2012 questions and concerns

Discussion in '2011+ Ford Mustang V6 3.7L Tech' started by Torkair, Sep 17, 2019.

  1. Torkair

    Torkair Junior Member

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    After getting t-boned by a red light runner on the 31st of July things are finally wrapping up with the insurance and I am looking at getting a 2012 v6/stick with roughly 61k miles on it. Are there any sort of maintenance or mechanical issues I should keep an eye out for? The air bag recall procedure was already taken care of. I should have a few "pony bucks" left over and would appreciate ant recommendations for some bolt on upgrades that will make things just a bit nicer since the car is totally stock.

    Attached picture for those who would like to wish my 06 farewell.

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  2. BleednBlue01

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    Take the extra “pony bucks” and put them towards a GT.


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  3. Torkair

    Torkair Junior Member

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    Perhaps the most unhelpful bit of info out there... The bit of extra money might get me an older GT with 180k+ miles and/or a salvage title.
     
  4. Iceman62

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    You know the saying..."if you're going to play in TX, gotta have a fiddle in the band." Well...if you're going to get a muscle car...get a stick w/ V8 under the hood. :D
     
  5. MrAwesome987

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    Get what you want. If you want a newer v6, go for it. It should be a pretty nice upgrade over an 05-09 v6.

    I had an 05 v6 before I got my GT, and it was a great car. I beat that thing to death, and then sold it 3 years later for 300 less than I paid for it - with 190k miles...

    Just because it's a v6 doesn't mean you can't have a good time with it.
     
  6. Juice

    Juice forum member

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    The biggest concern I have whenever buying a "new to me" used car is who owned it before me and how they treated the car.

    That 6 should make a good daily from its HP numbers. But will you be happy with it?
     
  7. Laponta

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    gotta be a V8...just saying
     
  8. MrAwesome987

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    You joined this forum, just to say that?
     
  9. 13v6

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    A 3.7 will be better than a 4.6, just not a v8. As for the '12, the water pump tends to go out of those. Not a big fix but something to watch for. There's also a TSB to install a new hose with it. Look it up. If you want to rev up your car, gears and a tune are the best first things to do, if you have the money.
     
  10. totaljustice

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    I bought a 2012 V6 with the Performance Package new and never looked back. The car has been amazing and gets better with every mod I put into it. The car cost me 28K out the door in Canada and now I have 190,000 kms on it(it was my daily driver for the first 5 years). To buy a base GT at the time would have been at least 42K. Basically the performance package gives you the same suspension and brakes as a GT without the 5.0. Since new it received a cold air intake, 73MM throttle body, BBK short tube headers, Ford Racing X-Pipe, Magnaflow Cat Back and a tune. Also with the performance package Ford set it up nicely with a 3.31 rear end, strut tower brace, GT500 rear control arms, SVT sway bars and 19 inch rims with the 6 speed manual tranny. I had the car on a dyno and with the mods it's throwing out 296 at the wheels which translates to roughly 370 at the crank. So to sum it all up the car is now more powerful than any stock Mustang ever made before 2012 that didn't have Shelby, Boss, or Cobra attached to it. Not bad for a little 3.7 litre.
    The extra cost for all those mods came in around 3500. So in reality the total is now at 31.5K and it's still way less expensive than the '12 GT was at the time and only 42 less horsepower. Now the car pulls like a freight train, sounds amazing and generates lots of attention like a Mustang should. I don't regret not buying a GT one little bit.
    The only thing I can tell you is that other than basic maintenance I had no problems except the water pump issue and the radio which was fixed with some redneck engineering. The problem is that some of the cars made that year had a wrong hose connected to the coolant expansion tank. There was supposed to be a one way valve in the line and some cars, like mine, got a hose without the valve so eventually it caused the water pump to fail. I changed it myself in two hours so it wasn't a big deal. Anyway a little long of a post but I absolutely love my V6. 26_03_19_3345.JPG
     
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  11. 1950StangJump$

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    Ummmm, wut?
     
  12. fdjizm

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    Newer, obviously.
    Better how?
     
  13. 07gts197

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    He got 65 hp just from adding a cai, shorties, catback, tb and a tune. He obviously knows what hes talking about and is 100% correct.

    That was sarcasm.

    I dont like it when people quote crank hp numbers when dynoing at the rear wheels. In fact I dont like using dyno numbers at all. Take it to a track and show us the actual results.


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  14. totaljustice

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    If you read carefully, you would have seen that the car put out 296 at the wheels. The 370 is an estimate based on the industry standard of adding 20%. The purpose of the post was to illustrate the gains over stock from the bolt ons, not a scientific analysis.
     
  15. fdjizm

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    Tell em! I am still waiting to see an 11 second NA 3.7 and a 113+ mph trap. :Chainsaw:

    But seriously, they do run pretty good.
    But stock for stock (because comparing mods can go on forever).
    I've not seen 3.7's run in the mid to low 13's stock, so power wise they are not a match but they do have more technology as a much newer engine should.
     
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  16. totaljustice

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    You might like to check this out. His car is a 3.7 with bolt ons.
     
  17. 07gts197

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    Im not interested in what one guy with a 3.7 can do. There are too many variables. There are na 2v’s running in the 12s. Not only is it about power but also how good the driver is. Not everyone is a good driver.

    As far as a 20% drivetrain loss I know nothing of that but it seems to be very ambiguous. Where did you find that info just out of curiousity. Anyway dyno numbers are useless, track numbers dont lie.


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  18. totaljustice

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    That is an industry wide number for approximate power loss from everything robbing the engine of power but you are right it is ambiguous. As far as 3.7 guy goes it's just to show that a modified 3.7 can be capable of punching quite a bit above its weight. My dyno results only served to show me the increase over stock which I am quite happy with. No one is trying to knock the GT and I was only trying to tell the OP that you can get some good power gains with a few mods.
     
  19. fdjizm

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    It wasn't even you who said the 3.7 was better lol.
     
  20. fdjizm

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    Checking this out, dude is running very well in that car but I notice not one 1/4 time was shown.
    Sup with that?
     
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