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I promise its for real!
The day I bought my car at 17k miles, I couldn't even squeak the tires from a stop (not powerbraking) but after I installed an air filter and the plugs, I can spin the tires no problem now. (not powerbraking)

Also, with a stopwatch, I can average a 7-ish second 0-60 time (powerbraking) whereas the stock numbers for the Auto V6 is around 8 seconds (if i'm not mistaken)

Also, depending on the road surface, after I installed my upgrades, sometimes I can manage to squeak the drive tire on the 1-2 shift.

I don't know, lol... there could be a chance that a previoius owner did something to it that I don't know about... but the history report said that she was used as a company car in Los Angeles so I doubt it... I'll see if I can get a video of my speedo posted...idk what else I could do to prove it...
Did you disconnect the computer when you changed the plugs?


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Nope. One weekend on my way home I stopped at AutoZone, bought a K&N Air Filter, and Six plugs... The next day when my engine was cold, I installed the AirFilter, cursed up a storm installing the darned plugs, and changed my oil. When I drove out to make sure everything worked alright, I was surprised at the performance gain I got. But thats all I did. And that was about 7 months and 8k miles ago... I changed my oil, cleaned my air filter, and checked my plugs about two months ago, and everything is running fine, if not better. So I don't know if its just a fluke occurance, or what...


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You guys are fun. My Sallie is a 98. I haven't noticed a great deal of change with the platinum plugs but, my buddy recommended that I give 'em a try. However, I've noticed a tremendous difference in different gas stations. I always only put the highest octane fuel (unless it's a monetary emergency) no matter which one I go to. But, I've found two stations in particular in my area that my car really seems to like. And, I have also noticed a difference between the same name gas stations like Exxon/Mobile, there is one Mobile were I gas up and I never have any problems with my car hesitating or anything but, there's another one I stopped at in a pinch and it was horrible. She hated it, it was like it was either watered down or had a lot of trash or something in it. I won't go there again. I've mostly just done little things to my car. The girl that had her before me really didn't take the greatest care of her. So, I've mainly focused on fixing odd and end stuff that she mucked up. (She had no concept of distance what so ever.) The bumpers and runningboards all have scratches and crap. I've also been replacing a few things on the interior that were bugging me because they were beat-up etc...I retinted the windows back to limo tint (which is illegal here in CA). But, I have to say, I think it looks pretty smashing!

I wasn't sure what had been done as far as upkeep on her so, I've been making sure that everything is taken care of. I've replaced the plugs, wires, air filter (w/ a k & n), oil change, battery change (the other one had a defect), new belts, got the air conditioning fixed, done massive cleaning to the carpets and the seats. Etc...Etc...Etc... I basically just tried to start at ground zero to make sure what kind of condition she was in before I go investing the dinero of souping her up. Now, I'm really ready for more :eyepoppin I'll try and get some pictures to post soon. Anywho, I really appreciate the feed back guys. Talk to you soon.
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You guys are fun. My Sallie is a 98. I haven't noticed a great deal of change with the platinum plugs but, my buddy recommended that I give 'em a try. However, I've noticed a tremendous difference in different gas stations. I always only put the highest octane fuel (unless it's a monetary emergency) no matter which one I go to. But, I've found two stations in particular in my area that my car really seems to like. And, I have also noticed a difference between the same name gas stations like Exxon/Mobile, there is one Mobile were I gas up and I never have any problems with my car hesitating or anything but, there's another one I stopped at in a pinch and it was horrible. She hated it, it was like it was either watered down or had a lot of trash or something in it. I won't go there again. I've mostly just done little things to my car. The girl that had her before me really didn't take the greatest care of her. So, I've mainly focused on fixing odd and end stuff that she mucked up. (She had no concept of distance what so ever.) The bumpers and runningboards all have scratches and crap. I've also been replacing a few things on the interior that were bugging me because they were beat-up etc...I retinted the windows back to limo tint (which is illegal here in CA). But, I have to say, I think it looks pretty smashing!

I wasn't sure what had been done as far as upkeep on her so, I've been making sure that everything is taken care of. I've replaced the plugs, wires, air filter (w/ a k & n), oil change, battery change (the other one had a defect), new belts, got the air conditioning fixed, done massive cleaning to the carpets and the seats. Etc...Etc...Etc... I basically just tried to start at ground zero to make sure what kind of condition she was in before I go investing the dinero of souping her up. Now, I'm really ready for more :eyepoppin I'll try and get some pictures to post soon. Anywho, I really appreciate the feed back guys. Talk to you soon.

Where are you from?

I think your best bet is to take it to a dealer and get it inspected. Once you have the list (and they may have a maintenance record on the car, if the previous owner took the car to any Ford Dealership -it's all centralized in a database), you can work on what it's going to take to keep it shipshape.

You can also find out if all the recall work's been done . . .

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I'm in Ventura County, California. The chick who had the car used the same meck-a-neck that I use. She didn't really keep up with much. I think her boyfriend was pretty good about the oil and the tires but, that was about it. I know that she only had the car about 2 years and it had sat parked for at least a couple of months before I bought her. I've been to see the guys at ford to order parts and ask questions. (Neither one of the cigarette lighters work It's a real pain in the *** when I need to charge my phone (ha ha). )

I come from a family of racers so, I have the distinct need for better performance What can I say, I can't help it.
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I'm in Ventura County, California. The chick who had the car used the same meck-a-neck that I use. She didn't really keep up with much. I think her boyfriend was pretty good about the oil and the tires but, that was about it. I know that she only had the car about 2 years and it had sat parked for at least a couple of months before I bought her. I've been to see the guys at ford to order parts and ask questions. (Neither one of the cigarette lighters work It's a real pain in the *** when I need to charge my phone (ha ha). )

I come from a family of racers so, I have the distinct need for better performance What can I say, I can't help it.

"Pretty Smashing," just seems more British than Valley . .. . Ventura's in the Valley, isn't it?

Is it an auto or stick?

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I've changed the plugs and it seems like alls well there. What do you guys think would be the best, first course of action on the mods? Increasing the air intake etc....or something else??? And, what's your opinions on each of the different mods? Like, what will add to the quickness, responsiveness versus the speed/horsepower? Also, I've been using some daytona tires which are great for wear but, they're pretty hard and the cornering isn't the greatest. What would be a happy medium as far as pretty good cornering but, something that I won't wear out in 6 months?
For cornering, get a GT takeoff (or better) rear sway bar. It's BY FAR the best thing you can do, even for launching.

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Nah, Ventura's near Santa Barbara, but I've been to the Valley, ha ha. The car is a stick (of course). I'll take the rear sway bar tip and run with it though, thanks. Talk to you soon.
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