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i have a 02 mustang with a 3.8 and recently floored it and took it to 110 mph well now im a little paranoid about if i messed the engine up or not it has 44000 miles on it and it dosnt knock or tick or anything so my question is does everybody think im just being paranoid and how many of you get on it som,etimes
 

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02blackmustangd said:
i have a 02 mustang with a 3.8 and recently floored it and took it to 110 mph well now im a little paranoid about if i messed the engine up or not it has 44000 miles on it and it dosnt knock or tick or anything so my question is does everybody think im just being paranoid and how many of you get on it som,etimes
it's fine. it has a limiter to keep it from harming itself, and it's governed to 112.

doing that on public highways, is another matter . .
 

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yeah dont worry about taking it up to 110, Ive had mine pegged past 120 and kept going (abandoned airstrip:tongue )
 

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I've hit 120 it's fine. I think the topspeed on the 3.8 is 130 anyhow? Pluis it hits the ground the pedal but it can go further than that so it's ntotoo bad on the car also redlines before the actual redline, a lot of failsafes in the car :)
 

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I have had mine a little over 130. Most of the time it sits in the garage but when it does come out it gets driven pretty hard, with nitrous at the track. I think your will be ok
 

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Mustangdewd3.8 said:
I've hit 120 it's fine. I think the topspeed on the 3.8 is 130 anyhow? Pluis it hits the ground the pedal but it can go further than that so it's ntotoo bad on the car also redlines before the actual redline, a lot of failsafes in the car :)
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hey thanks everybody im not paranoid after hearing that all of you have gone that fast and your cars are still aok
I've had it that fast a couple of times passing log trucks on a two lane with limited passing zones. But, like I said I wouldn't recommend it on public roads for no good reason
 

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I think its a good idea to take your car to its limits at least once after you buy it. I believe it makes you more comfortable with your car, thus enabling you to drive it better.

The ride home from my college is really boring, and its a divided four lane highway. If there's no chance for traffic and no chance for a patrol car, I floor it just to see my spedometer go wheeeeeee all the way up to 112mph :hihi: Then I get off it and continue on my way.

One thing I did think of, is that you should think about your engine before you go around flooring it. I change my oil every two months and I use a high grade synthetic, but if you're flooring it with some old generic brand of oil, then thats probably not good on your motor.

Thats all I have to add. :D
 

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dude, ive put my car to the floor a bunch of times... i have a 95 3.8 no problems doin that that i am aware of. i top out at 112 and ove held it there for like 5 seconds bfor.... still no problems good luck with ur car.

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I've pegged mine out and driven almost max speed for small amounts of time. Your Pony needs to stretch her legs every now and then. My girl gets to stretch her legs on the German Autobahn!

I've been driving my Stang for 6 years, so I know my car well. I change the oil on a regular basis, and have semi-annual inspections done by a PRO. No need to be paranoid about driving yours too fast.
 

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I once played a softball tournament up in Gk. Autobahns are the place to let your mustang stretch her legs though. I wouldnt try those speeds on US highways though. It would be too dangerous.
 

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The Germans definately have it going on with their highway engineering. When you are in an area that has no speed limits, you can be sure that it is safe to stretch those legs. :laughlitt Just be sure your brakes are up to par!!!
 

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I've taken mine to 120 on a backroad... felt as if it could go a lil bit faster, but I got kind of nervous since I looked to my left and right, all I saw were trees, then I started to think about what would happen if I had a tire go, then I just said ok that's enough lol. My car is weird though, when I first start it, and drive around... it feels like there is a lot more power then there is after about 30-40 minutes. Acceleration doesnt seem as more powerfull. Also, I don't know if this is true or not, but isnt if your engine gets hotter... which all of them do, you lose horsepower? Dont know if that's true.
 

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I've taken mine to 120 on a backroad... felt as if it could go a lil bit faster, but I got kind of nervous since I looked to my left and right, all I saw were trees, then I started to think about what would happen if I had a tire go, then I just said ok that's enough lol. My car is weird though, when I first start it, and drive around... it feels like there is a lot more power then there is after about 30-40 minutes. Acceleration doesnt seem as more powerfull. Also, I don't know if this is true or not, but isnt if your engine gets hotter... which all of them do, you lose horsepower? Dont know if that's true.
not really, it depends on the operating temperature it was designed for. You can put a 180 or 160 degree thermostat, and you can pick up some hp(on a carbed car), but it really causes a lot of wear on the engine (with the OBDII computers), and the computer can't work correctly, so you end up losing hp. But if you have a metal CAI heat soak can increase the temp of the air, and you can lose hp.
 

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not really, it depends on the operating temperature it was designed for. You can put a 180 or 160 degree thermostat, and you can pick up some hp(on a carbed car), but it really causes a lot of wear on the engine (with the OBDII computers), and the computer can't work correctly, so you end up losing hp. But if you have a metal CAI heat soak can increase the temp of the air, and you can lose hp.
Ah, I do have a metal CAI, I guess that just might be the reason then lol...
 

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I ditched the metal a while ago for some Plastic... no heat sink.
 

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i've gotting to 116 mph and still had a half inch to the for... the usa autobran:worship i never see a a cop
 

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I loaded up with 91 octane fuel yesterday and the 91 octane tune from the XCAL2. I drove around a while to let the 91 get to the engine then took her out on a back road with a good straightaway. I managed to hit 120 before I shutdown due to oncoming traffic (go figure, first time I've ever seen any other traffic out there). I think she might be good for another 5-10 mph, possibly a bit more. Any more will require some engine hardware mods though and some suspension work wouldn't hurt either. She felt fairly stable at speed, but not as stable as I would like. Looks like it's time to start looking at some sway bars, a CAI and a less restrictive muffler.


One thing I've decided I would like to see Ford change on the V6 is the instrumentation. I'd like to have a more accurate tach with more sweep and at least a 150 mph speedo. I wonder what Saleen gets for their tach and speedo?


:winks
 
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