Originally Posted by dreamstang
You don't want to remove the maf.it is either bad or dirty.when you unplug it it is going into a factory setting of air/fuel.when its unplugged your car will no longer be able to adjust fuel for different temp,amounts of air etc.
Even though it feels like its fine I would try cleaning it.
What may be happening is that with the MAF unplugged the fuel mixture is leaning out.
While an engine will "run stronger" in that scenario, they sure won't last longer.