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I've got a 2000 tahoe 4x4 tow package with 208,000 miles on it. I am thinking about trading it for a 2003 mustang gt 5 speed with 123,000 miles on it. It has a new clutch, new stainless steel pypes exhaust, new head lights and tail lights, cobra r wing and front bumper. I've never had a mustang, but everyone thinks I'm crazy if I trade. Pics attached.

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Depends.... Do you need something with 4WD, can fit some people and tow some stuff? Because the Mustang won't do any of those.

On paper anyway, a Mustang with 123K on the clock has lotsa life left to live, assuming it's been well cared for or maintained up to this point. My '01 I bought at 57K almost 9 years ago and has 118K now, never had any issues with it. Many here have much higher mileage and are still reliable. That car you posted, some of the cosmetic mods (like the spoiler, taillights and that stripe down the side) would have to go on Day 1, but that's just me. If you like it as is then cool.

Worth doing is go to kbb.com and get an idea for the private party sale value of both vehicles. I definitely wouldn't do a straight-across trade if say your Tahoe was worth $10K and the Mustang was valued at only $5K.
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As well as agreeing with SoCal's post above, your inquiry needs just a bit more detail; why are you trading your Tahoe at all? Do you have a family that might need transport? Is the trade being done at a dealership, or private sale? Are there records of maintenance for the Mustang? Can you swing the purchase of the Mustang without getting rid of the Tahoe? Will you be driving it daily, and what kind of weather do you get where you live (snow, sleet, hail etc) The reasons for a Mustang purchase are almost always visceral instead of practical, so good for you to stop and ask about its true place in your life's routine.


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I never use the 4x4, it's just my daily driver,my only ride. It's just me and my fiance with my daughter, but I'm the only one in it 90% of the time. I love in Myrtle Beach South, Carolina. We never get snow, if anything we get ice. It's a straight up trade, both are worth around 5k on kbb.com It's the high mileage on the tahoe that conerns me, plus I want that speed and sound.
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If u like the mustang and don't want or need the Tahoe go for it. A mostly stock 03 mustang gt is not super fast. The gt will handle alot better and should get better mpg. Why is he trading it? U could be just taking someones problems off there hands. Get it looked at
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If the needs are met by both vehicles, and the value is a wash, then it really comes down to what you want. It sounds like you are just wanting something different. A new edge mustang is a fun car. From the sounds of it weather should not be much of an issue and there is enough room to fit your family (though as your daughter gets older, it will get cramped back there). If you travel with your family often and don't have another vehicle, you will most likely miss the room in your Tahoe, but that is about the only draw back I see. As others have said, just make sure to thoroughly check out the mustang first, so you are not buying someone else's problem.


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^ Speaking of rear seat room, my 6 year old son already hates the back seat. Only thing the back seat on these cars are good for if you are 5'11" or taller (sitting up in front) is a dog or couple 12 packs of beer. These rear seats are even more useless than the trunk.
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I agree SoCal. My 6 and 13 year old daughters like the back seat when the top is down, and because they only wind up riding in it around a dozen times or less per year (so it's a treat). If it was my primary, I don't think they would feel quote the same way.
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My rear seat is for my work out bag, golf clubs, etc...my 7 month old daughter fits back there just fine in her carseat so I have a good amount of time with her back there. BUT if she is back there, then my wife cannot sit in the passenger seat lol. A rear seat delete is in my future when this car is not my main DD.

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Well I made the trade and have found that on top of the new headlights, tail lights, and stainless pypes violator exhaust it also has new fuel pump, clutch, stock height springs, struts, shocks, CAI, the wheels and the tires are only 6 months old, and came with a set lowering springs and new caster plates. The guy was in his sixties and had removed the lowering springs. The only down side I have found is a vibration around 2000 RPM I'm assuming is in the clutch And the lower control arm bushings on the passenger side front need replaced. Car had also been in a wreck but didn't look like any frame or front end damage was done.
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Sweet! Congrats. Post some pics when it get it home and cleaned up. Sounds like a decent pick up. Maybe need some TLC but that's ok.

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