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Old 05-15-2011, 08:41 PM   #21  
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That's good news.
The carfax will be worth it though. You wanna make sure nothing's being hidden from you.
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Old 05-15-2011, 09:05 PM   #22  
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Alright, i pulled the carfax, and it actually surprised me. The odometer has rolled over, so the vehicle actually has 179,000 on it. I'm not really sure if that changes things for me as a buyer, it's still in the same condition whether i percieved it to have 80k, or 180k miles. Any thoughts gentlemen?
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Yeah, I'll give it a try! Is the stiff clutch pedal a big issue? or could it be an upgraded clutch that's harder to disengage? I don't have much 5-speed experience. I've only owned one, and it's an '88 accord....an infant could push the clutch in
That's a good question, and I guess it really depends on how hard it is and whether that's normal to your type of car. I've got a '87 Jeep Wrangler that has a clutch that requires a little more than other cars I've been in. But then again the trans in it is CRAP.

You're better off getting an opinion from one of the guys who actually owns a foxbody. They'll chime in.
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Old 05-15-2011, 09:13 PM   #24  
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Alright, i pulled the carfax, and it actually surprised me. The odometer has rolled over, so the vehicle actually has 179,000 on it. I'm not really sure if that changes things for me as a buyer, it's still in the same condition whether i percieved it to have 80k, or 180k miles. Any thoughts gentlemen?
Woah, that's a big deal in my book. You're talking A LOT more wear on every part of the car.

Did the previous owner know this? I wonder if he knew and was trying to pass the car off as an 80k original car.

Show this to the PO, and you should definitely be able to bring the price down. I wouldn't pay any more than 2,500, if even that, knowing the mileage now.
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Old 05-15-2011, 09:20 PM   #25  
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yeah, it said the odometer rolled over probably about 1998 or 1999. I bet no one has pulled a carfax on it since then, and carfax has only recently began growing in popularity. I called the guy and talked to him about it, he said obviously it makes sense for a car that old and that he just thought it was 80k. I don't doubt him, and he's willing to meet my $2500 price if i bring him the carfax and show him. Honestly i still feel pretty good about the car, I can't find ANY in the same price range locally that are in better condition with the combo i want. As long as no one thinks that clutch could be something crazy i'll probably ****** it up tomorrow. It'll at least be a clean, albeit old, slate to start working with. I wasn't looking for a collector car anyway lol.
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Old 05-15-2011, 10:24 PM   #26  
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after negotiating i got the price to $2800,

1. The clutch pedal is seriously hard to push in and hold, could that be a problem? The current owner was told by the previous owner that the car had recently received a new clutch. And the clutch engages when the pedal is lifted off of the floor only a couple inches. Is this normal or can it be adjusted?!
yes good price, clutch issue could and probably is a good aftermarket clutch.....even ford motorsport is notocible....engaging 1" to 1/2" off the floor is good

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2. the speedometer is erratic, it just bounces all over the place and reads about 120-140 (still bouncing) when at freeway speeds of 60-70. I figured this will just be the speedo cable, but my main concern with it is the mileage. the car only reads 79,xxx miles, but if the speedo is busted could that effect the odometer reading? or are they seperate? I'm worried the mileage listed on the odometer might not be accurate
your absolutlely right....speedo is probably chewed and in my thought incorrect
mileage will be off too......car year + current rear gear ratio is needed and sometimes not that easy to fix




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3. the driver seat has a sort of "gangster" lean to it lol. it leans to the right. I didn't get to dig in, but i figured it might just be a bracket or something bent/broke that could maybe be easily repaired with some fab work or a new seat altogether. Is this a common issue or one that anyone else has seen?
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yes common...make sure its the set mount and not the floor pan broke
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Old 05-16-2011, 01:45 AM   #27  
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While we're on the topic of buying a Fox, is there a specific year between 87-93 to either look for and/or stay away from when looking to buy? I own an 05, but would love to find either a Fox 5.0 as close to stock as possible. I'm just curious if there are certain years where there may have been a common problem or two..Thanks..
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I know that most people recommend a mass air car over speed density for better response to modifications. So 89-93, and 1988 model year california cars
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Old 05-16-2011, 11:52 AM   #29  
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93 didnt have forged pistons
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Which ones did have forged pistons? I was unaware that any stock 5.0's were forged
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