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Old 05-20-2009, 06:28 PM   #1
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was up mustang evolution. my name is jason. i live in brooklyn new york. im 18years old and im guyanese. my car is a 98 honda prelude. im going to sell it but i cant decide if i should stick with imports or get a mustang. i dont want you guys to think i joined this site to start a war between the 2. and i know you cant make up my mind for me but it will be nice to get some feedback from mustang drivers. what im looking for is a mean street car. im not going for a 800 hp street car. i just want some where between 350-400 hp. so with that said should i stick with imports or get a stang.

p.s for the imports im talking about 240sx,mk3 supra,fc rx7
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I don't give any money to foreign countries so i would never buy an import. A v8 sounds a million times better than any import ever thought of sounding. If you buy a cobra you'll be pretty clost to 350hp a few mods and you'll be happy.
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I don't give any money to foreign countries so i would never buy an import. A v8 sounds a million times better than any import ever thought of sounding. If you buy a cobra you'll be pretty clost to 350hp a few mods and you'll be happy.
I'm sure there are plenty of parts on your stang from out of country.. Buy a Toyota and support my job! haha

Honestly though.. until recently I haven't been without a stang in some form since 2001 (but then got another haha)

I just enjoy .. .the v8 rumble, shifter bolted directly to the trans, RWD and ability to slide sideways on demand

They are so easy to modify, too.. want to stop hard and corner fast? You can do that easy.. Want to go fast in a straight line? Easy..

and having bottom end torque is a great feeling.. no need to rev to the moon to get moving normally..

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I'm pretty sure my engine was made in america tho (which is the most important and expensive part of the vehicle
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Engine yes... All the electronics ON the engine... Nope, not a chance. Sad but true.
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if you dont want to send money to foreign countries, better throw away everything you own, play with balsa wood planes and eat nothing but bread. its ridiculous how such a vast majority of things we own are foreign.

anyways, to answer the original posters question, my answer is pretty simple. get a GT. if not, get an import. the GT is an amazing feeling car and if you are coming from imports, you will never look back. a v6 is ok, but i dont think id recommend it over an import. sure, you have the look and feel of the american muscle car, but the fact is, its not a v8, and even heavily modded v6ers will admit that they love their car, but its not the full mustang experience.

get a v8, you will fall in love with torque.
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if you dont want to send money to foreign countries, better throw away everything you own, play with balsa wood planes and eat nothing but bread. its ridiculous how such a vast majority of things we own are foreign.

anyways, to answer the original posters question, my answer is pretty simple. get a GT. if not, get an import. the GT is an amazing feeling car and if you are coming from imports, you will never look back. a v6 is ok, but i dont think id recommend it over an import. sure, you have the look and feel of the american muscle car, but the fact is, its not a v8, and even heavily modded v6ers will admit that they love their car, but its not the full mustang experience.

get a v8, you will fall in love with torque.
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the difference in the mustang v8 and smaller displacment import engines is they make much more hp/tq lower in the rpm range and that in itself makes it more fun to drive and enjoy

it may not to past 6k rpms but its a great ride with cheap mods that can make the car anything you want
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Old 05-21-2009, 01:37 PM   #9
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I recommend you look into a 2003/2004 Mach 1.
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welcome :thumbs2:

What are you willing to spend? Your budget will decide what you can buy. GT's are a dime a dozen, so you can find them for cheap, we're talking under 10k with 40k miles. You'll start with 220-230 rwhp and could add a power adder to easily boost power/torque to 350+ hp for a few grand more. Just make sure to buy a 5spd, NO autos

Mach 1's and n/a cobras are more expensive than GT's, but you are starting with 305/320 hp at the crank. They come with the 4V 4.6L v8. Many people have taken these and turned them into 500+ hp monsters. They are a great platform to mod.

The 03/04 cobras (terminators) are just plain sick. They were rated at 390 crank from the factory, but I think that is an understatement. These are the most expensive yet, ($19,000-$29,000+) but well worth the money. You can take a stock cobra, add exhaust, pulley, CAI, and a tune and you'll have a lightly modded 400+rwhp ***-whoopin machine.

IMO, I would go for the mustang, I think you'll come to love the torque, the sound, the raw feel of an american V8. The 99-04's are the best to choose from, more models, more options, a vast array of aftermarket parts, and they aren't as refined as the s-197's.
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im 18 so i cant afford a terminator or a mach 1. it will either be a fox or a 4.6 gt. is there anybody here thats had imports and domestics that can chime in?
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im 18 so i cant afford a terminator or a mach 1. it will either be a fox or a 4.6 gt. is there anybody here thats had imports and domestics that can chime in?
Look for a good shape 99-04 GT Coupe. What do you need an import guy to chime in on? Its straight forward. Buy it! You will learn as long as you do the research necessary on everything before you do it.

These cars don't have regular problems OR MAINSTREAM ISSUES. Most problems are self inflicted by driver/owner or an unexperienced mechanic. Check the usual things. Any fluid leaks. Maint History. Test Drive for noises. No rubber piles under the rear fenders. Signs of a good buyer. 100% must do Carfax or you are not smart.

Edit: The only problem I know of that is common are the plastic intakes cracking when being over tightened or somebody tries to install the thermostat housing incorrectly. Parts and After market is plentiful everywhere. Some good places to shop are Stangnet.com SVTperformance.com and Corral.net for mods that are lightly used or even new. Stuff like exhaust, wheels, and intakes are stuff that you can pick up cheap used for a bargain.
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I would go with a 99+ 4.6 2v then. People selling fox bodies seem to think they're gold so they expect top dollar for one in ****ty condition. You can get a 99+ GT in decent condition with 40k to 60k miles for under 9k.

Plus you can mod a 2v and have a nice 300hp dd that still gets 20+ mpg.
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what i meant was is there anybody on this board that used to be an import guy that is now a muscle car guy that can chime in.
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The thing anyone that's gone from import to mustang will tell you is that it's all about torque. With the import, you may make 300 hp, but you'll only have 15 ft/lbs of torque. With the mustang, you'll be over 300 tq depending on what model you get. It's a night and day difference.

We have a few people on here who did go import to domestic. There really is no comparison in fun when you want to get up and move. The torque of the domestic V8 is going to bring a smile to your face everytime.
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The thing anyone that's gone from import to mustang will tell you is that it's all about torque. With the import, you may make 300 hp, but you'll only have 15 ft/lbs of torque. With the mustang, you'll be over 300 tq depending on what model you get. It's a night and day difference.

We have a few people on here who did go import to domestic. There really is no comparison in fun when you want to get up and move. The torque of the domestic V8 is going to bring a smile to your face everytime.
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