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Old 08-23-2014, 09:27 PM   #1
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I went to start my 07 Pony today to get the annual emissions test. Dead and it's on a Battery Tender Plus. My dealer had the exact replacement in stock (I'm trying to keep her all OEM). I did a self install.

Now the fun begins. I have to put some miles on her to get the OBDII sensors ready. My tool reported 5 not ready. Well after about 20 miles I had it down to 2 not ready. I stop by the emissions test station and the gentleman tells me I can only have 1 not ready and suggested I drive 20 miles one way on the Interstate at a steady 65 MPH.

Here is where your going to start laughing at me just as my wife did in the passenger seat. I go to turn on the access ramp and the sky is dark. No, it wouldn't rain on my Pony. We weren't on the road 5 minutes when it started pouring rain.

My Pony only had 767 miles on her after 7 years until today and hadn't even seen a water hose, only detailing. Anyway, I held it together, passed the emission test, washed her when I got home, and added a few more miles to fully dry the engine and remove any rust from the disk brake roters.

I now have 840 miles on her, but she really did need a good bath. She looks really nice now after a full detail job. I plan on washing her a little more often now.

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Old 08-25-2014, 10:39 AM   #2
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Many folks have had issues with the OE battery. My wife's '06 OE battery died in 2012. I replaced my '07 OE battery the end of '13 only because it was exhibiting issues. I felt comfortable that if it was the beginning of summer and not winter that I'd get another 6 months or more out of it.
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I'm trying to understand why you have a 7yo V6 Mustang with only 767 miles on it. Why is that?
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Barry, I replaced my OE battery a couple of months ago.
Right now I have 1290 fun miles on my Mustang and no I haven't driven in the rain yet.
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Old 08-25-2014, 03:57 PM   #5
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You guys have something wrong with you. It's just a Mustang - there's millions of them. What are you saving them for? lol
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You guys have something wrong with you. It's just a Mustang - there's millions of them. What are you saving them for? lol
Must be a Blue 07 Pony Package thing.
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I'm trying to understand why you have a 7yo V6 Mustang with only 767 miles on it. Why is that?

Saving her for retirement 4.5 years from now when I turn 59.5.

I just bought my retirement present early and I think the '06 to '09 Pony Package has been the most retro looking OEM Mustang made in the last 20 years. That was the look I wanted and could care less if it had of come with a V6 or V8. I just wanted the retro look like my '70 Mustang I had when I was 16 in 1975.
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You guys have something wrong with you. It's just a Mustang - there's millions of them. What are you saving them for? lol
Actually my statement was a typo....I forgot to add an extra 0.....I have 12900 miles on my stang.
I own 4 vehicles, so my Mustang is drivin on pretty days.
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I think the '06 to '09 Pony Package has been the most retro looking OEM Mustang made in the last 20 years.
Yes sir. I agree. I love the PP grille and will never change it.
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I just changed my OEM 07 battery with 60K on the clock.
I went with the largest battery that would fit in the battery tray.
The alternator diode pack went south at the same time.
(related)? I got an upgraded 130A PAPerformance alternator.
Maybe the battery was not bad just the alternator but
when the 7 year mark rolled around on the battery, it
was destined to be replaced anyhow.
I dont drive my 09 Challenger in the rain.
How silly is that?
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