Good trade?

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  1. Walking Tall

    Walking Tall Well-Known Member

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    I was offered a trade for my car yesterday. I'll be looking at it today or tomorrow.

    99 Cobra Convertible
    181k miles
    Triple black.
    Stock, only mods appear to be shorty headers

    His car has a few paint issues, the rear window is separating from the top.

    What worries me the most: He says the car has an intermittent ticking around 2k rpms. Not always present. I've read that this can been a common problem with a lash adjuster or as bad as a spun bearing. I'm taking it to a friend of mine who is familiar with mod motors to look at it too.

    The guy who has it is a good mechanic who I've known for a while. He just not familiar with mod motors. I approached him with the trade.

    Any suggestions or advice? Things to look for? [MENTION=17876]DeepList[/MENTION], [MENTION=10830]MustangChris[/MENTION]
     
  2. Win

    Win Legend

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    There was a recall/TSB on the 99's run the vin and see if it was ever done
     
  3. DeepList

    DeepList Administrator Admin SN95 Supporter

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    ^ There's usually a sticker if the recall had been done by ford.
     
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    Walking Tall Well-Known Member

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    I'll look for the sticker. The ticking noise he's described is what has me worried. However, if it lasts this summer and I can save for a replacement short block next year, it doesn't sound bad.
     
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    DeepList Administrator Admin SN95 Supporter

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    181k miles is a bit high. The ticking noise could be a couple of things. A video or better description of specifically where the noise is coming from would help determine a little more about it. Is it an even up trade? Some pics of the interior and exterior would help too.
     
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    Walking Tall Well-Known Member

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    He didn't say where it was coming from. Even trade. I'm going to take a closer look at where it's coming from, what conditions it ticks, etc. I'm going to try and put it on a buddy's lift if I can. Here is what he said about it.

     
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    DeepList Administrator Admin SN95 Supporter

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    Preliminary, I'd say it seems like a good trade IMO. Post back once you find out some more on it. Would love to see this bad boy!
     
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    Walking Tall Well-Known Member

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    Here are the only pics I have:

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    5-oh-MUSTANG Well-Known Member

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    ur cars clean but that is a new edge cobra... Id check it out if there are no major problems, id do the trade.
     
  10. Walking Tall

    Walking Tall Well-Known Member

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    Driving up to check it out tonight. I'll be sure to get plenty of pics.
     
  11. MustangChris

    MustangChris Legend Retired Staff SN95 Supporter

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    ... keep in mind he's taking a step "down" (NOTICE I USED THE QUOTES!!! LOL)

    he's going back in time 4 years.
    he's going back in technology from OBDII to OBDI.
    he's going back in engine generation.
    etc. etc. etc.

    face-value to face-value his car is worth a fair amount more than yours. Which is what worries me about the tick. Pulling a head on a 4v is a pricey event. ... . . he's probably looking to unload a 4v with a known problem in exchange for a car thats problem-free.

    the head tick is common on the c-head cobras, but keep in mind it should be pretty constant.
     
  12. Walking Tall

    Walking Tall Well-Known Member

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    Thanks! He traded a turbo SN95 for this. He said he's followed my build on Facebook and really likes it. He flips cars pretty frequently. I'll keep that in mind though.
     
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    MustangChris Legend Retired Staff SN95 Supporter

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    so... if A=B=C, than A=C --> meaning "your SN" = "a Turbo SN."


    ... once again, I'm getting a red flag.
     
  14. DeepList

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    Three words: new... edge... cobra.

    People buy these cars in wrecked and roller condition for a couple grand.
    Exhaust leak sounds can be also be misdiagnosed.

    Unless it's a complete and obvious piece of crap, do the trade.
     
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    Burninriverdiver Well-Known Member

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    I wouldn't... I test drove a 99 cobra last Saturday, was dead set on trading mine in pending test drive. Needless to say it was beat to hell and I found out why it seemed "too good to be true". Go take it for a ride and see what it's got, but you have had your car and know its story, a new car=new issues.
     
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    181k is high. But well maintain they can last. . If you like it go for it..

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  17. SLOW95GTS

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    I wouldn't, your car looks so much better and if your looking for more power or because its newer? 181k miles is a lot, how many miles does your car have?
     
  18. Orange 94

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    I dont see anyway this is a good trade. I'd much rather have a clean, health and sexy SN with I'm assuming lower miles then "upgrading" to a new edge cobra that has questionable health and high mileage.

    Just my opinion, run forest run.
     
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    Way to many miles imho. Even if the engine was fine. Still 181k on everything else..

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  20. pilks

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    Dont do it brother