Originally Posted by LakevilleSSEi
Originally Posted by popatim
I've heard good and bad Jasper stories. trading it in a month after putting it in warrants a very lengthy test drive imo. Is there any that fax shows the guys name? I'd call him and ask why he traded it in. Don't tell how you got his name, say you drive by his house frequently and then saw it at the dealer and did a phone# lookup on his address on the net.
Gee doesn't that method sound a lil stalkerish??? lol
Anyways, I stand by Jasper, never heard anything about them in the negitive sense here.
Believe it or else, this is me. Not only do I have the last owner'* warranty, I now have his name and address, he lives a mile from me. One of the issues I have to beat down the price is there is a lot of road rash and door edge chips. My argument will be that the guy beat the chit out of the car and blew up the engine, why should I pay at a premium level for that? So I drove through his neighborhood. Behind his house is a small cracked rock common alleyway and they have tiny detached garages. Most of which look like they should have fallen down long ago. So that may explain what I see on the car. All I will need is a quart of touch up paint, anyway.
If that isn't axe murderer stalker type behavior, without the axe, i don't know what is. The guy'* phone number is unlisted, so I'm fighting the urge to go down and knock on the guy'* door. My wife told me if I invade his privacy like that , SHE'* going to have me arrested.
Ii know I have put alot of info up about Jasper. I have no skin in it for them, besides maybe buying a car with one of their engines in it. But I found out more info today from one of their super-duper certified installer shops.
The reason I didn't recognize the markings on the plenum is..... it'* a Dorman. Jasper holds their feet to the fire on installs. If they consistently do installs (like reusing the manifold from the prior bad engine, which they are allowed to do) that brings the engine back into the shop, Jasper dumps them. The installer said (paraphrase) "I'm in the bad engine business. My shop has seen thousands of the L36 3.8L GMs over the last 10 years. We thank GM for the screwup in their engineering, but we are not going to put an OEM/Delphi on a car and have it show up back at the shop in a year or two". I forget where we stand with the best UIM/LIM gaskets, but he swears by the Fel-Pro.
I took the car out for an hour and the engine runs tight as a drum, scantool runs nice numbers for what Ii have on the tool. Of course the dealer changed the tranny fluid, there'* no way I can be positive. So i took it up into the hills. Shifting was tight, even that crappy flat spot at @ 45mph, up a hill, did good.
Also, my wife decided to stick with her ghetto golds. But if i buy the car.... keep an eye out for an old guy in a 98 SE with a set of binoculars parked down the street from you. he'll have 4 jack stands, a torque bar, and a jack in his trunk. They don't make your wheels anymore.