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Hi, future Bullitthead here. I'll be going shopping for a Bullitt this weekend, and I wanted to get some feedback from you guys on what to look for watch out for. What issues have you guys noticed in your Bullitt's that I should keep an eye out for?

Also, I'm planning on going for a low miles 2008 (as in sub 7k miles). People have warned me bceause the question is, why is the car being sold so quickly? I plan to ask that at the dealer, but my question for you guys is how worried do I have to be about proper break in? If I buy a car that only has 3000 miles on it, what's the odds that they broke it in properly for me and then just sold it (not very good I'd guess)? How concerned should I be about this? Is the car going to fall apart in a couple years if it wasn't broken in properly?

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Steve, Read through the "Mechanical Issues" and "Service Department" sections on this site. Also, try some other Mustang sites with similar discussion areas for S197 '05 - '09 Musatngs. Remember these are enthusisat sites so people will post every possible problem that is discovered in detail.

It would be impossible to guess at how the vehicle was broken in if you are not buying direct from the previous owner, but overall condition and milage on the car should be a good indication.

I would look for a low milage 100% stock Bullitt, check Car Fax and negotiate a FORD ESP plan (factory extended warranty) with the dealer if you plan on keeping the car. Good luck.
 

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Scruffy makes some great points. I'd see how clean they kept it under the hood, have they got service records? Sadly, economics were probably the culprit from a job loss for why they parted with the car. Maybe the former owner posted here, check the Registry to reach out to them hopefully. Have fun and hope you find a keeper.
 

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A good Ford dealer will have the car certified so you should get the 100K mile warranty with it, that is the one positive, aside from the price, in buying a low mileage used one. Also make sure you know the warranty service date, some '08s can be pushing 2 years on the warranty already, others could only have a few months.
 

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If you go with the extended warranty, make sure it is the Ford ESP. Most of the warranties that are issued by "fly by night" insurance companies are not worth the paper it is printed on.

A couple of common issues with the Bullitts (as well as other S197s) are:

Grind while shifting. There is a TSB out there for the dealer to fix it but if you encounter it during the test drive, you may want to check with a dealer to have it resolved before buying.

Battery discharges when left for a short time. Only appears to happen with a few of the cars but there does not seem to be a fix yet.

Also check out this link regarding the various springs used in the Bullitts. Bullitt Suspension. You can check the tag on the drivers door pillar to determine what the specific cars has. If you end up comparing various vehicles, I think you will want the one with the GGAA for best handling or FFAA for better ride.
 

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look for an 01.
 

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Some things to consider ............

SteveHamn said:
Hi, future Bullitthead here. I'll be going shopping for a Bullitt this weekend, and I wanted to get some feedback from you guys on what to look for watch out for. What issues have you guys noticed in your Bullitt's that I should keep an eye out for?

Also, I'm planning on going for a low miles 2008 (as in sub 7k miles). People have warned me bceause the question is, why is the car being sold so quickly? I plan to ask that at the dealer, but my question for you guys is how worried do I have to be about proper break in? If I buy a car that only has 3000 miles on it, what's the odds that they broke it in properly for me and then just sold it (not very good I'd guess)? How concerned should I be about this? Is the car going to fall apart in a couple years if it wasn't broken in properly?

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Steve,

Looks like the Major things have already been said.

Here is my (Opinion-Only) just find the 08 Bullitt you like with the options you prefer and

if it is coming from a Ford Dealer you are going to be just fine.

WARNING:

Do-Not "Purchase" an Extended Warranty if you are going to Modify the Bullitt with all kinds

of Performance Enhancements.

It would be a Total-Waste of your Dollars..........

See this Thread:

http://www.imboc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=170521&highlight=warranty+coverage

You are going to like your New Bullitt what ever year you choose :cool: :cool: :cool:

tigerhonaker
 

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Thanks for the input guys. There's two in town I plan to look at this weekend. One's from a Ford dealer, but it's not Certified (is that a red flag?). Another's from a non-Ford dealer.

Thanks for the input about the ESP Plan. How much coverage would you suggest I get? PremiumCare, ExtraCare, BaseCare, or PowertrainCare? I don't plan to do a lot of performance enhancments, probably just maybe some shocks and a tune, or something like that.
 

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Check the pricing of the car you're looking at against a brand new 2008 or 2009 still on the lot at a Ford dealership. There might not be that much difference in price.

I bought mine that way. I went with the new 2009 over a used one. So now, there is no question as to the condition or previous use. Remember, it's a muscle car and owners like to flex muscles. The question is; How often and how severe?

Good Luck.
 

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SteveHamn said:
Thanks for the input guys. There's two in town I plan to look at this weekend. One's from a Ford dealer, but it's not Certified (is that a red flag?). Another's from a non-Ford dealer.

Thanks for the input about the ESP Plan. How much coverage would you suggest I get? PremiumCare, ExtraCare, BaseCare, or PowertrainCare? I don't plan to do a lot of performance enhancments, probably just maybe some shocks and a tune, or something like that.

