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    Going to check out a trans am.....tips.....

    Hey guys, going to check out a TA later this week. Any tips for an ex mustang guy? Specific things to check out? Common problems? Besides the usual used car issues....

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    enjoy the change =)

    and check out the window motors they go out if they are really slow thats a sign.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nmcgrawj View Post
    Hey guys, going to check out a TA later this week. Any tips for an ex mustang guy? Specific things to check out? Common problems? Besides the usual used car issues....
    Check the door panels they have a habit of cracking
    also the stering wheel controls there is a phone cord like thing in there that after years of turning the stering wheel can fray and cause the horn and all controls not to work-if cats are off listen for exhaust leak or even if not good to check for anyways-and the weather stripping around the t-tops
    Good luck! I just bought one for the 2nd time-man did i miss it! 2002 Pewter ws6-im stoked!

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    wut causes the horn not to work? my horn doesnt wrk but the controls do.... not trying to thread jack so if u could PM me...thx

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    Quote Originally Posted by nmcgrawj View Post
    Hey guys, going to check out a TA later this week. Any tips for an ex mustang guy? Specific things to check out? Common problems? Besides the usual used car issues....
    Just be sure to find one off the original owner...otherwise u have no idea where the cars been. Try to find one thats stock, garaged...from and old person. Be patient, you'll fine what you're looking for.

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    dont ONLY go by that.....if it has 2 owners but the car has been maintained ull be fine....doesnt HAVE to be from an old person

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    Quote Originally Posted by basballny2 View Post
    dont ONLY go by that.....if it has 2 owners but the car has been maintained ull be fine....doesnt HAVE to be from an old person
    but it sure does help...

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    it helps....but dont let it stop u from buying a car because it has had 2 owners

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    Quote Originally Posted by basballny2 View Post
    wut causes the horn not to work? my horn doesnt wrk but the controls do.... not trying to thread jack so if u could PM me...thx
    check your fuses

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    look the motor, tranny, and rear end over for any kinds of major leaks

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    Yeah a carfax is a good investment once you find what your looking for-ask them if they have one or you can purchase it yourself-also ask if the title is salvage or not-

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    I would check the Lights up front first.

    Cycle the headlights a few times and listen for any grinding noise or abnormal behavior.

    Check the DRL's and make sure the housing is not cracked or damaged any way or you will be buying bulbs every time it rains or you wash the ride.

    I would move on to the doors and check that there is no sagging or signs of previous sagging(scuffs on the kick plate,damage from the nadar pin striking the door)

    While you have the doors open look at the seats and check the bolsters for wears,tears.

    Check the rear lights and make sure all the housings are intact with no cracks as these are pricey.

    No take the car for a spin and keep the radio off and listen for any whine coming from the rear.Also listen for any bumps coming from underneath as that would be a bad tranny mount.

    These are about all the common problems I have had after buying mine but I knew they had the problems and paid acordingly.

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    Check the paint on the sailpanel. Service Bulletin: Bubbling Sail Panels

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    I found a 00' TA that is pretty modded.....TSP lid, CAI, BG ram air, FAST 90/NW 90, Meziere EWP, SLP fan switch, TCI 3500, tranny cooler, Pacestter Lt's, ORY, Borla, ASP pulley, TSP 231/231 .598/.598 112 LSA, AFR small bore 225's, LS1 Edit, automatic with a stall, 18" wheels, ws6 hood, 4.10 gears (also will give me the stock rear end with stock gearing), interior looks perfect. The car has 60k on it, the heads have less than 5k on them. The guy just bought a new house and is looking for cash to dump into his house.

    Asking price is $14,500........what do ya think?
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    seems to be good price although alot of the parts are not top end parts.
    Gonna rev pretty high on the highway cause of the 4.10 gears.
    Is the rear a 12 bolt/ford 9"? What did he put in place of the stock rear or did he just change the gears?

    Mabye you should give me his number and I will try the car out first

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    Quote Originally Posted by firemedic0135 View Post
    seems to be good price although alot of the parts are not top end parts.
    Gonna rev pretty high on the highway cause of the 4.10 gears.
    Is the rear a 12 bolt/ford 9"? What did he put in place of the stock rear or did he just change the gears?

    Mabye you should give me his number and I will try the car out first
    What parts arent top end? I know those heads are a pretty penny.

    And his buddy gave him a stock rear with 4.10's in the back, so he just swapped that in and kept his original rear just in case something ever broke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nmcgrawj View Post
    I found a 00' TA that is pretty modded.....TSP lid, CAI, BG ram air, FAST 90/NW 90, Meziere EWP, SLP fan switch, TCI 3500, tranny cooler, Pacestter Lt's, ORY, Borla, ASP pulley, TSP 231/231 .598/.598 112 LSA, AFR small bore 225's, LS1 Edit, automatic with a stall, 18" wheels, ws6 hood, 4.10 gears (also will give me the stock rear end with stock gearing), interior looks perfect. The car has 60k on it, the heads have less than 5k on them. The guy just bought a new house and is looking for cash to dump into his house.

    Asking price is $14,500........what do ya think?
    That car probably been ran to hell and back i wouldn't buy it

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    i would stay away from anything that was already moded like that... i'm sure it was beat on! wait for another car to come along, you will be better off in the long run.... it is more fun to do your own mods anyway....

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    Well.....to be honest. I've been in this game for a while....i bought a "stock" mustang.....that ended up being beat to hell and back. These cars are built for one reason. Unless you luck up and find one from an old man or a lady, chances are they get beat on.

    I dont think using the reasoning that "its stock" is a good foundation to say it wasnt beat on. I think we all "Beat" on these cars....its just a matter if u take care of them outside of that.

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