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Old 04-13-2011, 09:03 AM   #1
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Advice on a v8?

So, I have been thinking about upgrading to a v8 in maybe a year. I just wanted to know all of your opinions on this. I wanna stay in the 1994 to 1998 range, but which year should I shoot for? And what kind of mods could I do to increase the gas mileage?
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Re: Advice on a v8?

94-98 will be mostly the same through the years i believe considering you get a GT. the 99-04 GT's really got a nice wake up call and you would notice a considerable difference in power.
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Re: Advice on a v8?

for modability the 94-95 have the 5.0 engine and its FAR cheaper to build up and mess with to make power and many do not like the 4.6L in 96-98. You could consider the 4.6L 4v cobra in 96-98 if you wanted~

I know if I was looking I would get a 94/95 GT in good condition.

You wont really be able to do much to increase gas mileage other than clean it up, regular upkeep, and bolt ons which help air flow a bit. The most will be gained from fixing things that just happen with age causing worse mileage.
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Re: Advice on a v8?

oh yea i forgot about the 5.0 carrying over to 94/95. that would be the way to go
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Well. Upgrading to a v8 is def recommended. I would probably look towards 2000-04 gt or a fox body 5.0. You can shop around and find cars with mods already done which saves a lot of $.
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The only thing that would stop me from getting a 99 to 04 gt would be the price tag. Haha. I'm trying to keep the price around 5 grand, that way I could use the extra money to do some mods and help pay other expenses.
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Re: Advice on a v8?

you get what you pay for, if a car is 5k you can get a much better condition one for say 7k (usually speaking) so you have to consider that. Sometimes buying a cheaper car costs you more as you have to fix stuff etc that would already be good on a more costly one.

Keep that in mind while shopping. If you can find a nice clean one it might be worth a bit extra. Not to long ago someone locally was selling a 95 GT with 30k miles on it, GREAT condition but wanted 9500 for it~ but you end up with a very clean nice car for that price... a paint job alone can run 2k+
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I think a new edge 99-04 GTs would be a great way to go. I may be biased.
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Re: Advice on a v8?

it is, but at a higher cost~ it just depends on what year you can get a nice one of~ and if that will work for you. The 5.0 is a better platform to make cheaper power with is what im mainly getting at vs 96-98
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I would be okay with spending around 7,000 for a really clean car, but I am kinda not wanting one already modded. I figured the cars with a lot of mods have more than likely been raced and whatnot. But finding a really clean 5.0 would be amazing!
And thanks for the opinions so far. It makes things a lot more simple, haha.
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Re: Advice on a v8?

if you are looking for a 100% stock 5.0 then just about GIVE UP ha lol... look for one with basic mods (exhaust would probably always be done) and such~ but not one that has had the motor tore out etc etc.
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Re: Advice on a v8?

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oh yea i forgot about the 5.0 carrying over to 94/95. that would be the way to go
it takes alot of money to make those go fast .. I had a 95 gt and it cost a ton of money! buy a cheap one and put a 347 stroker in it.
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There are a few 5.0's for sale around here that are barely modded. But I see the difficulty of finding a stock one, haha.
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Re: Advice on a v8?

the 5.0 motor compared to the 4.6 and most any other car is super easy and cheap to make good power with its crazy really... heads/cam/intake with a build motor and a tune BAM your good to go.
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the 5.0 motor compared to the 4.6 and most any other car is super easy and cheap to make good power with its crazy really... heads/cam/intake with a build motor and a tune BAM your good to go.
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I would stick with 1999-2004 personally. And just cause a car has a few mods doesn't mean it's been ragged out and raced. Look at who your buying the car from. I bought my 2002gt from a nice family man. I paid 7500 but the car had over 2k worth of mods ( 410gears, sct tuner, lowering springs, fr500 rims, pro5.0shifter and magnaflow exhaust) and only 79k miles. With all that I've still put another 2k into it with interior and exterior mods, new struts, shocks, steeda pulleys and BBK cold air intake.... Stuff adds up quick ! So trust me buy one with a few basic mods and just pay attention to who your buying it from.
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Ah. Honestly, ever since I posted thus thread, I've gained massive respect for 99-04's. I might get one if I can find one, ha ha. But the whole modded watch is because of my friend. He bought a cobra which was heavily modded and ended up finding videos of it on YouTube racing. Lol.
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Re: Advice on a v8?

determine if you want pre 99 body style or 99-04~ then if its pre 99 go with a nice clean 5.0 94/95... hard to find but they ARE out there.

The KEY above ALL else is wait for the right car, use local car clubs to see if anyone is selling (better taken care of) and if a car is not what you want PASS never settle EVER. I repeat NEVER SETTLE.
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I'll sell you a heavily modded 1995 GT for 16000
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Honestly, I think about 7k would be my limit. Is that a realistic price for a very clean 94-95? And I am definitely not gonna settle for a car. I wanna drive it until it dies.
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Re: Advice on a v8?

I would say 20k mile or less, or fully restored would demand much more than 7k. You should be able to find a nice clean 94/95 with 60-80k miles for around 7k no problem. May have to wait but one IS out there.
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