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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-07-2003, 02:47 PM Thread Starter
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thinkin about buyin a 87-88?????

Hey everyone, I found either an 87 or 88 TC in an ally sittin on 4 flats. I can prolly get it for a couple hundred $$$ My Q: is what normally goes wrong and how expensive are the cars to fix? I already have a V8 Lx and an SC so this would round it out even though I'm tryin to sell the LX. Any feed back is greatly appreceated

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really just want to know if thats a good deal?

I know there is another post asking the same...I am just asking really what anyone thinks about buying one that has been sitting for a few hundred?

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If you are a gambler, go for it. Just figure you can part it out if it has major problems. Someone is always looking for TC parts(parting 2 '88s myself). It will have either a 3.55(5spd) or 3.73(auto) rear. Plus, if it runs the 5 speed cars are a lot of fun.

Check to make sure it doesn't have water in the oil(head gasket, not that bad to fix, but could also be cracked head or block) Also if the intercooler is full of oil, it could have a bad turbo(some oil is normal). If its automatic, it likely has tranny problems. They rarely go more than 100k mi without needing a rebuild.

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Any more comments will help me out too. I am buying an 87 TC with a 5 speed tomorrow for $400. I think it has 130,000 miles. Everything supposedly works.

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Would be a good idea to check out NATO, they have a good message board and FAQ section.
http://www.turbotbird.com/FAQPage/FAQpage2.html

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I currently own a 1994 LX and am interested in a TC simply because my 3.8 is SLOW, an automatic is boring, and an SC is TOO expensive. My aunt had an 88 but had a lot of Turbo problems. Before she sold it ford was installing a new turbo under waranty about every month. I dont remember what was wrong with them but it was fast when it was running. Any idea what a reasonable 5 speed 88 TC would go for these days with, say, 130k miles?


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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-15-2003, 10:33 PM
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I have had 4 tcs

And found the turbos to be a reliable part of the car. When you treat them right they can last a long time. Keep the oil clean. Let the car idle a liitle bit before you shut down the engine. And use good oil and filters. Also keep a good filter on it. Small bits hitting the blade are not good for turbo impellers!
I am selling the two I have now to buy another one. And both have good turbos.
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