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Used automobile shopping guide: Ford Mustang

Now that right-hand-drive Ford Mustangs are on a market, is there any clarity in shopping a alien prior model?

You can collect adult a used, low-mileage, current-generation Mustang 2.3 Ecoboost from £26,000, or a 5.0 V8 GT primer from £29,000, with a advantage of pushing on a scold side of a car. That said, a last-gen indication is potentially many cheaper, forever tweakable and, well, only so darned charismatic.

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Prices start approach reduce than £25,000. How about £9000 for a 2008-reg 4.0 V8 Fastback? It’s finished 225,000 miles though has a new clutch, control arms and brakes. The work reads like a buyer’s beam of things to demeanour for when shopping an S197 (the codename for this fifth-generation Mustang of 2005-2014).

Another thing to demeanour for is explanation that all taxes and duties have been paid. The seller of a above automobile bought it from a US serviceman. They’re authorised to import and register cars on UK plates though profitable import taxes though contingency take it home during tour’s end. However, some sell their cars to UK buyers during knockdown prices though profitable a taxes, that is when Customs and Excise comes knocking…

The S197 was a some-more brutal-looking take on a mythological Mk1 Fastback of 1967. Otherwise, it was pile-up adult to date, pity zero detached from some pivotal styling details, including a tri-bar taillights, with a evident Mk4 predecessor. It sat on a new and many stiffer height but, even so, UK enthusiasts uprate a cessation for a crook drive.

It was launched in 2004 in Fastback form with a choice of a 4.0 V6 with 207bhp or a 4.6 V8 with 296bhp, both with five-speed primer or involuntary gearboxes. A automobile followed in 2005.

In 2009, a 4.6 V8 GT engine was uprated to 311bhp. A facelift in 2010 brought a redesigned Mustang emblem, indicators within a headlights and LED taillights.

The following year saw a new epoch of six-speed primer and involuntary gearboxes corresponding to dual new engines: a 301bhp 3.7 V6 that was some-more fit than a 4.0 V6 it transposed and, in place of a 4.6,a 406bhp ‘Coyote’ 5.0 V8, that in spin spawned a uprated 438bhp Boss 302. The new GT500 trumped that with a supercharged 5.4 V8 creation 542bhp. In 2013, this chronicle grew to 5.8 litres and 653bhp (80mph shows during a cold 1800rpm), while a 5.0 V8 eased adult to 414bhp. These cars have HID headlights too.

Talking of which, and regardless of indication year, check that all a lights work when shopping an S197. They’re tranquil by a computer, and bodging them to pass a Individual Vehicle Approval exam wreaks havoc– nonetheless dilettante Nick Haes can assistance (01902 847848). Watch what we compensate for an S197 given they’re starting to demeanour costly opposite a S550 Mk6. Bear that in mind and suffer one of a many charismatic cars we can buy from £9000.

How to get one in we garage: 

An expert’s perspective – MIKE LACEY, MODURSTANG: “In 1982, when we was 19, we altered with my relatives to a US, where we fell in adore with Mustangs. A few years after returning to a UK, we started my possess business servicing and tuning them. The S197 was a illusory epoch for a model. You could cgange each in. of a automobile and it kicked aftermarket upgrades to a new level. Like all Mustangs, it binds a value really well. You can compensate adult to £26,000 for a top- spec 06-reg 4.6 V8 in packet condition, though that’s too much. Most S197s are overpriced, generally when a initial current-generation S550s start during around a same money. For only £10k more, we can have a low-mile 16-reg 5.0 V8 GT with all on it.”

Buyer beware…

ENGINE – Engine runs best on 5W30 entirely synthetic, altered each 10,000 miles. Beware hint plugs on early V8s – they’re in dual tools and when loosened can snap, generally when cold. There’s a special apparatus to remove a remaining part. 

TRANSMISSION – Check for oil trickle from back spindle sail seal. It’s a £5 partial though a day’s work to fix.On primer cars, check if second rigging crunches on preference when cold.

SUSPENSION AND BRAKES – The brakes get worse as they get hotter, so make new discs and pads (by StopTech, for example) a priority. Rear reduce control arms and a finish underbrush are a same class regardless of engine, so reinstate with higher BMR Suspension parts. Same goes for springs and dampers.

BODYWORK – Check for decay on a underside of a bonnet’s heading edge. It’s in dual layers and precipitation can form between them. Failed doorway seals let H2O into a front footwells where, on a newcomer side, it can short- circuit a connection board. Check cosmetic spacer and steel joint between grille and radiator for pile-up damage. Check windows dump a fragment when a doorway is opened.

ELECTRICS – Inexpert stop light and back indicator mods for a IVA exam can means electrical issues. Check journey control works – bodgers cut a stop light handle a complement relies on. Check if LED stop light bulbs have been transposed with typical bulbs.

INTERIOR – Trim looks and feels plasticky though should stay anchored.

Also value knowing:

If a automobile is some-more than 4 years old, ask for a duplicate of a C386 etiquette form that shows import taxes and duties were paid. Cheap cars might owe avocation (10%) and VAT (20%). Former US use cars are generally risky.

How many to spend:

Below £14,995 – collection of cars, many manuals, as low as £9000. Includes early 4.0 V6s, some with over 200k miles, such as one 2008-reg 4.0 V6 with 225k. 

£15,000-£19,995 – Mix of 07- to 14-reg 3.7 V6s, 4.6 V8s, 5.0 V8 coupés and convertibles with 35-70k miles. Includes a 2001 5.0 V8 GT with 35k miles for £19,995.

£20,000-£24,995 – Low-mileage 4.6s, and average- mileage, late-plate 5.0 V8s. Next-gen 2.3 Ecoboost from around £26,000.

One we found:

FORD MUSTANG 4.6 V8 GT FASTBACK AUTO, 2007, 55k MILES, £15,995 – Recently shipped in by a dilettante claiming to have dealt with all import requirements. Has a Premium container (switchable traction control, leather trim) and full history, and is ‘rust free’. Loads of Shelby extras including GT Classic apron and grille and louvres.

John Evans

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