees according to the car, outside air about the same.

So I am OK that the coolant system is ready for winter.

At about the 5-6 minute line the EATC cut the blower back and the car was comfortable. It was sunny so that did figure in to the comfort thing.

 

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The 3.7L V6 that's been in the Mustang since MY 2011 is an awesome engine.

Not knocking the engine, knocking the trim. There is no V6 Premium option.

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I drove the V6 Mustang with the 3.7L, It hauled ass. However! The Interior was poorly designed IMO. IIRC It was a 2012/2013. Manual transmission with the 6 Speed Chinese Transmission, however, when I was driving, I saw a button to the left of my shifter. Natural instinct says, "Oh, Traction Control!" Wrong. Oh so wrong.... Driving along and then "TRUNK AJAR"

 

A 2012/13 uses CANBUS. So everything in theory goes though computers, and it probably does. Probably though SJB. Which is communicating with PCM and Cluster. So if it detects speed and or in gear, the switch shouldn't work, since it's right next to the shifter.

The trunk release switch should also be a bit more hidden. On Gen 1/2 it was on the floor with a keylock out. Gen 3/4 was below the light switch in a hidden area. One would need to know it was there for it to actually work. That was smart layout.

 

Just an annoyance.

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TaurusKev. I like your comment. I wish car manufacturers listened to their customers, even obliquely (through monitoring forums like this one.) Some ideas are good, some not so much. Even with the constraints of the bottom line, improvements could be made.

For example when we had the Aerostar (four boys and a mother-in-law made it necessary) two of my complaints about that vehicle were replacing headlights and changing tires. I had installed Cibie headlights and was using 80/100 watt bulbs. Great lighting, superior in every way to the stock sealed beam system, except the bulbs burned out on average once a year. To change the bulbs, it was faster and easier if you removed the plastic front bumper cover. Seriously. What may be an easy change in the warm climate of California or Florida is a brittle task in below freezing weather.

The spare tire was held in place under the rear bumper. Again if all you ever drove was warm, dry highways, pas de problème. When you drive where they use salt, guess what, the mechanism corrodes up. (I bought an RV tire cover and placed my spare under the rear seat.)

An even older bad design was the extended cowl (hood) covering the windshield wipers (back in the 1970's.) In winter, snow collected there, melted from the heat of the defroster, and then froze the wipers in place. More than one wiper motor assembly needed to be replaced by this "styling" design.

And then there was my 1981 Escort SS Wagon. To change the oil filter, the quickest way was to remove the passenger side front wheel. Do engineers always have to play second fiddle to designers? (That question is rhetorical.)

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Replaced the PCV on the '03 DOHC.

Real pain. 101K and likely OEM.

Used car and saw they had replaced the elbow, worm drive hose clamp to the intake, and I assumed (bad idea) they had replaced the PCV.

So the hose connection to the PCV was hard, stuck hard, had to pull hard with long pliers and finally got it off the PCV.

PCV was stuck tight but managed to get it to turn and then it came out and fell down. Got my grabber and managed to get it out of the way.

I greased the O-Ring on the new one to help get it in the hole. Used section of 5/8" heater hose to hold it and plug it in the hole but it would not slide all the way in. Used a long screw driver to push and it slide in the hole. Then used 7/8" socket and long extension and got it to turn and lock.

 

Oh yes, I loosened the upper intake and proped it up couple inches to see.

Put it all back but forgot one thing.

The vertical vac hose from something beside the PCV elbow I left undone. Ran real bad.

Went back and plugged it in and all is OK.

The old PCV was stuck closed.

 

I had the accordion off to do the TPS by removing the TB. Found water in the accordion. That is bad.

Checked by running with the two air inlets off the accordion, finger over one, and checked the other for vacuum. In fact, felt air, very slight out of the open line. Should be going in.

 

With new PCV it checks out fine. It sucks now.  Took it for a drive and it seems to have learned it's idle again.

 

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Brake light bulb in the '03 Wagon, Easier than I had thought.

2 screws.

 

Now the high mounted brake light, one side works, one side does not.

It can wait for warmer weather.

Probably is legal.

 

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Brake light bulb in the '03 Wagon, Easier than I had thought.

2 screws.

 

Now the high mounted brake light, one side works, one side does not.

It can wait for warmer weather.

Probably is legal.

 

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I haven't had to change a bulb in 5 years.. Sigh :(

 

I feel like Hank Hill... Hoping something will break just so I can fix it lol.

