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Unread 07-22-2006, 08:22 PM   #1
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Default I've been eyeing this Mustang for a while...

1989 Ford Mustang LX Convertible

Its a bit newer than I would've wanted, but they are harder then you would think to find in NC. But I've got two questions:

1) I've never diven a 4 banger other than my moms Kia- which is expected to be...slow. I know I shouldn't expect much out of it- but would it still have a nice push to it, being a Mustang and all?

2) Its sorta a "dealership" (mostly they buy used cars, fix what needs to, get inspections done and such, so on and so forth- but I wondering if buying a car at 14 at a place like that, if it would be a problem. I'm talking tags and such. I live about a 10 minute drive from there, so I dont know what the deal is with dealer tags or if I can just..."use"...one from another car. We've done that a few times, but it was buying from "Personal Ads". Just wondering if a dealer would let you, or you would need insurance and such before they let you take it. (I'm not saying I'm going to be driving it up and down the road, my uncle will probably bring his car with my aunt, have her drive that car back, and him drive it to my house, drop it off there until we can go on from there.


And yeah, I know it looks a little rough, but thats the point in buying it 2 years early.

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If laws in NC are anything like those in Florida, you'll have to have to:
A: Be a licensed driver to buy the car
B: Have it registered with the DMV and have "real" plates within 14 days of purchase if you wish to drive it on public property.
C: The dealer tags are insured in the dealers name, so you wouldn't be able to "borrow" one. They will give you a temporary tag untill you get it registered, though.


As far as performance goes, the Mustang is probably geared better than the Kia, but almost definatly weighs more. Generaly, the model line that included the '89 was not seen by Mustang fans as a "true" mustang, mostly because if the bland styling and 4-banger. It'll probably drive nicley, but don't expect a sub-17 second 1/4 mile. (But it is a convertable... I love convertables.)

With all that said, if the price is right and the dealer is willing to make the sale to you, go for it, especialy if you really like the car. In the end, that's all that really matters is that you are happy with your ride.
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And I do plan on working on it- not keeping it stock; but from the looks of it there aren't nearly as many parts for the 1987 -> 1990 Mustangs as the other models.

I'mma call them up on Monday to see what the deal would be with buying a car and getting it from point A to point B and such. Thanks man.

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No problem, good luck!
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148 thousand miles is a little too much for my liking, unless you plan on switching the engine out? My friend bought a del sol for 600 dollars, and switched out the engine with an acura rsx. Fast as hell now.

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In NYS, you can buy a car at any age, but if you want it registered, you have to have it insured, and if you want it insured, you have to have a valid license. If NC is liek NYS, then you could buy it, fix it up and do whatever, then when you get your license, register it and drive it. You could also have it registered under your dad's name, and then add yourself to the insurane policy when the time comes.

To be honest, I think that 2 grand is too much for a 150,000 mile 4cy. mustang. It could have lots of problems after your purchase. There may be something specific that tends to fail on a 4 cyl mustangs at 150000 miles. Do some research on these cars. Find out if they are reliable, and how many miles they can take before starting to fall apart. And make sure someone like your dad test drives it to make sure everything feels OK (if you dont have a license by then.

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Mustangs weren't great in that time period IMO. That particular one has way too many miles for my liking too. Basically I agree with apavlov13.

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Doh, I didn't even relize the top part was a link.... Never saw the mileage on that baby...
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Apparently my uncle's next door neighbor has a 1988 Mustang, and IIRC, its a 4 banger too. Gunna ask him next time I go over (he pays $50 to cut 5 acres ) and see what he says about it.

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