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Old 06-04-2005, 01:00 AM   #11
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Make sure the rear doors open correctly. Many of us have had problems with the latch mech. seizing up or springs rusting. It'* fixable but a bit of a pain.
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neither one of the back doors would open, and its not like they were just stuck, but the handles wouldnt connect er something, even when they were both unlocked. is there some sort of feature that causes that?
Purchase price just went down to $1400.

How'* it look underneath? I'm also curious about this: ".i noticed the low oil guage was on though," There is an oil pressure gauge and an oil level sensor. If the oil level is low then that'* one thing. If the oil pressure is low then that'* another, more serious thing.
actually...it might be an 89...what would the label say on the driver door?
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The label located on the inside of the driver'* door may indicate the date of manufacture but I normally go by the 10th digit of the VIN.

H = 1987
J = 1988
K = 1989
L = 1990
M = 1991
N = 1992
P = 1993

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Just like Randman says...

The MFG date can be a ball of confusion.... If its an 89 I suspect that it will have been MFG'd Sept-Dec 88...

Do look at the Vin number to see what model year the car actually is..

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Just like Randman says...

The MFG date can be a ball of confusion.... If its an 89 I suspect that it will have been MFG'd Sept-Dec 88...

Do look at the Vin number to see what model year the car actually is..
i think it did...
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Also unless it has been changed in the past, the Teeves ABS accumulator probably needs to be replaced - if the red light comes on after 2-3 pumps (or less) then it is probably so.

Spins on and off like an oil filter so easy to change and think it is now a touch over $100 delivered from GMPartsDirect.
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Am I the only one whos actually had bad door handles? Not the latches, the handles themselves? When I bought mine, you couldnt get in either drivers side door. Push the button & it feels like it was disconnected-nothing at all. It ended up being a pin inside the exterior handle itself was rotted out on both doors. A little bit later the same thing happened to the passengers side. I figured it was a common thing, since it was hard to find a decent one at all the junkyards (let alone 4 of them!). You guys are pulling guts out, replacing springs & doing rain dances
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Am I the only one whos actually had bad door handles? Not the latches, the handles themselves? When I bought mine, you couldnt get in either drivers side door. Push the button & it feels like it was disconnected-nothing at all. It ended up being a pin inside the exterior handle itself was rotted out on both doors. A little bit later the same thing happened to the passengers side. I figured it was a common thing, since it was hard to find a decent one at all the junkyards (let alone 4 of them!). You guys are pulling guts out, replacing springs & doing rain dances
That happened here on the front passenger door when I first got the car.

Managed to get it fixed after removing the offending door handle, opening it up, and taking care of those pins (I forget how, it'* been a few years). Didn't need a new handle at all.
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Am I the only one whos actually had bad door handles? Not the latches, the handles themselves? When I bought mine, you couldnt get in either drivers side door. Push the button & it feels like it was disconnected-nothing at all. It ended up being a pin inside the exterior handle itself was rotted out on both doors. A little bit later the same thing happened to the passengers side. I figured it was a common thing, since it was hard to find a decent one at all the junkyards (let alone 4 of them!). You guys are pulling guts out, replacing springs & doing rain dances
nope i had this same problem i had to buy a new one :(
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