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Old 06-24-2009, 09:44 PM   #1
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Default Just got a 2003 Mach 1

I traded in my V6 Mustang for a 2003 Mach 1 (yellow)
with under 9,000 miles. The car is mint.
No dings, chips, or blemishes. Looks like new.
I took a few pictures in the fading light.
The car sounds and performs great.
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Old 06-24-2009, 10:58 PM   #2
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very nice grab man. you're gonna love every minute of that car. my advice don't ever sell it, even for a cobra.
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Old 06-24-2009, 11:25 PM   #3
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congrats enjoy it all you can
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Old 06-25-2009, 12:54 AM   #4
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Very nice man! Any mods on it?

I hope your gonna store it in that garage
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Old 06-25-2009, 02:17 AM   #5
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Oh, I think it is going to see quite a bit of garage time (when I'm not driving it).

I've been interested in these Mach 1s ever since they came out. I had an original 73 Mach 1 a long time ago. I have a feeling this car is going to be a keeper. I love the way it looks and sounds.
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if you can, get some new tires. those ones are at The 6 year mark. keep them though, those look like the original stock Gator backs.
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Old 06-25-2009, 07:56 PM   #7
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bad car dude..i love mach 1's...you got any mod plans for it?
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Who would want a such a hideous color? Congratulations, very nice find.
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Who would want a such a hideous color? Congratulations, very nice find.
I bought a 73 red Mach 1 back in 1972. I loved the car, but I kept looking at pictures of a yellow one back then and had to admit it looked darn good. My next car was a 1978 Firebird Formula in yellow with all the black tape accents. This Mach 1 reminds me of that Formula. The yellow is very similar. Absolutely beautiful. The yellow Machs are definite eye-catchers.

No mods right now. I'm enjoying this car in stock form and it hasn't disappointed at all. What a blast to drive!
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I bought a 73 red Mach 1 back in 1972. I loved the car, but I kept looking at pictures of a yellow one back then and had to admit it looked darn good. My next car was a 1978 Firebird Formula in yellow with all the black tape accents. This Mach 1 reminds me of that Formula. The yellow is very similar. Absolutely beautiful. The yellow Machs are definite eye-catchers.

No mods right now. I'm enjoying this car in stock form and it hasn't disappointed at all. What a blast to drive!
They're eye catchers indeed. A buddy with a gray one always complains that he can tell I'm coming from a mile away, while his darker color is harder to tell the different lines and accents from a distance. Being a low-mileage mint piece, I wouldn't mod it at all until you really got the bug to do it. But I would install a short-throw shifter. It improves the driving feel alot, is easier on the tranny, and can be changed back easily if so desired. Have fun with her and we're here to help.
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They're eye catchers indeed. A buddy with a gray one always complains that he can tell I'm coming from a mile away, while his darker color is harder to tell the different lines and accents from a distance. Being a low-mileage mint piece, I wouldn't mod it at all until you really got the bug to do it. But I would install a short-throw shifter. It improves the driving feel alot, is easier on the tranny, and can be changed back easily if so desired. Have fun with her and we're here to help.
A friend of mine recommended the short throw shifter and he and his son installed one on his Cobra (pre 03). I'll consider it for sure, but right now I love the feel and position of the stock shifter.

I know I'll never have to look twice to find my car in a parking lot.

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great looking car congratulations
Thanks. I love it. I still can't believe I basically got a brand new 03 Mach 1. The car even seems to have that new car smell.

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damn! i didnt realize the stock mach sat so high! i must be used to my H&R race springs.
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I've had the Mach 1 for a little over a month and it still is such a blast to drive. A definite eye-catcher on the road too. I'm sure those of you with Mach 1s are used to the visual attention you get with one of these jewels.

The car feels powerful enough even at lower rpms, but becomes a monster over 4,000. The thing that continues to surprise me is the better gas mileage I am getting with it compared to my old 96 Z28 and 03 V6 Mustang. In fact, the Mach 1 is almost getting me as good gas mileage as my 02 Eclipse GT.

Driving the Mach 1 makes me wonder why anyone would part with one. Then again, if people kept them, then I wouldn't have this beauty to drive and enjoy.

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Less lag in the valve train with DOHC and the perfect OD gear. Have you gone on any trips in it yet? With the cruise control between 75/80 I get 27.5 mpg on the hwy and have heard people getting as high as 29 mpg. Daily around town driving with 4.10s I've gotten as high as 23 mpg. I'd like to know if there's ever been another car with the combo of performance/economy as ours.
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Less lag in the valve train with DOHC and the perfect OD gear. Have you gone on any trips in it yet? With the cruise control between 75/80 I get 27.5 mpg on the hwy and have heard people getting as high as 29 mpg. Daily around town driving with 4.10s I've gotten as high as 23 mpg. I'd like to know if there's ever been another car with the combo of performance/economy as ours.
I've been quite impressed with the economy of this performer. I was averaging around 15-17 mpg with my Z-28 around town (trips around 27-28). The V6 Mustang was lucky to get me 17 or 18 (and with a LOT less performance). I've averaged 19-21 mpg in the Mach 1 and I can't really say that I've babied it. My Eclipse GT usually gets me 20-22 mpg in the same circumstances and I've been quite happy with that. To get similar numbers in a much more powerful car is an added bonus.

I do have a trip to Virginia planned in late September or early October. I can't wait to see how it performs on the open road. I will keep a bit more to the right though with my "stand out" yellow Mach 1.
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Nice buy dude! I absolutely LOVE my Mach and seriously doubt that I will eva part with her!! You'll never be sorry you made that deal!

Holy Crap I just saw your mileage!! AWESOME buy!
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Holy Crap I just saw your mileage!! AWESOME buy!
Thanks.

It was like stepping in a time warp, buying a new 03 Mach 1, and bringing it back to the present. Looks, drives, and feels like new.

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What a great car to drive! It's been a while since I've had a manual with this much get up and go. The power of the Mach 1 is intoxicating. I can't see ever getting tired of it. Sitting in the driver's seat and looking out over that power dome and shaker is as good as it gets. Never had a car that looked that impressive from the driver's seat.
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