OK, so the saga continues...
I passed on the silver Bonnie. It wasn't what I want. Too many issues and I want a black one, dammit.
So I go out to another dealer with a 2004 Black SLE. 84,000kms (~52,000miles). It'* got some scuffs on the paint (one big but faint one on the front bumper) but nothing serious. The miles are low, so the interior is mint. I take it for a drive and it'* great. Minor vibration in the rear, I think it'* just brakes, no biggie. I haggle on the price and end up paying $1000 less than they were asking. This was on Saturday. I sign the papers, and on Monday after work I can pick it up. I'm ecstatic!
Then the love of my life dumps me
Monday comes around, I pick it up and I got the $1000 off because it wasn't safetied. I bring it to my friend'* place because he'* going to safety it for me the next day at work. I get there and he asks me "why did you buy a car with an engine knock?" I get out and listen and the thing is knocking...LOUD! Worst I've heard. I'm shocked! We go out for a drive to check it out and sure enough, it'* got the "Death Rattle."
We get back to his place to check it out and it looked like it had some work done around the head/intake. Fresh silicone. He opens the rad cap and it'* a chocolate milkshake in there. I'm crushed.
So I call the used car dealer I bought it from just minutes before they close. The guy is still there. He'* shocked. I really believe he was, he thought the car was mint, I did too. No evidence of a knock on the test drive, but it probably never got warm enough. I drove about 20mins to my friend'* house. He even gave me his home address before I left with the car, so I could drop off his dealer plate. I don't think a guy that just sold someone a car for $7000 with a blown motor would give that person his home address. So he says bring it back, he won't cash the cheque and he'll have to figure something out. So I dropped it back off and headed home. I was so depressed I called my ex on the way back to the dealer.
So he calls today and his mechanic confirmed, the motor is pooched. He'* trying to see how it will be to fix and see if he can eat the cost, or the majority of the cost and honor the deal, or if he'll cancel the deal and put it back on the lot for more and sit on it until it sells.
I'm not sure what to do. I really really really want this car. I'm even willing to pony up a bit more cash (if it'* reasonable and he takes the big hit) just to get it. Am I crazy? It'* so clean, the miles are low and the dealer I usually buy from has the identical car on their lot (same mileage, no sunroof) for $10,000! I know they're not going to budge on that price. My only major concern is how many miles will the replacement motor have?
P.*. Because if you're car guys, I know you're wondering...there was a milkshake in the radiator, but the oil was clean and looked pretty new. My guess is whoever traded the car in knew they pooched it, patched it up, replaced the oil, but didn't flush the rad. Probably put some additives in there to quiet the knock for at least a bit. It was bad though once I heard it. No way I would have missed it before. I always listen for knocks.