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Ever Regretted modding a car?

Kind of a spin off on ever regretted buying a car. Don't give me too much flack for this thread either. Young and dumb.

When I was 17, I purchased a used 1989 mustang that previously was wrecked and was rebuilt to look like a 1993 special edition mustang.

Needless to say I didn't know jack about cars or modding. I immediately wanted more power and had 3.73 gears put in, a performance chip with stock tunes came next, and off-road exhaust. Of course not knowing anything about cars and not knowing what questions to ask I ran into issues as nothing was calibrated correctly. My fault oh hell yeah it was.

Car ran really rough, yep O2 sensor toasted. Speedo was off, and I killed my overdrive band in the transmission. I don't know how that engine survived.

I absolutely loved that car and regret that I didn't know how to modify it correctly.

So in 2010, I noticed they redesigned the Stang. I had to have it. I would of gone after the GT, but I worked 35 miles away at the time. I got the V6 in 2010. Now in late 2013 I still have my sterling grey baby. Every mod I put on I asked a ton of questions and I did it right this time. I've had very minimal issues with this car. I have 58000 miles on it and the original v6 brakes are still in good condition according to Ford when I had a checkup recently. I have had my car lowered and all 4 tires are wearing evenly and my launch is dead center straight ahead.

Lessons learned from the mistakes I made as a kid, but couldn't be happier with my ride. Now I just have to convince the wife once the 11's paid off to allow me to add a 16' GT to the stable. No trade in's I love my V6.


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It can be a minefield as we know.We all have seen the junk parts bad folks selling them and money spent with less than desirable results. I have always been a Chevy and Ford guy. I know sounds odd but Cincinnati has the Ford Transmission plant and Hamilton Ohio was one of Henery Fords first plants outside of Detroit. The Fisher Body Plant bang out the panels and the Norwwod plant produced 1957 Bel Air 60's Impala's and the Camaro and Firebirds.

When I was younger I hacked up alot of Chevy's, Coat Hangers holding up the Glass Packs driving around making noise.

The 2006 Mustang GT has been a car with zero issues and has been a blast to MOD. I will say this the Sponsors on this Forum and members have been a big part of it.

On the many deployments I have been on very supportive these folks.

So I will say no I have no regrets Modding my car or being a part of the Mustang community as they have proven to be a great group on and off the track. They do alot with the rides to raise money for those who need help and or awareness.

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I regret not having enough money to modify my ride. Lol. But thanks to this site and a lot of good people here, I know what to do and what not to worry about with my daily driver. You can only make mistakes by trying. And that's what you did. No shame in that, especially being 17. Off topic......Hey Terry, how you doin? I still have cams on my wish list. Haha.

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The only thing I regret is having two very expensive hobbies. Guns and car modding and not enough money to do both at the same time!

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I don't regret modding any of my vehicles I personalized them to my taste so they would not look like the rest of the pack.I am glad most people leave them 100 percent stock,just because I will be in the market next spring and would like to get a late model Mustang 03,04 Mach 1 or 07,08 GT/CS with low miles. I will keep the next one stock just because it was a special edition.but I will continue modding my Grabber Blue.
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I don't regret modding any of my vehicles I personalized them to my taste so they would not look like the rest of the pack.I am glad most people leave them 100 percent stock,just because I will be in the market next spring and would like to get a late model Mustang 03,04 Mach 1 or 07,08 GT/CS with low miles. I will keep the next one stock just because it was a special edition.but I will continue modding my Grabber Blue.
I like a stock look. It's whats on the inside that matters

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Ive been modding cars for over 40 years with absolutely no regrets. Everytime you make a change, it always gets more exciting. Problem is, it is never enough. But personalizing cars and getting them the way you want them is always well worth the effort. IMO

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My only problem with modding SO called aftermarket parts can be junk. I had 70 Mach1 and lots of fun with it but you can buy just about every part. Most fun and challenge has been 76 cobra II fun fun
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I don't really believe in heavy mods mostly because life is too short to only drive one car for a long time and the cost of sustaining a heavy mod bug with multiple cars is very high in most cases. The only thing I regret with the Mustang is having to buy the adjustable headrests and some decent mats out of pocket. Exhaust, worth it, speakers, worth it, LED accent lighting, very worth it.

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I don't really believe in heavy mods mostly because life is too short to only drive one car for a long time and the cost of sustaining a heavy mod bug with multiple cars is very high in most cases. The only thing I regret with the Mustang is having to buy the adjustable headrests and some decent mats out of pocket. Exhaust, worth it, speakers, worth it, LED accent lighting, very worth it.
I think lifes too short too always be making payments. I drive mine until they don't drive anymore!

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Off topic......Hey Terry, how you doin? I still have cams on my wish list. Haha.

Charlie doing well and getting ready to put the car up for the season. Tis the season as well to make that wish list for more parts!
Keeps me out of trouble during the winter months. Thats one of my selling points , but I think she is catching onto my ploys.



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The only thing I regret is that you almost never get what you put into it. That said, I consider it a hobby and not an investment.

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The only thing I regret is that you almost never get what you put into it. That said, I consider it a hobby and not an investment.

This^^ You have to consider it a hobby. Anyone who thinks of it as an investment will usually be disillusioned come sale time.

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No regrets, my 2011 GT/CS is night & day compared from stock to modified; there is no way I would go back stock.


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