Yay or Nay?

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  1. 88LX

    88LX Founding Member

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    im thinking of buying an 88 notch as a daily driver. i own a 2.3 tempo but i want to know if there are any notorious problems with the mustang. ill be driving it everyday so are they typically reliable? thanks
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    Typically, 2.3 Mustangs are very reliable. The 2.3 Ford is a great motor for reliability. Not really a powerhouse in naturally aspirated form, but it'll go forever. Plus, if you ever want to make modifications to it, you have a bunch of guys here who know what they're talking about to help you though it. My recommendation is go for it.
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    I agree, dump the tempo and go with the stang!
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    is the 88 notch a 5 speed? if so, go for it. If its an auto...the motor will last, the trans ( a4ld) will not.
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    :stupid: :D
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    Another fine point about the 2.3 mustang is that they are quite easy to find replacement parts for...
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    It will deffinately be more reliable than the tempo, (not to mention more fun!). Like they said, try to get a 5-speed, the A4LD is a little sketchy when it comes to reliability.
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    I built an 88 coupe 2.3 turbo for my girlfriend and its been one of the most fun cars ever. In non-turbo form it was one of the greatest driving teachers one could hope for. it was really slow but after driving it as hard as it would go N/A, driving it turboed was second by then.
    Her coupe is loaded with all power acc. and drives well.

    Here's the best part: I bought it at a car auction that I frequent for $75 running and all I had to do was get it inspected. :nice:
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    yeah im not sure what to do. he was asking 950 i offered him 600 and he said no. the trans was a little strange and the tires need to be replaced and it was a little sloppy on the front end. probably needs shocks. the body was solid, not great but solid. well see.
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    what was strange about the transmission?
    Was it the suspension that was loose or the steering?
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    the trans seemed to linger between gears, could be my imagination or not used to the car. yes the steering was "loose"
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