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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-15-2014 Thread Starter
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Thinking about buying a high mileage 2005 Mustang. What should I look for?

I'm thinking about buying a v6 mustang as my daily driver. I saw this one on Craigslist 2005 It's an automatic tranny with 135,000 miles. The guy's teenage son currently drives the car... I don't know anything about these cars or their reliability. I've heard that the tranny can have problems around 150,000 miles, which is somewhat a concern. Are there any common problems with these cars that I should be aware of, and what should I look for on a car like this? Or should I completely pass and look for a different one?

I'd like to have something reliable that won't require me working on it all the time. How do these cars do?

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I'm subscribing to my own thread. Thanks for any help!

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That many miles with a teenager behind the wheel, not good!!!
I'd carefully look over the maintenance records which they should have, and if none are available, walk away.
If the trans was not maintained properly, it's already probably starting to slip or needs fluid changing.

I dont know what price they are asking nor details as I didn't look at the add.
But that mileage is getting a little high for a long-term reliable vehicle, although they are really good engines and will last over 200k if properly maintained.

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You didn't mention the price which is pretty important. With that kind of mileage, maintenance records are pretty important. If nothing has been done to the transmission, I'd walk away. A drain and refill would help but a flush is likely to cause more problems than it prevents. The 4.0L engine can handle many more miles assuming it's been well maintained.
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^what they said. If you don't have a history of upkeep, it's a dangerous road. Remember that you get what you pay for most of the time. Mine has 128k and runs just fine, but maintenance is very important.

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Posting a comment in your own thread to subscribe to it? That's a new one. Bottom left on the page there is a link to "Subscribe to this thread" that you can use to subscribe on other threads that you have not commented on yet. Check your settings as I think by default you are subscribed to any thread you comment on. But you definitely do not need to post that you are subscribing to your own thread.
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Tranny problems are not just at 150k+. My transmission issues started early around 55k, but didn't progress to the point that I had to repair it until around 80k. Remember, it was a teenager behind the wheel. I took proper care with my car and ended up with problems early. I know many mustang guys with the same issues. The 5R55S tranny has always been problematic.

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