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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 01-19-2010 Thread Starter
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Trying to buy a 97 Gt. Seller called me today (he isnt the smartest fella) and said it is stuck in first. These are his words... "you can put it in neutral and it stays in 1st. you can try to put it in reverse and it boggs down and shuts off becasue it like binds up and wont move"

My thoughts were slave / master cylinder leak, rearend lock up, or transmission forks bent.
any ideas? Is this a common problem?

I am only giving $2000 for the car now instead of $3500.
Cobra R front end and hood, HID headlights, aftermarket wheels, exhaust, cold air, chip.
Black, tinted windows, black wheels with new tires, and a leather interior.
And man its clean.
Any help would rock!

forgot to put this is a 5-speed car

Just talked to him again and he said it drives fine in first but just wont go into any other gears. That throws out the salve / master idea and the rearend idea.
Are they known to have trans issues?

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 01-20-2010
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Maybe, tell him you will "Rescue" this car.

For a BEST CASE scenario, the clutch disk just delaminated. There are pieces of the friction material jambed between the disk and flywheel. You should be able to move the shifter from gear to gear while it is turned OFF, if this is the case.

The next best case would be a bent shifter fork.

If it is worse than that, then it is really bad.

Go buy something else. Whatever is wrong, you do not want to find out what else this neanderboy has done to the car, on your dime.

If he is still trying to move this thing around and using words like "drives fine in first", then run away with all possible speed. Some people have no business owning performance vehicles (or any other kind for that matter).

Of course, you could charge him a few hundred dollars to "RESCUE" the car and give it a loving comfortable home.

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