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Old 10-15-2014, 03:00 PM   #1
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Buying a 95 5.0 or a 01 4.6

5.0 has 88k miles
4.6 has 150k
Is there a significant difference between the two engines? Which should I go with? Thanks in advance.


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Buying a 95 5.0 or a 01 4.6

Yea the engines are completely different 5.0 is an old style pushrods motor while the 4.6 is an single over head cam( one on each side ). I would go with the 5.0 but that's just me. It's easier to get parts and cheaper to get more power out of the motor


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What kind of condition are the overall cars in?


Plus you are asking in a 5.0 forum......what kind of answer are you expecting to get from here?


Different motors, different bodies, different interiors, chassis, brakes.........
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What kind of condition are the overall cars in?


Plus you are asking in a 5.0 forum......what kind of answer are you expecting to get from here?


Different motors, different bodies, different interiors, chassis, brakes.........

I've asked in the 5.0 and 4.6 sections so I can sort through bias. Also, the 5.0 has 88k miles and is in good condition. The 4.6 has 150k and is in fair condition. They are both the same price.


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What kind of condition are the overall cars in?


Different motors, different bodies, different interiors, chassis, brakes.........

Actually the 94 and 95 have the same body and interior as the 96-98 and very similar to the 99-04


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I'm sure most of us know the difference but they still are different in one way or another. So what conditions are the cars in? any problems, paint, interior. 150k miles doesn't mean anything. It could have been taking of better than a car with 80k miles
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Old 10-15-2014, 07:26 PM   #7
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Miles doesn't matter. Just how it was taken care of. My new edge has 81k miles and needs work. My old 98 gt had 194k miles and was in mint condition before I sold it. Just how people take care of it.

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So do you like Bud or Miller light?

It is a matter of opinion.

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Old 10-15-2014, 09:58 PM   #9
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Miles doesn't matter. Just how it was taken care of. My new edge has 81k miles and needs work. My old 98 gt had 194k miles and was in mint condition before I sold it. Just how people take care of it.

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Yes looking at them in person is a must. Check for the obvious stuff and don't forget under the car for major rust
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That's what I did. Upgraded from v6 to the 179K miles GT at the time. Check everything before purchasing. Don't just listen to the exhaust and buy it instantly lol.

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All things being equal, get the 5.0 motor. Only reason I am in a modular is because in my state, the inspection for OBDII cars is literally a plug in and check for DTCs and that is it. No sniffer or anything like I would have to for a 95 5.0 car.

As was said, #1 thing is get the car on a lift or at least on ramps and crawl around under there and LOOK FOR RUST. Pop the hood and look for rust around the battery tray and obviously look in the wheel wells and under the doors too.

Not sure what your budget is honestly but what I would try to do is find a good 94/95 COBRA. I've seen ones with 75-100k go for $5-$6k depending on condition and you get the best of both worlds with them. You get the 5.0, you get the updated SN95 body style and you get a motor that has the same power rating as the 99-04 PI cars but has all the low end that the modulars lack. The 240hp rating for the Cobras is underrated btw, they usually dyno 230-235 at the wheels from the factory so they are more like 250-260 IRL.

edit: And yes, mileage does matter if we are talking about a 100k mile difference.
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Buying a 95 5.0 or a 01 4.6

Wow, u should see what our inspection consists of but an emissions test is not part of it we dont have emissions but we do have a regular state inspection that looks at everything and you cannot have emissions equipment removed or it automatically fails, luckily for me i work in a shop and i am a inspector lol but i dont think i could live in an emissions state because it would be hard to keep your car up to par with it and the older the car gets the more it will cost to keep it up especially when the evap from the gas tank all those lines get dry and crack and the valves start not working as good, not to mention if you get the sniffer then u cannot really have any aftermarket high flow of exhaust without a cat or cat gutted ( here if ur car came with a cat its suppose to be on there or it will fail inspection)


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Old 10-18-2014, 02:05 PM   #14
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All things being equal, get the 5.0 motor. Only reason I am in a modular is because in my state, the inspection for OBDII cars is literally a plug in and check for DTCs and that is it. No sniffer or anything like I would have to for a 95 5.0 car.

