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Looked at this car yesterday and it was super clean inside and out. 2nd owner and California car. Torque boxes look good. Only issues is gas gauge doesn't work and there's a leak that can't be found. I'm concerned with the leak as it could be a sign of torque on the body but the car has no other signs of that. He will take $4250 and throw in LX tail lights and a CAI.car has brand new tires and weather stripping. Only upgrades are the one piece lights and the flow master catback exhaust. What do you guys think? Should I pull the trigger?

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Looks good. Whats leaking?
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It looks like a good example. Only 91000 on the odometer and the body seems to be in nice shape. Even the paint looks fairly good(only a few small imperfections that I could see). It's cool that it's almost completely original so you don't have to worry about other people's mods. The CAI is probably a waste of time though since it won't help you in the power department on that generation of Mustang. Depending on the design it might actually hurt performance.
I'd offer $4000 and see if he bites. Tell him to keep the CAI and sell it. It has some known issues that will cost time and money to fix and I'd use that in the bargaining process.
I had a mystery water leak in one of my Fox bodies as well. I figured that it was the windshield but after replacing it and making sure and watching the guy use plenty of adhesive it still leaked. Where's the water coming down exactly?
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Ya the CAI is an open filter IN the engine bay not in the fender. The leak puddles on the passenger floor board when it rains or when he washes it. He washed it the day before I cam over and the carpet was wet. No moldy smell at all but it was in the garage during the winter.,,the windshield was recently replaced but it leaked before that hmmm now I'm thinking about how to tell if it's the 25th anniversary addition as the only badging is the mustang emblem on the dash that's about an inch tall
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It's not a 25th anniversary edition car as there is actually no such thing. All mid April 1989 to 1990 Mustangs got a special tri-bar dash emblem that says 25 YEARS in small print on the bottom of it. There was no special edition as it were in 1989-90 for the 25th anniversary. Only the emblem was there on every regular production Mustang built for that year and a half.
That's where I had a leak as well. Maybe the cowl area is clogged with stuff or there is a gap of some kind there.

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Ya I'm aware of the NO 25th anniversary car from ford. Is it worth taking to a mechanic to check compression and give it a look for other problems?
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Ya I'm aware of the NO 25th anniversary car from ford. Is it worth taking to a mechanic to check compression and give it a look for other problems?
You said you didn't know if it was a 25th anniversary edition or not and wanted to know so I gave you the info on Ford's lack of a proper 25th edition.
Anyway, it's always a good idea to take any potential buy to a mechanic. If you are really thinking of shelling out the money for it then by all means have it checked out. They can put it on a lift and do all the basic fundamental things that should be checked to insure that you are getting a car with no surprises. Also, ask for a service record if the current owner has it.
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Thank you cobra. Your info and the search button answered all my questions.
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Could it be the windshield cracked due to chassis twisting? The car is stock and usually guys that are doing that to there cars are also adding mods as quick as they can. Hmmm
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I think that you're thinking too much about the twisted chassis theory. The car is essentially stock. Even if it were tweaked from all of that 225HP(yes that's sarcasm and yes I own one as well) or from a substantial accident that has been repaired it would have to leak from a place that has a seam or joint that is exposed to water(windshield, cowl, etc). If you buy the car then take off the cowl grill, fenders, exterior windshield trim, interior windshield plastic trims and see if you can see an obvious spot where water is coming in. If not, douse it with water and look again. If it's coming in at the bottom of the windshield or behind the dash somewhere then you won't be able to see it without ripping out the whole dash.
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Thanks. It's going to my mech to go up on the lift and get checked out. Then we go to smog and if it passes it's mine! Agreed on 4k.


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Well I finally got the car! Hood flew up on the guy so he sold it to me for 2500. It is pretty clean! Can't wait to add my personal touch. You guys will be hearing a lot of me lol
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