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Are there any year model tbird that should be purchased with more caution than other years? Say you have X amount of miles on each potential buy
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I don't follow... elaborate a little more please. Are you asking between the generations which years within that generation to avoid?
 

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Looking around birds for sale, wondering if I should avoid a certain model at this given time and wait for a different build
 

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Well, each model year has its own set of peculiarities. It's hard to list everything comprehensively... do you have a few examples or conditions to start with? Model year etc.?

E.g. any of the 89-95 3.8s will be more prone to head gasket failure. The 94-95 4.6s will be more prone to worn valve guides and leaky seals and burn oil than the 96-97s. The 96/97 4.6 intake manifold cracks and leaks coolant. Stuff like that?
 

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what Brandon said, but also the 4R70w transmissions get worse in descending order. If you want a car to have to keep original and drive this specifically will be the Achilles heel if they’re original and high in miles. If you want to do modifications 94-95s basically need engine and transmission transplants to start with, but they do have the most freedom to personalize since they don’t have cladding holes like 96-97s. 96-97s are hands down the best to start with for bang for the buck performance modifications though.

Values? Well they’re all pretty much equally worthless, so don’t buy to invest. Even the 68-71s, that generation just hasn’t appreciated, especially the Bunkie beaked 70-71s.
 

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You need to decide if you're going old or new. Some of those late 60's - early 70's models have looks only a mother could love IMO. They have a 429 and 2.75 gears. So, a big motor, neutered for performance except for a top speed run. All 11 MPG of it.

If I was going to go "old", I would go for the 62-63 convertible with the removable "batmobile" looking piece. They are worth a little bit of money. The 50's models (Ford and Chevy) are on the downslide, and are not a good buy.

Al
 
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