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Old 03-22-2014, 08:15 PM
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Wink Pipsqueak 328i at a Standstill Still intimidates Mustang

You can't make this stuff up.
Friday afternoon, 5 pm going home traffic. Yes, I have a short commute and yes, there is nothing more enjoyable during that commute than making that left turn off the frontage road onto the surface street that underpasses the Interstate. And yes, there is great pleasure that comes with making sure I'm in nothing higher than second gear and stomping on it a little and listening to the reverb of the performance exhaust.

Unbeknownst to me, there was a late model Mustang apparently within earshot when I made the turn, because when I pulled up to the next red light, there he was next to me, flexing his auditory muscle. Now the next traffic light is only about 500 yards away, but he made sure to rev his engine, downshift, upshift, downshift in that short 500 yards to make a lot of intimidating noise.

Now, the two of us are sitting side by side at the traffic light, in a line of cars six deep. The light turns green, finally my lane starts to move at a snail's pace, but what is this? I hear the Mustang restart his engine! In all his fervor to show me up, he managed to kill his engine!

LOL, I have to give him credit for driving an MT. However, for the next 1.5 miles where he turned right and I turned left at the same intersection, I didn't hear a growl out of that Mustang!

FWIW: The exhaust note of the PE exhaust on the 328 is definitely quieter and much more refined than the current crop of Mustangs. Both have their place, but next to the BMW, the Mustang is raw and choppy compared to the well modulated growl of the IL6.

THIS is why we like and drive our BMWs.
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Old 03-22-2014, 08:37 PM
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mustang ? hmmm. scaring children?
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I have always loved the metallic growl of the BMW straight six engines, no V6 engine even comes close. Small wonder I am forever driving around with the music turned off and sunroof tilted open.
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Old 03-23-2014, 10:54 AM
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As a former Mustang owner, I agree. Mine was the old style. The new ones are so cheaply made and unreliable that I'm ashamed to call them Mustangs.
No wonder I have never owned one since that car; still regret letting it go .
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As a former Mustang owner, I agree. Mine was the old style. The new ones are so cheaply made and unreliable that I'm ashamed to call them Mustangs.
No wonder I have never owned one since that car; still regret letting it go .
I miss mine, too (a 1970 Mach 1). Fun car to drive, until I flipped it over the long way.
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When I was in college too many decades ago, and ponycars and muscle cars were the rage, a buddy had a Mustang Mach One 390. While it was no 428, it was pretty darned quick, with 4 on the floor. My buddy let me drive it up the coast one day. But pressing on the gas pedal to get it off the line was a bit like doing front squats with 300lb. and only your right leg, and getting subtle changes in throttle position seemed challenging against the amount of force required . Sedate starts off the line were not the rule; I had to hope a cop was not watching as I tried to start off at a green light without laying rubber and smoke. Especially considering I had a car whose throttle could could easily be modulated by flexing the toe muscle alone and glove soft driving slippers seemed highly appropriate. Never had any inkling of desire to own one of the Mach One's.

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You can't make this stuff up.
Friday afternoon, 5 pm going home traffic. Yes, I have a short commute and yes, there is nothing more enjoyable during that commute than making that left turn off the frontage road onto the surface street that underpasses the Interstate. And yes, there is great pleasure that comes with making sure I'm in nothing higher than second gear and stomping on it a little and listening to the reverb of the performance exhaust.

Unbeknownst to me, there was a late model Mustang apparently within earshot when I made the turn, because when I pulled up to the next red light, there he was next to me, flexing his auditory muscle. Now the next traffic light is only about 500 yards away, but he made sure to rev his engine, downshift, upshift, downshift in that short 500 yards to make a lot of intimidating noise.

Now, the two of us are sitting side by side at the traffic light, in a line of cars six deep. The light turns green, finally my lane starts to move at a snail's pace, but what is this? I hear the Mustang restart his engine! In all his fervor to show me up, he managed to kill his engine!

LOL, I have to give him credit for driving an MT. However, for the next 1.5 miles where he turned right and I turned left at the same intersection, I didn't hear a growl out of that Mustang!

FWIW: The exhaust note of the PE exhaust on the 328 is definitely quieter and much more refined than the current crop of Mustangs. Both have their place, but next to the BMW, the Mustang is raw and choppy compared to the well modulated growl of the IL6.

THIS is why we like and drive our BMWs.
I agree with your assessment, but boy, do I love to hear the growl of a V8 Mustang GT, especially in a tunnel. I'm glad it's choppy and unrefined and I'd love to have one.
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I'm sure the 'stang driver's testosterone level plunged after his 'stall' and run-in with the immaculate cabrio (not to mention the confident looking driver).

No wonder he backed off.
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