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Old 09-30-2015, 08:54 AM   #1
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Brand new to the mustang, seeking advice

Hey everyone, as my name implies im closing on a 13gt prem.
had 2 350z's and a handful of other imports. time to upgrade to a better platform
having never owned a mustang, id like to hear from fellow owners what to look for before i finalize the purchase, running a Google search is helpful to some extent but figured i could learn more from you guys
typical maintenance issues and wear and tear problems?
gripes with the car?

any help is really appreciated. usually asking something like this on the Z page ill get 20 responses saying i dont know how to search
thanks in advance, James from CT
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Check the edges of the hood, trunk and doors for corrosion or bubbling. Listen for any ticking and that's about all I got for ya.


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Some things to look for (applies to any car)-


-Oil consumption check oil before and after a hard test drive
-Transmission smoothness
-Noises in the head (valvetrain noise is normal, but clunking is not)
-Electrical crap. Make sure it all works perfectly, or don't buy it.


They are pretty solid cars for the most part. The newer ones are a little too complex for my taste, but that's not an issue until it is time to do a full restoration in 50 years when Obama bans fast cars and you cant buy a new one
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ok thanks guys, so typical things to look for when buying any used car
so there isnt anything too specific to the 13-14gt that i need to be aware of (i guess there shouldnt be its still a new car)
i appreciate the feedback. like i said the kids on the 350z forum arent as forgiving

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Check ur ponys that come out of the side mirror if they look like on fire or broken glass then u need them replaced
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I have not driven a modern Z but would have considered on when I bought my toy (2012 V6) if they were not as expensive. I find my Stang to be reasonably reliable but it does have several rattles. The manual transmission takes time to learn how it likes to be shifted and can be a bit nibbly. I prefer the size of the Z as the hatchback makes more sense than a unusable rear seat. Parts (and mods) are cheap/readily available and I often get to hear "nice car" from strangers.

Oh yeah, if you get a Stang you can come on cruises...I'll suggest if you want to talk with Rob (RoboStang) he's in Cheshire...I'm in Durham if you want to see my ride in person.

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forgot to add...the last Nissan I drove was 4 yrs ago a fairly new rental Sentra and that was a cheap tin box.
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Who cares about the dam pony lights under the mirror lmao. Wtf

Find out if it was previously tuned or modded Heavily.


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Who cares about the dam pony lights under the mirror lmao. Wtf

Find out if it was previously tuned or modded Heavily.


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I do right after i spent nearly 30k for a slightly used GT and damn horses look like they cought on fire hahaha
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I do right after i spent nearly 30k for a slightly used GT and damn horses look like they cought on fire hahaha

That should be the last of his worries on the car. 90% of used mustangs have been drove hard and modded. Just Bc it has been put back to stock on a dealer lot means nothing.

Finding everything out and the truth is what needs to be done.


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I have not driven a modern Z but would have considered on when I bought my toy (2012 V6) if they were not as expensive. I find my Stang to be reasonably reliable but it does have several rattles. The manual transmission takes time to learn how it likes to be shifted and can be a bit nibbly. I prefer the size of the Z as the hatchback makes more sense than a unusable rear seat. Parts (and mods) are cheap/readily available and I often get to hear "nice car" from strangers.

Oh yeah, if you get a Stang you can come on cruises...I'll suggest if you want to talk with Rob (RoboStang) he's in Cheshire...I'm in Durham if you want to see my ride in person.

New England Fall Cruise 2015

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Awesome thanks I'll have to take you up on that. I still have my z for another week or so
It's a 2008 350z hr if you decide you wanna see what it looks like. Good to know there are some locals I can reach out to
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That should be the last of his worries on the car. 90% of used mustangs have been drove hard and modded. Just Bc it has been put back to stock on a dealer lot means nothing.

Finding everything out and the truth is what needs to be done.


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🙏🏻 agreed
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First to mention V8!!! And for a "muscle Car" it handles reasonably well the solid rear axle will tramp around a bit in bumps (steering has NO feel) but you can have fun in the twisties with them.....V8!!!

make sure to get it by the wknd of the Oct 24th we'll take you on a shakedown cruise you won't forget.
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First to mention V8!!! And for a "muscle Car" it handles reasonably well the solid rear axle will tramp around a bit in bumps (steering has NO feel) but you can have fun in the twisties with them.....V8!!!

make sure to get it by the wknd of the Oct 24th we'll take you on a shakedown cruise you won't forget.
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Check the edges of the hood, trunk and doors for corrosion or bubbling. Listen for any ticking and that's about all I got for ya.


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Yeah definitely check the leading edge of the hood for bubbling. Other than that the normal used car stuff. If the engine has a slight ticking at idle, do not worry about it, that's the variable cams and is indicative of the cam/timing design. If it's louder under full load however, that is not. Just do not confuse lifter valve train noise that has a rapping sound to the normal ticking....

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