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Will buying a 2003 Mustang be good idea?

Discussion in 'Mustang Talk' started by Destro, Jun 8, 2018.

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  1. Destro

    Destro New Member

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    I was planning on buying a mustang 2003 V6, the owner is selling it for around 2000$ , He says the problems are with tie rod ends and dynamo. And the car has 112000 miles on it .I was planning to make it a daily driver to work which is 6km of going and back. And knowing it's a old car there problems with it. I wanted to know whether the maintenance is high on these things. And should I go for it? Any input is highly appreciated.
     
  2. David Young

    David Young 5th Mustang

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    I've seen a lot of 2000-2004 v6 Mustangs around with over 200,000 miles on them. Just like any 15 year old car, It might be a great car or it might be a money pit :(
     
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    I have 213k on my '99, same car same setup. No major maintenance has been needed, except a fuel pump at 100k. If you can find out fluids have been changed regularly then you should have a generally solid car. The 3.8 is a good engine in general especially these latest ones.
     
  4. Destro

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    Yeah, I have had a bad experience with Chevy Lumina 2004 V6, there were always some sensors going bad. So I wanted to know whether the Mustangs have the same problem.

    So I should go with it? And what about the Steering tie rods, I read they constantly go bad in 4th gen Mustangs.
     
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    I don't think they are any more of an issue than any next car really. Mine got the squeaks one time, so I replaced them one time in 17 years of owning the car. I've since replaced mine with a bumpsteer kit, since mine is lowered, that has spherical bushings in it, but beside the point. Compared to other repairs like a head gasket or something (just a for instance), tie rod ends aren't hardly a huge deal to replace if they do go bad.
     
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    I have put over 150000 miles on mine got at just over 90000 miles other than fuel pump change I have been running strong. So I recommend
     
  7. 1998232v6

    1998232v6 2004 Silver Cobra

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    Before you buy any 99-04 mustang, try to get under it and check for rust. If it was kept outside I’d for sure Check. I’ve seen a bunch of the 99-04’s rusting on the quarter panels above the tires. Physically press on the quarter panel and listen for crunching. I don’t think Ford coated the exposed areas under the car very well. The rust starts out of view and then it presents in bubbles on the top side of the paint.
     
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    Buying any Mustang you find is a good idea.
     
  9. 08'MustangDude

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    Your major concern is going to be the back end of the car, from the
    rear bumper support, to the gas tank. They rust, and badly back there.
    If rusted bad enough, the gas tank falls out. My son got a 2002
    V6 with about 115,000 for $2700, and the rust is manageable because
    it was garage kept. I was going to buy it, but I needed a few more
    MPG, and it was just too low, so he bought it. Plus, a 3.8 only getting
    190 HP, when my former 3.5 V6 Charger was doing 250HP, nope...

    Shortly after, the thermostat stuck closed. The owner had been getting
    a check engine light, and claimed there was no code stored, well he
    was a liar. It was for a cylinder head over temp, and as I said, shortly
    after the thermostat failed. Luckily, there was no discernible damage to
    the motor after replacing it. IT had over heated three times, and we
    talked to the guy who sold it to us, he decided to have a hissy fit, and
    said he'll just take it back. Well, my son wanted to keep it. This dude
    is a cop too, and even when not on duty, don't know how to talk to
    people.

    He has had no problems with it otherwise.
     
  10. V6 SSTANG

    V6 SSTANG Part Time Racecar Driver

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    Header leaks, just be prepared.
     
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    I bought a 2001 v6 3.8 convetible in 2007 and put 243,000 miles on it..I loved it
    And I was hard on it the last 5 years.
    All minor repairs. .Nothing major.
    Coil packs 2 and oxygen sensors 2


    So I just bought a 40th Anniversary edition 2004 for 5k
    white on white convertible
    Everything works very well...Seriously it almost looks new...A little head turner
    It had been garaged by its owner and serviced the last 10 years by Rancho Santa Margarita ford dealership...Ive had it only for a week now
    And love it...I will be putting it through its paces though I'm traveling through the desert heading to Las Vegas from California in 110° to 120° degree temps
    At the end of this month.

    MUSTANGS FOREVER!!!!