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Old 01-08-2012, 08:48 AM   #1
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Southern Girl Needs Some Advice

Hi, I'm from AL but just moved to MA. I have owned 2 v6's and had no problems in the winter time up here but have recently considered stepping up to a 4.8 for a year round car. A: do you you northerners think this is a dumb decision and B: I'm torn between a 97gt or an 03gt. Are there any specs on these cars that will make a difference in snow? Like weight, traction control that kinda stuff... Any advice would be a huge help!!!
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Re: Southern Girl Needs Some Advice

in my opinion i would not use a mustang in the winter up north in the snow. Traction control wont help on icy roads a little yes but hit the gas and swoop you know what happens then. But up north they do take care of the roads better though. If you want a v8 car rwd just use it for summer,fall, and spring and park it once the snow breaks out. Buy a beater car for the crappy weather and its not your driving habits you have to watch other people that cant drive wof. Ive seen all kinds of stangs or rwd car end up in places only a tow truck can get out.
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Ugh... been having this argument all week haha. In my opinion, (Canadian winter weather Mach 1 driver.) There is no reason to not drive a mustang in the winter. Yes you need to be careful and you Must have good winter tires but once you learn the car its no problem. If the roads are decently tended I've never had a problem.

Stock vs stock the newer gt will make more power and, depending on options, has traction control. Not that the tc is very good. I would pick the newer gt even though I like the earlier body styling better.
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I prefer the new edge GTs personally. Snow driving isn't really an issue as long as you pay attention and drive cautiously. I drive mine year round and have yet to slam a curb in the winter (Colorado winters can get nasty)
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Re: Southern Girl Needs Some Advice

mustangs dont make great winter cars if you drive in snow/ice but most rwd cars dont either
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I have an 02 gt in Ohio and snow driving is fine. I a set of v6 rims with bigger tires they are blizzak WS70 I believe. You'll get the tire spin in any car but the tires is what grips the snow and gets you moving. I always shut the traction control off in the winter because the car wont move with it on. Just turn it back on when your on the highway. I never got stuck in the snow and we get lots of it. And the best part is thier is no sign of salt damage or rust!
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I have an 01 gt, she does great in the winter, I always turn my tc off though, tc can do more damage than good when it try's to correct for your tires spinning. I run a 5 speed, and I'm able to control what kind of power goes to the wheels by slipping the clutch. A lot of it depends on how comfortable you are with your car and your driving skill.

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I would recommend putting some weight in the back of the the car though, some extra weight over the axle helps out a lot.
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:42 PM   #8
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Re: Southern Girl Needs Some Advice

Winter tires make a huge difference....
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As stated it depends on ur confidence as a driver and abilities weather or not to drive in winter as for the other question the newer gt would be my pick because the older is one of the first 4.6s and they leave a little to be disired.
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:53 PM   #10
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Ya the newer Stang would be better in my opinion. And no offense to 94 - 98 Stang owners but I do like the 99 - 04 body style better. Except the cobras those look pretty good.
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None takin 94/95 stangs run good old tryed and true 302 just new body styling its the first 2 or so yrs of the 4.6 MOST ppl have issues with and i use that term losely as to 1 not offend any on in love with there 96/97 stang (trust me i know the feeling) and 2 by the time the 4.6 evolved into the termanator it had become a very good engine so props to ford engineers as usual for taking something a little "rough" and turning it into pure awsome!
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Ya the 4.6 is an awesome motor, but I'm pretty happy they reinvented the 5.0, that 302 is a damn good motor.
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Ya the 4.6 is an awesome motor, but I'm pretty happy they reinvented the 5.0, that 302 is a damn good motor.
Yes. I agree. That is why I love the Fox Mustang. In my opinion, the 91 is the best year of the ten years before and after. There is so much you can do with it.
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Ya I had an 89 notch back (retired interceptor) and a 92 gt. I love the fox body stangs. I just like tinkering around with the computers in the newer stangs so I bought an 01. A lot of possibilities with PCM Based cars once you know what your doing.
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Out of all the fox body stangs im partial to the 88 cobra r

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But the interior on my 94 is way nicer imo.
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Re: Southern Girl Needs Some Advice

After the disastrous snow/ice storm we had here last year and the year before. I will say the Mustang exceed my expectations for snow and Ice handling. It did great, though it was bit scary at times, I am still alive. Our roads were not salted until the day after the storm hit. And they weren't salted much. It's about 3 parts sand 1 part gravel 1 part rock salt for major roads and interstates only tough.
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Ya I haven't had much in the way of issues, plus I don't get a lot of snow around me, but when I do it's nasty, nothing but sleet and ice. Pretty nasty to drive in and my Stang does pretty good.
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Rwd cars are the worste for snow. Get a 4wd truck if your concerned about that.

I'd say ig your going to get another mustang get 99+ v8. Or the 96-98 cobras are awesome. Good luck
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I for 1 never drive my mustang in the snow but it has nothing to do with weather or not its good for winter driving up hear in canada (b.c.) we usuelly get alot of snow ice frozen rain etc so there allways salting heavy or spraying deicer chemicals which all aid in the development of rust. Well my 94 has yet to show 1 single bubble blemish or anything in the form of rust inside outside or upsidedown so i like that fact and wish to keep it that way hence no winter driving it. That being said i was looking for an impresa for yr round use as a family car/winter car they are 4 door which is nice for the kids awd which is allways nice and turbo charged (i love profarmance and imprezas are very nice in their own respect) not that im heavy minded to imports at all it just seams to fit my life situation better.
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Get a terminator with studed tires and chains in the back with a couple bags of sand to weigh u down...ull be fine!
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Re: Southern Girl Needs Some Advice

I have an 89 chevy truck to drive in the winter... but its been incredibly warm here in nc, and we didnt even get s now yet... so the mustang is still out and tearin it up
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You should be alright stepping up, I grew up in Pennsylvania and drove in the snow for 8 years with my 98 stang and never had an accident
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