Used car buying guide: Ford Mustang

Now that the right-hand-drive Ford Mustangs are on the market, is there a sense in purchase of the imported previous model?

You can get a used, low-mileage, current generation of the Mustang 2.3 Ecoboost £26,000, or a 5.0 V8 GT manual from £29,000, with the advantage of driving on the right side of the car. That said, the last-gen model is potentially much less expensive, infinitely tweakable and, well, just so damn charismatic.

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The prices start way below £25,000. How about £9000 for a 2008-reg 4.0 V8 Fastback? It is made up of 225 000 km but has a new clutch, control arms and brakes. The work reads like a buyer’s guide of things to look for when buying a S197 (the code name for the fifth generation of the Mustang 2005-2014).

Another thing to look for is the evidence that all taxes have been paid. The seller of the above car bought from a member of the united states. They are allowed to import and registration of vehicles in the UK plates without having to pay the import taxes, but must be taken home at the end of the tour. However, some sell their cars to the UK buyers at knockdown prices without paying taxes, which is when Customs and Excise comes knocking…

The S197 has been more brutal-in search of the legendary Mk1 Fastback, 1967. Otherwise, it was bang up to date, sharing nothing, outside of some styling details, including its tri-bar taillights, with its immediate Mk4 predecessor. He sat down on a new and much more rigid platform, but, even so, the united KINGDOM, lovers of enhancing the suspension for a sharper drive.

It was launched in 2004 in a Fastback shape with a choice of a 4.0 V6 engine with 207bhp or a 4.6 V8 with 296bhp, both five-speed manual or automatic gearbox. A convertible in 2005.

In 2009, the 4.6 V8 GT engine has been updated to 311bhp. A facelift in 2010 introduced a new Mustang emblem, indicators, headlights and LED taillights.

The following year, a new generation of six-speed manual and automatic transmissions mated to two engines: a 301bhp 3.7 V6, which has been more effective than the 4.0 V6 it replaced and, in place of the 4.6,a 406bhp ‘Coyote’ 5.0 litre V8, which in turn gave birth to the re-438bhp of the Boss 302. The new GT500 trumped that with a supercharged 5.4 V8 make 542bhp. In 2013, this version has increased 5.8 liters and 653bhp (80 mph, shows a cool 1800rpm), while the 5.0 V8 eased up to 414bhp. These cars have HID headlights too.

Speaking of which, and regardless of the model year, check that all the lights work when purchasing a S197. They are controlled by a computer, and bodging of the success of the Vehicle, acceptance test, ravages– although specialist Nick Haes can help (01902 847848). Look at what you are paying for an S197 since they are starting to look expensive against the S550 Mk6. Keep this in mind and enjoy one of the most charismatic of cars, you can buy from £9000.

How to get it in you garage:

An expert – MIKE LACEY, MODURSTANG: “In 1982, when I was 19 years old, I moved with my parents to the united states, where I fell in love with the Mustangs. A few years after his return to the UK, I started my own business of maintenance and adjustment. The S197 was a fantastic era for the model. You can change every inch of the car and it has aftermarket upgrades to a new level. Like all Mustangs, it holds its value very well. You can pay up to £26,000 for a top – spec 06-reg, 4.6 V8 in perfect condition, but it is too much. Most of the S197s are out of your price range, especially when the first current generation S550s start at about the same amount of money. For only $ 10k more, you can have a low-mile 16-reg 5.0 V8 GT with everything on it.”

Buyer beware…

ENGINE – Engine runs better on 5W30 synthetic, changed every 10 000 km. Be wary of spark plugs on the first V8 – they are in two parts and when released can snap, especially when it is cold. There is a special tool to extract the remaining part.

TRANSMISSION – control of the oil leak from the rear axle pinion seal. It is € 5 for the part, but a day of work to fix.On the manual cars, to check if the second velocity crack on the selection when it is cold.

The SUSPENSION AND BRAKES – brakes to get worse as they get hotter, so do the new discs and pads (StopTech, for example) a priority. Rear lower control arms and at its end, the bushes are the same regardless of the grade of the engine, and replace it with the superior of BMR Suspension parts. Same goes for the springs and shock absorbers.

BODY – Check for rust spots on the underside of the hood edge. It is in two layers, and condensation can form between them. Failure of door seals let water in the front the spot where, on the passenger side, it can short – circuit at the junction of the board. Check the plastic spacer and metal bracket between the grille and the radiator to the crash damage. Check windows drop a fraction when the door is open.

ELECTRIC – Unexpect-brake light and rear indicator mods for the IVA test can cause electrical problems. Check the cruise control works – bodgers cut the brake light wire the system is based on the. Check to see if the LED brake light bulbs have been replaced by ordinary bulbs.

INTERIOR Trim looks and feels plasticky, but must remain anchored.

Also useful to know:

If the car has more than four years, request a copy of his C386 customs form that shows the import taxes and duties have been paid. Cheap cars may need to be on duty (10%) and VAT (20%). The old cars are especially risky.

How much to spend:

Below £14,995 – assortment of cars, most of the manuals, as low as £9000. Includes early 4.0 V6s, some with over 200k km, as the one of 2008-reg 4.0 V6 225 k.

£ 15,000-£19,995 – Mix 07 14 reg 3.7 V6s, 4.6 V8, 5.0 V8 coupes and convertibles with 35-70k km. Includes a 2001 5.0 V8 GT with 35k miles for the price of 19,995.

£20,000-£24,995 – Low mileage 4.6 s, and the average mileage, end plate 5.0 V8. Next-gen 2.3 Ecoboost around £26,000.

The one that we found:

FORD MUSTANG 4.6 V8 GT FASTBACK AUTO, 2007, 55k MILES, £15,995 – shipped by a specialist who claims to have dealt with all the import requirements. Has the Premium pack (switchable traction control, leather trim) and the whole of the story, and is “rust”. The expenses of Shelby extras, including Classic GT apron and the radiator grille and the louvres.

John Evans

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