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Old 11-06-2005, 02:10 PM   #1
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Default Fox Body VS SN95

I have been actively looking for a car for my 17 y/o daughter, Crystal, and we can't agree on what to get -- a Foxbody V8 vs SN95 V8. I prefer the SN95 because I believe parts overall are more accessible and it has a more modern interior. Her guy friends and father are trying to convince me to get a Foxbody.

From what I have seen here around town and on the internet, a good, clean Foxbody 5.0 costs just as much as a 94-95 5.0 so I am leaning towards the SN95. I am not concerned about the insurance at this point, just reliability to get my daughter to school and work safely.

We found a decent looking 85 Fox 5.0 with a sunroof yesterday at a car lot and it looks like it has at least 300K miles on it. Considering its age, we are hoping it has a relatively new engine in it, but won't know until we test drive it on Monday. From what I can tell, the rear bumper is not original because there is yellow paint exposed and the front bumper has a crack in it which is livable. The interior looks like it has been taken care of.

My husband says we should jump on it if the price is right. I told him we'll see and that if he likes it that much that he should buy it for himself and race it. Believe it or not he said HE JUST MIGHT! Crystal and I are always talking about mustangs so I guess he got mustang fever from just listening to us!

My daughter is the one paying for the vehicle so she'll have to keep it for at least 2-3 years. We are not in a rush to purchase a car since we have until June. I am a very picky person and try to get most bang for the buck.

I would really appreciate it if you would give me some REALLY GOOD REASONS for purchasing a Fox vs. SN95, and your opinions should not necessarily relate to the above described car. They should relate to ANY CAR that we may consider in the future.

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Old 11-06-2005, 02:24 PM   #2
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Hm, to most people at least, a SN95 looks better than a fox body.
Sn95 has 5-lug wheels, 4 wheel antilock disc brakes, airbags (i'm not sure if the 93-earlier do or dont)

If you go the fox body way, make sure it's fuel injected... carbeurators (sp) arent really the most fun things to work with.

Also, dont just think about the engine when you're looking into buying cars. A very high mileage car will most likely need it suspension gone through... which can cost upwards of $1000

Parts are just as easily accessible for both SN95 and Fox bodies, although there is more of an aftermarket for bolt on engine parts for the fox body... but these can usually be adapted to the SN95

And remember, when you test drive the car, bring someone along who isnt invested in the car (who doesnt think it's the best thing on the face of the earth) and take their honest opinion... the little things that you might ignore or not see will be blatantly obvious to them
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Old 11-06-2005, 02:31 PM   #3
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i would personally go with the SN95. i have a 95 GT and love it, i like the lines better for the street and show, but if i were to go to the track i would be driving a fox (it just has that bas a$$ look about it).
Also i like that it is fuel injected rather than a carb, you can work with a carb more but the fuel injection is a little more reliable in my opinion.
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Old 11-06-2005, 02:43 PM   #4
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Your going to buy a v8 for a 17 year old???? get her a v6 stang, and the 94+ do have airbags and 4 wheel brakes and safer then the older foxes. I ve been alot of close calls and even minor accidents in my fox, i m lucky i m a lil older and wiser now.
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Old 11-06-2005, 02:53 PM   #5
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Your going to buy a v8 for a 17 year old???? get her a v6 stang, and the 94+ do have airbags and 4 wheel brakes and safer then the older foxes. I ve been alot of close calls and even minor accidents in my fox, i m lucky i m a lil older and wiser now.
And yeah, about the v8 thing... i was 17 when i got my first car ('67 mustang.... 200ci six cylinder) And it was slow. However, i still managed to drive it like a race car. Kinda. A year later i sold it and got my 94 GT. I'll just say i got 13 mpg for a reason. And of course, my parents were all "omg you're such a good driver" because i went like 5 under whenever they were in the car.

It can be done, but most people will destroy themselves with a v8 in their first car, sometimes not even because they want to go fast or kick the tail out around a corner... or do a 3 minute long burnout.... but because they can.
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Old 11-06-2005, 03:03 PM   #6
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Your going to buy a v8 for a 17 year old???? get her a v6 stang, and the 94+ do have airbags and 4 wheel brakes and safer then the older foxes. I ve been alot of close calls and even minor accidents in my fox, i m lucky i m a lil older and wiser now.
Why not? I learned how to drive with a V8 when I was 17 -- an LTD. I realize that it was a boat compared to a sports car. I have taught her that whatever car she gets, it's a weapon and how dangerous it is. If she wants to drive fast, she will, no matter which type of car she has. They all go up to 120 mph or more. I feel that if she has a really nice looking car, interior/exterior wise, and she pays for it herself completely, she will take better care of it. I AM NOT GOING TO GIVE HER A CAR. I told her that if she wrecks it, she will not have a way to get to work or college next year. Plain and simple.

