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Getting a 2002 GT let me know what you think.

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Old 05-24-2013, 02:26 PM   #1
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Hey guys just dropping down in a couple forums to get some advise on a 2002 GT im about to buy. In my standing i believe its a deal to jump on. Heres the link...
http://kansascity.craigslist.org/cto/3772501836.html

Quick description if link does not work. 2002 GT black, fully loaded with mach stereo leather everything. Has 29000 on the clock. Second owner car, was related to previous owner. Car has never seen rain or a wash bay. Only things that have been done are k&n intake and flowmaster exhaust.

I have checked out the car, drove it. My first impression was wow. Super clean car obviously well taken care of. Found 3 flaws. Thats it. For the price of 10900 im ok with it. We did have a service engine light on, thinking cause of the intake? Opinions? Also the steering wheel was off center. My brother said his is to (99 GT w/23k) not a big deal. Do have a ford mechanic in the household. Thoughts? Things i need to look out for? Thanks guys!
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Old 05-24-2013, 03:10 PM   #2
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There are great buys out there. From what you describe, I'd jump on it. However, listen to the engine, transmission, and axles for rumbles, whines, ticks, clicks, and knocks.

What color was the oil on the dipstick... black? brown? honey gold? Is there a Carfax or maintenance record?

I got an '04 GT last year with 47,000 miles and several mods for $11,000. It was clean and well maintained.
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Old 05-24-2013, 04:16 PM   #3
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Why is the steering wheel off center? Alignment?

Why would a car with 29,000 need an alignment? Curb or crash.

If the car has no accident damage, the wheel wasn't off center from the factory, so that means somebody took it off and put in on incorrectly? What repair required removal of the steering wheel?

A K&N filter or intake will not trigger and engine check light. Have your Ford mechanic check the error codes via the OBDII port.

I'd also want paperwork on the cars service history. With only 29,000 miles but 11 years, has the brake fluid, ATF/transmission oil, coolant etc. ever been changed?

The low mileage doesn't change the fact it's eleven years old.
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Old 05-24-2013, 06:31 PM   #4
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the streering wheel looks way WAY off center. Look at how the wheels are cut and then the direction of the steering wheel.

for $10K you can find a 2005 GT...
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Old 05-24-2013, 07:19 PM   #5
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the streering wheel looks way WAY off center. Look at how the wheels are cut and then the direction of the steering wheel.

for $10K you can find a 2005 GT...
For real! The steering wheel is cut WAYYYY left and the wheels are a good 30 degrees right. Unless the car was moved during the shoot, that is absurd. Seems like he'd have fixed that before trying to sell it if it is fixable for less than a fortune. Get a car fax and an estimate on that steering wheel fix.
Edit: Just looked again. You can see from the visible steering wheel spoke in the front right view that it wasnt moved. I'd pass on it for anything over 6,500. unless that is fixed and a clean car fax.
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For crying out loud, it's not a steering wheel fix. It's fixing whatever is bent, broken, crashed and not fixed correctly at the other end of the steering column.
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For crying out loud, it's not a steering wheel fix. It's fixing whatever is bent, broken, crashed and not fixed correctly at the other end of the steering column.
Thanks for pointing that out, Captain Obvious.
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NADA says retail 9500.00. So for one he's asking too much, what else is he hiding?
At the most it's 100.00 for an alignment, I would tread carefully.
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Thanks for pointing that out, Captain Obvious.
Obviously, it wasn't that obvious to you.
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Obviously, it wasn't that obvious to you.
Is there anyone in your life that thinks as highly of you as you do? You are a legend in your on mind. You should pack up that Steeda high performance pic-nic kit and and treat yourself to some humble pie.

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Is there anyone in your life that thinks as highly of you as you do? You are a legend in your on mind. You should pack up that Steeda high performance pic-nic kit and and treat yourself to some humble pie.
Why? You're a never ending source of entertainment.

By the way, you should have written, "Is there anyone in your life WHO thinks as highly of you? You are a legend in your OWN mind."

Picnic is one word. Are you Yogi Bear? If you are, it's pic-a-nic.

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Just how off is the steering wheel? If it was a crash, someone did a hell of a job repairing it. I can't see the drivers side, but the paint work is really good. It may be something simple.
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Just how off is the steering wheel? If it was a crash, someone did a hell of a job repairing it. I can't see the drivers side, but the paint work is really good. It may be something simple.
you can do a lot of damage to the chassis without touching the body panels. I did it myself back in 1983. Less than $200 at the body shop and almost $4,000 in mechanical repairs and chassis straightening.
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To cover a few things for you guys...
I payed 40 dollars for the carfax. Absolutely clean. My dad is a state trooper, he knows some vin checkers people dont have access to. Again came up clean. I cant explain the pictures but when i drove the car the wheel was not far off at all. Just slightly enough to bother me. My brother who is the ford mechanic looked over the engine bay and undercarridge good. Everything was bone dry and super clean considering its never seen rain.

I heard someone say about looking for any signs of body work. Again i looked over body lines and all angles of sun for different paint matching and everything matches. Body lines perfect. For being a black car the paint is in excellent condition.

Alot of you are worried about the price. Im assuming its alot different from the areas you guys are from. The kbb on the car is 10700. Everything i have found on craigslist for this price has 70k miles+++ i have looked everyday for the last 2 months and nothing compares to this one. I found a 05 i really liked i think for somewhere around 11500$.called the guy and had wayy to many miles for my liking. I want a lowish mile car that hasnt been modded because i like to start with a clean slate. Its gonna be a fun play around car till it can be a trade in on a 2003/04 cobra...(waiting for truck to be payed off) SO in the mean time i think i could enjoy this car.
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KBB is inflated, the majority of car sales/salesmen, etc use NADA. You might doing yourself a favor.
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KBB is inflated, the majority of car sales/salesmen, etc use NADA. You might doing yourself a favor.
They don't use nada anymore. They go by what they are selling for at auction. They also use what is called the black book.

I think KBB does not reflect real world sales of vehicles.

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Looks like you have checked it out pretty good. The clean Car Fax would make me less leary of it. With your brother, the Ford mechanic giving it a thumbs up, I'd go for it if the seller would drop down to 9,500 or maybe 10,000. It is a beautiful car with very low miles. If it turns out to have serious steering problems, at least you have a Ford mechanic in the family to help with repairs.

P.S.- Sonic Mustang; If you are going to be the spelling and grammar police, perhaps you should go re-read your embarrasing attacks on Mr. Granatelli in which you made some serious errors in the very posts where you attacked HIS english skills. ... Ya *****.

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its still an 11 year old car... offer 9 flat.
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^ +1.
DRAGUL they do still use NADA, at least in my neck of the woods. I just sold my truck last year, and what came out of the salemans pocket? A little NADA guide.
If they only went by auction prices no one would make any money.
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DRAGUL they do still use NADA, at least in my neck of the woods. I just sold my truck last year, and what came out of the salemans pocket? A little NADA guide.
If they only went by auction prices no one would make any money.
As a used car dealer, I can confirm that we don't use the NADA. Black book is used along with what they are selling for at auction.
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