Yesterday my wife and I went and looked two Regal GSs. The first was a 2004 with 36,000 miles.
The car was not very clean (dust on the seats, dirt on the floors, dirty rockers, grime on the steering wheel, dusty dash, etc., etc.). There was some sort of a leak just below the supercharger. Appeared to be a mild coolant leak. Otherwise, it all checked out (while at idle). The air conditioner blew cold. All electrical features worked without an issue (including the heated seats and moon roof). The car had new tires and "new" brakes.
So, we took it on a test drive. My basis for checking the power of a SII L67 is based on my experiences of a SI L67. So, since we were alone, I drove it ....like a SC car should be tested..
Well, the car had an obvious problem. It had no nuts. Like none. Our L27s and L36s faired better than this low mileage L67. It was so odd that I even pulled over to make sure the SC belt was hooked up. Sure enough, it was. So, I flipped through the digital dash and found the digital boost guage. Back on the road....punched it and let her rip to the floor...built up to 7.2 lbs of boost but it felt L-A-M-E. Go to stop abrubtly and the car shook. Brakes were definitely needing to be replaced. Take off again and stand on it from a stop and it wouldn't brake the wheels loose.
So, we get back to where I met the guy and put the car in reverse to put it back into the parking spot - CLUNK. The trans made a clunking noise. Put it back in drive - CLUNK. Back into reverse and CLUNK. I just left it in reverse and put it in the parking spot. I questioned the owner about the clunking and the brakes. He claimed he did notice the braking issue but never the clunking.
The rims were filthy and the chrome plating was flaking off the barrel of the rim. Seems to be a common problem based on what I learned from regalgs.com.
So, my question to you guys - what would the clunking be? Expensive and invovled to fix? Common issue? Almost seemed like a mount of sorts to me. What about the lack of power issue? (Possible old 87 octane affecting KR?) Brakes are no big deal. I can address that. SC gasket leak - fixable. Cleanliness I can fix too. All bargaining points.
Asking price is $13,700. NADA is $15,900. It'* part of an estate sale. Apparently his dad passed away and it was his. So it must be sold to close to settle the estate. He'* had four other people look at it and everyone else has passed. I'm willing to bet he'd bit on an offer of $12,900ish.
On to the next one... (not as noteworthy
2001 GS. 99,500 miles. Owned by a younger guy. Drove extremely well and built up power very quickly. Felt like a SC car to say the least. Broke the tires loose easily. Everything worked well.
Price at $6000. He seemed anxious to sell so I'd imagine I could get it closer to $5,000.
So, it'* a gamble - what should I do? I really like the 04 since it has lower miles, is newer, and has heated seats. Buying another high mileage car just feels risky to me (but so does buying a lower mileage car with issues)...