2002 Gt Long Term Reliability Report......

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  1. LaserPony02

    LaserPony02 Founding Member

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    I haven't posted or lurked on this site in years, so I thought I'd stop in and post. I took delivery of my '02 on Halloween day 2001 and still own the car as a second vehicle. I crossed over to the dark side 18 months ago and bought a 2009 BMW 328i coupe, but up until that time the car was my daily driver.

    I just turned 143k on the odometer. This car has been rock solid, the 4.6 might be one of the best engines Ford has ever built. Other than fluid maintenance and tires, the only big money repairs were a new heater core at 96k, and as luck would have it, a fuel pump at 97k. (Expensive month!)
    The car has the original clutch, alternator, starter motor, etc. I haven't changed a tail light bulb or headlight bulb.
    I got 93k out of the original front brake pads. Rotors were cut. Had the pads replaced last summer at 142k. Rotors still in spec. I actually talked to the tech at the Ford dealership where the car has been serviced since I've owned it. I had a hard time believing that the rotors were still good. He spec'd them right in front of me. Good. Wow. Rear rotors were replaced at 73k. Go figure.
    Left rear axle seal was leaking. Removed and replaced during the last brake job at 142k. Differential gear oil changed out in the process. I debated having the axle bearing changed while it was out. I didn't.

    I replaced the original battery back in June of 2010. The summer before, the original serpentine belt at 109k. Not because it was fraying or shot, just a little preventative maintenance. Original spark plugs were yanked at 139k and were clean as a whistle. Ford called for plugs at 100k. I was a little late on that one. LOL
    The engine uses no oil. All oil changes were done between 5 and 7k. Religiously. I've never touched the gear oil in the Tremec 3650. Original hoses. Original shocks, springs and struts. The car is bone stock other than a K&N air filter.
    The only disappointing thing is that the Laser Red tinted clear coat, a truly stunning color when the car was new, has begun to fade in some spots, turning slightly orange-ish. (Think Performance Red) The plastic scoops and the front and rear bumper are the biggest culprits of the fading. This has occurred despite my religious use of Zaino show car polish. No garage unfortunately. The sun is a brutal beast. LOL
    The car was paid off in June of 2006 and has more than paid for itself over the ensuing years. I recently tallied up all the receipts from day one and it totaled slightly more than 5 grand. Two thousand of that was the heater core ($1100, dash board removed! All labor. The core itself was 90 bucks) and the fuel pump. Factoring in the purchase price and the interest on the loan, (Ford credit at 2.9) I figure the cost of ownership over 11 years and change at right around 30 grand, excluding gas and insurance. Not too bad.
    People like to complain about poor quality and brand bash on message boards. None of that here. I'm more than happy with my decision to buy this car as my first new vehicle purchase. My other cars over the years have been pre-owned. Ford=Found On Road Dead. Not the case for me. Now, don't get me started on this BMW that I'm driving..........
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    I love the 4.6 I think it is a great engine. I'm in the same boat mines a 98 GT with 147k miles on it and it's as strong and reliable as an ox.
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    Yeah, I'm with you. I don't see why the engine can't go until 200k+. I doubt I'll run it that deep because I don't use the car as much. I think I've only put 4 thousand miles on it in the past year. Repairs will probably start to come in bunches like they usually do and I'll have to draw the line in the sand and determine if the car is worth putting money into. I'd probably be lucky to get 5 or 6 grand out of it in a private sale. I decided not to trade it in when I bought the BMW because I didn't want to laugh when they would have offered 2 grand (maybe) as trade value. The car is worth a lot more to me than that being that I'm the original owner and know exactly what's in it. The clutch would be the looming expense in my opinion. The pilot bearing has been chirping off and on since 60k! Sounds like a squeaky fan belt.
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    I hear ya. I'll run my stang till it cannot run anymore. It's not worth trying to sell since it's 15 years old. Heck it's almost a classic lol. I've only had to replace the fuel pump and idler pulley on it. That's it. If it needs some fixing I'll do it until, like you said, it's not worth the cost of a spark plug hehe. I've only put about 2k miles on my car in the last 18 months. the new Dodge Dart is treating me nicely.
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    I've owned my 2000 GT convertible since 2002. I bought it with just over 4k (57k now) on the meter. I have to say it has treated me well over the years except for the things like wanting parts painted and adding mods. I'm in a rut now with the rear end having issues after a shop destroyed it putting in bearings (yeah that's right, bearings!) and I seem to be chasing problems now. All I want is to get the car back to where it was for a couple of more years so I can sell it and get a new Mustang.

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    You car looks good PmA, hopefully they can get it back to the way it was.
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    Thanks. A few weeks ago I had a new top put on and the shop did a fantastic job. I need a bit of cosmetic work done (I'm OCD with paint issues) and some suspension work after I square away the rear end issue and it should be a fun car again.
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    My car just rolled over 141k (being supercharged for nearly 50k now), and it's still running awesome. I lost a motor at 118k, but that was entirely my own fault a-la a bad tune. Has been perfect ever since. The only 'maintenance' issues I've had was the infamous intake manifold crack at about 80k and a bad CCRM at 90k. Have literally not had a single other issue with it.

    Can't say the same about my '01 Civic DD. While it's been a great little car, there's ALWAYS some small little issue with it. Bad alternator, or headlight gone out, or 3rd brake light gone out, or valve cover gasket leak, or interior light going out, or door lock not locking, or trunk latch not fully latching, or door speaker going out, or windshield wiper motor going out, etc, etc, etc. It's insane how many small issues I've had with it, and I've only had it 6 months. Had my Mustang for 7 years with only the 2 issues listed above.

    It's like I've told all my friends: the next person I hear say something about how 'reliable' or 'well-built' a Honda is, I'm going to punch them in the mouth.
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