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Old 11-29-2006, 12:50 AM   #1
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ok i found a 93 bonneville se that is said to have a leaking head gasket that could get picked up for 400.

i know i know the buick guy found a poncho no its not for me its for a friend but shes cute

1. its a 93 so it has the composite intake correct?
2. does this have the same problems as the l36 motor with the upper intake deteriorating?
3. the 3800 arent known for having head gaskets go out on them. so could it just be the intake manifold thats the whole problem. the oils already drained so im not worried about the bearings.
4. any other common things i could look for while im there?
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ok i found a 93 bonneville se that is said to have a leaking head gasket that could get picked up for 400.

i know i know the buick guy found a poncho no its not for me its for a friend but shes cute

1. its a 93 so it has the composite intake correct?
2. does this have the same problems as the l36 motor with the upper intake deteriorating?
3. the 3800 arent known for having head gaskets go out on them. so could it just be the intake manifold thats the whole problem. the oils already drained so im not worried about the bearings.
4. any other common things i could look for while im there?
Head gaskets? Right. I doubt it. With over 4 years on this Forum of over 7000 members, I've never seen a bad head gasket.

Composite intake? Yes. The troublesome L36 upper? NO!

Lower intake gaskets? Probably. More than likely.
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so i should jump on her i mean it and try and get it? sounds too good to be true. ill have ta talk to um somemore
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Check and see what the oil looks like, and try to find out how long it'* been leaking.
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the oils been drained. so idk what it looks like.
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the oils been drained. so idk what it looks like.
How long ago was the oil drained - if it'* been too long, moisture could get in there and do just as much damage I would assume
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The fact that the oil has been drained would scaare me off. Sounds way too much like they're trying to hide something.

But then again, I don't know the seller at all, so it could just be my natural cynicism kicking in...
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If there is no oil in it at all, and it was just drained without trying to work some more oil into the bearings, I"d be concerned. However, if you don't mind taking the chance of having to replace the engine, assuming everything else is ok... go for it.
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well i think im ganna look at it tommorrow before work. got the adress and even keys. doesnt sound like there trying too hard to hide something.
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Get some oil in it and question them further as to its exact symptoms. At least turn the crank to see if the motor is free.
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