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Old 08-09-2008, 11:50 AM
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Hope I am posting this in the right place; if I am not please excuse me and direct me.

I am looking at a 95 Mustang Convert with the 5.0 engine/5 speed. I have never owned a mustang.... or a ford for that matter. The car has 108,xxx miles on it, it has 17" rims and has been lowered. I am going to look at the car tomorrow and I need some information on what to look for on the stangs as far as possible toruble spots; also how many miles can be put on these motors without worrying about a rebuild? I am mechanically inclined - so please be as straight forward with me about the car as possible...

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michael

here are some pictures of the car:
http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q...g/rustang8.jpg
http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q...g/rustang6.jpg
http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q...g/rustang5.jpg
http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q...g/rustang4.jpg
http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q...ng/rustang.jpg
http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q...g/rustang3.jpg
http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q...g/rustang2.jpg

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Old 08-09-2008, 12:35 PM
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the 302 can handle an easy 300-400k before major problems.... but it all depends on how its treated and maintained
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looks clean. throw it up on a lift and take a look at the torque boxes. that is where the rear control arms bolt up to the body. its a good spot to judge how hard the car has been driven.
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Old 08-09-2008, 12:58 PM
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Thanks for the fast replys fellas. What am I looking for at the torque boxes that shows how heavy it was ran? Will I see worn out bushings? or something else?

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the boxes themselves usually get all beat up. bent, cracked, etc...
if the car was driven nicely, you shouldn't see any damage
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I really doubt that car has been hammered on......looks good.. drive it and peer underneath and look for any obvious things wrong
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Ok thanks - good info, that helps alot - if anyone else has any comments please continue. thanks!!!!!!!!
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Old 08-10-2008, 11:56 PM
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well i went and looked at it - looks even better in pictures, cranks and runs fine - everything seems to work fine except the clock on the dash. I looked at the torque boxes and they looked perfect, no stress marks could be seen.

I had a few questions after looking at it, he gave me some info and I wanted to make sure it is all correct, he has been very upfront with me aboute everything, I just want another opinion

1. airbag light.... when the sensor gets wet it throws the light on - when it dries it goes off, is this common?

2. a/c - the a/c compressor works fine, pumps cool air, but he told me they are notorious for going bad due to the seal design inside, how often does this happen?

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