Nope, haven't driven one yet, been in one as a passenger and have always been a fan of them. But defo looks set that I am getting one. From the advice I have been given its best to go for the 2.0 version over the 2.5 and to get the 05/06 version. Also hoping to get the PPP version if I can
My brother has a 2001 WRX Wagon STi and he loves it! I got the chance to try to drive it, but I couldn't get my head around the clutch (very aggressive!) Mind, that was 3 years ago, and I'm only just learning to drive
Last year I was running a Vauxhall Vectra 3.2 V6 GSI on a 54 plate co2 was 236g/km and my tax this year would have been Â£405.00 so it had to go as i was not prepared to pay that amount. The only problem I had was getting rid of it - no dealer would touch it - all because to the Co2 levels, finally I managed to get rid and bought a Skoda Octavia VRS 2.0 turbo on a 56 plate. On paper same performance 7.3 0-60 and 151mph - Co2 of 186g/km and Â£215 tax
now for me (and i'm not being funny) but checking the emissions and tax on a car like that is just pointless.
i mean, it's part and parcel of a car like that right?.....if i were buying a performance car, i wouldn't not buy it because the tax was high 8) goodness the service alone would scare you half to death. my mate paid a good Â£1000 for a service on his scooby
Actually Dan, it will cost me a lot less in Petrol, Insurance and Road Tax than the Scooby
I've decided to follow my dream and scrap the Scooby idea and go for a Mustang. Starting to do my research now, trying to learn about them as much as possible especially servicing etc but there seems to be a growing Mustang community in the UK. I've seen one in the 'Trader today that caught my eye. Was a 06 GT for just under Â£17k in black, but this is one thing I am not going to rush into straight away.
i know someone with a mustang, and i was a car mechanic for ford and bmw and even an mot tester (before i went to do a degree). dont get anything less than a v8 they are just crap and wach for rust on the sills and rear wheel arches the cars cant coap woth the british roads!!!
can put you a check list togeather if you need it of things to wach on second hand cars.
Thanks for your reply, and you're right, I am only looking to get the V8 4.6 GT Premium package.
If you could do that checklist it would be great and sure ot assist me.
I've been looking for one now for over a month and have to say there aren't many S197's (its the model type, generally an 05 plate and upwards) available. I've signed up to a few mustag forums and people there are really helpful.
Don't worry, all you guys will see pics if and when I get one
And Paul, basically its like the difference between Versace and Burberry. One is Cool and classy, the other is pure chav. Me persoannly I want the cool and classy and not the Chav mobile
Car check list,
Pre checks, HPI vehicle history check
â€¢ Check the paintwork for evidence of poor repairs
â€¢ Check the panel gaps again for evidence of poor repairs
â€¢ Check the wheel arches for rust (rust is bad and cant be repaired the effected area needs to be cut away and replaced.
â€¢ Check the sills for rust and damage from jacking
â€¢ Check the lower parts of the car for damage e.g. cracked bumper
â€¢ Check under the wheel arch for oil from leaking shocks and check the brakes for damage, while there check for rust.
â€¢ Check the key works in the door even if the car has a fob
â€¢ Check the cars controls and seat for wear and make sure it matches the mileage, a lot of imported cars have been clocked!
â€¢ Check the interior for damaged and broken trim.
â€¢ Check the electrical systems work like the windows radio etc but donâ€™t start the engine yet.
3, engine off
â€¢ Open the bonnet and check the engine has oil and water
â€¢ The engine oil should be clean and free from metallic particles (looks like glitter)
â€¢ The engine coolant should be clear not brown and murky and be coloured e.g. green
â€¢ Check the engine bay for rust and damage
â€¢ Check the engine for leaks and obvious damage
â€¢ Check the radiator for damage and leaks
â€¢ Check the brakes for leaks and damage
4, engine on
â€¢ Start the engine paying attention to the dash lights make sure the oil and battery light are on with the engine off and go out as soon as it starts
â€¢ Listen for any rattling noise when the engine starts
â€¢ The engine should start straight away and not shake or splutter when it does start
â€¢ Pick the engine revs up to around 2500-3000 and check for smoke from the exhaust and bonnet. (two people helps to do this)
â€¢ There might be a small amount of white smoke (water vapour) from the exhaust this is normal. There should be no blue = oil smoke, black = Fuel smoke or large amounts of white = Coolant smoke.
â€¢ The engine should be smooth with no shuddering or any excessive noise
â€¢ Allow the engine to warm up while checking the papers.
â€¢ Check all the vin/chassis noâ€™s match the carâ€™s stamped no and its chassis plate
â€¢ The car should have a v5 registration document and a valid MOT.
â€¢ A vehicle hand book and service book with stamps would be nice but not essential.
â€¢ Imported cars need to have a SVA test it would be nice to see its import papers and the documents from this test.
6, road test
â€¢ The engine should be hot now but it shouldnâ€™t overheat, check for smoke again the same as when it was cold.
â€¢ Insist you drive your insurance company will supply you with temporary cover to do this.
â€¢ Take the car out and listen for any noises donâ€™t get carried away just driving the car like I do!!
â€¢ Check the brakes work well they are important!!
â€¢ Check the steering it should work with no noise (mustangs are known for killing suspension joints)
â€¢ Check the transmission shifts up and down smoothly manual or auto
â€¢ Check the engines performance, accelerate hard from a standing start there should be no shaking or whining noise and the steering should stay straight and not be hard to steer.