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Old 12-09-2004, 03:49 PM   #11
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You say money pit, I say wise investment. But with general knowledge, you should already know that all old[er] cars will have their share of problems. However all the little crap has already broken, and it'* down to the big stuff once they get that age [why I hate new cars.. all the stupid little things that break..].


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Well, thanks to all for all the constructive comments I see a couple big problems with an older car, though:

1. Worst problem: Convincing my mom to let me buy an 18 year old car that'* only one year newer than my former beloved, but problem-prone '85 Caddy DeVille. I know the differences, but they'd be lost on her. She can be quite close-minded on certain things, this being one of them
2. Money pit possibility, yes, but also the fact that this car'* main strength is the ease of repair and upgrade by the home mechanic. I definitely am not, but my dad is. Problem there is I'm going off to college in 6 months. So that makes those strengths a moot issue. Out-of-the-box power and ability in general is pretty tepid from what i've heard anyway, something like 116 hp, I think, so upgrading it at that point would be a necessity.
3. Low miles could actually be a problem, for the indicated reasons of possible neglect and not being run for a while. Leaving an engine sit is just as bad as running it ragged, from what I've heard, anyway.

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I probably will go to look at it, eventually, if it'* still there, but it would have to be damned impressive to overcome these problems. So most likely it'* out, but we'll just have to see Thanks again to all for the comments!
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just find a 3.8 bonneville. even the first model years with FWD last and last and last and last.
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Easier said then done, my friend
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Well, for now, at least, it'* more an issue of time and family crap that'* keeping me from fixing it. I'm just gonna keep it as in for another 6 months, methinks, then just get rid of it. My mom hinted she might be willing to let me get a new car before I go off to college, so I'm thinking newer Bonne with less miles . Anyways, for a college I'm also looking at Flagler as well as UNF, so I would pretty near you at that point I'll keep anyone who'* interested (in other words, 3 people) updated, don't worry Thanks again for the advice
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BTW, what do you think of the '92 Firebird Formulas? One'* being advertised for sale on my college'* bulletin board; looks nice, and it has the 5.7 V8 Says good condition, color picture on the flyer seems to show it as being really nice, and he'* only asking $2,800! What do you think? And how much would the insurance be? Oy vey :(
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I betcha any money, that guy is selling it, BECAUSE of the insurance cost [hinted from college advertisement]. Imagine the cost you will pay for the car, then add $200, and that will be your yearly cost, without liability [in other words, if you total your car, your car is gone].


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Well, I pay about $450 for a half-year right now with the Bonne, so that'* where I'm at right now. My step brother got a Camaro a little while back (since toasted), same year, with a 305, and he said his insurance didn't actually go up all that much. Sure it did a little, but he said the insurance agent he talked to actually said that was a big myth, that insurance went up ridiculously high on sports cars like that. I don't know... time to call Esurance! Thanks again for the replies
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Dude. $5 increase from my current car for the Firebird! So much for that myth
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Dude. $5 increase from my current car for the Firebird! So much for that myth
Must have something to do with it being an older car....... Um does this mean that your getting it?
I think he meant that it was actually a huge increase and not a small one. (if I'm correct that he was using sarcasm.. maybe not.)
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