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I own a 2007 Avanti built on the Ford Mustang platform.  It was involved in the recent airbag recall.  I had the driver side airbag changed out two years ago, but they did not have parts for the passenger side at the time.  Took the car in today to replace the passenger side and learned that the removable panels on my dash where the airbag is stored were glued in place and could not be removed.  Has anybody had this problem?  I am wondering if they glued them on in the factory or if some previous owner glued them down.  Hard to tell. 

 

 

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On ‎11‎/‎29‎/‎2018 at 7:53 PM, R3 Forward said:

I own a 2007 Avanti built on the Ford Mustang platform.  It was involved in the recent airbag recall.  I had the driver side airbag changed out two years ago, but they did not have parts for the passenger side at the time.  Took the car in today to replace the passenger side and learned that the removable panels on my dash where the airbag is stored were glued in place and could not be removed.  Has anybody had this problem?  I am wondering if they glued them on in the factory or if some previous owner glued them down.  Hard to tell. 

 

 

I suggest running a CarFax or similar report on your car utilizing both the Mustang and the Avanti VINs/Serial Numbers to see if the car was involved in an accident that would have deployed the air bag before or after the car's conversion into an Avanti.

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On 2/5/2019 at 9:03 PM, edprize said:

I have the last Avanti manufactured in Cancun. The airbag update went very smoothly.

Ed, If your car has an Avanti VIN number, I am curious what the last two digits are which will reveal how many 2006-2007 cars were produced.  How about a picture also?  Also, how were you able to determine it was the last car produced? Thanks.

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While I can't say for sure, the VIN will not necessarily show numerical order of production as it probably still carries the Ford VIN which will decode to a Mustang and engine and maybe some other trim levels and factory.  The production sheet for the car holds an Avanti "RQ" number showing its numerical sequence.  

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The last three of my serial number is 299. It was originally a 2007

Had a problem being imported to the country and they made it a 2006. I have factory pictures of this v6 unit at the end of the assembly line. It was written up in the Avanti magazine couple years ago.

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Ed, Beautiful car. Is your car bra available from a supplier who may have kept the patterns, so they could make future ones, or did you make it yourself?  It looks great and I would sure like to purchase one.  Regarding your VIN number, I think you may be looking at the Ford VIN. If it begins with 1ZV, that is the Ford VIN. If your car also has an Avanti VIN number it will begin with 1A9 and the last 2 digits with be the production number. Both numbers may be located on the drivers door jamb. John Hull in his book states approximately 38 Mustang based cars were built, so yours being the last one should have a VIN ending around 38, although as previously noted the cars may not have been completed in exact order as VIN numbers were assigned prior to the cars being built.

 

 

Edited by Randy Atkin

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I need to correct myself. I should not have included 2005 in the production total. The 2006-2007 production is estimated at 30 cars, so the last car produced should have an Avanti VIN number ending in 30 or near that. Sorry for my mistake.

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