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Ford Mustang (2004 and earlier)



  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,622
    Sorry, Mary - that wasn't directed at you or anyone else in particular - I should not have used the word "you". It was just a general comment.

    I also don't think it's asking too much for people to RTM before asking a question.
  • About 2 months ago i drove about an hour and a half from Michigan to Ohio and picked up a 03 GT CONV premium. It had only 12000 miles, this baby was beautiful, and it was certified. I walked in with cash in my hand, added the extended warranty, and gap insurance and walked out paying 18000.
  • That's the number of days left before I am able to head to Wyoming to pick up my '95GT. First thing I'll do is "read the Owner Manual" lol, after which I'm sure there will still be questions. Once I'm up there first thing will be to change all fluids for my own peace of mind. Considering going right to synthetic on the oil since there are only 14+K miles on the car. I changed over to synthetic on my 351W when it had 120K and started a seal leak. Had never leaked a drop prior to using the synthetic. I have never heard of that occuring but given the viscosity and structure of the synthetic several of us agree that it might be possible to get past an old seal using the syn. I switched back to 5w-30 and the leak slowed to almost no leak at all. Remember, it never leaked at all previously.

    I'm interested in hearing any other's thoughts on this occurance.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,622
    That's common for a high mileage engine - especially older ones that had more tolerance. If the new 95 only has 14K miles it should be ok with synthetic.
  • The car is totally original and showroom condition. Cuz has kept it started and a little drive now and then. Never have been sure why he buys cars and then just stores them. I know the car has been ran and driven enough to keep the seals in shape so I should be fine with synthetic. Only hesitation is that if a seal leaks, it will always leak. At least that has been my experience.

    Thanks for the reply and input.

    I'm taking some extra cash along for tire replacement. I have an eery feeling I'll be buying a set of tires before I get home. They are like new, but old. I stored a '72 SS Chevelle one time for a couple of years and when I went back to drive it to my new location, I ended up replacing all 4 tires due to broken steel belts. I should have had it on stands. Miserable lesson learned.
  • I have about 70,000 miles on my GT and am curious about when the shocks/struts should be replaced? I would like to replace with better than OEM if available. Any suggested brands and ballpark figure on cost? Thanks ...
  • Tried this post on the transmission forum got no response. Just picked up this '02 GT convert. Hate the shifter, feels like a truck. Thinking about a pro-5.0 or a tri-ax. Advice and opinions appreciated.
  • Trying to think of a Christmas present for a really good friend who LOVES Mustangs. Has an '02 Saleen.

    Any kinda fun Mods? Or something that any Mustang boy would love? Did the Mustang Seatbelt-Belt Buckle last year which he loved ... but I'm drawing a blank for this year
  • I need to know how to modify perameters with a Diablo Sport Tuner on a 2003 Mustang SVT Cobra. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
  • I just had a new clutch put in my 2000 GT. The off light for the traction control button dosen't come on when i push it. Is it not shutting off or does it have a fuse, what could it be?
  • My mustang has a broken control arm and i was wondering if anyone could give me a lead on where to get a new one
  • waterdrwaterdr Posts: 307
    Do you still need help?
  • waterdrwaterdr Posts: 307
    I replaced mine at about 60k and 60 - 70k seems to be about the right time. You will notice a huge difference when you replace them. There are also tons of options out there depending on what you are looking for.
  • I am looking at selling our 97 mustang and when I enter through the options on both of the above web sites the private party prices are very different, over a $1500 difference. Has anyone encountered this when doing research?
  • my son is being tempted. Is it too good to be true?

    It is said to have 6 cyl; auto trans; 100,000 miles. 3 prior owners. Rear ended and repaired at some time in the past.

    I know that it is bad on roads in winter here in MN.

    Other comments and thoughts and questions he should ask?

  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    That car as all of the disadvantages of a rear drive car with none of the fun as its SLOW, Unreliable, junk. :(

    If you son is a new driver, you can get something much better that isn't liable to fish tail him in to the wall the first time he over conpensates on a slippery road.

  • waterdrwaterdr Posts: 307
    I have seen that a lot. I don't know why there is such a range.

    Tell me more about the car.
  • waterdrwaterdr Posts: 307
    $2000 is REALLY cheap even for a 100,000 mile V-6 car. Makes we wonder a bit on the condition it is in. Naturally, everyone has their own price point and if he is young, may not have much of a budget.

    It also depends on the intended purpose. If he is looking to biuld a tack car or a drag car in the future, then high-milage sixers are a GREAT platform in part because they can be had for cheap.

    Even if he did not want to get crazy with a build-up, finding used, solid GT motors for $600 - $1000 is pretty easy and if you guys are handy, the swap is not that hard. One of the best things about owning a Mustang is that it is a Mustang and finding parts and upgrades is a lot cheaper then on any other platform.

    If you are looking for just a first car for your son, you live in MN, and he is not that handy, then this might not be the right car. Only you will know that.

    BTW, don't let anyone push you around about buying a V-6 Mustang. 2/3 rds or more of all Mustangs sold are V-6's and if you ask me, a real car should be driven by the rear wheels anyway. The ford 3.8/3.9L motors have good reliability and there is a lot you can do with them.

    Look at this way....if the motor blows, for under $2,000 you could find a nice 260 hp V-8 and find someone to do the swap for you for that price.
  • waterdrwaterdr Posts: 307
    What did you try? The stock shifters are terrible but the good news is that the Tri-Ax (and others) are amazing. The difference is night and day. Go for it!
  • Its a 97 Mustang GT convertible with 106,000 miles. It has leather seats, CD Changer (not factory) with Sirius SAT, I rate the car as Very Good and the top is in great condition. Seats do show some wear. Mechanicals are great and the body looks excellent.
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