I would ask the Ford dealer how come a 2 model year old car with remainder of factory warranty is not being sold as a Ford "Certified" used vehicle??? Is it high miles, modified? Also, insist of a Car Fax from both. Good luck. Let us know how you make out.
 

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I would ask the Ford dealer how come a 2 model year old car with remainder of factory warranty is not being sold as a Ford "Certified" used vehicle??? Is it high miles, modified? Also, insist of a Car Fax from both. Good luck. Let us know how you make out.
Hrmmm well I found the cars on AutoTrader, neither are high miles and it doesn't look like any mods. I'll ask the dealer and find out.
 

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SteveHamn said:
Thanks for the input guys. There's two in town I plan to look at this weekend. One's from a Ford dealer, but it's not Certified (is that a red flag?). Another's from a non-Ford dealer.

Thanks for the input about the ESP Plan. How much coverage would you suggest I get? PremiumCare, ExtraCare, BaseCare, or PowertrainCare? I don't plan to do a lot of performance enhancments, probably just maybe some shocks and a tune, or something like that.
Get the BEST that Ford Offers...........

Not one from another company !!!!!!!!!

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There just is no reason to not be certified when they are only 2 years old, also get an OASIS report, it will list everything that was done to the car at any Ford dealer.
 

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Steve,
I just bought a '08 BULLITT DHG 0827 in May from Drew Ford in La Mesa, CA. It was used with 18,200 miles billed as a Ford Certified Used Car, It is in excellent/perfect condition. I was able to purchase a bumper to bumper warranty for 7years or 75,000 miles. It had a whine in the drive train so I brought back to the dealer 3 weeks after purchase and they installed new ring and pinion gears at no cost to me. Also here is a link to private sales with some really good deals. Best of Luck finding your BULLITT !!!!!!!
http://autos.aol.com/used-list/make1-Ford/model1-Mustang/trim-Bullitt
 

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Well turns out the one from the Ford dealer is already sold. I guess I'll just have to get one from a non-Ford dealer. I guess they can't certify it because they're not Ford. Oh well I 'll just get the ESP plan and I should be good.
 

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Go for what you want, not second choice!

SteveHamn said:
Well turns out the one from the Ford dealer is already sold. I guess I'll just have to get one from a non-Ford dealer. I guess they can't certify it because they're not Ford. Oh well I 'll just get the ESP plan and I should be good.
Steve,

Let me suggest the option I went with. Go on eBay... find the Bullitt you want from a Ford dealer (there are probably plenty on eBay)... and Travel To That Dealer, even if it it means flying there and the driving home for a day or two.

I got my Bullitt from a dealer in Kentucky :shock: :shock: :shock: and drove 720 miles home. It was one of the great experiences of my life... because two IMBOC Bullittheads met me at the airport... took me to the dealer...

<a href="http://s268.photobucket.com/albums/jj13/sgbnyc/?action=view&current=IMG_0494.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj13/sgbnyc/IMG_0494.jpg" border="0" alt="SteveTerryMark"></a>

and "officially welcomed" me into IMBOC...

<a href="http://s268.photobucket.com/albums/jj13/sgbnyc/?action=view&current=IMG_0498.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj13/sgbnyc/IMG_0498.jpg" border="0" alt="SteveBullitthead"></a>

(Yes, I dressed up like Steve McQueen's character in the movie for the occasion. :lol: )

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This is a BIG and IMPORTANT purchase. Please do it in a way where you don't feel you are taking your "second" choice... including your second choice of what kind of place you are buying from. ;)

You just might get support from some Bullittheads who live near where you decide to travel... and be welcomed to "BullittLand" the best way possible! :) :) :)

Good luck!

Steve
 

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Why is it so important that I get it from a Ford dealer? I test drove one today and I liked it, thought it sounded good no 2-3rd gear clunking and low miles. No warranty other than factory, but it's not like you'd get a warranty from a private seller. Now it's just about talking them down to a reasonable price and APR.
 

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No problem really. In some respects however, the Certified Warranty is better than the new car warranty. But as you already know, if you get the price down low enough, it will pay the difference to buy an extended warranty from Ford after you get the car. Making it the better deal. :)
 

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I purchased the ESP warranty on my Bullitt and if I understand correctly, the warranty can be transferred to the next owner. May be worthwile to see if the orginial owner had purchased the ESP and if it can be transferred to you.
 

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SteveHamn said:
Why is it so important that I get it from a Ford dealer? I test drove one today and I liked it, thought it sounded good no 2-3rd gear clunking and low miles. No warranty other than factory, but it's not like you'd get a warranty from a private seller. Now it's just about talking them down to a reasonable price and APR.
If its the right car and the right price, no big deal. If you decide to get an extended warranty, buy from several Ford dealers that offer them online. The prices are muuuuuch better and you can finance it if need be.

Good luck.
 
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