Well just to update, I've been spending a few hours here and there on taking the mystique apart and i'm slowly making progress. The engine should be ready to be pulled in a week or so as long as there are no setbacks!
Well now that I bought a cougar for a daily driver I can finally get to work on the Mystique. I am going to pull EVERYTHING electrical and not reuse anything. That way there is no chance of the problem carrying over to the new setup. I'll probably be pulling the 2.5 next month some time after finals week. The build will be N/A and I'm looking for around 230whp. Should be a fun ride when she's finished!
Well first I want to thank the shop that looked at my car. They didn't charge me a dime and even towed my car home for free, so I went over and gave them 30 bucks to buy everyone lunch. When I got home to find my car sitting in my driveway I said "what the hell" and turned the ignition. Of course the car fires right up and ran for over an hour straight without stalling one. I tugged at every wire I could find and nothing cause the car to die, so I no longer am concerned about a possible short, although it is not 100% ruled out, it is far less likely now. My attention is now turning to the computer. I have finally realized that the time the car dies is when all 8 system monitors are complete. And it seems that the car starts after clearing the PCM and letting it sit a little. So now I need to invest in some equipment to take this further. I am considering buying a Cougar that someone I know is selling. It's a MTX Silverfrost zetec, but it gets 34MPG. Most likely I will buy the cougar and then start to have some fun with the mystique. Once I can solve the issue, she's getting a built 3 liter and may I strongly emphasize BUILT. I'm going to go the whole 9 yards with a N/A setup, and keep it barely street legal for some summer and track fun. Anyway, I've got to get back to thinking.
P.S. I finally got to turn on the new HID's at night and holy crap, they are freakin bright (even at 6000k). Too bad I don't want to risk driving it.
Where to start, where to start...
I've owned my Mystique for a little over one and a half years now and I really can't complain too much about my experience. I'll admit, I hated it for a while when I first got it, mostly because I had to teach myself to drive a stick. Slowly as time went on, it grew on me and now here I am today, getting ready to bring her home from a shop so I can fix her. Yes you read that right!
Anyway on to the mods. The first mod I did was the open K&N filter. The previous owner had a S&B racing filter on there but it was starting to fall apart. After I joined CEG back in September of 2007, I did the fog light mod which was shortly followed by the fog light mod 2, which turns the fogs on when you press a button on the fob or open any of the doors. On Christmas morning of 2007, the starter gave its last kick and after replacing the starter, putting in new valve cover seals, upper and lower intake scrub, and new intake gaskets, I had issues getting her to start which ended up being a combination of bad plug wires and a blocked IAC hose. Within a day I installed a set of led side markers, and 3 days from the time I got the car back on the road, she died on me. 3 minutes after a WOT pull through 3rd. Long story short, I had it towed home and after a month of sitting, I finally got around to changing the fuel filter and fuel pump because I THOUGHT the pump went bad. Well I reconnected the battery and everything started smoothly and she ran great. I installed my HID kit early last Saturday and that evening she died again. This time I had her towed to a shop because I was so frustrated and they called me today to tell me all 6 injectors are faulting and they suggest I take it to a dealer. Well looks like she's coming home and I'll have to make the time to fix her. Stay tuned...