I saw this '73 Mustang Mach-1 for $2,800 with 108K miles (it says 8k in the
mile meter and he suggested that it had gone around once) and I wanted some
suggestions from you guys to see if I should purchase it. I attached some
images so you can see the overall conditions of the car (I marked with
arrows some of the imperfections). The hood has two white spots that,
coincidentally, are exactly on the same spot on the left and right of the
hood. It also has a little rust.
I know nothing about cars so what should I ask the seller? According to the
seller, everything's original. He said it was the last model made in '73 and
it has A/C (he said it works but it's not very cool). He drives it
frequently and he put new tires on it. I drove it around it around the
street (I moved it such a short distance that I don't think it can be called
'driving') and the car 'turned off' twice. It's also automatic transmission.
He said that for a year nobody used it, so he had to change some parts to it
(I forgot the name of the parts - but I don't think they were related to the
He also mentioned that the engine is really easy to maintain and that any
mechanic could fix it.
Regarding this vehicle specifically, what questions should I ask him? Can
this car be used for the daily driver? Does it use up alot of gas? The seats
are pretty nice but the dashboard needs some work. Is maintenance expensive?
I've wanted to purchase a car so my budget's about $8k. Should I go with
this and use the rest to fix it up? Or should I just look for a 'new' used
Any help is greatly appreciated.
You're barking up the wrong tree. The car is not for you.
The car is a good buy for the right person.
That person is a collector who wants to restore it and bring it to car
shows, go cruising, etc.
It is not a car for a person who knows nothing about cars or who wants to
drive it on a daily basis.
If you want a decent car for $8k, try getting a used Taurus (the Taurus is a
solid car) or a Countour V6. Both should be reliable. Of course, people will
also recommend used Hondas and Toyotas.
The car you are looking at will be a pain the butt for you. You will be
putting major engine parts, a transmission, a dashboard, etc., before you
know it. Plus, it is not as safe because the brakes are not as good as
those on more modern cars, it doesn't have air bags, etc.
Well I would suggest you check for any more rust(uder the capets, the
trunk, wheel wells, etc). The price sounds ok, and you have some money
to spend on it. That helps... See if it has a current state inspection
and or have a car person give it a look see. (independent eyes)
Is this the car for you? Well, remember this is a 30 year old car. It
does not drive like a Honda Civic or get 40MPG. Start reading some
magazines like Mustang & Fast Ford, Muscle Car, or Hot Rod. They will be
helpful on learning stuff about Mustangs.
Easy to fix? Depends on what you want to do. Daily driver? Show car? or
Saturday night Drag car? The world is filled with parts for it & the
engines are simple no computer technology or electronics.
The very fact that you are asking on here, and not AT LEAST, the Mustang
group shows that this car and you are a very bad match.
When you buy a 30 plus Mustang, the LAST thing you consider are paint
Also the ODO mileage is irrelevant for a daily driver. It ALSO has nothing
to do with how reliable the car will be after this amount of time, and
ESPECIALLY how much hidden rust there may be..
Also the GAS mileage on those cars REALLY sux! You will be lucky to get 14
MPG highway, look for 10 or under in town.
I suggest that if you want to get into Good performance cars with some
reliability, you look into the late eighties Fox Mustand 5.0 cars... parts
are readily available, they are already being "collected" sort of..
Or mid late 80 CamaBirds.
Once you have gotten a little of the "bug" and are comfy with the repair and
upkeep required, THEN you can look at the older cars.
Believe me... I was in my thirties when those cars were brand new and they
werent all that reliable even when they were young.
- Yes, I'm a crusty old geezer curmudgeon.. deal with it! -
And after they come out of the bodyshop looking good, very often a
Kid brother had a '73 fastback with crankdown rear windows (from a
Grande coupe) and fold down back seat. Quite a unique car. 351M engine
went like there was no tomorrow, but still could not keep up to my
other brother's '68 Sport Satelite 318 HO.(318 with all the 340
goodies on it)
Heh, I had a 68 or 69 Satellite 2 door with a stock 383 and 4on the floor.
Got it running out of a junkyard (was hit in the nose), couldn't kill that
demon and sold it at a small profit before college in the fall. Many many
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