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How long do GT S197's last?

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Old 06-20-2013, 04:15 AM   #1
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I picked up a Red with Red Leather Interior 2005 GT Premium with 20,200 or so miles.
How many miles does this generation last? Should it have a long life ahead of it relatively drama-free?
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Old 06-20-2013, 08:13 AM   #2
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No one can ever say how long a car will last....You have a mustang that's 8 yrs old, so don't worry about it and enjoy! You could probably ensure it's longevity by performing the required maint though. Congrats
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Of course! I've rarely had a car where I just had to do maintenance. Normally I have to pour a ton of money into non-maintenance parts like alternators or brake boosters of gas tanks so this should be an interesting case.
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There are some items on the early S197 - ball joints come to mind - that wear prematurely, but outside of that, very few issues. You should expect a long life from your new ride. 150-200K isn't uncommon.
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There are some items on the early S197 - ball joints come to mind - that wear prematurely, but outside of that, very few issues. You should expect a long life from your new ride. 150-200K isn't uncommon.
Luckily for me I bought it at a ford dealership and got a premium warranty that covers "500+ items" so if non maintenance items go it'll be replaced on the house. This comes from my past experience with cars giving me migraines.
You know, for what it is, it rides really well, and it takes corners like it's on rails compared to my last car (a 1964 impala, or the Lincoln town car I drive frequently)
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Well anythings going to feel like it drives on rails compared to a 64 Impala haha.
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Well anythings going to feel like it drives on rails compared to a 64 Impala haha.
There was a guy going into my lane from the other direction and I quickly moved my steering wheel and it was so fast, so abrupt yet it kept it's composure, no tire squealing or lean at all, it's like being on a different planet, I'm sorry I'm just not used to good handling lol
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Nothing beats driving a Mustang GT 5 mph below the speed limit in the slow lane, that's the kind of driver I am.
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ha going from the 64 impala to this is a massive handling change.
just keep up to date on fluids and you should be fine for 150k+, until you have to add more power

beware the alternators on our stangs like to really play mind games with you, cam sensor codes etc
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Here she is, ain't she a beauty? I didn't put on the fake hood pins or the GT300 decal so I'm not a ricer, I promise.
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No more can a doctor tell you how long you'll live can anyone predict how long a car will last. Unlike my 5 previous and my current Toyota's, I'm sure the S197 will need some minor maintenance beyond your normal fluids, brakes and tires over it's course but quite a few folks have over 150k miles. I know that all of my pre-80's cars were on deaths doorstep by 100k miles but the domestics HAD to do something to compete with the reliability and longevity of the imports and fare better beyond 100k compared to years ago.
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There was a guy going into my lane from the other direction and I quickly moved my steering wheel and it was so fast, so abrupt yet it kept it's composure, no tire squealing or lean at all, it's like being on a different planet, I'm sorry I'm just not used to good handling lol
Post a pic of your car. I have a feeling it doesn't have the stock suspension any longer.
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Post a pic of your car. I have a feeling it doesn't have the stock suspension any longer.
From what I gather(the trim package level, basically fully loaded minus the shaker 1000-had the shaker 500) and from the area it was registered in I'm going to assume the guy had money so... Maybe... It Doesn't even have a CAI though, you'd think if he went for performance he'd slap that on though.
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If the guy had money he wouldn't have installed fake hood pins and the GT300 decal.
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From what I gather(the trim package level, basically fully loaded minus the shaker 1000-had the shaker 500) and from the area it was registered in I'm going to assume the guy had money so... Maybe... It Doesn't even have a CAI though, you'd think if he went for performance he'd slap that on though.
Ah, didn't realize there was a pic on page 2. That does look like stock springs, but could have aftermarket shocks/struts. My car had lots of body roll compared to after lowering, changing shocks and pretty much all the suspension parts.
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Ah, didn't realize there was a pic on page 2. That does look like stock springs, but could have aftermarket shocks/struts. My car had lots of body roll compared to after lowering, changing shocks and pretty much all the suspension parts.
Maybe, since I'm used to driving 50 year old cars and cars based off 35 year old cars (CVPIs and Lincoln Town Cars) that in comparison the car feels like it remains flat in comparison.
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I'm at 140k miles, and haven't done anything besides regular fluid changes and 1 set of brake pads. I did do a precautionary plug change last year. Car is not stock and I beat on it occasionally. I don't think you have anything to worry about regarding longevity.
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