I'm new to the forums, and don't have hardly any knowledge on cars except for what I've learnt from my father and so on.
I just purchased a 1995 Ford Mustang 3.8L with 133,000 miles on it. I got it for $1,800 by the way.
At any rate, the previous owner did not care for it one bit, whatsoever! I don't think it's EVER had a tuneup of any kind. I know they changed the oil and that's pretty much it. The vehicle does need work, but I REALLY need to know about this one problem before I start sinking any kind of money in it.
When the car is idling, it just purrs. The motor kinda' jars a bit, but my Dad says that's the miss in it from the bad gas. It's never had injector cleaner or anything like that. But, when you give it gas it gets a knocking sound when the RPMs get to round 12 or 14 k. My uncle is usually pretty good with vehicles, and he claims it has to light and thin of oil and a crappy and possibly collapsed oil filter. My Dad agreed, and also said the PCV (I think) is messed up to.
My question is, do I have a chance with this vehicle? Or am I going to have to rebuild the motor?
P.S. The heat didn't work because the core was stopped up with rust. We flushed both it and the radiator at home but no acid dip pro job. We changed the water pump when it leaked to a brand new one. No leakage now and the heat works great. But that knock is a scary sound to hear. I really don't have much money so any simple suggestions, possible solutions, or anything of the nature will be greatly appreciated.
I'll check this thread often in hopes of a response. Thanks in advance guys!