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StreetMustangsOnline, or the sad tale of my S550 and my quest to fix it.

I think the overall quality of cars is pretty good and I've been pleased with all of my purchases over the past decade or so. A couple of standouts were my 2008 MDX that I sold with 150,000 miles on it and the other is my 2013 Fusion Ti that has been flawless. The Fusion is now my kids car. From the Ford employees/engineers I've met I'm confident they are all trying to make the highest quality cars they can. The reality with the Mustang is it didn't start out as a $60,000 sports car it starts out as a $25,000 rental fleet darling.
 

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In for the fun stuff :)

My daily is a Fiesta ST which suffers from many of the same annoyances that your car does, but at a larger scale due to it being even lower quality to start. I spent about 3 hours going through the dash with felt strips and have "fixed" most of them. I suspect a lot of these issues are present in nearly every S550, just some owners are less aware of it or only drive on freshly paved surfaces.
 

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That fake chrome on plastic has been a problem for a long time. We had a rash of Fusions in 2010-2012 that did this and I can really date myself back in the early 90's the chrome was falling off the Volvo truck grill before we even sold them. Don't ever think you have fixed a problem, All fixes are temporary.
 

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I think I'm going to change all the trim out. Still working with the dealer to get authorization from Ford (since nothing can go smoothly).

On a positive note, I decided to get the neglected paint taken care of:


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After: (local detailer did a two level correction, there's still some scratches that would require sanding or repainting to get fully removed, but the car looks 10000000x better, and I'd argue better than when I first bought it as swirls were added by the dealer at no extra charge).

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Sweet job on the paint! My wife has a Jag F-Pace in Italian Racing Red that has similar marks on the hood courtesy of the dealer. It's in need for the same treatment.
 
I think I'm going to change all the trim out. Still working with the dealer to get authorization from Ford (since nothing can go smoothly).
On a positive note, I decided to get the neglected paint taken care of:

That color just "pops" in the sunlight.

When you have a chance, can you send a couple pics of the modded muffler tips?
Looking to copy the valance upgrade on my sons car.

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captdistraction

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Here’s some images of the muffler modifications:

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The muffler remains centered iirc (install the valance with the muffler’s tips removed first to validate
Measurements). I had to make several adjustments but once it was set right we didn’t have to touch it after.


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Here’s some images of the muffler modifications:

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The muffler remains centered iirc (install the valance with the muffler’s tips removed first to validate
Measurements). I had to make several adjustments but once it was set right we didn’t have to touch it after.
Cool!
The Pic/Visual aid goes a loooong way when trying to describe this type of mod to the exhaust guy.
Thanks !!
 
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You hit on my pet peeve with paint swirls , but will stick up a little for the Dealer ( though not sure in your case), as the majority of this issue is a Factory cause - regardless if Ford, GM, FCA, etc. I will state , from personal experience, that most of the Manufacturers have attacked this concern, and paint quality is of a much higher level than 10 years ago. Your Ruby Red beast looks stellar now, and that has to be one of the best colors ever put on a Mustang?!
 

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