Boreas, I can understand your frustration when many things seem to go wrong at the same time. Truth is, with and older used car, it may very well be that the seller had not noticed anythinmg specifically wrong while he owned it.
Two potential reasons this could be (OK, maybe three):
- Some car owners have little knowledge of cars or care little for their cars and consequently don't notice things going wrong until they are catastrophic. They might truly not know that there is an issue or a pending issue.
- An older car with those miles may have just been at the cusp of needing some major maintenance items done when you bought it.
- Other possibility - Seller may have lied or "sugar coated" the condition to make the sale.
All real possibilities.
I hope you can get that elbow replaced and move on with enjoying the car (or your Mom can enjoy it, lol).
Mike: 1997 SE w/ 183K, aka White Horse
, Gutted Airbox w/K&N, drilled 180* t-stat, tint all around, clear corners w/SilverStars, "PONTIAC" light up tail, PEMs, NGK TR55s