Originally Posted by navy blue
Tossing up between T or N/A new or second hand, most likely second hand. If I buy one 2nd hand, what should I look out for that shows it has been flogged, thrashed, poorly looked after etc. As Is a performance car, obviously some people give them a hiding so do not want to be caught out with a car that could be a lemon. Especially curious what to look out for when buyin a secondhand T.
Thanks for assistance.
Basically, look at the tyres compared to the age of the car/km it has done. Expect a year old car like mine (say 20 000km), to have tyres half worn or a tad more and not too scuffed. Especially the rears. If it is a year or so old and has NEW tyres, ask why....(obviously if it has done 40 000km in that year then that would explain it - but would you want one that has done that many in a year?)....
If the tyres are badly scuffed, or there are dents in the wheels, then think twice about it.
Take it for a drive and load the clutch - if it slips or is smelly after, then check out the clutch history - the NA in particular has probs with clutch (lighter than in the T). If the clutch is had it, it can also be a sign of thrashing too. Likewise for the gearbox.
Check the oil usage and quality of the oil in it and see if you can find out how much oil has been used over its life.... more thrashing, generally more oil use....
When driving, take note whether or not there is any driveline shunt and misbehaving diff.... although under warranty, Ford should still cover that - there has been diff probs, resulting in driveline shunt....
Obviously if your'e going for an auto, this all does not necessarily apply since most of these are manual issues (T5) but you should be able to tell if the auto is dodgy too.
Overall, tyres and oil usage give the clearest indication from just an inspection point of view.... Maybe also check brake pads. Mine are 10% worn after a year with 15 000km on it to give you some idea and I drive reasonably hard in the hills.
You can pretty much guarantee a T has had a bit of a thrashing though. When looking at T or NA, remember (if you are looking at the manual), the T has the same gearbox as the NA but it has a heavier clutch. Autos are the same.
I would go for the T, but that is just my opinion...it is a matter of what you are wanting it for and whether the extra kW and Nm is worthwhile. Ts are not much more than NA to insure either.
I've driven both NA and T in auto and manual and my pick would be the manual T....
Good luck though!