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Old 07-16-2015, 07:36 AM   #1
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which would be better to buy

I'm looking at 2 cars. almost exactly the same. both in very good condition. and similar price. Which would be better to buy:
2006 GT Convert 72k miles vs. 2008 GT Convert 115k miles?
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Lower mileage is probably your better bet. Even though it's older it obviously has less use = more use for you before issues arise


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Old 07-16-2015, 07:44 AM   #3
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2008 assuming there are the same- not one with better or more Mods then the other. Miles i don't think really matter- it will run for almost forever if taken care of ... Think it fine either way you go --- based on what you told us ... Good Luck!
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Correct me if I'm wrong but don't the 05 cars have some particular issue with them? I'm not sure what it is but I'm remember people saying its a common issue with early S197s.
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That's what I was thinking. later in the build cycle, like an 08 would be better even though it has more miles on it.
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which would be better to buy

I think the issue r with 05-mid 08's
Spark plugs being #1 I think... Couple other small things like filling car w gas and make sure u check the cabin air filter and grommets as well as the drain plug as water can leak in the cabin if u don't stay on top of those. But again I think those r issues w all 05-mid 08's..
I personally would go w the lower mileage as the cars r pretty much identical. Both would be great tho!Hope that helps!


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Btw I have a 05 Gt vert so if u have anymore questions please don't hesitate to ask. Good luck!


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do you plan on keeping and restoring later and what are the colors?
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72k one would by my choice. Unless the 115k is black get the black one

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I would go with the one that looks like it was kept best. 72k of some jack *** beating it to death everyday and 115k of normal driving by someone that took care of it are 2 different things.
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My 05 hasn't really had any issues..
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well, I decided on the 06 with 71k miles. the 08 with 115k just had the front rotors replaced and the motor wasnt very clean. the 06 is a garage queen and it shows. minor marks (almost holes) in the top right C piller area, but I dont think it will leak. I should be picking it up in the next couple of days.
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late to thread but your choice was the one I would have made. Pics when you get it.
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See if there is a maintenance history for them. Even if the 08 has 115k miles, as long as it has been properly maintained, it shouldn't be an issue. Inspect brakes, tires, test the suspension, drive the car and check for smoothness when accelerating and such, etc. Also, how clean the car is speaks alot to me. I don't want a used car from an old chain smoker with everything having a thick coat all over the interior.

Both are past their 50k maintenance cycle for stuff like Suspension and brakes any ways. So whichever you go with, check both.
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Kevin, I used the clean car method like you describe. the 08 was definitely saying it had a hard life and the used car stealer didnt help. he was asking $13k, but I would only be willing to give him $11k for it. so for $12,800 I bought the 06. it is very clean.
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Ok. I know your last update mentioned you had not picked it up yet so I didn't know if you put any different thought in to it. Have fun with your car!
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Correct me if I'm wrong but don't the 05 cars have some particular issue with them? I'm not sure what it is but I'm remember people saying its a common issue with early S197s.
They changed from two piece spark plugs to one piece plugs around that time. The two price plugs were fun to replace, it involved rethreading or replacing a head more often than not.
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can they be changed to 1 piece plugs? please point me to that discussion.
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Yes they can. The new oem plugs r one piece. The same plug but now one piece. There is a lot of info here how to get them out. Good luck and congrats on the car. I love my 05gt vert. It has been great!


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There is also a special tool to retrieve a plug if it broke in two. Lisle makes it. I think the basic idea is to spray penetrating oil or carb-brake cleaner around the plugs and let soak overnight and then turn each one a 1/4 turn and then spray more and let soak and then go for it nice and easy. Maybe run a few cans of seafoam thru car to get at any carbon build up from the inside too.
I have not done this yet but plan on doing it in the near future. My car runs great but I know the longer we leave those plugs in the harder to get out...people do it and it works. Good luck and let me know if u have anymore questions. Great car! Enjoy!


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