As was said, #1 thing is get the car on a lift or at least on ramps and crawl around under there and LOOK FOR RUST. Pop the hood and look for rust around the battery tray and obviously look in the wheel wells and under the doors too.

Not sure what your budget is honestly but what I would try to do is find a good 94/95 COBRA. I've seen ones with 75-100k go for $5-$6k depending on condition and you get the best of both worlds with them. You get the 5.0, you get the updated SN95 body style and you get a motor that has the same power rating as the 99-04 PI cars but has all the low end that the modulars lack. The 240hp rating for the Cobras is underrated btw, they usually dyno 230-235 at the wheels from the factory so they are more like 250-260 IRL.

edit: And yes, mileage does matter if we are talking about a 100k mile difference.

I'm looking at buying the 95 for 5,000. If I could find a cobra for around that price, that would be even better! Thanks for all the good advice, from everybody.


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Buying a 95 5.0 or a 01 4.6

The 01-04 ( I realize 99 was the first year of the edge but, in 01 they got the scoops) look really good.

The pushrod 5.0 has a better feel to it though. It has more low end torque which makes it feel better for daily driving.

I'd get the 01 and if you have a problem with low end torque get yourself some 150$ ford racing 4:10 gears and call it a day. It's just got more technology and more potential in it. Albeit it's more expensive because it's newer, it's pretty negligible in most cases.



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The 01 has 0 more tech in it. 0. OHC is nothing new and the 01-04 cars go the same Fisher Price interiors all SN95s got. Except the 99-04 cars didn't have a true black interior option which=fail IMO. Also the 01-04 scoop is a stick on unit, the hood is identical otherwise. Honestly I think the V6 hoods look better than the stick on scoop GT hood...
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99-04 FTW.


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The 01 has 0 more tech in it. 0. OHC is nothing new and the 01-04 cars go the same Fisher Price interiors all SN95s got. Except the 99-04 cars didn't have a true black interior option which=fail IMO. Also the 01-04 scoop is a stick on unit, the hood is identical otherwise. Honestly I think the V6 hoods look better than the stick on scoop GT hood...

While OHC isn't new tech now it was then. Especially since the mod motors were one of the first v8s to get overhead cams, if not the first? So yeah.

Not to mention the suspension was revised. Right?

The scoops are subjective, but being functional or not has no outcome on the way they look. I really like The look and I'm pretty sure that's the general consensus as well.


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Buying a 95 5.0 or a 01 4.6

No it wasn't. I don't know specifically which one was. But I know Ferrari used OHC V8s before. Specifically the 355. That one was a 3.5L DOHC V8 with a 5 valve cylinder head (similar to the 3v in the mustang, but DOHC)


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Ohc was not new tech in the 90s. Learn some automotive history.

Suspension is the same. Gt brakes got revised in 99, Cobras stayed 13" dual pistons. Imo mentioning tech in any regard to a sn95 is lulzy. Dont get me wrong, i had plenty of fun in sn95s but one reason ill likely never own another is because they are so dated.

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Buying a 95 5.0 or a 01 4.6

It was still one of the first wasn't it?

And I'm speaking specifically about v8s which was pretty clear. I know OHC wasn't new tech. "DOHC" was stamped on the top of every 4 cylinder for awhile there.

The 99-04 is just a better car, as it should be since its newer but it's not much. It's not like comparing the edge to the s197. That's a much bigger jump.

Edit: did some research. The 4.6 was the only american V8 to offer overhead cams at the time. Blah. No big deal there. Thought it was more special. My bad.


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What about the northstar engines?


And the 4.6 motors are blah whatever. They really need boost to make them move.
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I will never own another 4.6L. The OBDII ease of passing inspection was not worth the 0 low end and a royal ***** to work on.
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