[Biturbos4] Farewell S4

Philip Pace pjpace at yahoo.com
Tue Oct 5 01:08:16 EDT 2004

Well, crap. We're really gonna miss you around here (or are you sticking around to
set us straight on everything?). Thanks for all your help and input over the years,
even if I never got around to finishing that turbo timer crap. Don't be a stranger,
and I'll look you up next time I'm headed to Detroit.

--- Keman <keman at interwolf.net> wrote:
> Yesterday I traded my 2001 Audi S4 Avant 6-speed nogaro blue in for a Red
> 2004 Ford SVT Lightning.
> Lightning details:    http://www.svt.ford.com/vehicleLightning.asp
> I put 95,747 miles on the clock. Original turbos, stock chip, many bypass
> valves. It did not burn a drop of oil nor did it leak it from anywhere. I
> replaced a serp. belt tensioner pulley, the battery, one outer tie rod end,
> and a few other little odds and ends, that's about it. Nothing major. The
> trans/clutch was replaced at 47,000 miles because a leaky input shaft let it
> run with a lot less oil in the trans than there was supposed to be. That's a
> real freak occurance but I didn't mind as I got a new clutch out of the
> deal.
> They're great cars guys. If you change the oil every 3-4k miles with
> synthetic and let em cool down for a bit before turning them off, the stock
> turbos CAN last longer than 100,000 miles.
> Mine, I couldn't trust anymore. Even working at my shop I'm not in a
> position to replace them myself- it'd take me 3 days and not only can I not
> use the lifts during the weekend, I could never tie up one for 3 days during
> a week. So I'd literally have to pay for it to be done even when I can do it
> myself. This dillema I procrastinated to the point where I saw that I could
> get a brand new lightning for $26k out the door, and I took it. I needed a
> tow vehicle for the roadrace mustang anyways.
> How hard did I drive the S4? Damn hard. Real hard. Every chance I had I was
> taking off as fast as I could and winding it through the gears. I went
> through several sets of tires, and surprisingly more rear brake pads than
> fronts.
> I enjoyed every mile I drove it ... and it held up extremely well, the
> interior still looking new after detailing. And I am glad that it witnessed
> and took part of 4 very prominantly changing years of my life. I'm even more
> glad to see it go with nothing but good memorys of it, rather than cursing
> it to go after having something big fail on it and regret ever owning it
> with the position it'd put me in.
> Why did I trade it in vs. sell it? I required the buffer of anonymity that
> trading a car in to a dealership provides. Trade in cost vs. personal sale
> was the price I was willing to pay for that buffer.
> The Lightning is a blast btw. It blows the doors of a stock S4 and most
> other cars on the road, 13.6 @ 102mph and 0-60 in 5.1 is enough to suck your
> eyes into the back of your skull when you smash on the loud pedal. It
> reaches 30mph from a standstill faster than you can say the word
> "ludicrous" - 1.9 seconds ... even faster out of the hole than the Viper
> powered Ram SRT-10. The blower is loud and the truck is unrefined ... it
> begs for all your irrational 'improper, as my audi would certainly call it'
> immaturity to come out and produce things like this:
> http://www.classic-cars-worldwide.com/gallery/ford-04-lightning-004.jpg
> With 295/45/18" Goodyear Eagle F1 GS tires on all four corners, it holds a
> corner pretty well and the bilsteins dampen exceedingly well for a solid
> rear axle. I'm not looking forward to the price of those tires ... eesh.
> But... it comes with a heavy duty trailer towing package, electric brake
> controller wiring and 7/4 pin trailer outlet already installed with a class
> three receiver hitch. It's good for 5000 lbs and fords super-duty cooling
> system keeps it alive both on the way to the track and even ON the track. I
> watched these 4600lb bahemouths careen around Gingerman Raceway when I had
> my mustang there, and I was floored. I couldn't believe my eyes, they were
> that fast in and out of the corners.
> One of my friends at Ford headed up the team that managed to stuff the
> diesel powerstroke trans internals into the 4R100 case. He's had 2 now and
> towed with them for years ... he feels they're bulletproof at stock boost
> levels.
> 380 hp and 450 ft/lbs of instant torque ... with that I don't care about
> shifting anymore. :)
> See-ya guys.... make sure to laugh at me this winter as I creep on by!
> Keman
> 04 Lightning
> 90 Mustang
> Both Vermillion Red
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