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Old 03-03-2015, 10:55 AM   #1
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Hey guys so I just got rid of the 09 V6 I was driving and my buddy texted me to come see a GT he had on his lot. It's an 05 black with ground effects, cragar rims, some badass aftermarket exhaust (amazingly loud and raspy) I've never heard anything loud like it, spectre cold air intake. Now I'm assuming this vehicle is tuned because of all the stuff he had on it but I don't know For sure. Well it drove great, I was missing my stang and I needed another car anyways. I was able to get it off the dealers lot for only 6 grand. A couple of things I have noticed but I need to know what you guys think because I'm not use to the 4.6.

1. Steering seems much heavier in the GT is it because of the vehicle itself or do I need to check the steering column and all connected systems to power steering

2. It has 141 thousand miles on it, I will be popping the hood and lifting it to see if there are any visual problems, what should I keep an eye out for and are there any preventative repairs I should make at this point in the cars life.

3. I love the exhaust but the engine light is on because of the long tube headers. I'm positive this thing doesn't have enough sensors anymore. Are there Any specific symptoms of car failure that may cause

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Old 03-03-2015, 12:04 PM   #2
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I have a 2009 GT and the steering actually seems "lighter" than the 2005 V6 I rented when a college committee I was serving in took a vacation. Especially noticeable when turning the wheel at a stop, as if to back out of a parking space. Perhaps a certain part or system was used on the earlier S197's? I'm not for sure.

Really the only thing I can think of that you can check is after you drive take off the oil cap and look for a milky yellow ring. Other than that everything else that you would want to check would be under the valve covers. If the car drives good and isn't knocking, ticking, or pinging then you can assume it's been taken care of. One of my GT's is approaching 200k and it's still in great shape. No signs of going out on me yet! Just make sure to take the beast up to redline a few times and get a couple of WOT shifts in. If it passes that test you got a winner.

If it doesn't have sensors anymore it would have to be the rear (downstream) sensors. The front (upstream) are required for the engine to function properly, so those are still there. You will have to check the codes but if it is an exhaust code you will likely have a O2 sensor slow circuit code (long tubes) or Catalyst system efficiency below threshold code (no catalytic converters). Neither code will effect drivability and both can be turned off with a tuner so you don't get the annoying check engine light. Be sure to check the codes and make sure those are what you have on your hands before purchasing though.

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Same as cbird said my 07 v6 steering was lighter than my 05 gt for sure. I like it heavy though so no problems for me

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