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For those of you who bought a used rental Mustang: How reliable is it?

I was just reading a couple threads from people who bought a used Mustang that were part of rental fleets.

https://www.allfordmustangs.com/forum...nvertible.html
https://www.allfordmustangs.com/forum...tions-pls.html

The threads are a couple years old, which makes me wonder if those users have had any issues with their cars since then. Would any of you who have bought a rental like to comment on how reliable your car has been a couple of years later?

It's of an interest to me because I'm considering buying a rental Mustang from a company like Enterprise.

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You are making a smart choice if the mileage is low. I have had excellent luck with 'fleet return' cars that had less than 12K miles, and enjoyed the $5,000 savings.

I would not consider a 'fleet return' that had a bad CarFax, or had high mileage.

I almost bought a CarMax fleet returned 2012 Mustang Convertible that had 9,000 miles and asking price of no-dicker $22,488, but found this lightly used 600 mile example for only $1,400 more.

If you are in doubt of the rental car, then negotiate an extended warranty for free, or very low cost as part of your deal.

The Mustang fleet returns are the best bang for buck out there.

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I should add that I have owned four fleet return cars: 1990 Crown Vic, 1991 LeBaron Convertible, 2001 Impala, and 2009 Grand Marquise. All had less than 10K miles whne I purchased.

The LeBaron actually went 21 years and 144K miles until last Dec when I bought the Mustang. It was the best car I had ever owned.

The Impala was a great car until exactly 89K miles, in which EVERYTHING failed from the PassLock sensor to the PCM to the BCM to intake gaskets to radiator, and I could go on and on. It was my first and last Government Motors built vehicle.

The Crown Vic was bullet proof well into 100K miles.

We will see how the Grand Marquise turns out, but so far, so good.

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Great thread!

Just one question: What is a "Low Mileage Fleet Return"? (In other words, why would the rental car company return the car when it has low miles?)

Yeah -- that's just one question.

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Great thread!

Just one question: What is a "Low Mileage Fleet Return"? (In other words, why would the rental car company return the car when it has low miles?)

Yeah -- that's just one question.
dont they usually swap out their cars every 1-2 years anyway?

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Don't know much about the rental car business, but Iwould assume it depends on the deals they get for replacement cars vs the inventory/miles.

My Grand Marquis was actually a Fleet Lease vehicle. Ford leased it to an employee in the LA area. At 12 months and 9K miles it was returned.

The CarMax fleet return 2012 Mustang Convertible I was considering was listed as a rental fleet, and at 10 months and 9K miles it was sold at auction to CarMax.

The Impala and Crown Vic I bought were part of a real estate company's fleet. They were 14 months old and had about 9K miles on them when I purchased the cars.

My LeBaron was part of chrysler's 'program cars'. It was used by a Chrysler employee for 10 months and 5K miles.

My point is all of the above cars were purchased at a >$5,000 savings for an 'almost new' car with lots of factory warranty left. It was a great value.

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To each their own, but personally, I would never, ever, ever buy a car that used to be a rental, LET ALONE a sports car. It may only have >10k miles, but you know those are hard miles. Extra wear on the brakes, rotating assembly, clutch, transmission, differential. Many, many drivers, smoking, eating, farting, spitting in the car. I could never own one.

There's a reason there is the "drive it like a rental" phrase out there.

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I'd be hesistant to buy a mustang rental. As for other cars, normal maintenance routines are getting more and more forgiving. A properly designed and built car should easily last 80K if not a lot more without problems.
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I have purchased 2 cars in the past that were fleet vehicles to use as my daily drivers both had less than 20,000 miles never had any problems with them.I would buy again if I had to.
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The threads are a couple years old, which makes me wonder if those users have had any issues with their cars since then. Would any of you who have bought a rental like to comment on how reliable your car has been a couple of years later?
I posted in that first thread. Still have mine and it's going strong.

The only issue I've had is the driver seat lumbar support broke. But that happens to Mustangs in general. Not just rentals.

The problem is that there is a spring in the seat mechanism that has a bad heat treatment, and the spring breaks over time. I just opened up the seat back and replaced the spring connector with a hose clamp. Works fine now.

Everything else has been great.

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Mine was a former rental car that was purchased wholesale by a dealer. 2011 V6 Premium Convertible. Bought it last October with around 24,000 miles on it. Except for one spot on the front bumper it looked brand new. The dealer detailed it spotless. Interior was as new. No smells, stains, etc. They had another identical car (color, options, everything) that had less miles but interior was a little worn and wasn't as "fresh". Anyway, we paid $21,500 out the door INCLUDING a 100,000 mile Ford ESP Extended Warranty and all dealer fees. Candy red, auto, and appearance package all added slightly to it's value. Original sticker price was a little over $34k.
Only problem we have had was the airbag light. Module was replaced under warranty. We have about 38k miles on it now.

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To each their own, but personally, I would never, ever, ever buy a car that used to be a rental, LET ALONE a sports car. It may only have >10k miles, but you know those are hard miles. Extra wear on the brakes, rotating assembly, clutch, transmission, differential. Many, many drivers, smoking, eating, farting, spitting in the car. I could never own one.

There's a reason there is the "drive it like a rental" phrase out there.
+1 especially with the GTs, where you can be sure some folks just rented it so they could step on it and do crazy stuff...


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Extra wear on the brakes, rotating assembly, clutch, transmission, differential. Many, many drivers, smoking, eating, farting, spitting in the car. I could never own one. .
I definitely would not want to buy a car that has been heavily farted in. This should be reported on the Carfax.

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I definitely would not want to buy a car that has been heavily farted in. This should be reported on the Carfax.
Lol, it may sound immature, but it would definitely be a concern of mine!

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I would say the perfect recipe for a fleet return car would be less than 24K miles, and negotiate a extended warranty as part of the deal.

You have really nothing to lose and lots of savings to gain.


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