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Alright, so I am trading my current vehicle, a Land Rover Discovery SE II, for a mustang. So far I have two solid offers, a 96' 4.6L GT manual 5-speed V8, 410 gears on the back. The body on it is in amazing condition, nearly perfect. My other offer is a 94' 5.0L GT with BBK headers, Cold Air Flow, and 33mm mass air flow and 373 gears. The owner also said its 8-8 readend, I don't know what this means... this 5.0 also is not in the greatest condition on the body. The soft convertible top has a few tears and needs replaced and the front seats are in bad shape. After hearing about these mustangs, which one would be better/more fun to drive and work with? I'm planning on using it as my daily driver for whichever I decide on and I dont plan on racing at a track... although street racing with my friends would be real fun.

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The 96 is the much better car for a daily. The 4.6 has more power, gets better gas mileage. My advice is to look for a 99-04 if you can. They've got improved heads and cams and other engine components, giving them even more power.

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The 96 is the much better car for a daily. The 4.6 has more power, gets better gas mileage. My advice is to look for a 99-04 if you can. They've got improved heads and cams and other engine components, giving them even more power.
Would it get better gas mileage even with the 410 gears
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Would it get better gas mileage even with the 410 gears
Some people claim such things. I think you'd have to drive it like a grandma though, chances are you won't. Most of us don't, I lost about 2 mpg but my car is a toy so mpg is of very little concern.

The 96-98 GT's are good cars and have potential, but as stated above the 99+ cars have much better cylinder heads and intake (260 hp vs 215 hp) and are ultimately a better starting point. Many people with the 96-98 Mustangs swap out the top end for the 99+ stuff, and really if you want to go anywhere with the car performance wise you will eventually need to do so as well. Or drop $5K on a supercharger. Or both, if you ever want any "real" power.

8.8" rearend is what every V8 Mustang built since 1979 up until 2014 has. Ford used variations of that rear in many rwd cars/trucks over the years - Rangers, Explorers, Thunderbirds, CrownVics, I think F150's may have used it as well.


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And a few Explorers too... 2008 4.0 XLT 4x2, 1996 XLT 5.0 4x2, 2003 Sport Trac XLT 4.0 4x4
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Did I see your ad on Facebook OP? I saw a Land Rover up for trade in one of the groups I'm in.

Of the two you mentioned I would go with the 96.

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Did I see your ad on Facebook OP? I saw a Land Rover up for trade in one of the groups I'm in.

Of the two you mentioned I would go with the 96.

EDIT: It is you. Nice.
Yes that is me 😂
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And thank you for the info SoCal2V
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