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Replaced the PCV on the '03 DOHC.

Real pain. 101K and likely OEM.

Used car and saw they had replaced the elbow, worm drive hose clamp to the intake, and I assumed (bad idea) they had replaced the PCV.

So the hose connection to the PCV was hard, stuck hard, had to pull hard with long pliers and finally got it off the PCV.

PCV was stuck tight but managed to get it to turn and then it came out and fell down. Got my grabber and managed to get it out of the way.

I greased the O-Ring on the new one to help get it in the hole. Used section of 5/8" heater hose to hold it and plug it in the hole but it would not slide all the way in. Used a long screw driver to push and it slide in the hole. Then used 7/8" socket and long extension and got it to turn and lock.

 

Oh yes, I loosened the upper intake and proped it up couple inches to see.

Put it all back but forgot one thing.

The vertical vac hose from something beside the PCV elbow I left undone. Ran real bad.

Went back and plugged it in and all is OK.

The old PCV was stuck closed.

 

I had the accordion off to do the TPS by removing the TB. Found water in the accordion. That is bad.

Checked by running with the two air inlets off the accordion, finger over one, and checked the other for vacuum. In fact, felt air, very slight out of the open line. Should be going in.

 

With new PCV it checks out fine. It sucks now.  Took it for a drive and it seems to have learned it's idle again.

 

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Oh yes, just thought. Really need to change the oil. With little to no fresh air flow, water will collect, worse in this weather.

It has about 2K in 4 months. About time without the PCV issue. Could get some warmer temps in couple days and maybe less wind.

 

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So, the body shop that restored my Thunderbird, I sent her detailed pictures of the cancer on my rockers. As it looks in the pictures, she thinks she can redo the rocker panels for $500 a side. I Reckon that's not a bad deal either. Problem is they do not make rockers for these cars anymore in parts/collision. So she will have to have new ones custom made. Thankfully it's primitive, and all covered by a piece of plastic so it can be ugly, but functional and rust proofed, I won't care :D

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Oh yes, just thought. Really need to change the oil. With little to no fresh air flow, water will collect, worse in this weather.

It has about 2K in 4 months. About time without the PCV issue. Could get some warmer temps in couple days and maybe less wind.

 

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Changed the oil, 2300 miles and it was dark and smelly. Sure sign of bad/no PCV action.

 

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So, the body shop that restored my Thunderbird, I sent her detailed pictures of the cancer on my rockers. As it looks in the pictures, she thinks she can redo the rocker panels for $500 a side. I Reckon that's not a bad deal either. Problem is they do not make rockers for these cars anymore in parts/collision. So she will have to have new ones custom made. Thankfully it's primitive, and all covered by a piece of plastic so it can be ugly, but functional and rust proofed, I won't care :D

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ford-Taurus-Mercury-Sable-4-Door-Rocker-Panel-Right-86-95-1986-1995-/161482617193?pt=Vintage_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&vxp=mtr&hash=item25991d3169

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ford-Taurus-Mercury-Sable-4-Door-Rocker-Panel-Left-86-95-1986-95-/161482617510?pt=Vintage_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&vxp=mtr&hash=item25991d32a6

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Also, those rockers sound like a good deal... I can send those off to the body shop and see if those are worth me buying.

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I haven't had to change a bulb in 5 years.. Sigh :(

 

I feel like Hank Hill... Hoping something will break just so I can fix it lol.

OK mine the opposite. '03 Wagon, 101K. 3 of 5 dash bulbs burned out, the other two black.

Console shifter bulbs burned out.

One brake light out, but I replaced both, other one was getting black.

And the high mount light, (912) on the wagon needs to be done today.

looks like a chore, need to remove the door panel.

But my '01 Wagon, never replaced a bulb other than head lights which I switched to XTRavision and added a relay system for more light.

Then switched the entire system from the '01 wagon to the '03 wagon.

My take: by 100K time to replace the bulbs for maint sake.

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The bulbs sold today are not as long lasting or good quality as the bulbs that were installed new in these cars.

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Oh and today I opened and closed the door on the 2000. No bites or anyone taking a closer look at it quite yet.

Just wanted to see how fresh it smelled inside and if doors were sticking.

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Oh and today I opened and closed the door on the 2000. No bites or anyone taking a closer look at it quite yet.

Just wanted to see how fresh it smelled inside and if doors were sticking.

Don't kid yourself. You'll hate seeing it leave. ;)

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