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Old 11-12-2006, 06:31 PM   #1
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I've found a black '89 GT for sale. Original owner (mechanic @ local Ford dealereship), never been wrecked but was repainted ~2yrs ago due to suns effects on paint & clearcoat. Original interior (no seat rips or worn spots), new carpet, AC changed to R134, only things not original are water pump, alternator, and mufflers. Black / gray interior. Everything works even has original stereo but has added a remote 6 disc CD changer. 121,xxx miles on it. He is asking $5500 obo. Good deal?

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Old 11-12-2006, 07:20 PM   #2
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Auto or stick? I think that sounds pretty good if it is as nice as it sounds.

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Old 11-12-2006, 10:43 PM   #3
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Auto or stick? I think that sounds pretty good if it is as nice as it sounds.

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It's a stick.....that's exactly what I'm looking for. He has replaced the clutch several years ago with a Ford racing replacement. Let's see, another option is a sunroof which doesn't appear to leak.

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Old 11-13-2006, 09:21 AM   #4
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Sounds pretty good, but I'd try to get him down about $1000 on the price. If you think the sunroof might leak, run a water hose over it for a couple of minutes. And if the owner has a problem with it, then maybe he knows there's a leak.
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Old 11-13-2006, 04:00 PM   #5
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i would get a carfax and make sure of the mileage, also to find out if it has ever been in any trouble
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I've found a black '89 GT for sale. Original owner (mechanic @ local Ford dealereship), never been wrecked but was repainted ~2yrs ago due to suns effects on paint & clearcoat. Original interior (no seat rips or worn spots), new carpet, AC changed to R134, only things not original are water pump, alternator, and mufflers. Black / gray interior. Everything works even has original stereo but has added a remote 6 disc CD changer. 121,xxx miles on it. He is asking $5500 obo. Good deal?

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I can quickly see this becoming a $5k car.

Being a well documented and cared for car with very acceptable mileage, $5 isn’t too bad at all. 120k miles is nothing for a pampered and maintained roller motor.

Yes, there are many $2k examples out there. Do the math! By the time you straighten them out and get the cosmetics as good as this one is, where are you?

With good, straight and solid originals being few and far between, many GT’s are now solid $4k cars.

It is always better to pay a little more for something worth it (up front) than to get nickeled and dimed to death fixing other cars.
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I can quickly see this becoming a $5k car.

Being a well documented and cared for car with very acceptable mileage, $5 isn’t too bad at all. 120k miles is nothing for a pampered and maintained roller motor.

Yes, there are many $2k examples out there. Do the math! By the time you straighten them out and get the cosmetics as good as this one is, where are you?

With good, straight and solid originals being few and far between, many GT’s are now solid $4k cars.

It is always better to pay a little more for something worth it (up front) than to get nickeled and dimed to death fixing other cars.
Drove it today, checked everything and all seemed to be in great working order. A lot different than my '07 but it would be silly to think they would be the same. The only possible problem area I could find was a small steering rack leak. Absolutely no sign of water leaks around the sunroof. Getting the car tomorrow (if he doesn't back out) for $4850. He seems really attached to it. Even gave me the original 1989 sales brochure from when he bought it and an unopened pack of "Mustang" cigarettes that came with the car. I'll get it registered and post pics when I pick it up.

On another, similar note, I just bought my younger daughter a 1990 Mustang LX vert. It's got the 2.3L 4 cylinder with an automatic transmission. Car has a documented 52,xxx miles on it. There are some things that it needs like the rear quarter windows don't work (can hear the motor but they dont move), drivers power lock switch doesn't work (passenger side switch will lock and unlock both doors so it's not the actuator), and the airbag light flashes (code 6 I think) but you expect an inexpensive 17 year old car to have some issues and these are things we can fix together.

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Keep us posted Chip!

This is what most of us are going to have pay soon for a clean stick car.

There are plenty of fixer-uppers out there, but a straight and solid car is always the better buy. Plus it has fresh paint!
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Ok...the LX and GT are both home, registered and licensed to drive. Here are the pics. Sorry, the quality isn't great, it was my camera phone. GT is an '89, LX is a '90.


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They look sweet Chip,, the window may be stuck,, got somewhat the same problem with my 89 vert (window goes down but not up). Ifn ya every get down Charleston way give me a holler. I get up there every now and then...
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