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Old 11-06-2004, 12:50 AM   #1
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Okay, here'* the situation-

'93 Buick Park Avenue
100,600-something miles
white exterior with dark blue leather interior
factory alloy wheels
new brakes and tires, he says (tires look newer, at least)
windows might be tinted-didn't check (it was twilight, then night, didn't have time nor did
I notice...)
engine compartment is quite dirty
Radiator fluid, with the limited light I had, looked okay. Not great, but okay. Didn't check
the oil.
used to have XM Satellite radio, had receiver put in on top of back rear glass, now has a
generic tape player/radio head unit. Receiver still there, as well as original, retractable
antenna. Retractable antenna doesn't work; leads me to believe leftover XM antenna is
still hooked up to the head unit, original one disconnected.
paint is original, with a scratch here and there ( one big one over fuel door) and faded
but in great condition for being 12 years old.
Interior is GREAT! leather is soft and supple, not badly worn at all for the age. No
detected stains or spots inside anywhere, and it'* clean, too! cupholder is broken,
though...
one rust hole on top passenger portion of hood, near windshield, about a inch and a hlaf
total diameter.
Also, rust in metal area between rear bumper and body, under built-in gap between
bumper and taillight assembly. Only spotable from under the car - looks like water was
supposed to pass through holes in this metal piece, but rust spots of about an inch and
a half - two inches have started on the far left and, to a lesser degree, far right
corners of the metal piece. Also, the spots where wet. Don't know what'* up with
that; any insight into what would cause this would be appreciated
A big bummer - trunk is wet inside. Carpet and mat aren't really so, but it'* quite wet on
the insulation underneath the carpet, and especially in the spare tire well.
Condensation all over inside the spare tire and inside the well :( spare tire rim had
surface rust all over it, too, but I got the impression the leak hadn't been around for a
long time. Found one place where it must've been leaking from, but it seemed pretty
bad inside to come from this one spot. There was a wet spot underneath the spot,
though, on the carpet which was otherwise very dry. It was the insulation which was
considerably wet. and that spare tire well But I think this might all mostly be
from those hurricanes that came by about a month or two ago. Must have gotten this
trunk bad :( Rust seems very limited inside the trunk though. For now, at least...

Here'* the listing on AutoTrader. You get a picture, at least

http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.js...or=&cardist=35

Well? Any advice? He wants $2750 obo, I was thinking of offering him $2100 after a CarFax check and a check by my mechanic, since he knows about the problems, and trying to get it for $2300 or under at least, $2200 or under preferably.

What do you guys think?
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its your call....not ours
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Price is right for the mileage, but if it'* got rust it'* gonna play on the price -to your advantage.
The leather seats in the Park Avenue'* don't wear like the Bonneville'*. My parents old 1992 Park Avenue Ultra had 21x,xxx miles on it when they sold it. The interior was pristine, and the left side bolster on the drivers seat showed no wear, because of the angle. The Bonneville seats are buckets with the bolster pitched forward about 20* more than the Park Avenue. Also, the leather seams to be of a little better quality in the Buick than in the Pontiac. I suppose it'* because the Buick is a soft cruising car, and the Bonneville was meant to have a little more aggression.
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Doesn't sound bad. The price sounds good.

You're gonna have to bite the bullet and settle for something less than perfect in your price range for what you want. I guess you could sit back and nit-pick every car.
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rust scares me
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rust scares me
me too. I could get $2k Canadian on a really good day for mine, and I have one rust hole (inner trunklid) and 191,000 miles.
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Oy vey, if I just had a little more...

'96 Park Avenue Ultra with 90k miles, they say it'* in great condition...

$4200 OBO

Right there where I just barely can't afford it, even if they except a major lowball :(

If I'm going to get this '93 Parky, I'm gonna lowball him bigtime...

$2000, take it or leave it. With that rust and the wet trunk, there'* enough there to find fault in, but not too much to make it a terminal mechanic'* special. It'* really fine except for that wet trunk. A day in the sun would cure that 90%, for sure

Thoughts and reflections, I guess...

I'm tired, give me a break

Now, off to bed...
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Oh yeah, another quick question...

Is there a way to dim the ECC (climate controls) display? It'* very bright and annoying, and the brightness doesn't adjust along with the dashboard and gauge lights.

Also, door locks act funky. What'* up with that?

Thanks again guys
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The ECC is the bottom unit in this picture, below the radio...

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65*F in flordia!!! it was like 70 here today!
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