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Prospective new owner with lot of questions

Postby King0fMen » Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:04 pm

Hi All

Looking at buying a S197, I've had a few sports cars mostly Japanese, (350Z/370Z/R35 GTR) but had my eye on Mustangs for awhile, but the main insurers quoted silly figures for imported Mustang so tried a European sports car for awhile. Found the site and saw Graham Sykes insurers, they quoted me a great figure for insurance so now seriously contemplating buying one.

Looking at this beauty:

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/ ... ANG&page=1

Any one know it? Know anything about it's history?

I also have a few questions I would really like to hear from Mustang owners here in the UK about:

1) What are costs for tires/break disc/pads/other consumables like? Are they easy to get a hold of? Where do you buy them from?
2) I heard Ford dealers like Sandicliffe can service the cars, but having never owned one not sure if that's hearsay. Is it true or do you tend to need to take it to specialists? When I had the GTR, it was a case of you could take it to some Nissan Dealers, but not all and there were independents that would do better and cheaper work than the main dealers, so wondering if it's the same for the Mustang?
3) I'm based in the Midlands, is there a specialist to get parts/services from near here?
4) Who are the biggest part suppliers and specialists here in the UK? I can see Nemesis and Essex Mustang Center pop up on Google, but wondering who you guys use?
5) Whats the road tax figures like? I heard it's £140, which is great, but wondered if that's correct?
6)Is there anything to look out for or common things that can go wrong with these cars?
7) Not really thinking about resale now, but what is it like trying to sell a imported Mustang? Is it more tricky now with the RHD cars coming in? Obviously a niche market, but I would guess there is always some demand.

Really looking forward to hearing back from you and hopefully buying one of the legendary vehicles.

Cheers

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Re: Prospective new owner with lot of questions

Postby King0fMen » Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:05 pm

P.S. Sorry if these answers are on the site already, I couldn't find them.

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Re: Prospective new owner with lot of questions

Postby badhand » Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:19 am

King0fMen wrote:Hi All

Looking at buying a S197, I've had a few sports cars mostly Japanese, (350Z/370Z/R35 GTR) but had my eye on Mustangs for awhile, but the main insurers quoted silly figures for imported Mustang so tried a European sports car for awhile. Found the site and saw Graham Sykes insurers, they quoted me a great figure for insurance so now seriously contemplating buying one.

Looking at this beauty:

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/ ... ANG&page=1

Any one know it? Know anything about it's history?

I also have a few questions I would really like to hear from Mustang owners here in the UK about:

1) What are costs for tires/break disc/pads/other consumables like? Are they easy to get a hold of? Where do you buy them from?
2) I heard Ford dealers like Sandicliffe can service the cars, but having never owned one not sure if that's hearsay. Is it true or do you tend to need to take it to specialists? When I had the GTR, it was a case of you could take it to some Nissan Dealers, but not all and there were independents that would do better and cheaper work than the main dealers, so wondering if it's the same for the Mustang?
3) I'm based in the Midlands, is there a specialist to get parts/services from near here?
4) Who are the biggest part suppliers and specialists here in the UK? I can see Nemesis and Essex Mustang Center pop up on Google, but wondering who you guys use?
5) Whats the road tax figures like? I heard it's £140, which is great, but wondered if that's correct?
6)Is there anything to look out for or common things that can go wrong with these cars?
7) Not really thinking about resale now, but what is it like trying to sell a imported Mustang? Is it more tricky now with the RHD cars coming in? Obviously a niche market, but I would guess there is always some demand.

Really looking forward to hearing back from you and hopefully buying one of the legendary vehicles.

Cheers


Welcome aboard! The S197 Mustang is a great car. A lot of bang for the buck. But I would say that, I'm on my second now and actually looked at that very car before buying the current one. Don't know much about it, but it looks pretty stock, save for some plastic scoops/louvres and mirror covers and seems well looked after/loved and tidy. It has been advertised for a while now though and I thought it a tad overpriced for a base model with fabric seats... But that might not bother you and a serious haggle could be worth a try if not. I mean serious.

Some answers:
1) Depends on your taste and what you buy. You can easily get basic consumables and OE stuff is very reasonably priced. Don't worry about that. But if you're upgrading, there's a billion options at all price points.

2) Again. Depends. I avoid Ford dealers at all costs. Costs being the operative word. There are plenty of good specialists around if you look and ask.

3) Wait for Midlands members to answer that.

4) Depends on your requirements. Those guys tend to cater towards the newer S550 Mustang but there's a bunch of ways of getting whatever you want if you ask here. Ron Fenton of STS Imports will bring anything in from the States if you can't get it here. I have a ton of stuff in transit with him as we speak. It's way easier than you think. But you're talking performance parts not consumables here. Some specialists will source your kit too if they are going to fit it.

5) Road tax is cheap yes. I think that's what I paid...

6) Only real thing to look out for with an S197 is the lighting conversion. Some were bodged and it can lead to catastrophic electiccery issues, but anything the age you're looking at has probably been done well or rectified by now. Just have a poke around behind the rear lights to see if the wiring is decent or a mess. The casing pops off easily. Check for rust in the spare wheel well too. Otherwise, they're pretty bomb proof.

7) Don't worry about resale. There's always someone who'll want one at the right price. And they are holding their value. Look at that one...

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Re: Prospective new owner with lot of questions

Postby cati » Sun Sep 17, 2017 6:28 pm

Looks very tidy but not modded a lot so that i think hurts resale - i would not go over 12 for it

Fabric seats can be replaced with leather skins - a couple of guys have done this - you just need to take apart, take of the cloth and pull over the leather. roger ramjet has them or you can get them off suppliers in the states.

I does need lowering - thats a couple of hundred quid for springs or springs and shocks. Throw in bmr thingies and if you get it serviced at modurmaro then that's a certainty - he is in oxford


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