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Old 06-27-2013, 02:47 PM   #1
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245K on my 96 basic coupe, is it almost dead?

Hey guys, so me and my fiance just bought a 1996 Basic Coupe with 245,000 miles on it. We needed a car badly and we fell in love with the mustang But now everyone is telling us to sell it because the milage is too high and it could die at any moment. But I've also heard that mustangs can run pretty well even at 300k. We did have to fix an oil leak, we're supposed to fix two different parts of it and they both cost around $350 plus we still have to get new spark plugs. My fiancee loves this car and doesn't want to sell it, he wants to install a new engine. How much would it cost for the engine? and by replacing the engine does that mean the milage will go down?

edit: also, it barely passed the smog check (I don't really know what this means but I know its a good thing)

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Old 06-27-2013, 08:41 PM   #2
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Well you could replace the engine, maybe 3k or so, Yes ur engine Will have lower miles but your body will still be worn

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I bough my first stang 99 v6 with 225k on it. Neve had any problemos out of it. I wouldn't worry about it
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If you take care of it, it will take care of you. If no real problems have risen by now then just keep up with the maintenance and new spark plugs will make a difference!!!
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It's all about how you take care of it. We had an Element roll through the shop with 400K on it and it ran like a top. As long as you take care of it then you shouldn't have any issues. You can always find an engine on craigslist or just buy a reman engine and go from there. Install is usually where most shops charge a lot of money. Also welcome to Mustang Evolution!
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