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Old 07-02-2007, 12:34 PM   #1
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I plan on putting it up for sale sometime next week. It blue books at $1700 in "Good" condition. I plan on starting at $1500 OBO, cuz I feel any higher than that would scare people off that are looking for a good cheap car. Here is the kicker, it has a very bad oil leak. The shop says its a common problem on the 3.4'*. The block is made to have a hole for a distributor cap, and since it does not have one, they just plug it. This seal dries out, and oil likes to leak there. I am loosing almost 1 qt every 500 miles.

So, do I:
1. sell the car as is, let them know there is a bad oil leak
2. sell the car after having the shop fix the oil leak for $150
3. sell the car after fixing the oil leak myself.

while option 3 appeals most to me, I have no experience with the 3.4. Apparently that that has to come off is the UIM. Could I get come support here?
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I helped do one once. Can't quite remember what is involved...but it seems that it was fairly easy. An o ring or something.
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I think you already know that the right thing to do is to fix it before selling it. Even for $150, you would have the peace of mind to tell a prospective buyer that everything is OK and runs fine.
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Fix it. I've done one on a 3100 and 3.4 before. Plus the UIM and LIM on the 3.4 isn't that hard to remove/reinstall. I think all you will need is FI o-rings, and a new LIM gasket kit, it includes the LIM gaskets and UIM one to attach the UIM to the LIM. I THINK but I am not sure, that the gasket set DOES includes the distributor plug o-ring.
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Spend the $150 at the shop. I know if I put the effort into tracking down parts, and then doing the fix myself, I'd be less inclined to get rid of the car.
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Agreed! Spend the $150 to fix the leak, then put the car up for sale.
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what do you guys estimate the costs of parts being? i thought $150 sounded pretty good too.

how much is my time worth :thinking:
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Your time isn't worth it really. Just take the car in. You don't have to deal with it, and if for some ungodly reason the new owner comes back with the car and says "blah blah blah" you can say, well I had this shop fix it, take it to them. And by the way, I sold it to you AS-IS.
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if parts are more than the labor I can see bringing it to the shop. However, if this is more of a labor job, I think I would like to tackle it.

I still cant believe I picked this car up for $350
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