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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-06-2012, 04:10 AM
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I can't think of performance mods, but I think they should exist. The 3.5 V6 is now used in Mustangs, and I assume there will be a good market for modding them. Being into car audio myself, I would have rebuilt the entire audio system: speakers, subwoofer(s), amplifiers, and the stereo.. something built around JBL's MS-8 processor.

The Ford Five Hundred SE, which was basically the same thing with old Duratec 3.0 engine and without the razor blade, is quite an enjoyable daily driver car. I really like driving the 500 hard. The throttle is usually more responsive and more predictable than the G3 Taurus with basically the same engine, which I guess is a function of the 6-speed automatic transmission. The 6-speed transmission in 500 does not hesitate to let the engine rev into very high RPM and let the engine truly wake up. Brakes and steering are also pretty good. This car is also enjoyable for long highway rides. There is rumor is that Ford actually made 2008 Taurus suspension and steering somewhat more numb compared to the 500, which may explain your soft suspension observation. I wonder if it is possible to substitute steering and suspension components of the 500 into your car.

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The above is not a rumor...it's the truth. The steering is not quite as responsive, and the suspension is a bit floatier on the 08-9s.

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