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Old 10-23-2014, 08:40 AM   #1
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Im looking into getting a 99-04 gt convertable and im wondering what should i back away from as far as milage. My budget for the car is around $5,500 so i can have a little bit of spending money on the car. But i havent found many of them below 100k without any major issues
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With a budget of $5,500, in my area, you wouldnt be able to touch a 99-04 GT vert with anything less than 100k..where are you from? I purchased my 02 GT at 103k miles, I beat the crap out of it everyday, now sitting at 140k and she still rides like a champ.

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With a budget of $5,500, in my area, you wouldnt be able to touch a 99-04 GT vert with anything less than 100k..where are you from? I purchased my 02 GT at 103k miles, I beat the crap out of it everyday, now sitting at 140k and she still rides like a champ.

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Im in charlotte, nc. Now that summer is over allot of these convertibles are popping up and i have seen a couple below 5,500 with less than 100k but i wasnt looking when they were available
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My 2001 Bullitt has 146k on it. Runs great. And I beat the crap out of the car.


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But what im asking is after what milage isnt safe to buy anymore if i plan on keeping the car for 5-10 years?
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My 2001 Bullitt has 146k on it. Runs great. And I beat the crap out of the car.


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But has there been any issues other than the timing chain?
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Only complaints is the AC doesn't work currently, I think it's the compressor. And slight smoking if it idles for a while then I rev it, that is valve seals. Neither of those are hard to fix, I just would rather increase performance first.

Other than that nothing else I can really think of that has gone wrong.


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I wouldn't worry too much about the mileage if its been taken care of. A friend of mine had 220k on his 99 the last time I talked to him, and that was over 3 years ago. Still running last I heard.

These are good engines. Those crown Vic police cars get the hell beat out of them and idle all day. I work on my city's vehicles for a living and we rarely have any major problems with them. I bought mine with a broken odometer. That should show my faith. Lol
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I wouldn't worry too much about the mileage if its been taken care of. A friend of mine had 220k on his 99 the last time I talked to him, and that was over 3 years ago. Still running last I heard.

These are good engines. Those crown Vic police cars get the hell beat out of them and idle all day. I work on my city's vehicles for a living and we rarely have any major problems with them. I bought mine with a broken odometer. That should show my faith. Lol

Okay so if i found one with 120k it would be alright?
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If its been maintained I wouldn't be concerned.
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Make sure it has been taken care of and inspect the car fully. Bought my old 98 GT with 179k miles and had no problems up to 194K miles before i sold it. My 2000 gt has 82K miles and has minor problems when I bought it. Just gotta look out for things.

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I had an 01 with 130k miles and it never had an issue up until I sold it at 170k and bought my 09.

On the other hand my buddy bought a 04 with only 55k miles and coolant would boil out of the reservoir. Sounded like a head gasket leak.

I actually feel more comfortable buying cars with higher miles when they are of a correct age for that mileage just for the sheer fact that they are still running. A car with 150k miles was most likely taken care of, or it would of crapped out 50k miles before.


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I bought my 01 convertible and the only problems it has is the convertible motor is really slow but works no problem and my clutch is going out. It has 140k miles


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Yeah i can tell when a car has been taken care of vs just cleaned up to sell
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I had an 01 with 130k miles and it never had an issue up until I sold it at 170k and bought my 09.

On the other hand my buddy bought a 04 with only 55k miles and coolant would boil out of the reservoir. Sounded like a head gasket leak.

I actually feel more comfortable buying cars with higher miles when they are of a correct age for that mileage just for the sheer fact that they are still running. A car with 150k miles was most likely taken care of, or it would of crapped out 50k miles before.


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^This is my thinking as well.

Once a vehicle gets in the 150k range, things are going to wear out, but overall, I think that these cars should be reasonably solid until around 300k. It's always a "crap shoot" with used cars, hopefully, most of the kinks get worked out in the first 100k of the cars life but there will always be ones that are troublesome their entire life.

My theory for buying used vehicles is to try to find one in good overall condition, inspect it thoroughly, and, most importantly, get it for as cheap as you can because you just never know what's likely to go wrong with it.
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All about past maintenance. Pull the maintenance and check to see if it had a good past.

Seen rebuild threads for 116k.. Then again seen many over 200k runnin good. Lol


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Update: i have found a white convertible with 69k and the asking price is $5,500 so ima see how much further i can get the guy down in price
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Really good deal, be suspicious. Around here (texas) you got 120k cars goin for 7k ish. Less than 100k just goes farther up..


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Really good deal, be suspicious. Around here (texas) you got 120k cars goin for 7k ish. Less than 100k just goes farther up..


