300HP? Thats It...Whats wrong with Ford

Discussion in '2005 - 2014 S-197 Mustang -General/Talk-' started by nortcheez, Dec 16, 2004.

  1. TO bad you have to wait till 06 ,but better late then never. Got 1800 miles on my 05GT and it feels stronger with every mile.

    LET'S SEE 1966 gt350 1969gt350 1970gt500 2-1970 boss302's 1970mach 1 2001saleens281 2001cobra 2003 mach 1 2005gt and thats just mustangs
  2. The 300c has been out for how long? And how many people would want to mod that car? Most of the fellow 300c drivers I see are 40-60 year old women, why would a company make mods? I do know that Kenne Belle is trying right now, they just have to get around the software that DCX isn't even helping them do.

    My LS1 is not modular, there are plenty of F/I roads to be taken (getting one on there right after the rebuild).

    The 5.0 also has plenty of blown applications. I should know, I had a blown 89 Notchback.

    You can mod other cars that aren't modular too btw.
  3. Uh, hate to break it to you, but Honda began exporting their roadsters (the S600) to the US in 1965. They were building cars for their home market for quite a few years before that.

    Also, OHC technology is not new, and certainly didn't originate with the japanese or the americans. There was a little race car built in 1954 you might have heard of, the Jaguar D-type. It won three Lemans in a row, and it had a twin over head cam straight 6. The predecessor of this motor was originally designed for the Jag XK120, and that was in 1948. My point is, the Brits and the Eurpoeans (Ferrari and Alfa especially) have been using OHC technology since the end of WWII.
  4. Pardon this newbies opinion, but isnt this the most horsepower a base GT has ever had? When you add in the looks, handeling, ride, AND price, Ford has outdone themselves. You want more power, there will be more powerful models available, or juat visit your local tuner store. Me, Im just extremely happy to see the first Mustang since 73 that when I look at it, it screams Mustang. Nothing wrong with those years inbetween, just wasnt what struck my fancy. This car did from the first time I saw it, and 300 ponies that sound like this is aone in my book.
  5. :nice: i agree with you thunder road
  6. gloveperson and watch

    Settle down before you are both surfing a different forum.
  7. "Can't name one SPORTS CAR WORTH A F--- .Let me help your camaro mind set. Acura? NO BMW? NO FERRARI? NOOOOO! HONDA? NO JAGUAR? no MERCEDES?NO NISSAN? NO PORSCHE?"

    What about the Dodge Viper?

    The European companies aren't going to use pushrod engines because their cars are subjected to taxes based on engine size... Besides that, cars like Ferrari and Porsche are made for strong top end. AMERICAN cars are tuned for low end and midrange torque.

    The Mustang may have OHCs but its engine characteristics can easily be replicated on a pushrod engine. It only revs to 6,000 RPMs. Sports car companies like Porsche and Ferrari wouldn't dream about making a new car that revs to only 6K rpms. In fact even the LS2 pushrod revs to 6.5K rpms...

    Beyond the engine characteristics, also look at the gearing in a Mustang. People on this forum frequently complain that is gear for lower-end acceleration in mind, and has weak top end...

    Look, I am not saying that OHC engines don't provide any advantages... Because in some cases they do. But in an application such as the Mustang, a pushrod engine may do fine and actually even be ideal. The reason Ford uses OHC engines in this car is because they use modular designs for other applications. In fact the original Ford 4.6L V8 was initially based off of the Duratec V6 in the Ford Mondeo/Contour designed in Europe. Ford sticks with OHC engines in the Mustang because it saves them on technology overhead. However, if you look at the way it's tuned, a pushrod application would perform fine.
  8. LS1=Piston slapping piece of crap
  9. Correct me if I'm wrong (as I'm not trying to flame anyone) but didn't the 4.6L ford uses in the mustang have some bad problems too?
    Maybe not recently but like from the 90's?
    I'm not very ford savvy (yet) but i just want to know why you would make that comment about ls1's when i heard mustang engines had problems of their own. (again no flame intended just curious)
  10. Tough guy...I will repeat...Ford should make these bigger engines an option at the start not later....repeat an option, so they won't price themselves out of the market if it were an option.. I know it somes out later on every model, what I am asking is why not do it up front. You guys are ridiculous.
  11. Thank you..Thank you...Thank you...Someone finally gets my point and is mature enough to reply politely.
  12. No crap...thats why it pisses me off that they have a better motor in the Jag then in the stang
  13. Perhaps the "reduced" amount of engine options is one of the big reasons Ford has been able to hold the bottom line so well with the '05 Mustang GT's price. It just seems to me that if there were a couple of higher powered V8 options available for the GT, the design work behind more camshaft profiles, different pistons & rods etc to sustain a 350 horsepower 4.6 NA engine, the production of those parts by vendors, and the stocking of same would have to add up to more dollars in the bottom line. Then throw in the changes necessary to put a 5.4 liter engine in the Mustang's engine bay and the bottom line to support keeping the capability to put that engine in the car goes up even more.

