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Old 07-08-2016, 08:48 AM   #1
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Buying my first Stang...please help

Hi all. I am going to check out a 2000 Mustang/V6 5 speed. This will be my first Mustang. Has 108,000 on it. Was told it runs perfect. Pics look pretty nice. Very clean car.
My concern is that I keep reading online about torque box issues? Almost scared me away. I'm not a welder. Is this something this generation of Stang is prone to have problems with?
Hopefully I can spot if theres a issue in that area. I know to check the strut towers, anything else on these I should check for? Thanks!
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The only torque box issues I've ever heard of have been on drag cars that have been launching hard. A V6 that was just driven around shouldn't have any issues with them.
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The only torque box issues I've ever heard of have been on drag cars that have been launching hard. A V6 that was just driven around shouldn't have any issues with them.
Oh okay...Thank you! I didnt know if it was due to rotting issues or launching. I will look this over the best I can. I surely hope its a decent car. Then I can statt looking up mods if I get it.
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A Gt is not far off in price if you wanna go for little more hp.

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Agreed.

But if its the car you like and is in your comfortable price range then have at it!

You will enjoy it regardless Im certain.

Post some pics up on here after you look at it, there are some great guys/gals on here to lend you invaluable advice.

If budget is a concern as it is for most of us, you can always look into a 94-98 GT, you can find clean ones and fairly cheap. They are kind of the bastard years but you can make them look damn good. I love my red one, and if Scotty jumps on here and shares some of his pics of his old 98 Atlantic blue jellybean (i think is what I heard him call it once or twice, lol) you will see how nice they can be.

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Rust would be your big worry. If the car is from PA, like you are, I would be very concerned. Get it up on a lift to look at the underneath, torque box, floor pans, etc. Get a sharp awl and try sticking it through a few places. If it looks freshly painted they may be trying to hide something. Same with shock towers, rust is your enemy. I lived in OH for many years and if PA throws salt on the streets like OH did that car will be rusty.
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I had a 2004 V-6 5-Speed & Never had any issues at all with it. Car ran great so I customized it & someone I met at a Circle K offered me $2500 more than I had into it so I sold it to him. There's pics of it in "View My Pics".
Also had several of the Bastard Years as I heard someone call them. I liked the 94 5.0 GT better than the 4.6's. There's a lot of parts on Craigslist for the old 5.0's you can get pretty cheap. But then you can also get the Eaton Super Charger off an old 3.8 T-Bird & Super Charge the 2000 you're looking at.
The 99 - 04 New Edge is a Nicer Body Style. So I guess it all depends on your plans for the car. Make yourself a parts list & find out what it will cost you & it should help you decide.
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