Originally Posted by 94 Daily Driven 4.6L
So let me get this straight:
1. It has been wrecked so bad that that was frame damage
2. It may or may not be smoking
3. You don't know how to drive a stick shift and stalled it 6 times
4. You haven't mentioned if you have priced any parts to see what standard, routine maintenance is going to cost. IN ADDITION to the monthly car and insurance payment.
It is definitely a good idea to have a dealership check it out. I would have them check EVERYTHING, not just the frame. It is the little things that can bite you. Like when was the last time a brake job was done? Do you have maintenance records of previous work including tune-ups and scheduled maintenance, i.e. has the timing belt been changed (if it has one), etc. At 100K miles I’m assuming a lot of things like that are coming due.
That’s just some simple advice from someone that’s “been there, done that!” :thumbsup
1. As long as it's fixed properly it should be fine
2. I don't think it is, I do believe the guy. He seems to be a reputable mechanic and two of my friends and their families have been taking their cars to him for years.
3. You gotta learn some how. I know HOW to drive a stick, I just haven't really had the chance to really do so.
4. Insurance will be more, but that's going to be almost any newer car. Right now I have liability only on a 12year old big slow car, it's not much. And I'm going to shoot to pay it off in a year. I've nearly got all the money for it so I could pretty much pay for it all now, but just so I'm not draining all my money at once I'll get a personal loan, and I have a solid job so I shouldn't have to worry about income. But that's gonna be any car, not just this one. And routine maintenance will probably be a bit more but not too much, especially depending on what your doing.
I know it sounds bad.
Brakes are new. Timing belt is new, water pump, spark plugs, clutch, flywheel (I think, I don't remember exactly). It just had a oil change. Uh, what else should I look into. I know it sounds sketchy, but I think it's alright. I just worry, so I ask about everything.
Don't worry, I will thoroughly make sure this car is solid before I drop the money on it. When I got my Thunderbird, I didn't look over it and immediately had to get brake lines drained, intake gaskets replaced, and tensioner pulley replaced. It was terrible, and ever since then I've been annoyed with my car. Every time I think "Ok, it's got to be fine for a while" something important comes up. So, I really want to make sure I get a good car, and with this one it already comes with a good mechanic.