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2001 Mustang V6 w/ 52K miles when should I change the timing belt

hey, i recently purchased a 2001 Mustang V6 with 52K miles and i have a few questions i was hoping you guys could answer. First off, should i change the time belt at 60K, most people tell me thats approximately the lifespan of of the time belt. ive asked around and they would charge me about $600 for the repair. Second, my car seems to lack some power and im getting pretty bad gas mileage(approximate 23 MPG on the highway), ive tried cleaning the fuel injectors with no effect, the air filter is clean, i need to check the spark plugs and MAF sensor. Do you have any ideas that could help me. Thanks.

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you don't need to change the timing belt at 60k miles, some people never change it. car repair shops will scare you into changing it, i would wait till 90k-100k.

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(sigh....) Your engine doesn't have a timing belt, it has a timing chain. They usually last 150,000-200,000 miles before they stretch out. Has the car been down on power since you've owned it or it felt more powerful when you first bought it and now it feels less powerful? As far as your gas mileage, tell me how much you drive in a percentage. Like 60% highway, 40% city and tell me what your average mpg is total.
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thanks for the info on the timing chain. Well its felt like it lacks power ever since i bought it. i drive it 20% city and 80% highway. just recently i filled it up before making a 240 mile trip (highway) and as soon as i arrived i filled the tank up and it used 11 gallons which if u do a rough calculation is aproximately 21-22 mpg.
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thanks for the info on the timing chain. Well its felt like it lacks power ever since i bought it. i drive it 20% city and 80% highway. just recently i filled it up before making a 240 mile trip (highway) and as soon as i arrived i filled the tank up and it used 11 gallons which if u do a rough calculation is aproximately 21-22 mpg.
That is average gas mileage for these cars. I drive mostly on the highway like you and I usually get about 22-23 mpg this time of year, and it gets worse during the summer. You are actually getting 28-29 on the highway, but the 20% of the time you are putting around town you are getting 14-15 if that. And that number is worse when the engine is cold. So your mpg is fine. As for the other part, how do you know the car is down on power if you have nothing to compare it to? You only have a 193 hp six cylinder.
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Well i guess the ford specs are wrong since they estimate 27 mpg highway and 19 city.
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They're not wrong. That's an EPA estimate.

If you read the fine print about the MPG on the new car stickers, it will tell you the + or - average in the MPG. It's generally + - 5MPG from the sticker.

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hey, i recently purchased a 2001 Mustang V6 with 52K miles and i have a few questions i was hoping you guys could answer. First off, should i change the time belt at 60K, most people tell me thats approximately the lifespan of of the time belt. ive asked around and they would charge me about $600 for the repair. Second, my car seems to lack some power and im getting pretty bad gas mileage(approximate 23 MPG on the highway), ive tried cleaning the fuel injectors with no effect, the air filter is clean, i need to check the spark plugs and MAF sensor. Do you have any ideas that could help me. Thanks.

It's got a robust chain, you don't have to even think about that sucker for 200,000 miles.

It's not a Honda.

If you feel like it's down on power -it very well could be your fuel filter, which needs changing every 30-40,000 miles, or your air filter.

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thank you guys. im probably going to install a cold air intake and ill definetely try to change the fuel filter.
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