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Old 12-25-2009, 02:02 AM   #1
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I know a car will last as long as it'* taken care of but what are some things to look out for on a high mileage Series 1 L67? It has 157K on it...I'm very leery of the mileage...my current daily driver('94 Corsica) is falling apart at 155K. The guy is asking $1300 which is too IMO so I might try to get it knocked down....

So anything specific to look out for or what to expect as far as trouble spots around that mileage?

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Well I just bought a high mileage Bonnie 156K, and so far it needed a new oil sending unit and a t-stat for the cooling system. Also the LIM gasket is leaking coolant, so just check for any leaks under the car, especially oil and coolant. It can be fixed as I am finding out but although going to be quite expensive if you take it to a mechanic which I will in my case for the LIM problem. Other then that make sure the engine is good, if they will let you take your car to a mechanic before you buy it most places will check out your car for free. Good luck, I am extremely happy with my Bonnie with 156K...I plan on making it last with some tlc.
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Hey FLY89GTA, I just bought a 94 SSEi with 375,xxxkm on it and then drove it home, about 300km. Runs great. Don't be afraid to climb all over the car if you can. If you have some knowledge look real hard. If possible get some history on the car also. Two things with my car: the **** for the radio was off but in the glovebox and the tires need to be replaced. I only paid $500.00 for the car and got quite a few extra parts with it. Good luck Jim.
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Take the typical test drive.

Check for lateral and axial play in the supercharger pulley. I know it may be hard to do with the belt on, but you shouldn't notice any play at all.

Open the radiator cap and look at the fluid. Hopefully the orignial Dex has been flushed out and regular green stuff put in.

Pull the dipstick, observe the oil condition, milky oil? Toss the car, that engine is toasted due to lower intake manifold leaking coolant into the oil.
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I usually stay clear of a vehicle under 100,000 miles, had one under 70,000 and had more problems than any vehicle that had over 100,000 miles.Atleast high milage cars are going down the road and not sitting at the repair shop. Check out what they said about milky oil and anti-freese and any leaks. But I wouldn't be afraid of it.
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Thanks guys, I know about the basic stuff(coolant/oil etc)...just wasn't sure if there were any Bonneville specific issues to look out for.

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Thanks guys, I know about the basic stuff(coolant/oil etc)...just wasn't sure if there were any Bonneville specific issues to look out for.

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Check out on this site about Mechanical and Maintenance for the year and common problems associated with those years. Good info! I had to get off the computer this morning before I could suggest a looky there.
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Make sure the heat and air conditioning work as they should....Its a costly pain to have to charge your air conditioner with freon and try to fix the air mix actuator!!!!
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