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Old 07-23-2014, 08:39 PM   #1
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My son is turning 16 soon. We have been shopping Mustangs for awhile. Made a deal today on a 2005 v6 today. Will buy it tomorrow and have the opportunity to check it out better. 131k miles, but in great shape. Number of issues that I will address. Looking for any direction or feedback on the issues.

Right rear is making a noise. Thinking it is an axle bearing. Kind of a howl or a whoop whoop whoop. Love describing sounds with words!

Ujoint in drive shaft is bad. Typical clunk when changing to reverse.

Oil Fill tube on valve cover is cracked. Looks like someone overtighted. Guessing a replacement valve cover is in order.

Any advice on what to check? Brakes & tires were good. shocks/struts all seem good.
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Old 07-24-2014, 03:44 PM   #2
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Check the thermostat housing. They are made out of plastic and notorious for warping and cracking due to the heat. You will see coolant leaking between where the upper/lower housing connects.
Also, check all of the cluster gauges and verify they all work. My RPM, temperature and gas gauges worked intermittently. It has to do with the stepper motors going bad and eventually needing replaced.
I would also check and make sure the e-brake works fine. Mine froze to the caliper several years back during a winter/ice storm. Some have damaged the cable due to driving the car with the e-brake cable while frozen.
If the car is a manual, obviously make sure the clutch is in good working condition. The clutch should shift fairly smooth and engage quickly. I had to replace out my OEM clutch at 65K miles. The slave cylinder/throw out bearing went bad and I could barely shift into any gear.
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Old 07-24-2014, 05:18 PM   #3
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Check around the edges of the hood for bubbling paint (a known problem with aluminum hoods). I'd also pull the front passenger floor mat and look for any evidence of water infiltration (staining or musty smell). This is a big problem with the S197's, though avoidable with regular care. They probably won't let you pull the kick panel to check for rust on the Smart Junction Box but you can look under the dash with a flashlight for evidence.
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Hood is good. No indication of water infiltration that I can see. Emergency brake is not connected; will need to investigate where it is broken. Gauges seem to work fine. Need to check thermostat.

Known issues:
Clunk in front suspension.
Axle seal and bearing on right side are bad. Planned repair this weekend. Should be a quick fix, infamous last words.
E-brake not connected to anything.
Drive shaft has lots of play and a vibration. Thinking rear CV joint.??
Fan speed does not change. Taking apart dash tomorrow at lunch to see if switch properly connected or bad switch.
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Old 07-24-2014, 10:09 PM   #5
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I see you have eibach springs. The seller included brand new eibach springs, bump stops, and dust covers. Good springs? Any issues? Did it require alignment after installation?
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Old 07-24-2014, 10:12 PM   #6
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Those problems sound a lot like the 05 V6 I traded in a while back, though it may just be coincidence considering you're in TX.

By any chance, is this the mustang you bought?
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If not, you have my congratulations anyway.
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Old 07-25-2014, 07:38 AM   #7
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No. This one is red. Thanks for the concern though. Research indicates they are common issues with this vehicle.
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Yeah, regarding the e-brake issue, my mechanic said that the way Ford runs the cable makes it susceptible to pinching and snapping (between the chassis and fuel tank IIRC). I was quoted $80 for the repair.
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Inside the center console, there is an opening behind the parking brake. Obviously, there is something missing. What is supposed to cover this area?
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I see you have eibach springs. The seller included brand new eibach springs, bump stops, and dust covers. Good springs? Any issues? Did it require alignment after installation?
Yes, I did get an alignment, after the springs settled. I waited about 100 miles or so.
They are good springs and haven't experienced any issues with them.
My old club members helped install the springs. =)
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Inside the center console, there is an opening behind the parking brake. Obviously, there is something missing. What is supposed to cover this area?
A plain black plastic cover. To be honest, I never really noticed there was a cover there before you asked. It's held on by 3 tabs (now 2 on mine).
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It's held on by 3 tabs (now 2 on mine).
Oh man, did you break one trying to see what was there?
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Yeah, but that's okay. I was curious. It still holds fine.
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That's also a place for the trunk release button the wasn't installed on the 2005, you can buy a kit that will put one there.
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change all fluids , if the car is in good running shape test all electronics. Give the engine a good couple of washes. watch for leaks and where they come from. My car at almost 61k miles is running like a champ just have to flush my transmission. consider sparks and wires if any idling problem is occurring. Might want to check out the throttle body i cleaned mine and it was gunky and dirty. All parts are actually pretty cheap if you shop online and around the forums.
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Old 07-26-2014, 09:33 PM   #16
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So, what I thought to be the axle bearing ended up being a bigger deal. The pin in the carrier that holds the axles in place, preventing the c-clips from coming out had a lot of play in the carrier. This was the clunking sound. I found a replacement rearend and swapped it out. Ouch. $400. Found one in DFW. The car is now quite. Problem solved. Now on to the clunk in the front suspension.
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That's also a place for the trunk release button the wasn't installed on the 2005, you can buy a kit that will put one there.
That could be an interesting project. May have to check into it.
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Actually wasn't hard at all. The instructions had what wires to hook it to and what ground wire to slice into!
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Congrats on our purchase!
If you are looking for an inexpensive fix to the driveshaft and the car is an automatic, I have a stock one for sale. Not sure where in Texas you are, but I'm near Austin.

These engines and cars are very reliable if taken care of properly.
Sounds like the e-brake cable is broken, which is a common problem.

As mentioned, the thermostat housing is a high-failure item on these cars.
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Congrats on our purchase!
If you are looking for an inexpensive fix to the driveshaft and the car is an automatic, I have a stock one for sale. Not sure where in Texas you are, but I'm near Austin.

These engines and cars are very reliable if taken care of properly.
Sounds like the e-brake cable is broken, which is a common problem.

As mentioned, the thermostat housing is a high-failure item on these cars.
Thanks. The driveline noise and vibration was all diff. Replaced the entire assembly with junk yard part. All good now.
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