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Old October 3rd, 2006, 06:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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97 T-bird for $2750?

I found a 97 tbird for $2750, It's got a sunroof so I assume it's a ls edition.
There's no physical body damage/repair that i can see, the inside also looks great. I dont' knwo teh miles though because the window tint was too dark. I'm gonna call the owner this weekend after i've talked it over with my parents.

I'm also willing to bet i can talk the price down to $2300 if i offer cash. My roommate knows a guy who can help find potential problems with t-birds.

now, what do you motorheads think? And for that price, what's a good milage?
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Old October 3rd, 2006, 08:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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... according to the kelsey blue book, that gen of a t-bird is worth 700-2700 depending on condition

so if its got around 50,000 miles and is in GREAT condition, then 2700 might be resonable

im sure its got around 120,000 miles, a couple stains on the carpet/seats, a couple scratches on the paint, being a ford at least a little bit of tranny slip. if its in good condition, 2000$ is fair
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IMO, I wouldn't buy a 9yr old american made car. You'd be better off getting a Honda/ Acura/Toyota. If they were maintained, you'd get more life out of it. As you can tell I'm not a big american car fan. Also, Hondas etc typically have a better resale value. As of now, KBB values my 96 Civic Ex ~$4K and I have 140k on the clock and it still runs strong. So one year older and about 20k more on the odo and it's still worth more.

What's your max budget?
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I'll put it this way. If i had to pay the full $2750 for it, i'd be scraping every last penny.

I'm looking for somethong more in the range of $1500-2200
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IMO, I wouldn't buy a 9yr old american made car. You'd be better off getting a Honda/ Acura/Toyota. If they were maintained, you'd get more life out of it.

dont be a victim of falling for that stereotype

funny this is a 97 ford, i have a 96 ford as a daily driver, escort, has 195,000 miles on it, manual trans, still runs like new, the clutch feels great, and it shifts through the gears great.


asain cars > american cars is the dumbest thing ive ever heard

but you are right, if you want to do import, honda/toyota are the only ones you should ever consider.


without seeing this t-bird, id say its worth 1800. If its real nice, then 2300

if your biggest concerns are fuel mileage, then you have to look at 90-93 celicas and 4 cylinder saturns, both get 30++ mpg and both run forever, and you can get a nice one for 1700$
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Old October 3rd, 2006, 11:24 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Don't get a thunderturd.

My friend has a 96' with 13k miles on it that his parents paid 8 grand for and he has problems with it.

Granted he is kind of an idiot..

They are huge, ugly as sin, slow and horrible on gas. I'd definitly look into something else.
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dont be a victim of falling for that stereotype

funny this is a 97 ford, i have a 96 ford as a daily driver, escort, has 195,000 miles on it, manual trans, still runs like new, the clutch feels great, and it shifts through the gears great.


asain cars > american cars is the dumbest thing ive ever heard

but you are right, if you want to do import, honda/toyota are the only ones you should ever consider.


without seeing this t-bird, id say its worth 1800. If its real nice, then 2300

if your biggest concerns are fuel mileage, then you have to look at 90-93 celicas and 4 cylinder saturns, both get 30++ mpg and both run forever, and you can get a nice one for 1700$
it's funny you say that, I'm currently using my parent 95 saturn 4 banger. It's a twin cam, but a friend of mine had the standard engine and it gets double the milage of mine. Iv'e thought about buying my parents car, but it's had so many expensive tranny problems I dont' want to have to deal with it.
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main weak link to american cars in the 90's, is they made a couple bad automatic trannys

ford has a couple, chrysler has alot, nd the only GM tranny i know of with a bad rep is the one that was used with the 3.1v6
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main weak link to american cars in the 90's, is they made a couple bad automatic trannys

ford has a couple, chrysler has alot, nd the only GM tranny i know of with a bad rep is the one that was used with the 3.1v6

well my parent's saturn is a manual. and we've gon through 2 trannies. one of them had 5th gear go bad (wouldn't engage, i forget exactly what hapened, but it had something to do with a locking ring i think)
the other one simply blew up. The main shaft came loose and was rattling around inside. but both times the guy who replaced it said it wasnt' a drivers fault, they just happened to die. I told my dad to get a new trany, but both times he bought one at a junkyard.

I've decied not to buy the t-bird, it's an automatic transmission. I'd get so bored driving it that it's not even worth considering.
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yea my friends got that gen tbird with an auto, and hes so scared of the tranny goin cause of its bad rep
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dont be a victim of falling for that stereotype

funny this is a 97 ford, i have a 96 ford as a daily driver, escort, has 195,000 miles on it, manual trans, still runs like new, the clutch feels great, and it shifts through the gears great.


asain cars > american cars is the dumbest thing ive ever heard

but you are right, if you want to do import, honda/toyota are the only ones you should ever consider.


without seeing this t-bird, id say its worth 1800. If its real nice, then 2300

if your biggest concerns are fuel mileage, then you have to look at 90-93 celicas and 4 cylinder saturns, both get 30++ mpg and both run forever, and you can get a nice one for 1700$
I'm not saying every American car is bad, but consider this. When you drive around and see older say 90-95, what makes do you see more often? You'll def see more Hondas etc around vs. a ford etc. I know a guy who has an old escort and it has about 200K and he says it's the best. American car manufacturers can make a good car, but it's not that often. I would say that American cars have made great strides in the past 5 years with design and reliability.

I bought a new 93 Chevy Cavalier. I put just under 100k on it. It was fairly reliable, but when things went wrong, it basically started falling apart. Power locks went, coolant issues, auto tranny going, needed new motor mounts. All in all, not worth saving. I did get a good 6 years out of it then I traded it in for my 96 Civic with 60k on it. It's now 10 yrs old, has 140k on it and it actually runs better then my 96 chevy when I got it new.

Back on topic,
What kind of car do you want? Do you plan on keeping it long? Do you have some reserve money incase something needs repairs in the short future? I'd reccommend you take your time, test drive a lot of cars and then when you find what you want, research all there is to know about that model. Then go looking for that car.
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