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#1052 of 2125 Buying a 2000 Mustang
Jan 30, 2004 (4:16 am)
I'm thinking of buying a used 2000 convertible GT to enjoy the LA sunshine. But I see that Ford are offering 0% finance on new cars. I think I can get a 2000 GT convertible with 50k miles for about $13,000 which is about 50% down on the price of a new one. I would be paying cash but 0% finance sounds really good.
How reliable are 2000 GT used models, would the potential maintenance trouble make the new car seem better value ? What would the 2000 GT be worth in another 3 years time ?
Also, is the V8 GT that much better than the standard V6, is it worth the extra money ? and stick shifts are no problem, I drive them all the time.
Does anyone have any comments ?
Jan 30, 2004 (8:05 am)
You can clean the engine compartment by covering the battery, fusebox and airfilter with plastic bags, and then using Simple Green cleaner (spray it on everything), followed by *gently* hosing it off. Check the owner's manual too...it has specific instructions.
#1054 of 2125 2000 Mustang? Go for it!
Jan 30, 2004 (10:15 am)
bmolloy, I'd say go for it! Mustangs are pretty reliable at this point...sure there are small "annoyance" problems (mine is full of 'em), but the powertrain is solid, the suspension is dated but a known quantity, and it's pretty durable.
Plus Mustangs are perhaps some of the most entertaining cars in their price range...maybe not strictly the fastest, but you can have more fun in them than most competitors (which is what you'll remember years later). 'Verts are esp. nice I think.
V8 definitely worth the money. The power differential between the two levels is quite noticable, esp. the torque. Also, V8 exhaust sound is one of the best on Earth from a factory...
The V8s also hold their value much better the 6cyls.
Having said that, the V6 still a good car though and plenty of fun; 5spd is a must though if you really want to wring the power out of it.
Jan 30, 2004 (1:09 pm)
John_324 thanks for your comments .. I'm convinced .. a V8 with 5spd will be it then. Thanks again
Feb 01, 2004 (12:07 am)
If I bought the Mustang privately, say off a classified advertisement in LA, would the seller have to charge me Sales Tax on top of the agreed price, which I think is 8.5% ?
or do private sellers generally include that tax when they advertise vehicles ?
#1058 of 2125 Mustang GT in the Winter
Feb 01, 2004 (12:32 pm)
I am Interested in buying an 02 GT and i am wondering how bad it would be in Chicago Winters if i bought a good set of Winter tires would it help and how much? how would it compare to a 98 taurus.
Feb 01, 2004 (2:40 pm)
from what i have read as long as you buy a certain kind of tires you will be ok. i have heard many people reccomend the blizzak tires. again i havent tried them so dont take my word for it but it wouldnt hurt to check some prices online.
#1060 of 2125 Bad repair service
Feb 01, 2004 (7:31 pm)
Is anyone else having bad repair experiences with Ford dealers when it involves parts under warranty? With me, they did not do the proper tests on my car while the defective part(s) was still under warranty. Then as soon as the warranty expired, they suggested an additional test that they should've done in the 1st place. When my '95 Mustang was new I had to continually add coolant & when I complained in '95/'96 they did only a pressure test & told me everything was fine. But when the warranty expired they immediately suggested another test for internal leaks only to find out I had a defective head gasket & had to pay for the repairs because it was too late for it to be covered by the warranty. To make things worse, when the repair job also had an internal leak, once again they wouldn't do the proper diagnostics & kept on insisting they couldn't find any leaks & that it was normal to have to add coolant on a regular basis. I'll never buy a Ford again. Is anyone else also having these kinds of experiences?
Feb 02, 2004 (5:56 am)
bmolloy, I can't speak specifically for California, but in most states, sales tax is paid when you go to register the vehicle. It will be based on the purchase price, but the private seller does not collect the tax. The state will gladly take care of that
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