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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-14-2016 Thread Starter
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Bought a Mach 1 with wrong gauge cluster

I purchased a 2003 Mach 1 Mustang with a 5 speed manual transmission. I noticed that my ABS light stays on and I cannot take traction control off. When i run my Actron Scanner for codes, it does not display any errors. I also noticed that my redline shows at 5800 RPMs. If I remember correctly, Mach 1's with a 5 speed should redline at 6800 RMS. Looking at previous pictures of other mustangs, i noticed that a 2003 Mustang GT gauge cluster looks similar to mine. If my car is equipped with a 2003 GT gauge cluster, am i losing power? Looking at the Mach 1 gauge cluster, i noticed it has a retro look to it where mine looks plain.

Here is a picture of what mine looks to close to:

I ran the diagnostics on the gauge cluster by holding the trip meter while turning on the car and noticed i got "EE 01 FAIL" If i replaced the cluster, would my PATS have to be reprogrammed?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-15-2016
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Yes, PATS would need to be reprogrammed or disabled. Or maybe it already has been?

Please post a pic of what you actually have.... Does yours look "similar" to the pic in the posted link or EXACTLY like it? The one in the link is for sure a factory GT cluster.

I almost wonder if the previous owner installed a guage overlay? It's pretty rare that an entire cluster needs to be replaced due to fault or malfunction. Again, curious to see with my own two eyes what you actually have.

And no, regardless of what cluster is in there it is not hurting or helping performance. Only thing that's really different between the two clusters is the redline marks and the script of lettering and numbering. If I were in your shoes I would probably be a little curious and maybe bummed but honestly it isn't a big deal.

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Are you sure it's a mach 1 and not a GT with a mach 1 swap?.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-16-2016
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Yeah, post some pics of your car so we can see if it's really a Mach 1.

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These guys bring up a good question on whether you might have picked up a 4V swapped GT. Throw up some pics dude.

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I'm with the other guys on making sure it's actually a Mach 1 first. There's no reason a Mach 1 owner would ever replace the Mach cluster with a typical GT one, period, unless there is something suspect going on.

Also, it might not even be a 4V swap. Someone could easily just put a hood decal on it and a chin spoiler and tell unsuspecting buyers that it's a Mach 1. Alot of people don't even know the 03/04 Mach's exist, yet alone what the difference is.

+1 on pics of the car, I would insist on one of the motor as well.

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-27-2016
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If your Vin has the R code, it was at least originally a Mach.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-31-2016
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I have a 2004 Mach 1 and that is what my Cluster looks like red line is at 5800, but I have a Automatic and that is where the red line is suppose to be on a AUTOMATIC
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