    I think what we're really discussing here is do we want these power options "Turnkey" from the Factory and have higher pricing due to same OR is it better to have fewer factory options but have a huge Aftermarket that supports making the car the way you want it? Either way, the person that WANTS it has to pay but with the way Ford is doing it now; it's only the person that wants it...not those that just want the Mustang for what it is. :shrug:
  14. Some of you people wouldn't be happy with 350 HP....or 400 HP....or 500 HP. And if you were, you'd find something else to complain about - mainly because you are trolling a Ford Forum looking for flame bait.

    When was the last time Mustang GT had an engine option? Come on...I'm sure one of you really smart folks knows.

    300 HP is a logical, evolutionary step up from 260 HP (99-04), which was a logical step up from 215-225 HP (94-98), etc. The Cobra or other Special Edition will have an evolutionary increase in power also.

    Those that wish to compare it to the LS1 or even LT1 F-body can do so all they wish. The 3V is somewhat more powerful than the LT1, somewhat less powerful than the LS1. That's life - if you can't deal with it, I suggest finding a used, low-mileage LS1 F-body for yourself. You'll be happier. I would also suggest that www.ls1.com might be a better place for you to troll, if you catch my drift.

    BTW - right now, Mustang has no direct competitor. There is nothing in its target market. The 05 GTO is close, but it is a step up in most categories (certainly in price).

    The Jag is in a way different class than anything that says "Mustang", and thus it should come as no surprise at all that the drivetrains might not be the same.

    ThunderRoad....agree 100%.

    Klay...there were issues with the 99 Cobra DOHC engines - mostly, they were just over-rated as delivered. Beyond that, and so long as you don't try and boost them (at least not much), the 4.6 holds up pretty well to abuse.
  15. I love how people are judging others intellect by the number of posts they have on a website....and they were asking me if I work for a living. when they are the ones who sit on the net all day and post threads.... :rlaugh:
  16. I'm not sure if you ever noticed, but Jags cost alot more than Mustangs. I'm sure if you were willing to pay a Jaguar price, Ford would be willing to put a Jag engine in your Mustang. :rolleyes:

    BTW, I would consider the last gen Cobra engine superior to any Jag engine and the next gen Cobra should be even better.
  17. Late Model Mustang vs. Camaro
    V8 Horsepower Comparison
    Model Year Mustang Camaro
    1979 140 170
    1980 119 170
    1981 120 170
    1982 157 165
    1983 175 190
    1984 175 190
    1985 210 215
    1986 200 215
    1987 225 225
    1988 225 230
    1989 225 240
    1990 225 245
    1991 225 245
    1992 215 245
    1993 235 275
    1994 240 275
    1995 240 275
    1996 305 305
    1997 305 305
    1998 305 320
    1999 320 320
    2000 260 320
    2001 320 325
    2002 260 325
    2003 390

  18. I used to be an LS1 guy before I converted to Ford. My LS1 (and almost anyone I knew that had one) had piston slap issues... GM claimed it to be normal and wouldn't do jack about it. Every morning it sounded like gravel was in the engine... how that is normal is beyond me.

    After I got about 30K miles on my LS1, it started burning and using oil like crazy... it would smoke like an 18 wheeler in the mornings and the engine only had 30,000 miles on it. Took it back to GM and they say its normal, blah blah blah.

    I bought a 95 Cobra with 110K miles in addition to my LS1 and found that I liked driving it 10 times more than my Z28. So, I sold the Z28 and bought the 03 Cobra I have now.

    As Bob says, the 99 4.6L DOHC's were a bit over rated, but never had issues like I had with my LS1. I know guys with similar LS1's are crap stories, and amazing to me they are still driving them and trying to keep them running. I don't know much about the LS2 or LS6 though, hopefully they got the piston slap under control?
  19. Listen,

    I like Ford Mustangs, they are a good looking car, but that can't explain why a 1999 Z28 or a 99 trans am came with 305 HP base. Then with a Ram air package 327HP. "13.5 in the 1/4"

    I might mention that you could buy a base Z28 for 20K from 1999 till 2003. And if my memory serves me right, The mustangs in them years were complete "red rider sleds" only putting out 240-260hp for the past 10 years". I don't care how much you Drop on aftermarket goodies at a speed shop,you void your warranty, thats not the point here.

    Ford is way behind in HP, and from the looks, it always will be unless they change there outlook on a Production level. The new GTO will blow the trunk off a GT mustang. What am I saying, a 1999 Trans AM- RamAIR will smoke the new Mustang. We can only hope that ford Steps up, and takes GM out. Till then we will all be Aftermarket Hookers trying to make our Mustangs break a 14 Second run in the 1/4.


    :mad: :lol:
  20. Along with the 05 GTO, a Vette will blow the doors off the Mustang too. And?

    There is no "competitor" for the Mustang to "take out". Ford doesn't care one bit about a 1999 T/A LS1 that was rated at 305 HP. That may comes as a shock to you, you, you, and you, but it is reality.

    Further, the Mustang GT (non-Cobra) has not directly competed with the F-body in HP for many years (the last year they were close was 1992 - and BTW the 5.0 was still rated at 225 that year, not 215). That said, there is no competition this year, there wasn't the last two years, and there won't be for a couple of more years. Would I like to have more power? Sure I would - but that's life.

    Whine about it all you want, but in the end, you'll just look like a whiner - a troll whiner at that.