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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-30-2019, 03:09 PM Thread Starter
 
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Advice Needed: Thinking of buying an 08/09

Hello All,

I bought DHG 294 brand new back in 2001 and sold it a few years later in 2004. I've been thinking of buying an 08/09.

I'm not looking for a showroom car, and I don't mind if there are a sh*t ton of miles on the car if its been well cared for.

Are there any known issues I should be on the look out for with the 08/09's?

Thanks in advance for your advice!

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Not really..but I may be the wrong guy to ask. My '09 not modified, has a hair over 30,000 on it's odo, and has been problem free.
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Good to know. Thanks for the prompt reply!
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Issues are as follows: Some cars have had synchro issues 1-2 and 2-3 shift. Water leaks at the windshield, due to seal skips or plugged drain holes. Rear axle whine with 3:73 gears. Axle vent leaks. Air bag recalls. The 2008 cars are rated better than the 2009's. The 09's had more engine issues, climate system, paint and trim, and noises and leaks, according to Consumer Reports.


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Thanks Pat,

Are any of these warranty, recall, or TSB's that should have been addressed by previous owners?

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The gearbox issues should have been dealt with early on. And the air bags should have been replaced by now. You can check by giving the VIN # to a Ford parts guy and they can run the recall history. Everything else is case by case.


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Forgot about the air bag recall...both of mine replaced. Also forgot about the cowl drains easily clogging with debris. My car garage kept & I avoid parking under debris shedding trees. Also, many reported issues with the CD player jamming. Only used mine once with no jams. When I read of this, downloaded all my CD's to ITunes, bought an ipod which I plug in set to shuffle play before I head out. Take my time shifting, especially when cold, so no synchro issues to report. Many here seem to like to replace the stock shifter with MGW or Barton brands. I haven't.

Guess I lucked out...also have hearing issues, so if the rear end whines, I don't notice it. It is an overall noisy car...a wind whistle noise, tire noise on anything but a really smooth road, engine & exhaust, etc.. Perhaps not the sound deadening of other cars, but I kind of expected that...it's a Ford, after all...not a Lexus.

(edit) It's not an excellent car, but overall, it's worked well for me. Since I bought it, my body betrayed me via a snapped tendon in my left ankle giving me a floppy foot. Makes clutch work difficult, but that's not the car's fault. If I get another car, it will have an automatic.

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Driver’s side power seat...plastic gears in the seat track can strip. Seat will cease to adjust. Ford sells a kit for the gears or a much more expensive option is to replace the entire seat track.
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The gearbox issues should have been dealt with early on. And the air bags should have been replaced by now. You can check by giving the VIN # to a Ford parts guy and they can run the recall history. Everything else is case by case.
Is it too late to have the gearbox TSB fixed free?
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Yes, I would say that issue has probably timed out. You can always ask? My gearbox is a little grunchy when it's cold but gets better when warm. Some people have had some luck switching to different ATF fluid.
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Also saw some posts (this site & S197 Forum) showing inside door material(s) coming loose, but easy fix w/ spray adhesive.

Right at 17.5K w/ my '09 and no issues so far...tires were hard/shot when I bought @ 14K, but they were original rubber (e.g. 10-yrs-old).


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I have 3491 with 62,000 on it. I use the Haynes service manual maintenance schedule and have had no issues. Only things Iíve done are replaced the tail light harness with the Raxiom sequential blinkers and replace the prop rod with pistons. Itís a great daily driver. The Shaker 1000 is a little weak but I have the 6 disc in dash and have never had an issue


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Issues are as follows: Some cars have had synchro issues 1-2 and 2-3 shift. Water leaks at the windshield, due to seal skips or plugged drain holes. Rear axle whine with 3:73 gears. Axle vent leaks. Air bag recalls. The 2008 cars are rated better than the 2009's. The 09's had more engine issues, climate system, paint and trim, and noises and leaks, according to Consumer Reports.
Thanks , your contributions here have been gold to me ,much appreciated, I have signs of some of those now, nothing major tho, but I’m prob going to put in the ford 4/10 gears.
One thing you left out I’ve noticed when I’m driving is the loose nut behind the wheel
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OH yea, now you brought to the rear end. Some people reported sounds from the rear end (some called it a "dying whale" sound). Solution is very simple. A small bottle for "friction modifier" from Ford does the trick.

You may also hear some 'clunking' from the drive train. This is normal as the cars are equipped with two piece driveshaft which requires a carrier bearing in the middle.

None of these are issues or problems. Just some nuisances to be aware of.
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