The transmission is by far the worst part of Thunderbirds (in my opinion) Check the transmission fluid. Make sure it is a nice, clean, smoothe red color. If it looks brown, or smells like burnt candy (it sounds weird, but its what it smells like) you have to ask yourself if you're willing to overhaul the tranny within a few thousand kilometers of buying it. Also check for ANY white smoke coming out of the tailpipe. White smoke is a telltale sign of a head gasket that is ready to go. Very expensive to fix, also a very common problem on V6s. I bought my 94 V6 without knowing these things. And almost $2500 later, i regret it.
I say talk him down...you can get it for $2000 easy...then as far as the tranny, you should drive it and check for any wierd shifting and vibrations
One good thing to do is put your finger in the tailpipe, and scrape it....check to see what comes off on your finger, if it's charcoal black and oily, not a good sign, if it just looks like dirt, it's ok..Also make sure theoil has been changed regularly, check the oil level and color.
These three are very important...Tranny Oil and tailpie check.
Two things I would say. I don't think 3k is a good deal for that car. Second, the 3.8na is a dog. I have owned one, and do not want another. No offense to the v6 guys, but you gotta admit that a stock 3.8 is very slow.
Price ranges from state to state and also depends on the size of the city. If the car is from down in the southen states (no rust) and is in good shape inside and out it's a good deal for 3K with only 84K. Most likely the HG's have been done and it's ready to roll. Sure some of you my have seen 5.0's go for 3 grand but I bet there in rough shape or an eye sore.
JustinH has an excellent point. Be sure of where you're comin from before you belittle someone else. I don't know about your particular 95 LX, but mines just a tad moer stock than yours and it only has an SOHC V8.
Anyways, back to the v6 car. Check all the fluids and when you take it for a test drive, check the brakes really good, check the shifting of the trany both under light throttle and WOT.
And also make sure you get One-Sad-Bird to run the VIN on pricewatch. I avoided a couple of lemons when I was looking for my TBird by running carfax.
Well be careful how you speak. I think you may be suprised about my $300 1993 T-Bird. Some people on this board have seen it BeruitsFinest, 8ate8 and 94TBirdNJ (I think that is his SN) I am currently down the shore so the newest pictures I have are from last months car show, but I am sure you will get the idea. Sorry I can't show off my detailed engine and interior.
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