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Old 01-30-2015, 01:51 AM   #1
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Buying a Mach 1

I'm looking at buying an 04 Mach 1. I know this may be a stupid question, but how can I make sure it's a real Mach 1 and not a GT with ram air kit and Mach 1 logos? I've seen several Mach 1 clones. I know Mach 1s are DOHC but from the pictures I've seen it doesn't look like you can see much of the engine because of the ram air.
On a side note, I found a Mach 1 with 18,000 miles for $15,000. Thanks in advance guys


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The Mach 1 Valve covers are silver and wider than the GT covers. The GT valve Covers are black
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Alright, thanks! Now I'll be able to spot the difference and not get cheated.


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Id you look at pictures of the heads it's easy to tell them apart. Only risk would be If someone did an engine swap on a GT.

Another idea is I believe Mach 1 vin numbers are labeled as Mach 1s. If you go to car fax and type in the vin it should say the type of car has x number of records. So that should tell you what kind of car it is without paying for a car fax.


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The engine code for the Mach 1s are an R code in the vin




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The 5th, 6th, & 7th digits in the VIN will be P42.
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I think the quarter glass has a slight difference compared to the GT.
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Biggest Differences

1. 4.6L DOHC 4V vs the SOHC 2V
03's = black valve covers 04's = unpainted (grey) valve covers

2. Different C pillars, similar to the 01 Bullits, curve inward to match the curvature of the side scoops
3. Subframe connectors were standard on these cars, though it doesn't take much to have some welded/bolt on any car
4. Front brakes are twin piston with Brembo front discs (same as 03/04 cobra)

Keep in mind that auto Machs do exist and came that way from the factory. Surprisingly when you do the numbers breakdown by transmission and color the auto cars are more rare. (Though that still wouldn't sway me to an auto)

The interior of course is different having the comfort weave seats, retro gages (same as 01 Bullitt), some have the IUP (silver painted center stack, billet pedals, brushed shifter ball, larger, folding headrests, silver door lock pins). Of course if someone has gone through the effort to mimic a factory Mach to this detail you can always run the Vin...all true Machs have an "R" as the eighth digit designating that it is a Mach 1.

I would say that a clean Mach 1 with 18k miles for 15k is a decent deal, even better if you can get it for less. I paid 10k for my 04 with 58k miles last June and it only needed some minor cosmetic things (cheap factory hood stripe started peeling). So there are definitely good deals to be had.

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Look at the VIN. It should have an R like...

1FAFP42R...


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