Sooo since this happened I figured a good excuse to do a review so far.
As a small little side note:
NO MAJOR RECALLS IN FINAL 2014 PRODUCTION!
More on this in this thread -- Recall
=p Nothing broke so far so that old adage is out of the door, the car is still solid and nothing has fallen off or whatever you may think heh. The only small thing that did become loose in the first month was the plastic trim on the inside of the base model door handle but living in Miami, FL, that's to be expected with the ridiculous heat.
(More or less, same car but the only shot I had of it was corrupted when I got it so I got this pic from a similar model I was looking at the day I bought the car at the same dealership, only difference is silver stock rims and black plastic mirror covers.)
Anyways so the story is Ive had the car since July 2014 when I decided to get a new v6 vs an older 2007 GT. Did I make the right choice? Still too early to tell and as my first mustang with a decent amount of mods, I think I did. My whole idea behind getting a new v6 base was really what I could afford at the time payment wise and if I was going to get financed for even a used car. (Link to first thread on ME letting you guys help me decide: Trying to decide, need help
) I will say I still like the interior but I miss that v8 sound...especially the potential on the years before us to install actual big comp cams versus getting a ghost cam tune, but 305hp to the crank right of the gate, realistically ~265 rwhp is still nothing to scoff at coming from the v6. I wish I had done my homework on what options to buy before I gave in and signed the paperwork, but eventually I settled with a 2014 Mustang
Manual Transmission in Sterling grey (not my color choice, the only manual they had on the lot new) with the Base Package, 2.73, no Bluetooth/sync/ etc.....the cheapest new
mustang I could buy...at 22.5k financed with Ford Credit at 11.35% interest @ 72 months // $700 down // fair credit ~620 FICO at the time, FTE 3yr history: $23,200 final invoice on 07/21/2014.
And now coming closer to almost 2 years and 12345.6 miles later, I can honestly say that I am damn happy to have the car
So being my first new car and the whole "Warranty" and "Ford" and "Pick 2 but forgo the 3rd - cheap
" quotes running through my head for the first few months, I didnt want to do anything to the car...but then I opened the engine bay and took a closer look when I was home and not in front of a salesman..its 2014..this car is mass produced like a McDonalds cheeseburger; every build is machine checked and Quality Assurance checked throughout...
But then I though about the client in question...F O R D
Client Rep: God forbid they find the drive-shaft weakness on our rental promotion if the nuts hits 130~ MPH!!
Ford: No it's okay, we set the governor on the cyclones via Ford Service a factory limiter so they can't stress the drive train enough to promote a failure on the proposed rentals on our agreed "affordable mustang lineup vehicles...any Cyclone equipped mustang that exceeds 120 MPH voids the ford warranty on the whole vehicle" blah blah blah...just a legal window where ford is in the right and you are..(depending on your attorney retainer) in the grey area.
(Sorry, law student, had to throw it in)
.....So I decided I can trust this thing...(lol) Right out of the gate around 1k miles, I did some small appearance mods like the interior dome bulbs, rear license plate bulbs (which suck from AM, don't get them, had 2 new sets burn out; Raxiom sucks, but AM customer support is good), matching sterling grey mirror covers, and a hood pin kit. It was my first manual car and I was still getting used to the idea of shifting in a car, although I had plenty of experience driving a motorcycle (Suzuki GS500E), the learning curve on the v6 mustang
is not that bad if you get the fundamentals down early in the game..
After lurking the ME forums for a while and selecting parts and budgets, it was time to start really squeezing some power out of an already fun car.
The first major mods I did to the car were an SCT x4 tuner purchased from MPT at around 7k miles (link to first experience and review -- First mod done, SCT X4 flash
) and the Steeda CAI from American Muscle. I didn't want to go with the regular non-tune related CAI's and chose the biggest one available because...merica haha. The installation of both at the same time was the first experience I had of really working on a car and I will say it is so satisfying and sweet to actually "work" on a car; changing stuff -- no "normal" everyday person would do and see and feel results. The tune combined with the Steeda CAI really made the car feel mean, and what was meant by Ford to be the next level rental with fun, became menacing with that suction sound and increased response with the tune...Needless to say I was hooked =p
From 2.73 to 3.73
After a few months I learned that Steeda was actually only an hour drive away from me in Pompano Beach FL and decided to give them a call on a whim to see how much they would charge to do a gear swap from 2.73 to 3.73. Surprisingly, it wasn't the nightmare that other people said about final costs being north of $1000 for it all said and done. I got quoted about $600 and with the addition of the rear differential housing I got a discount off of, came out to $700 ish. Without a doubt.. BEST MONEY EVER SPENT.
I wrote a very in depth article here on ME linked below about my experience and FAQ other users might have if they are considering going this route.
2.73 to 3.73 Gear Swap @ Steeda, FL - Review and FAQ
Dig from 0-45 ish with 3.73's
From Stock AB, to Roush AB
After the gear install I felt it was finally time to get the exhaust done as I really wanted to sound
like the used 2007 GT I drove and started looking at options. At the end of the day, I went with the Roush AB mainly because I loved the raw sound. I don't really care about being quiet and was looking to mod this first mustang of mine out to be a beast..but keep the mod money in performance and suspension first, then cosmetics.
After swapping the stock mufflers for the Roush the first startup was a MASSIVE difference in the whole way you connect to your car, hands down. Even with gears and stock mufflers, you feel like something is missing on a stock exhaust.. it was the finishing touch really and gave confidence that, "Yeah, so what its a v6... but this one is mean and fast as all hell".. Even going so far to giving enough confidence to line up next to new 5.0's ....which you know by numbers are faster...but its that confidence and sound of power which tied it all together.
Roush AB shot on iPhone 6
Each back-fire pop is a +2 to horsepower lolrofl
After the Roush AB I did my first major appearance mod with the Roush upper grille and, having never taken a bumper off and work on body parts, would have to say it was pretty intricate...but even that little mod that gets rid of the pony in the front is just a little something that makes me smile that I'm a little bit more different than the other mustangs that commute an ordinary driver from point A to point B with no idea what these cars are capable of.
After the Roush upper grill, I stopped modding for about a year and saved up money as I focused on what I ultimately wanted:
a) Respect to the v6 Cyclone potential
b) Confidence to line up with 400 crank engines and keep the bar close
c) Pride in my car
After washing it today, just felt like I wanted to post a "hows it going" from when I first joined here a few days after I took the car home, to future plans and meeting ppl in the Miami area.
Now that I am happy with what the car is capable of with a little bit of love, I am at a crossroads of keeping the car in the family until my 4 year old son is ready to get his first wheels in 11 years..trading it in for a corvette (13' grand sport waiting to be handed down, plan to swap it for a ???) ..or wait until the untimely day when my first new car is wrecked and will force me go to option 2 or ???
Those are 3 very wide avenues to where I ultimately want to take the car for the next few years, but the small upgrades are still coming:
I am looking now at proper suspension and wheels as my next major upgrade with a "do it right" attitude after lurking here for a while. The build-list is significant for what I want but at the end of the day...and especially since ive seen in the last week or so a lot of threads immediately popping up about trading in my v6 for a 5.0 or should I sell my v6? etc.. at the end of the day, do what makes you happy...and feel badass
Like I said earlier, I have a v6 mustang...but when limits are gone, ill gladly chirp in 3rd gear right along with you at the track!
Thanks for the read, have a good weekend all!