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Old 01-21-2009, 11:22 AM   #1
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Looking to make my car more "professional"

I will be starting to look for a job after college in two years and internships in probably the next year in the advertising community.

My question is is the SVT "professional" or mature enough for a job like this. I will be upgrading cars, that is for sure, but for the first 2-5 years in the industry I will not be able to since I will have more important expenses (house, marriage, etc.

For instance I am afraid that with the ORP on and the harsher ride from the pro kit, bosses and clients would look down on me when I pick them up from an airport or for a meeting because my car is childish (loud, not comfortable, an economy car) and so must I, hurting my future prospects. I have already had two bosses at separate times comment on my car while in transit to bringing them to something that it was a "kid's car" and too loud. I cannot disagree with their comments since it is partially true but one of the reasons I got this car when I was 16 was because it was more "grown up" than other sport compacts.

What do you guys think? Do you use your SVT for business meetings and has anyone given you grief for doing so?


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Old 01-21-2009, 11:23 AM   #2
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Looking to make my car more "professional"

I will be starting to look for a job after college in two years and internships in probably the next year in the advertising community.

My question is is the SVT "professional" or mature enough for a job like this. I will be upgrading cars, that is for sure, but for the first 2-5 years in the industry I will not be able to since I will have more important expenses (house, marriage, etc.

For instance I am afraid that with the ORP on and the harsher ride from the pro kit, bosses and clients would look down on me when I pick them up from an airport or for a meeting because my car is childish (loud, not comfortable, an economy car) and so must I, hurting my future prospects. I have already had two bosses at separate times comment on my car while in transit to bringing them to something that it was a "kid's car" and too loud. I cannot disagree with their comments since it is partially true but one of the reasons I got this car when I was 16 was because it was more "grown up" than other sport compacts.

What do you guys think? Do you use your SVT for business meetings and has anyone given you grief for doing so?
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Old 01-21-2009, 11:24 AM   #3
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i would put the stock cat back on and maybe the stock springs...that would help i think
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to me, seeing a non-stock car that is done well shows professionalism. how so? it shows you pay attention to details. it shows dedication. like, if you are looking for a girlfriend you dont want a girl that just has stuff thrown on that may look good if it were done right, you are gonna be attacted to a girl that has style and has it done right. when it comes to what you are looking to do, if they are going to look at your car, seeing style and class will set you apart from the others. catch what im saying?
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Old 01-21-2009, 11:30 AM   #5
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to me, seeing a non-stock car that is done well shows professionalism. how so? it shows you pay attention to details. it shows dedication. catch what im saying?
Yeah I see what your saying, I would just hope that that message gets transferred since it is true. I'm just worried that it won;t and my boss or whoever just thinks I'm just some sideways capped ricer due to the sound of my car.
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Old 01-21-2009, 11:32 AM   #6
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I think the svt in stock form would be great, as long as its a 5 door, you don't want ur bosses crawling in the back over your seats do you?? w/ the ORP, yes, its loud, and w/ the suspension, it may be too rough. I don't agree that its a kids car, but it makes it more sporty w/ what you've done to it. so i would kind of have to agree w/ them w/ ur specific instance.
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i edited my last post. i went into more detail for you.
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Old 01-21-2009, 11:37 AM   #8
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Makes more sense now. Thanks
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If it were me....
Put her back to stock, and definitely dump the ORP and put the factory CAT back on.
Do you still have the factory exhaust otherwise?

While you may occasionaly get to "chauffeur" another car enthusiast,
99% of your bosses are not going to want to ride in a loud and stiff car.
After all, the stock parts are already much more performance oriented than the standard models as it is.
The car enthusiast will appreciate how much SVT has done to the car,
and the others will appreciate the compliant ride.
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Old 01-21-2009, 11:45 AM   #10
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What about a HFC? I heard they are much quieter than ORPs and I can pick up some lost low end grunt.

I know you have one WD40, would this be quiet enough, and yes I have the stock exhaust, I was going to trade for a Ford Racing one, I heard it deepened the tone without adding noise. Is that true?

Thanks for the input guys
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