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Old 09-12-2012, 09:51 PM   #61
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what issues? I have one and know this car inside and out !
Cracked windshield, a number of scratches and cosmetic issues all over the exterior, and a "clunk" could be heard every time I drove over a bump. Suspension?

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Old 09-12-2012, 10:46 PM   #62
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Cracked windshield, a number of scratches and cosmetic issues all over the exterior, and a "clunk" could be heard every time I drove over a bump. Suspension?
the bushings on the rear are not the greatest. Could also just need tightening. Most of us that have swapped to aftermarket need to re-tighten the rear sway after a few days.

The paint jobs on the Black Mica Speed3s are the worst !

Cracked windshield is $150 for a place in Puyallup!

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Old 09-13-2012, 09:57 AM   #63
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News flash: you shouldn't make blanket statements about such a wide group of cars.

Watch out for early production E46 M3s. BMW got a bad batch of rod bearings and had a lot of S54 engines go kaboom. This is a well known problem - google it. S54's are expensive to replace.

This actually happened to an acquaintance of mine who bought an '01 in 2011 - engine blew <6mos after he bought the car.
There was a recall for the rod bearing issue. The root of the issue is why the previous owner didn't comply with the recall, and why your buddy was buying an M3 without extensive service records. The S54 is indeed complex and expensive... but it's also very strong when properly maintained and not abused. Even easier solution: Don't buy one with a build date previous to May 2003, although the vast majority of those are still fine.

Off-topic, but what did the guy do with the blown motor, and how extensive was the damage? I'd be more than willing to do an S54 build for my E30...

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Old 09-27-2012, 07:18 AM   #64
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Until I change my mind again, I have narrowed my interest down to either a Mustang GT or a Mazdaspeed3 GT.

I took some pictures of a Mustang that I looked at last night. I had a terrible experience with the dealership, but it was an attractive car. It is a 2007 with 33k miles. They wanted $18,900 for it.

I told them I couldn't pay that, but they kept trying to convince me that I could. It was very strange.






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Old 09-27-2012, 07:25 AM   #65
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forget the mustang

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Old 09-27-2012, 08:20 AM   #66
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Forget ALL Mustangs? Gee, thanks.

Anyway, here is a list of what I have picked out:

2005 Mustang GT Premium

2005 Ford Mustang Custom

Mazdaspeed3 GT

2009 Mustang Bullit

2007 Ford Mustang GT

What do you think?

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Old 09-27-2012, 08:22 AM   #67
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forget the mustang
Why?

Admittedly, there are better options for handling, but the Mustang is pretty good at what it is: a muscle car.



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Old 09-27-2012, 09:29 PM   #68
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Here is the 09 Mustang:

http://www.salvage-cars-for-sale.inf...09-MTM5NTMzNjE

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Old 09-27-2012, 10:02 PM   #69
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A glutton for punishment, aren't you?



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Old 09-27-2012, 10:21 PM   #70
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Come on man lets step back and use our brains.

Don't buy a totaled vehicle

Don't buy a domestic car

Don't buy from a stealership



Now was that really that difficult?

I buy and sell at least 3 vehicles a year and by following these 3 simple rules i have profited thousands! its effing amazing isn't it!?!? maybe i should write a book!!
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How to buy cars for dummies

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Old 09-27-2012, 10:22 PM   #71
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Nothing about the Mustang screams good winter car, or good car at all for that matter.

To each their own I guess.

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Old 09-27-2012, 10:34 PM   #72
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my MazdaSpeed3 can be a Mustang GT....just sayin

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Old 09-28-2012, 12:41 AM   #73
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Does he have a Russian accent?
LMAO!!!

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There's a good reason for asking this...
Eastern Europeans have a propensity for buying totaled (or otherwise badly worn/damaged) late-model cars, and then repairing & selling them at a large profit. While there's nothing wrong with this, said Eastern Europeans are no better (or worse) than the average shade-tree mechanic, so it's a real crap-shoot as to whether or not repairs were made properly.
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I actually came from Eastern Europe About two decades ago... And your words are fairly accurate. Most of these "shade-tree mechanics" have absolutely no certifications and learn from their dads or brothers in the backyard or driveway, in fact I have a few acquaintances and maybe even relatives who do this. However the quality of the work actually varies from person to person... My father is a VERY detail oriented person, and I have taken after him. The work he has done on cars meets and even exceeds OEM standards. I have absolutely no problem fixing and driving a totaled car, and I do it right. But then again I dont flip cars for profit... So it really depends on the motives and character of the person your buying the car from. And if your buying a salvaged title car, always take it to a mechanic before you buy. BTW, with all that said, even I wont buy a car from an "Eastern European" even if its my best buddy

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Come on man lets step back and use our brains.

Don't buy a totaled vehicle

Don't buy a domestic car

Don't buy from a stealership



Now was that really that difficult?

I buy and sell at least 3 vehicles a year and by following these 3 simple rules i have profited thousands! its effing amazing isn't it!?!? maybe i should write a book!!
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How to buy cars for dummies
I absolutely agree with two of the three statements. I find nothing wrong with buying a totaled vehicle. Will I go out and buy a car with a salvaged title? no. But I will however buy a car that has been totaled and fix it. I have no problems what so ever driving a salvaged title car, so long as I know the damage and how it has been fixed... I've personally fixed several salvaged title cars and driven them, and they drive just as good as a clean title car... The only difference is the brand on the title.

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Old 09-28-2012, 03:41 AM   #74
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I know you guys hate fwd but look at 2006 or newer civic si, they have nice seats, factory lsd 6spd tranny and get 30 mpg. They do good in all weather and there is alot of after market parts available if you wanna go fast.

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Old 09-28-2012, 06:25 AM   #75
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Come on man lets step back and use our brains.

Don't buy a totaled vehicle

Don't buy a domestic car

Don't buy from a stealership



Now was that really that difficult?

I buy and sell at least 3 vehicles a year and by following these 3 simple rules i have profited thousands! its effing amazing isn't it!?!? maybe i should write a book!!
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How to buy cars for dummies
I wasn't planning on buying that car.

I was just showing you guys what I found out.

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Old 09-28-2012, 06:56 AM   #76
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nothing wrong w/mustangs-owned many.(and yes, driven them in REAL winters) just one thing-not to be negative, but unless you're experienced in automotive repair and can identify framework/bodywork issues, STAY AWAY FROM SALVAGE.

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Old 09-28-2012, 07:19 AM   #77
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Actually, I bought a 3000GT SL that had a rebuilt title. An old guy owned it and was about to give it to his son, but decided to sell it to me instead. I bought it for about $6,000. As far as I could tell, the front bumper had been replaced. That was about it.

I never had any problems with the car and didn't have any problems selling it, either. Sometimes you get lucky.

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Old 09-28-2012, 08:04 AM   #78
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Come on now this is a Motorcycle Forum .. F*** CARS!

2 wheels = good

4 wheels = bad

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Old 09-28-2012, 09:24 AM   #79
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Actually, I bought a 3000GT SL that had a rebuilt title. An old guy owned it and was about to give it to his son, but decided to sell it to me instead. I bought it for about $6,000. As far as I could tell, the front bumper had been replaced. That was about it.

I never had any problems with the car and didn't have any problems selling it, either. Sometimes you get lucky.

BOOOO...shoulda got the MS3. Few of my friends are parting out 350+hp cars !!

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Old 09-28-2012, 09:39 AM   #80
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BOOOO...shoulda got the MS3. Few of my friends are parting out 350+hp cars !!
This was years ago.

I wasn't implying that I just purchased a 3000GT.

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