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New bie w/out a Panther - Frank096 - 03-28-2017 12:26 AM

Hello to the board - I am an ex- German iron lover looking to go American and definitely want a CVPI with low idle hours. I realize the board has tons of information and i have done a lot of reading but if anyone can enlighten me as to the things to avoid or point me in the right direction, it would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance for any and all help. Frank096


RE: New bie w/out a Panther - Pecos Slick - 03-28-2017 10:42 AM

Find one that has the lowest mileage/idle hours and the interior reflects what the mileage/hours show. If it seems to low of mileage it was probably a government pool car or it was damaged so bad that it sat for a long time. Take it to a body/ frame straightening shop of hire one of the guys there to go to where the car is located and check it over. And a big welcome to the Pantherbb forum!


RE: New bie w/out a Panther - Frank096 - 03-28-2017 12:06 PM

(03-28-2017 10:42 AM)Pecos Slick Wrote:
 
Find one that has the lowest mileage/idle hours and the interior reflects what the mileage/hours show. If it seems to low of mileage it was probably a government pool car or it was damaged so bad that it sat for a long time. Take it to a body/ frame straightening shop of hire one of the guys there to go to where the car is located and check it over. And a big welcome to the Pantherbb forum!
Pecos - Thanks for the advice - luckily I have a really good body guy who bleeds Ford blue and would give me the straight scoop. Looking forward to learning more.


RE: New bie w/out a Panther - msena - 03-28-2017 01:05 PM

Welcome aboard. I would just recommend thoroughly going over any car you are considering. Check for any obvious damage from hard use, and look at the quality of the job they did removing the police electronics.


RE: New bie w/out a Panther - Frank096 - 03-28-2017 01:52 PM

(03-28-2017 01:05 PM)msena Wrote:
 
Welcome aboard. I would just recommend thoroughly going over any car you are considering. Check for any obvious damage from hard use, and look at the quality of the job they did removing the police electronics.

Thanks for all the advice- hard to find reputable sellers; seems everyone has a spin on it. Gotta keep looking and asking questions. Just for laughs, anyone know of CM Autowerkz in Orlando? Stumbled upon them during a late night internet search. Thanks again.


RE: New bie w/out a Panther - BlackVic_P71 - 03-28-2017 03:54 PM

Welcome.
CM buys low and sells high, not sure on their quality but for what they charge...it should be damn near new car quality.


RE: New bie w/out a Panther - Frank096 - 03-28-2017 06:05 PM

(03-28-2017 03:54 PM)BlackVic_P71 Wrote:
 
Welcome.
CM buys low and sells high, not sure on their quality but for what they charge...it should be damn near new car quality.

Manny at CM was perfectly nice and was happy to answer questions but I'd rather try to find one in my surrounding are - have to laugh - just asked about one here in CT - it only had 9700 idle hours on it. Other than that, it was perfect!


RE: New bie w/out a Panther - BigVin - 03-29-2017 08:11 AM

Welcome to PBB. 2003+ has the redesigned suspension which is a big plus. 2003 has soft axle issues, 2005 start DBW (drive by wire), 2006+ started the idle hours clock so any year prior to that idle hours are undetermined.

Paperwork on maintenance is a plus but you probably won't be able to get to many service records. Check the transmission out real good... overdrive band is known to crap out even at low mileage when abused. Test AC and heat... AC is expensive to replace and heat (blend door issues) is a royal pain the ass to fix. If over 100k on the clock listen to the engine and make sure it doesn't sound like your great grandmothers sewing machine because that could mean the timing chain guides are on their way out... also not an easy job and could run into some money.
and all the other stuff to look for when buying a used car, procede with caution Big Grin
Good luck with your search.


RE: New bie w/out a Panther - Frank096 - 03-29-2017 08:23 AM

(03-29-2017 08:11 AM)BigVin Wrote:
 
Welcome to PBB. 2003+ has the redesigned suspension which is a big plus. 2003 has soft axle issues, 2005 start DBW (drive by wire), 2006+ started the idle hours clock so any year prior to that idle hours are undetermined.

Paperwork on maintenance is a plus but you probably won't be able to get to many service records. Check the transmission out real good... overdrive band is known to crap out even at low mileage when abused. Test AC and heat... AC is expensive to replace and heat (blend door issues) is a royal pain the ass to fix. If over 100k on the clock listen to the engine and make sure it doesn't sound like your great grandmothers sewing machine because that could mean the timing chain guides are on their way out... also not an easy job and could run into some money.
and all the other stuff to look for when buying a used car, procede with caution Big Grin
Good luck with your search.
Many thanks for the information - all of it is ver helpful and somewhat daunting but the board has lots of experience for which i am grateful.


RE: New bie w/out a Panther - Westbrook - 03-29-2017 11:01 AM

Welcome!