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Hey everyone im new, Yesterday I went and looked at a 1998 mustang GT convertible and I test drove it. I liked the power and the look and feel of the car, and Im pretty sure tommarow im going back to buy it. I was just wondering some pointers to look at when buying a used car and do the convertibles wheigh much more than the hard tops? Thanks

1998 mustang GT convertible

4.6L V8
5 speed manual
107,xxx miles
black leather interior
 

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The non-PI headed cars (96-98) are down 45HP from the 99 & later cars if that matters to you. Still, I like the body style - have both. Would be nice if the intake manifold had been replaced at some point w/the improved one - the all-plastic manifolds had nasty habit of cracking by thermostat housing; the improved manifold is easy to spot because of the cast aluminum crossover containing the thermostat. Other than those two things, they can be nice cars. If having really fast car important to you, I'd wait and buy a PI-headed (Performance Improved = 99 & newer GT's recieved new heads/cams/intake) car or Cobra.
 

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How much are they asking, and what color is it? Have you checked what your insurance will be? The 94-98s are better looking than the 99-04s IMO. To get the same performance as a 99-04 it will take a good amount of cash and work but if it doesn't matter, get it! Good luck!
 

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I havent had much luck on finding any 99+ cars and If the car cost anymore than it does now I wouldnt be able to get it. I plan on hopping it up some though, I dont like to leave things stock. Its got some kind of aftermarket mufflers, they dont sound like flowmasters, they are louder, and they dont sound like glasspacks but they have a very deep & mellow tone to them. Isnt this car rated at 225 horsepower stock? Like I say, down the road I want to add a cam and an aftermarket intake and a few other things here and there. Thanks for the reply, by the way do you know how much more this thing wheighs than a hard top?
 

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How much are they asking, and what color is it? Have you checked what your insurance will be? The 94-98s are better looking than the 99-04s IMO. To get the same performance as a 99-04 it will take a good amount of cash and work but if it doesn't matter, get it! Good luck!
Its silver with a black top, and yes I like the looks better than the 99-04's. The first time I asked him he said 7995. So I looked at it test drove it and said I would get back with him today. He called while I was at church and my father answered and my dad told him I was going to look at a Z28 today. 5 minutes after they got off the phone the guy called back and said "hey ill let him have it for 5995 if he dont like that Z" I like the mustangs better as far as appearence and interior goes. Sound like a deal? as far as I know the car is sound. I never saw any problems with it or how it drove.
 

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Its silver with a black top, and yes I like the looks better than the 99-04's. The first time I asked him he said 7995. So I looked at it test drove it and said I would get back with him today. He called while I was at church and my father answered and my dad told him I was going to look at a Z28 today. 5 minutes after they got off the phone the guy called back and said "hey ill let him have it for 5995 if he dont like that Z" I like the mustangs better as far as appearence and interior goes. Sound like a deal? as far as I know the car is sound. I never saw any problems with it or how it drove.
I think you should try to find a 99+ if you can afford one. If not, then try to find another pre 99 with less miles. 107k is kind of high in my book....
 

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I think $8k is too high but $6k on the other hand is about right. Don't worry about the miles, have a reputable mechanic check it out for you before you buy it. That same engine was in tons of cabs and squad cars that saw 150k+ miles.
 

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Kelly Blue Book shows it around $6,500 in Good condition so I like the new price he offered better.
 

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Got it for 5995, its in excellent condition, Inside and out and mechanically.
Heres a picture, is it just me or does it look like its been lowered a bit?
 

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Got it for 5995, its in excellent condition, Inside and out and mechanically.
Heres a picture, is it just me or does it look like its been lowered a bit?
-- A BIT?, oh yeah. Nice looking though.
 

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yep, she's been dropped. Excellent find, good looking car.
 

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Yea, its been dropped probably 1.5 inches or so. I love those stock wheels! You got a great deal, enjoy and feel free to ask questions. :winks
 

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Thanks guys, I dont know if I like it being lowered or not but it still looks good to me. The stock wheels are about my favorite that arent chrome, I really like those. I dont think Ill be able to upgrade anything for a while, im 15 and now that ive spent all the money I had I have 6 dollers to my name now and gas and insurance is going to take all I have when I get my steady job back this spring. The thing I love the most is how she sounds, Its either an X or an H I havent crawled under there to look yet, with the dual flowmasters or borlas coming out of the back.
 

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Congrats on the new ride - she looks really sharp - shoot us a few more pics when have a moment - actually, good time to start your Gallery.
 

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Oxford, NC. One of my best friends is from there. Nice, quiet small town.
 

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Yea oxfords alright, I actually live a few miles north out in the country I guess youd say. Heres a few more pics, Ill have to get better ones tommarow, I didnt get to the dealer until about quarter till 5. The engine compartment is a little nasty and needs some cleaning, but thats the only dirty thing Ive found so far. Pipes have a little rust but its chrome, its gonna happen.
 

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Nice pics, and good looking car. I think 6500 was a fair deal for sure. You got the car for near wholesale. Here are a few recent sales at dealer only auction for 1998 Verts:

12/15/05 PENSCOLA Regular $5,700 100,550 Avg RED 8G A Yes
12/20/05 BISHOP B Regular $6,000 104,140 Avg GREEN 8G 5 Yes
12/22/05 CLANTON Regular $5,850 111,274 Avg BLACK 8G A Yes
01/04/06 BAY CITI Regular $5,600 112,483 Avg BLACK 8G A Yes
01/02/06 AYCOCK Regular $6,400 112,507 Avg RED 8G 5 Yes
 

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Yea oxfords alright, I actually live a few miles north out in the country I guess youd say. Heres a few more pics, Ill have to get better ones tommarow, I didnt get to the dealer until about quarter till 5. The engine compartment is a little nasty and needs some cleaning, but thats the only dirty thing Ive found so far. Pipes have a little rust but its chrome, its gonna happen.
-- really like your car! You should be happy w/your purchase.
 

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Thanks meatball, the more I look at it the more I like it. you have a very beautiful car there yourself, and from what I hear its very fast. I see you have a rollbar or something like that in the middle, that makes it look better to me. I just waxed mine tonight, it made a litte difference. Is there any kind of chemical or cleaner to clean this top with? Ive never even washed a convertible before I dont know what to expect and how to clean it, thanks.
 
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