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Old 03-29-2006, 08:15 AM   #11
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While I appreciate looking at a nice older low milage car...

You know this much. The owner never enjoyed it...just let it sit in the garage and collect dust.

I've got better ways to keep my garage floor clean.
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151k is NOT low mileage. Find out if it ever had the trans replaced. If not, you could end up paying double that price within a year.

Neither of my cars is even close to those miles.
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From the picture it looks to be in mint condition.
My 94 also looked to be in mint condition, thats until I got it to my brothers shop where I was able to get it on a lift. Im now dealing with replacing a gas tank, tranny mounts, oil pan gasket, lower intake gasket, and possibly the tranny since a part of the thrust seal fell out of the tranny pan while changing the fluid/filter.

Take it from me, it might look pretty on the outside, but whats on the inside that you dont know about?

If you can get the car on a lift, I would do so before making the purchase.
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Well, sounds like a good deal for $1500. There was a white 93 here a while back with 111k for $1900. My car was $400 needing a motor and a couple other parts ($1800 total invested including new 28k motor and complete parts car)

As for what to look for, rust is the big thing. get on the ground and look at the rockers as best you can. Look at the rear door frame near the weather strip, feel up infront of the body cladding under the a-pillar where the sunroof drains to, look up in the rear wheel wells to see if the rubber undercoating has cracks, fallen off, or rusted through already. If you know how to remove the rear seat and the owner will ler you (doesn't require any tools, or do it when you test drive it if they let you go alone) and check for rust in the corners by the seat belts. Also crawl under the rear and look where the bumper pistons are for rust. Also look at the pistons to see if there is a grease line that would indicate that they have been pushed in before and by how much. Check the weather seals on all the doors for pulling away in the corners (this is an easy fix, but could mean water got in the car) As for the rest, it is your basics.

What I listed is specific places to look on our cars compiled from my numerous trips to junkyards, looking for a bonneville, and with my own cars.
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Also, drive it.

I mean as cool as they are, it'* a late-gen Bonneville. If it was some sweet 69 Camaro, or a classic Bonne, then throwing a cover over it and not driving it would be more acceptable. I still advocate for driving cars no matter what their rarity, though, since that is what they were designed to do.

If you are a 16 year old with so much extra money, you shouldn't spend it on cars. Start saving, one day you may end up a poor University student like myself, and wish you had saved more.
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I'll have to agree with Ryan. I'm going to be a college student this fall and I'm shocked already at my tutition bill (predicted) so save your money and be proud of your bonnie.

Why buy it and never drive it, Bonnevilles are fun cars to drive. You buying it and never driving it is similar to the married guys' wives on here begging their husbands for sex and the husbands respond by "I don't want to wear you out so early"

It doesn't make sense. So don't do it.
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I'll have to agree with Ryan. I'm going to be a college student this fall and I'm shocked already at my tutition bill (predicted) so save your money and be proud of your bonnie.

Why buy it and never drive it, Bonnevilles are fun cars to drive. You buying it and never driving it is similar to the married guys' wives on here begging their husbands for sex and the husbands respond by "I don't want to wear you out so early"

It doesn't make sense. So don't do it.
Lol, good analogy.

Out of curiousity (as a brief aside) what is your approx. tuition per semester or year?

Back on topic after this I promise.
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Well, I'm not actually going to be buying a car, my dad is thinking about buying me one.

I know it is not low mileage, mine has 125521, and is only 1 year older.

When I say it won't be drove, it will, but not as often as the 93. I mean, I am 15 with a heavy foot, it does appear to be in better shape than mine (even thought I do need to check out what all y'all said). Starting to feel I shoulda checked mine out. I didn't even test drive it (cause I knew it ran and had drove it b4).
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