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#2073 of 2125 Re: comments on 1999 Mustang coupe @$2000? [balthazarw]
Dec 29, 2007 (3:07 pm)
$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.
#2074 of 2125 Re: '02 GT short throw shifter? [highroller2]
Dec 29, 2007 (3:14 pm)
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!
#2075 of 2125 Re: Disparity between Edmunds and KBB [waterdr]
Dec 29, 2007 (4:18 pm)
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.
#2076 of 2125 Re: Disparity between Edmunds and KBB [borg1of2]
Dec 29, 2007 (10:14 pm)
Clean GT verts will always get money! I would think you could sell that car for $6000 - $6500....maybe even more. If someone offered you $8k for it, I would think that was pretty much a top price. The 1996 - 1998 models are somewhat less desirable then the 99+ and the the Fox Body's since they suffered from a bad head design. This does not result in mechanical problems per se, but makes them a bit underpowered.
However, finding a clean Fox Body GT Vert is becomming hard to find. As a result, I have seen the prices push up on them in the last year or so....not crazy money, but I have seen people asking $8 - $10k for them. This is good news for guys like you, because it will help the value of your car. The fact that you could get $6k for a 10 year old car that sold for $18k new (I think) with 100k miles is pretty dam good.
Unless you have to get rid of it, or are just tired and done with the car, you could probably keep it and either not loose much on it or even make a few bucks in the next few years.
A few things that will help the value other then the obvious are if the car is 100% original. Modifications do nothing for the value. Minor things are fine, but anything that has altered the exterior....make it look personalized generally detract from the price. Also, depending on where you live, the winter is not a good time to sell a vert. The seats on these cars are a problem. They all look worn after a while. They can be re-surfaced for under a grand and it would do well to help sell, but probably not a good investment unles syou were planning on keeping for a while.
If you are ready to sell, there are a lot of great web forums out there with people looking for Mustangs such as www.modulardepot.com; www.stangnet.com; and www.americanmuscle.com. While you might move the car there, it is hard to get top $ on these sites because people there know too much.
Sometimes just throwing a 4-Sale on it and driving the kids (if you have them) to the local Ice Cream shop makes a potential buyer salivate. They see themselves in a situation like this and want to have it. There are a lot of folks out there who have always wanted a Mustang Vert and many of these folks think nothing of $6 - $7k.
What kind of price were you hoping for?
Jan 10, 2008 (3:58 pm)
I have a 96 Mustang 3.8L. My check engine light came on with the codes P0156, P0401, and P0174. We replaced the 02 sensor in bank 2 and nothing has changed. If any one has any solutions please let me know.
#2078 of 2125 99' mustang snapping tensioners
Jan 23, 2008 (7:11 am)
put a Vortec V-1 supercharger on and have snapped two tensioner in half. Anyone know where I can get one that wont brake?
#2079 of 2125 1983 ford mustang
Jan 23, 2008 (5:20 pm)
ok i have a green 1983 ford mustang 3.8 L
it is a convertable
the interior is in OK condition (seats torn)
the body is in good shape, a few dints and dings here and there and a little bit of chipped paint
there is only 3 miles on the engine
i am curious as to how much i can get out of my car if i were to put 1000 miles on it
everything works fine and it runs like a champ
#2080 of 2125 1983? with a V6?
Jan 25, 2008 (10:37 am)
Did you do the conversion yourself?
#2081 of 2125 Re: 1983 ford mustang [wowzerz]
Jan 25, 2008 (8:34 pm)
On a car of that age, it is really hard to say w/o seeing it.
Minus: 1983 and a V-6
If the paint still "pops" and the interior is clean, you might get $2000. Otherwise, less. Maybe $2500 tops, but I would not be surprised if it got $1500.
As a comparison....a super-clean 91 GT Vert with lower miles might get $8k.
Anyone else have any thoughts?