Where I'm from, 2 kinds of people drove mustangs... ******bags and their fathers. There came a time when I required a vehicle and the local area yielded no better result than a 2001 Mustang
GT, auto, 101k miles, tastefully lowered and Flowmaster thunder cat-back.
I purchased the car. Was told the owner was a hot rod builder, and the car looked clean. For a 14yr old vehicle, it was clean.
Soon after close of sale, things became apparent: seller was a hot rod builder, but that didn't mean he maintained his wife's car with same level of care. Car stuttered hard in low end of 4th. Queried previous owner and was told 'it's been doing it for a while, but it doesn't throw a code, just shift using O/D.'
I started searching the problem and read about plugs and coils. That the coils could go bad without throwing a code and might as well do plugs.
Removed old coils, looked like A$$! The springs were falling off the top w/no motivation. Then pulled out the plugs. Holy STUFF. They hadn't been replaced in 4 years, come to find out, and 2 were pretty effing rusted. None contained anti-seize, which I thought was standard operating procedure?!? Diligently cleaned the top of the engine, caked with grime and debris.
After the car started running right, I started to feel this strange sensation when I talked about her to my friends. Started to refer to it as 'her'. I started to take pride in figuring out and fixing my car. I have put about $700 into the car, post-sale, and the only upgrade is that I reused a MOMO shifter I had to rig into place w/OD relocator. I literally dremel'd the circumference of the shift lever to fit.
So now that I have fixed the girl, added new door hinges, fuel filter, idle air control valve, shifter, radio, coils, plugs, new inner door inserts and a few wax jobs... I think I'm becoming a Mustang fan. I feel the shift in opinion, as the local guys have started to wave these days... It's sort of a big deal! The increase in blood flow when the sun hits her just right, doesn't hurt either!
I'm enjoying my GT, and it look forward to meeting others of the same mind.