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Looking at a 2000 Mustang GT. Anything I should know?

Hey everyone. Greetings from the V6 boards.

I'm most likely going to be looking at a 2000 GT this weekend. I know my V6 cars pretty well but, I am not so educated in the GT models. What are some of the common problem areas I need to look for on a 2000 model? I've heard vacuum lines can be a problem in the 4.6L. What else?

It is a base GT, Atlantic Blue, cloth seats (I hate leather so this is a plus), 5-speed, 18x9 2000 Cobra R wheels, hood scoop, 01+ spoiler (I think...), 107k miles. Otherwise, I think it is stock. I didn't get to talk very long. He says the interior is good, clean title, and the exterior is good minus the usual blemishes of a 11 year old car. His asking price is $5,000. I think I could talk him down to $4,500-4,700 as it sounds like he needs the cash for a work truck. KBB value is $5,470 in "Good" condition.
What do you guys think?

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-02-2011
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Looks good, of course its all about the test drive. 5K seems like the a good place to start, than talk him down from their. I would just keep a close eye on any aftermarket parts. I would say, a stocker will hold up real well. Deff nothing out of the usual on a 2V. Just look for the typical like any other car.


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I've had my 2000 GT for 6 years now, up to 177,000 miles and so far the only major problem has been the cracked intake manifold, like most. But if the thermostats working then that shouldn't happen (theoretically). It seems like you know Mustangs pretty well, so if the engine sounds good to you, then it probably is!
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Sounds like a good deal and its a great looking car

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Hi everyone, new to the boards and looking at an 02 GT 5-speed with 70k, similar to the OP. This thread has been pretty helpful, only potential issues I've really heard are the intake manifold and the trans clunk depending on what fluid it has. Anything else specific to the 2v 4.6's or the car in general that I should specifically look for in this mile range?

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The biggest complaints I have heard about are the plastic intake cracking and fuel pump issues. Both are cheap fixes, but just a bother to have. Other than that, it all depends on how it was treated. The miles aren't too bad. Take it for a test drive and listen to your gut.

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From a private party seller I would get a carfax on the car. If you don't know the person you don't know how honest they are being and getting a carfax can tell you if it's been an in accident (in theory)

I had an issue once where I got a car from a guy on craigslist and found out later that it had been in an accident.
Knowing if it's been in a car accident would be a good thing to know. You might even be able to get the seller to buy one for you.
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Looks pretty nice. Good luck I hope you can swing the deal.

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Hi everyone, new to the boards and looking at an 02 GT 5-speed with 70k, similar to the OP. This thread has been pretty helpful, only potential issues I've really heard are the intake manifold and the trans clunk depending on what fluid it has. Anything else specific to the 2v 4.6's or the car in general that I should specifically look for in this mile range?

Thanks
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Oh dude, whatever you do absolutely DO NOT get an '02!! These are even worse than the 1974-78 Mustang II. They are prone to spontaneous combustion and demon possession. I have a Jewish friend who has one and he swears he hears the car making anti-semetic slurs while he's driving it.

Okay, so I laid it on a little thick there, but I'm sure you musta figured out I'm just kidding by now.

Everybody else's advice so far has been pretty spot on. These cars, assuming routine maintenance has been kept up on and the car was not beaten like a redheaded stepchild with a speech impediment, should be very reliable. Maybe even bulletproof to some extent. My best advice on this is that if you're serious about this or any used car then before making the deal insist that a mechanic of your choosing (and cost) give a thorough look at the car; look for any signs of abuse or neglect and if at all possible perform a compression test and leakdown test so you know for the most part that the engine is in sound condition. This may cost a couple hours of labor at whatever the going rate is, but when everything checks out you will be purchasing a car you can be confident in.

Good luck, and if you get it post back with some pics.


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