North American Turbocoupe Organization



140k on 88 turbo coupe
marky30 Offline
Junior Member
#1
Hi..Do you think 140k on a 88 turbo coupe is too many?..theres an 88 with 140k near here for 1500/or best....I know the 2.3 is a great engine(had one in my 87 tempo)..but im concerned about the turbo.And do u think $1500 is kinda steep..Thanks again..Mark
Reply

Birdman78758 Offline
Senior Member
#2
Sounds about right for average condition at that mileage. 140k is no big deal for these cars or engines. Should have had a couple of timing belt changes by now and as long as the oil changes have been done right...

Do you know anything about it's history?
Reply

marky30 Offline
Junior Member
#3
i dont know anything about the car..just seen it in the paper today...How long do turbos last on average?Thanks
Reply

Jeff K Offline
Administrator
#4
With proper care, a turbo will last for a very long time. Proper care means regular oil changes, not boosting it way up with the oil cold, and letting the car idle for a minute or two before shutting it off after a hard run. Synthetic oils are best, IMO.

------------------
Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 20 psi, forced air intercooler, water injection, bypass valve, Ranger roller cam, subframes, etc., etc.. // 86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP nitrous, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.... // 91 Escort: Bone stock winter car // 00 Windstar (wifes vehicle)
Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 24 psi, forced air IC, water injection, BPV, Ranger cam, subframes, etc., etc.
86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP N2O, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.
05 Taurus SEL Duratec daily driver
04 Taurus Duratec (wifes car)
02 Pontiac Grand Prix GT
95 Taurus GL Vulcan winter beater
67 Honda 450 Super Sport - completely customized
Reply

B D Offline
Member
#5
I have over 160000 on mine and its just fine.
B D

------------------
NATO Member
87 TC 5-Speed, Remote mount K&N filter system
88 Thunderbird Sport 5.0
91 Ranger
87 Turbocoupe 5-Speed, Remote mount K&N filter system,Steeda Shifter,New Heater Core,new clutch.
88 Turbocoupe "Mach 1 SE "
88 Thunderbird Sport 5.0 (Retired)
91 Ranger
NATO Member
Reply

Pete D Offline
Administrator
#6
The 2.3 used in the Tempo is a totally different engine. No parts interchange, they just share the same displacement. $1500 isn't a bad price if the body is in reasonably good condition.


------------------
NATO Member. it's not a vice, it's an obsession
"The nice thing about each new day is nobody ever used it before" Barnaby Jones
88 TC X 2, 86 SVO, Main TC with K&N, 3"DP to 2.5"duals through Dynamax, Ric valve at 17+ and disconnected KS. Elite Bodega 16" chrome wheels. Autometer pod w/ A/F and Vac/boost gauges.140 mph Motorsports Speedo New engine: Total Seal rings and TRW pistons, ported and polished head w/ cc'd chambers,1.59"exhausts, SS valves, gutted upper, knife edged lower, A-230 cam, Race Engineering Adj Cam Sprocket, Crowlers, ARP head studs, and rod bolts. Walbro 255 HP pump and Kirban adj FPR, T-3. Centerforce II, KB subs and jack rails.
Pete Dunham


Reply

Wags88TC Offline
Senior Member
#7
Just like everybody has said, and go with a poker face and play-up the "high" mileage to the seller(hopefully he doesn't "know" about these cars, or this site). Offer him a grand if your bold; 8 hun if yer bold and daring! [Image: wink.gif] I bought mine with 155,000 or so.
GOOD LUCK

------------------
Steve Wagner
Nato member

88TC, 5 speed, StageII Star clutch w/ StageIII pressure plate,lightened flywheel, K&N in fender, gillis valve, 255lph Walbro, Kirban adj.FPR, 3" exhaust from turbo to tip (high flow cat/ Dynomax Superflo muffler), A-pillar gauges(A/F & Boost), 16" Prime 5 spoke wheels(245/45ZR16 Bridgestones). Workin' on the front mount IC and some exterior mods
Steve Wagner
Nato member
84 SVO
88TC, 5 speed, StageII Star clutch w/ StageIII pressure plate,lightened flywheel, K&N in fender, gillis valve, 255lph Walbro, Kirban adj.FPR,Bypass valve, 3" exhaust (high flow cat/ Magnaflow muffler), A-pillar gauges(A/F & Boost), 16" ARE 5 spoke wheels 7" front 8" rear(225/50VR16 / 245/50VR16 Yokos'). Subframe connectors
Reply

TurboCougar Offline
Banned
#8
Are you kidding? That engine is just broken in! I would be more concerned about the ball joints and tie rods, that is around where the suspension parts start to get loose. As far as the engine is concerned as long as the head isnt cracked everything is probably still in good shape. Fuel injector seals COULD start leaking around that mileage so check that, but that is a VERY easy fix even if they are. If its an automatic the trans could start leaking around that mileage if it is original so double check that. Another area to check would be the rear axle seals look at the backing plates for fluid leaks, they can start leaking around that mileage. These are the Biggest things to look out for. The turbo should last well into the 180,000 mile range before the bearings start to wear.
Good luck, talk him down to 900 because of the "excessivley high mileage" LOL wink wink nudge nudge.
Reply

marky30 Offline
Junior Member
#9
I did not know the tempo 2.3s and the turbo 2.3s were diffent all together...Thats good to know..thank you......Mabee ill offer him 1300 if the body has no rust.
Reply

KDice Offline
Junior Member
#10
I just hit 243,000 miles and its still runs tight.
Kirk Dice
Reply





Users browsing this thread:
1 Guest(s)



Theme © iAndrew 2018 - Software MyBB