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If you're concerned about a high mileage car that appears to be well maintained, just proactively replace the parts that wear out at in opportune times such as alternator, COP, plugs, all fluids/filters, belt, hoses, PVC valve, rotors/pads, maybe rear bearings/seals, front bearings, light bulbs, etc. If you do that work yourself you'll save a lot, reduce the worry and you might have an excellent car that'll run another 100k miles without sudden troubles.


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Old 10-25-2014, 01:57 PM   #21
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Well im wanting to last and be reliable when/if i put some serious performance upgrades to it
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Old 10-25-2014, 02:27 PM   #22
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my 2004 v6 conve has 150xxx miles and gets beat up and still running no prob only my ac clutch is giving out and like soccer love said smokes if at idle i believe its getting stuck as for miles i wouldnt buy a car over 150000 just is kinda fishy just knowing nothing has messed up and will happen real soon thats y i bought a 2014 to hopefully give my baby her long needed rest before my car gives cause all my problems happened around 140000 miles and from there little things keep giving out tho nothing major.
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Just figured I'd bump this thread to show this. Just bought this truck a few days ago. 430k miles and still runs. 97 f150 with a 2v 4.6.
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Just figured I'd bump this thread to show this. Just bought this truck a few days ago. 430k miles and still runs. 97 f150 with a 2v 4.6.
That's pretty impressive!
I wonder if that is still the original engine and transmission?

I have a 91 F250 that has 576k miles but it is on it's second engine (406k miles) and fifth transmission!
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yup that is alot
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I'm not sure if its original for sure. The truck runs and drives like its new. The previous owner told me the guy he got it from was working far from home and it was interstate/highway miles.

It blew my mind when I took it for a test drive. It's tight as can be.
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That's pretty impressive!
I wonder if that is still the original engine and transmission?

I have a 91 F250 that has 576k miles but it is on it's second engine (406k miles) and fifth transmission!
Nice job with the 91 lol that's some high mileage.
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I would rather have a 300k mile car maintained by a meticulous mechanic than a 100k car maintained by a dumb *** kid who stripped out every nut and bolt that he touched and lets little issues grow into big ones.


These cars are really cheap and easy to fix though. Even if the engine goes, you can easily get a 50k one into it for under $500, and then you feel great about it. Trans also takes about 10 minutes to replace lol
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I would rather have a 300k mile car maintained by a meticulous mechanic than a 100k car maintained by a dumb *** kid who stripped out every nut and bolt that he touched and lets little issues grow into big ones.


These cars are really cheap and easy to fix though. Even if the engine goes, you can easily get a 50k one into it for under $500, and then you feel great about it. Trans also takes about 10 minutes to replace lol
10 min to replace a transmission do ur mechanics work for NASCAR by chance thats fast lol jk
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10 min to replace a transmission do ur mechanics work for NASCAR by chance thats fast lol jk
My mechanics? haha, you are implying that I can afford for a shop to even clean my windshield!! You kidding me? those parts installers probably don't even know how to tune the edelbrock 1406 on my 1999 mustang gt lol.
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We have several ford vans and trucks in our fleet with over 300,000 miles on the original engines. I think the Ford Mod Motors may be the most reliable V8 ever produced and I used to be a GM guy.

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We have several ford vans and trucks in our fleet with over 300,000 miles on the original engines. I think the Ford Mod Motors may be the most reliable V8 ever produced and I used to be a GM guy.

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I think you might be right about that. I once rode in a taxi cab that had 400k+ on it. I also have driven my girlfriend's dad's truck with a 5.4 2v in it. The thing has 390k on it and its still being used as a work horse. Ripped a stump out of the ground once with it too haha. 4 wheel peel *****ezz!
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Nice job with the 91 lol that's some high mileage.
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Thanks!

I'm the original owner and, over the years, I've done almost all of the repairs myself, including building the engine that is currently in it. It was used in construction for a good portion of my career so it didn't have an easy life but it has been the most reliable truck that I have ever owned. When I retired from construction a few years ago, I went through it and freshened it up a bit and it runs better than it ever has!
It's still my daily driver and I can't imagine ever selling that truck.
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My mechanics? haha, you are implying that I can afford for a shop to even clean my windshield!! You kidding me? those parts installers probably don't even know how to tune the edelbrock 1406 on my 1999 mustang gt lol.
lol save cash do it urself better to have the knowledge to do it yourself.
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lol save cash do it urself better to have the knowledge to do it yourself.
Taking a car to a mechanic really isn't even an option for me.

1- cant afford a $150 tow truck ride
2- What will I drive for the 4 months it takes them to ****in fix anything on my car?
3- Cant afford $80 an hour .somebody who is probably barely more mechanically inclined than I am to wrench on it? And these shops refuse to do anything that's not OEM. Well, hate to say it, but OEM is pretty boring lol
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