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Albeit this information came from a dealer trying to sell me a 2010 Automatic V8 even though I am looking for a 2007 Manual V6... But he brought up a valid point, manual transmissions can get a major beating in the hands of an inexperienced driver... Is it safe to get a manual mustang used... I really want one but it would be impossible for me to replace the tranny.... (no money..)
 

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take it out for a spin


get away get it goin in 1st then shift straight to 4th and let clutch out. if she grabs your good if she slips she needs a clutch. other than that the transmissions are strong. and simple.

i would say go for it, EVEN if you gotta change the clutch they arent bad to do.


just test drive it and maybe have it looked over by a TRUSTED mechanic
 

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I wouldn't worry to much. An 07 should have warranty left on it anyways.
 

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I suppose they could, Clutches too. But auto's are not immune from abusive drivers either. I can recall drivers who would run the rpm up in neutral and then slam the transmission into drive to get the burn out started. Cant be good on the transmission. Since its a used car, you can have it checked over. Just have the tranny oil / filter inspected for metal chips and the clutch / flywheel inspected for excessive wear. Will tell you if the driver was a moron or a thrasher or both. Is there a layer of rubber under the rear wheel wells? Evidence of burnouts is a bad sign if your looking for a babied car.
 

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Echo what 05 horse said. If it slips, tell the dealer you know it needs a clutch and they will probably put one in, especially because it most likely is still covered under warranty. The dealer would actually make money in parts and service, and you'd be getting a new clutch free :) Peace of mind is good :D
 

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Either way the car is covered under warranty, if your buying the car from a dealer. Wether it be 30 day, or 90 day the dealer is responsible for repairs. So if you really like the car, go for it and check everything out before your warranty runs out. And when you drive the car, and you want to test the clutch for slippage drive normally. Take it and shift 1st to 4th, at about 15mph then you'll know for sure, Mike. SCT Tuner.:bigthumbsup
 

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Dunno if a clutch would be covered unless it was proved defective.

Clutches, for warranty purposes, are looked at like just like light bulbs and brake pads are.
(Brake pads are considered "consumable" and wear isn't covered)

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Looked it up;

Official Ford ESP Warranty - Ford Extended Warranty Online - Extended Warranty Coverage List

Look for "These Are the Only Components Not Covered by ESP PremiumCare", manual clutch discs are NOT covered.

If you can't pay Ford extra money (ESP) to cover a clutch, it probably wasn't covered under the original warranty unless you prove it was defective.
 

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autos are also a hell of a lot more expensive to fix then manuals.

on a side note if your spending everything you have on the car, so much so that you can't afford repairs maybe you should look more at a 03 or 04 GT? You don't want to be car poor!
 

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Buy an extended warranty and finance that, the monthly cost would be minimal and a good hedge against repairs you can't afford...I hate to say it, but if you are that tight financially, I'd have to go with a Jap car...sorry Ford
 

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Thanks!

Thanks for all the advice I think i'll definitely get the Ford... frankly its not that money isn't tight... but I'm financing the actual purchase and I really don't want to get stuck with major repairs... it seems like the reality of the matter is that theres no guarantee with a used car that either auto or manual is necessarily a safe bet but ya.. thanks again everyone
 

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if an auto goes it's going to cost 3-4 times as much to fix as a manual, if that helps.
 

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simple
the things that can go wrong in the manual

hydro bearing.

drop trans,bell houseing replace, self job with a few tools
$158

Clutch w/ flywheel

$400 bucks, again self install with a few basic tools. and loctite, and a flywheel resurfaceing.


and thats about it.

the BWs are pretty strong trannys.


youll be ok with it!
 

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I'm sorry to say this but WTF..


Go test drive the v6.
Then go test drive the GT.
then come back to the forums and post "wtf was i thinking a v6..."
(At least thats what i said)


All in all get what you want and pay what you want. If your willing to dump the extra money on the GT then i say go for it since it comes with a warranty. (Make sure to talk the dealership down since i'm 99% sure they are trying to rip you off on either one)

If money is a concern/issue/problem, then go with the v6 just make sure you have someone else besides the dealership check it out. (I'm also assuming the 2010 is new)
 

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the issue with the v8 is im 20 and insurance is like 4K a year for me on a GT cuz in NJ insurance is ridiculous... trust me i want a v8 lol
 

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Must be why Nissan GT-R owners are getting stuck with TWENTY TWO THOUSAND dollar repair bills on their transmissions, right?

Sorry Nissan, I'll stick with Ford.
Amazing! My Sis recently had to rebuilt the auto transmission in her VW Jetta. 6000 bucks. They told her that if it were a domestic the bill would have been closer to 2000 ish. The hidden costs of buying German.
 

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the issue with the v8 is im 20 and insurance is like 4K a year for me on a GT cuz in NJ insurance is ridiculous... trust me i want a v8 lol
I told my son to wait til he was 25 to buy a powerful car. For 2 reasons:
1) Before that, your too prone to show off and do something stupid.
2) Insurance costs for a male are way too high up until about 25.
 

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Ricers are usually inexpensive to purchase but parts are huge.....A purge valve for my 93 GT from ford was somwhere around $ 40. My dads camry needed one and paid $ 137 for basically the same thing. What a rippoff.. GA
 

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the issue with the v8 is im 20 and insurance is like 4K a year for me on a GT cuz in NJ insurance is ridiculous... trust me i want a v8 lol
Is it really that high for you? My insurance is alittle over 1k (1,088?) and i'm in MA. Last i knew both our states where pretty high on insurance to. (Also i'm only 24 so i know why i got it a bit cheaper but even still 4k seems pretty high.)
 

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ya i currently have some insurance ******** going on so it inflates it a lot but needless to say 20 year old rutgers students with less than perfect driving histories (i.e. speeding tickets... and other ********) get shafted even with good grades
 
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