Join Date: Jul 2019
Bronco Info: No Bronco. 1993 F150 XLT Four Wheel 2.5" Lift
These overhead cam Mustangs are not like the older pushrod engines. These engines supposedly last longer so 120K 150K imo would be just pass the brek in period. In other words the 40K for the push rod engines. I've seen lots of modular engines lasting well into the 100K range, even in the 200K range still running strong. The 09 Mustangs would be harder to find see there was a lot less made for that year. Like said up top the chain guides and tensioners would be something to look into. If it aint broke or not showing signs of breaking leave it alone.
I have a somewhat built 01 GT Convertible (garage kept) and when doing the heads I passed on doing the tensioners and guides though I did the cam gears. These r holding up very well with 425/420 turbo charged horsepower/torque to the wheels. Not saying these are vehicles which wont break down snd r trust worth (nything mechanical will break down eventually and care is s must). You're buying an older vehicle from someone you do not know and these must be things to be prepared for (break downs).
The thing to worry bout is if the owner selling it beat the living day lights out of it or if he didn't take care of it. Look for signs of built up rubber on the inside fender well, uneven tires, leaks, lots of play in the driveshaft, etc. If he didn't maintain it by doing oil changes (check color of oil), tranny fluid changes, brakes, ball joints, fuel filters/injectors, etc., etc. I remember hearing something bout the shift forks in these Mustangs. Same thing for my year, shift forks. See if there was ny recalls too and if so ask if they've been done. I know of one recall for the 06 and it was something to do with the air bag.
Just be warry of spending more money on it for modifications, this will be tempting. Out of those two the black one looks good and cleaner (very nice engine bay) though going to be tough to keep clean. My 01 is black and even being garage kept I still need to wash it or dust it off before I take it out.
Go look at both n keep your eyes n ears open for others which might pop up. Go on the Mustang forums and see what they have in the for sale sections.
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