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Old 01-21-2010, 09:43 PM   #1
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Should I buy this SVTf?

So I've had my ZX3 for 3 or 4 years, and I was just starting to do some things with it, when I came across this:


2002 SVT for sale in my area by a private party I just went and looked at it tonight. It's got some definite problems. Here's the basic rundown (in list form so I don't bore you to death with a drawn out story)

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Unknown white/gray smoke coming from tailpipe
power steering not working
paint faded on rear bumper
cheesy angel eye headlights that sort of work (comes with stock headlights)
drivers side door handle pulled off
two cig burns on driver's seat
audiophile sub is mysteriously missing
speedo and odo not working

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Motor has 40k on it, was pulled out of a wrecked SVT with 20k and has been in this car for 20k. I saw papers supporting this.

Clutch is one month old. Also have papers for this.

Tires are nearly brand new Yokohamas.

Says he's used Mobil1 and 93 octane.

Clean carfax.

The odo reads 105k, they said it stopped working last month and I believe them. I talked to the guy for a long time when I left the keys in it and closed the driver's door, he locked and closed the passenger's door, and we couldn't get back inside the car because the driver's door handle is broken. He's a nice dude, not really up on car stuff too much though. I think he's just tired of dealing with it. They want 3k as is but would take less I believe. Some guy offered them 2 and they turned him down.

As far as the smoke goes, I checked the oil and coolant and neither seemed to be contaminated with the other, so I don't think it's a headgasket. It could be rings, but that seems crazy for a motor with 40k on it. I dunno. The smoking situation is the only thing keeping me from buying this car for 2500. What's the opinion of the forum?


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Old 01-21-2010, 09:46 PM   #2
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skip it. Looks like it was rode hard and put away wet.
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Old 01-21-2010, 09:52 PM   #3
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Even for 2500?
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Id do it for 2500. If its gray/white smoke its not a ring. Blown rings will usally have a blueish smoke. Go back and run it for a bit, see if it over heats, or buy a radior pressurizer.(sp?) But some pressure on the coolant system and see if its leaking. If he did rebuild the motor it could be something simple like a head bolt not torqued.


The other stuff would be easy fixes.
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Old 01-21-2010, 09:59 PM   #5
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I'd do it. A little more $$$ in repairs and you'd still be ok. The smoke could be an easily fix that they think might cost another 1k.

If I had to guess anything, they probably F'd up and used the wrong rings. Could be bad news for the cylinder walls with 20k on motor.
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i personally would get it for $2500. i highly doubt you will even come close to the true value of the car in mint condition after fixing everything. that is a steal dude.
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Old 01-21-2010, 10:06 PM   #7
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The thing that is weird is that the motor wasn't rebuilt- it was swapped from a wrecked SVT. It had 20k on it when it went into the car. He changed the spark plugs a couple of weeks ago, said he got them wet when he put them in, and his wife is convinced that that's the only thing that's wrong with it...you know how women are always determined that everything is their husband's fault.

It wasn't really that hard to drive without the PS. I'd def want to get that fixed though, the smoke is the main thing. It was dark so I couldn't tell what color the smoke was. Worst case scenario I think it could need new piston rings. If it needs a rering, how much is that going to run me, would you say? A bajillion dollars or something?
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For $2500 jump on it.

Or send me the info. I'll buy it. Not kidding.
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For $2500 jump on it.

Or send me the info. I'll buy it. Not kidding.
If I don't get it I'll send you the deets, for real.
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