Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Bullitt Year: 01
Bullitt Color: B
Bullitt Serialized Number: 01118
There are several noises that people are hearing with the Gen 3 5.0L V8s and various sources theorized for each. The pistons are not forged for the Bullitt's engine but the same cylinder liner technology as the GT350's 5.2L is being used in it.
I think more folks are concerned about the long-term durability because only the "tick" has been identified as a normal operating characteristic.
The rattle sound is more annoying than anything, but it can be bypassed pretty easily by stepping on gas pedal a little more aggressively or turning up the radio
2001 Ford Mustang Bullitt - black, #1118, VIN 1FAFP42X21F213026
2009 Ford Mustang Bullitt - highland green, #6323, VIN 1ZVHT82H995129122
2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt - dark highland green, K1254, VIN 1FA6P8K06K5500726