Not only that people on the forum have voiced that the V6 has had engine problems and I really don't want to deal with that.
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Old 11-06-2005, 03:12 PM   #7
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same way that i was brought up...got to respect the power!
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Old 11-06-2005, 03:24 PM   #8
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I am living now in Warner Robins, GA. I still consider myself a California girl because I have lived the majority of my life in Sacramento. California is still considered home even after living here for 8 years. I hate the weather and the fire ants here!!!!!!!!!!! I can't wait for the day I have the opportunity to leave.

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Old 11-06-2005, 03:34 PM   #9
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i live in illinois, born and raised. hope to make it out to cali eventually but dont know when.
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Old 11-06-2005, 06:48 PM   #10
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I can't wait to get to cali too. I hear the streets are paved with cheese!

If I were looking for a 5.0, I would look for whichever one was in better condition. They both have their good and bad sides, but I'd go fox. The fox is lighter and smaller and probably a little easier to drive as a first car, but it's gonna be a little older and more likely higher mileage. Parts for foxes are cheaper than the sn95's too. The later lx's are purdy, that's for sure.
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Old 11-06-2005, 08:45 PM   #11
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Why dont you find out from her which one she likes best? Have her go out and test drive both, then let her decide. She's buying the car, after all. Check with insurance as for the rates too, i dont think either of them should be through the roof, at 17 mine cost the same as it would have on a honda civic
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Old 11-06-2005, 11:17 PM   #12
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Why dont you find out from her which one she likes best? Have her go out and test drive both, then let her decide. She's buying the car, after all. Check with insurance as for the rates too, i dont think either of them should be through the roof, at 17 mine cost the same as it would have on a honda civic
I forgot about all the newest safety features like the air bags, anti lock brakes as well as the improved gas mileage with the SN95. I was just thinking that I am finally going to get a car!
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Old 11-06-2005, 11:32 PM   #13
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You could always buy mine.... ( http://www.94mustang.mypicgallery.com )

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dont know what everyone else thingks, but most (90%) of teens should not learn to drive with a rwd v8... just isnt the safest thing to do

i learned in my 89 Grand Marquis v8, no alb, no TC, no airbags. fortunately i had no urge to be a speed demon and rarely caught myself doing stupid things..

i know that whenever i have a kid, he/she will get a fwd vehicle with lots of safety features, cause learning to drive a car is one thing

that first winter alone is quite another
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I agree with the statement that you can go fast in any car (had a 4banger that ate post 98 vettes for lunch at the drag strip), but the more power you have, the more likely you are to use it at ever occasion possible. (I.E. shooting across the intersection in a really tight break of traffic). I am 17, and am getting a stang in the next 2 months or so I can't be a hypocrit and say it shouldn't happen, but I have also been driving on a hardship liscence since I was 14. Not to say that I have became the perfect drive in 3 years, just saying the stang will be my 5th vehicle and I have learned to respect power from many, many close, and I mean close calls to dying from stupidity (aka jumping hills at 90+ mph, spinning 180 degrees across a interstate median at 100mph, and outrunning the police, not that they wern't waiting at my doorstep with my parents when I got home).
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i know that whenever i have a kid, he/she will get a fwd vehicle with lots of safety features, cause learning to drive a car is one thing

that first winter alone is quite another
I actually find fwd vehicles harder to drive than rwd cars, because of torque steer and all that good-ness. But anywho, i still think that you should let her choose whatever car she wants, especially if she's paying for it.

If you can't find the cars she's looking for right away, go to used car dealers (or even new ones) and just ask them to take test drives.. (i used to do that when i was bored).... Just dont let her drive an '05 mustang, or she'll be wanting it, even the 'little' six cylinder lol
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Yea. Tq steer is exactly what my teg did to throw my aross the interstate. That combined with falken azenis up fron and bald $5 junk yard specials in the rear promoted a hellavolute of oversteer. Even with the quaife torson LSD. BTW, I vote fox body. Plain old good american sexyness. She'll have car nuts like me chasing her them, lol.
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I vote for an SN95....because.....ugh, im ashamed to say this....its a little more.....girlish than a foxbody. Plus it has better safety features and will most likely be more reliable and last longer for her.
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get her a v6 or a 4 cylinder 5 speed because they aren't that slow if you get one with the dual plugs seeing as how i had a 1993 notch 5 speed, and i currently have a 1990 hatch auto and there is a BIG difference, and if i had a v8 i more than likey would have killed myself now because i do drive my car lites its a race car even though its slow as hell.. personly i would say get a v6 sn95 because they aren't going to be too fast but there fast enough, get good gas milage, have a nice body style look, are reliable, and are pretty good on insurance.
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i say let her decide. its her car and shes payin for it. now, onto the whole v6 vs v8 thing. i would have more respect for a v8 car, and drive it more precautiously where i would pound on a beater POS. also, if it is a v8 there is a better chance that the previous owners(s) took better care of it.
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