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Which is the smarter decision and why..

1.) '05, ~50,000 miles, maggie, headers, cats, exhaust, dyno tune, UUC, 100k warranty
2.) '07, ~7,500 miles, bone stock, 100k warranty

either one for $34,000
 

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I think the '05 is a better buy, but not by much, assuming you'd do the same mods to the '07. Figuring $31-33k for a stock '05 and the $10k in mods already on the car, $34k is not a bad deal. Also, how many miles on the Maggie...cuz they do eventually need to be rebuilt.
 

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everything but the maggie most likely
 

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I think the '05 is a better buy, but not by much, assuming you'd do the same mods to the '07. Figuring $31-33k for a stock '05 and the $10k in mods already on the car, $34k is not a bad deal. Also, how many miles on the Maggie...cuz they do eventually need to be rebuilt.
less than a yr on the charger... not sure how many miles tho
 

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If you'd go without the Maggie, I'd say get the 07. What's listed there is roughly 3.5 - 4K worth of mods and you would just have a newly broken in car and would add mods that probably wouldn't have a major impact on the factory warranty.

In either case try to get the VINs and have the repair history ran to see if any / what major work has been done on the car by the dealership(s) Also check into your local dealerships and see how Mod friendly they are or are not.
 

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If you'd go without the Maggie, I'd say get the 07. What's listed there is roughly 3.5 - 4K worth of mods and you would just have a newly broken in car and would add mods that probably wouldn't have a major impact on the factory warranty.

In either case try to get the VINs and have the repair history ran to see if any / what major work has been done on the car by the dealership(s) Also check into your local dealerships and see how Mod friendly they are or are not.
I'd be going to Lindsay with either car as they're right around the corner from me .. they just doesn't know it yet :thumbsup:

the 05 has 4k on a new rear
 

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Maybe you can convince James to run the history on both of them and see the total work done on each.

You're bloody lucky to be near Lindsay to take your V for service or modifications. :thumbsup:
 

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Where in the world are you getting an 07 for $34K, that's a steal. Makes me feel like I really got screwed on my 04!
I would get the 07 though, less miles and I personally think you should experience your car stock first, then make it go faster.
 

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Here's my take:

1) If '07 has no issues, and you are keeping the car for 3 years or less, go with the '07, you will get more on resale, unless you find a buyer who gives you a good residual on the mods
2) If you plan on keeping car for 4 or more years, go with the '05, as you may make the decision to never sell the V
3) I may have missed it, but you need to drive both of them, as the '05 should have over 130RWHP, which using my rationale would dictate which one to buy

Both cars offer great value, so either decision will make you very happy.
Good luck, and congrats on owning America's Finest Performance Sedan.
 

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Drive them both first, I personally would go with the '07, but the MOD bug is a B. When she bites, you can't stop scratching.
With that said the '05 has been scratched well, when you consider parts and labor, you'll probably break even.

Basically it's up to personal taste. would you rather have a turn key V or a V that you've babied from stock to BEAST!
 

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If you weren't planning on getting a Maggie anyways, I'd go with the '07. Thats a great price if it checks out ok.
 

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Warranty is Key here. Probably gonna have to replace the rear. Definately with the maggied V.
 

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I would go with the 07, but I hate mods.

I would look for a lower mileage 05 with no mods and the LS6 if it were me. (Of course that is what I did not so long ago.)
 
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