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  1. BananaMan

    BananaMan New Member

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    Im going to look at a 04 sonic blue lightning this week. 87000Km/54000mi
    Any suggestions on what to look for? it doesn't say its been modded, but it doesn't say it hasn't been either. I'm hoping to get the VIN before hand an get a dealership oasis, and a carfax report.
    Because its a 04 I'm not worried about the Leakey intercooler, or the plug thread issues, from the earlier models. The truck has a colour matching spray in bed liner with makes me hesitant that there may have been some rust issues. I guess my biggest fear is that it has been someone else's abortion, and I end up with a expensive hunk of scrap metal.
    any suggestions of things to look out for would be great. Thanks
     
  2. CobraBob

    CobraBob Authorized Vendor Premium Member Established Member

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    Well, this link is from my Terminator FAQs, but most of the recommendations can apply to any vehicle. Follow the link below.
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  3. BananaMan

    BananaMan New Member

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    Perfect, thanks.
    Im going to take a look at it of Friday, with the check list.
    I also called the local Ford, my concern at the time was, if this vehicle had had a tune put on it, how hard would it be to put it back to stock. they put my worries to rest.

    I was informed that this is the engine where the VCT solenoids, cam phasers and timing chains can be an issue. The individual I talked to, informed me this is between roughly a $1500 - $1800 repair. (Canadian $) has anyone had any issues of their own? (I Probably should have started a new post for this one)
    Thanks in advance
     
  4. GAGT1

    GAGT1 New Member

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    In my limited research I have not heard of such things. Usually people push too much power and put a rod through the block thou! I just upped mine with a ported supercharger and a +8lb lower pulley (plus supporting mods) and I beat it to death relentlessly. JJ @ WMS has given me a solid tune to keep her running happy.
     
  5. Goindeafonmtx

    Goindeafonmtx Well-Known Member Established Member

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    This is incorrect. The person you talked to is mistaken. The Lightning is a 2v, which means no cam phasers or fancy witchcraft. The dealership person was thinking of a 3v.


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  6. DSG2003Mach1

    DSG2003Mach1 Well-Known Member Premium Member Established Member

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    this.
     
  7. AB-Sonic

    AB-Sonic New Member

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    New here and not sure how to send you an IM.
    Don't know of anything specific to offer you
    Good luck, if it is not what you are hoping for send me a message I have almost the same thing that I am going to list soon.
     
  8. BananaMan

    BananaMan New Member

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    thanks, I ended up grabbing the Lightning.
     
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