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Newcomer Looking for Suggestions and Insight

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Hey, I'm new to the forums. Up front I want to say that I'm a new driver and plan to delay the upgrades until I become more experienced.

I'm 16 and recently got a '03 v6 Mustang. I'm loving it, but I want to learn more about my car and look into some future upgrades. I've been looking around some forums, and I've come up with some ideas.

Right now I'm looking at purchasing either a CAI or a dual exhaust. From my understanding, a CAI would run me about $80 while a dual would run me $300-400. Honestly, being a teenager, I'm looking some something that would make me feel/look/sound cooler in my Mustang. From what little knowledge I have, the duals would benefit me most.

With this introduction, I have a few questions

Are there any other economical upgrades I can make to give me a bit more push, sound, or style?

What else accompanies the aforementioned upgrades? (installation, other costs, tuning, maybe even insurance or emission repercussions)

What other upgrades should I educate myself about?

Please go easy on me, I'm pretty ignorant. Any elementary explanations are welcomed, even appreciated, so long as you extrapolate. I'm sure I'll have more questions in the future.

Also, should I look into joining an autocross club, or signing up for advanced driving classes? Off topic, but input is appreciated.
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Well, right now it seems I'll go for the CAI, thanks for help with that decision.

However, before I start to mod my car, I want to learn how to be able to maintenance my car as much as possible on my own. Where can I learn to manually change the oil and other stuff without having to take it to a mechanic? Also where can I learn what I need to do and how often? Any help is appreciated. I mainly just want to become more familiar with my car, and I want to be able to take care of it myself.

Also, should I pick up a tuner? If I do, what brand should I buy, where should I buy it from, and what do I need to know before I tune my car? I don't want to play with the options too much and end up screwing up my car accidentally.

Thanks for the help so far. Also, thanks for the warm welcome. I try not to post on forums unless I know what I'm talking about beforehand, I hate asking for help like this. Not many communities are so welcoming to new members as this one.
Alright, so I've decided on a few things.

I decided on the Xenon scoop hood off american muscle for now, just for style. Not sure how I'm going to paint the hood, suggestions would be wonderful, anywhere I could see pictures would be great. (2003 mustang, mineral grey).

I'm going for a CAI in the future. Gonna make myself wait so I don't get addicted to upgrades :nono:

I appreciate the explanation for changing oil, but I'm an idiot. If you could link me a visual, I'd appreciate it. I'm going to do some searching as well, so it's probably okay if you skip that one.

Now, I'd like to know, about how much will it run me to have my new hood painted/installed on average? Also, would a CAI be something an insurance company would be concerned about? Lastly, if I were to take my car to a shop to be tuned, would it be expensive? or should I just wait until I can afford a personal tuner and do that?

Thank you guys so much, and I'll be hanging around. :bigthumbsup
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