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post #1 of 13 Old 03-27-2007, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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I'm currently looking at an '89 5.0L and I am curious as to what I should be looking for problem-wise with the vehicle. The paint and interior are in excellent condition but I am not sure about under the hood since I did not get a look under there myself. It's got about 106k miles on it. Any help or comments are much appreciated.


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Rear main seal leakage, it prolly leaks, but how much? You didn't mention the tranny. If it's the T5 (5-speed), the syncros tend to go bad. Only way to tell is to drive the car and make sure it slides into all the gears nice and smooth. Any grinding indicates worn syncros. Not really a deal breaker on an otherwise good car, but could be used to negotiate the price. Remember also that engine modifacations(if it has any) do not increase the value of the vehicle. And most of these cars have been beat on at one time or another, after all, that's what their for......... If it's a reasonable price go ahead and get it. You will never run out of parts suppliers.

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Sorry, yes it is a 5-speed T5, and thanks.


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I think he summed it up pretty good. These cars don't usually have any major problems, but the transmission syncros can wear out, and the shift forks can bend with a heavy handed shifter. Both of which will usually make a grinding noise, and can cause the tranny to pop out of gear. The best thing to do is drive the car at all different speeds, and try accelerating pretty hard through the gears to make sure it runs right.

Other than that just open the hood and look everything over. If you can try taking a quick look under the car to look for major oil, transmission fluid, and coolant leaks. As was posted above the rear main seal and oil pan gaskets can go bad on these cars and they're a PITA to change so just keep that in mind.

Also when negotiating the price just assume it needs new brakes, oil change, etc because they usually do.

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Okay here's an update. I looked under the hood and took it around the block a couple times. Occasionally I could smell some oil burning but it wasn't anything major that I can think of because the oil PSI was still good. The transmission was rebuilt last year and it shifted great. The only mod the guy has put on it is the FlowMaster American Thunder II muffler kit. Other than that the car is completely stock. Now all I gotta do is get the paycheck cashed and go get this beast!


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Sounds good. The oil burning smell is likely leaky valve cover gaskets, they're also pretty common on these cars. The burning smell is from the oil leaking onto the headers. All in all they aren't really hard to change, but you do have to remove the upper intake manifold to get to the left valve cover.
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Sounds like a good find. Congratulations, and have fun wih it. Watch out for those moving violations!!!! (I've had one of those pesky "unnecessary noise of the tires" myself).

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How much $$ are they looking to get for it?

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He's talkin anywhere from $600-$1000 so
and thanks 87Hybrid


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