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Old 02-May-2005, 12:32 AM
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test drove a used car today

its going to be my first time buying a used car.

i tested drove a used car i was interested at today, an EL btw, with also 200,000kms and notice a few things wrong.
at speeds around 90-120km/h, i notice a vibration on the steering wheel, the car itself isnt vibrating, just the steering wheel
alignment is off to the right
brake pedal vibrate when appiled pressure

header and 02 sensors need to be replace as well supposly

are these problems relatively common for a car this high mileage, should i still consider it?

any coments is appricated, thanks?
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Old 02-May-2005, 12:34 AM
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One of the worst things I've experienced in my life is purchasing a used vehicle its so stressful and on-going...g/l anyways
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Old 02-May-2005, 12:35 AM
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make sure the shocks and springs are good....
u will probably need a new cat too....

check the rad to see if the fins are good......

ask seller for record of the timing belt, water pump change...
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Old 02-May-2005, 11:01 AM
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clubel.ca is directly geared to only the EL and has tech part on their forum with common problems

timing belt/water pump would be my main concern, it was the first thing i had to do with buying my EL and its not that cheap ($400-$600 i believe is the ballpark)

good luck, they are nice cars
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Old 02-May-2005, 11:05 AM
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the shake at highway speeds comes from unbalanced tires most likely. the shake in your brake pedal comes from warped front rotors, which mght in turn contribute to the unbalance in your wheels. that is nothing major, something that happens to all cars.

timing belt should have been done already, so check that out.
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Old 03-May-2005, 12:26 AM
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yea get them 2 change the roters and balance the rims and tires then go drive it


they should have replaced the worped rothers 4 safety no ?>???

get then 2 do an alighnment or knock the price down so u can get these things done
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Old 03-May-2005, 04:38 PM
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Sounds to me that if they made all that go bad and not fix it then other parts/ services were probably neglected as well. Believe me, it is much moer worth it to spend the extra on a good running car then to try and save now on the buying costs and have to pay more later on when stuff starts to go bad. I know I learned my lesson
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Old 03-May-2005, 10:17 PM
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Isnt this the el for like 3800 on another board

I suggest get ur mechanic to check it completely

or take it for an caa inspection it cost 150 i think but rather spend that and check everything then buy a money pit
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Old 04-May-2005, 07:53 AM
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where can i get a CAA inspection?
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dont go for it... too many clicks youll kick yourself in the *** later on for not spending the extra cash and going for something thats in better condition
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Old 04-May-2005, 03:54 PM
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check the caa webpage for check stations

IT all depends on what you want to do with the car

if things like alternator okay etc then that needed

but if suspension shot and you will lower it thats doesnt matter

all depends on what you want but you have to realize how much you will spend and if it is really a deal after all
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