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Old 06-28-2003, 04:12   #1 (permalink)
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Question How do you tell if it's been thrashed???

Hi Guys,
I was wondering if someone could help me out with my question? I currently own a Series II EA Falcon and am looking to buy myself a newer car, preferably a 5 speed EL XR6. I'm not too sure how to tell if a car has been "thrashed" or not. I personally know of a guy who thrashed the hell out of his EL XR and I don't want to get fooled into buying one like his. I knew very little about cars when I was given my current car 13 months ago and it appears to have suffered a hard life. I really can't afford to sped $15,000+ on a car only to have to spend a lot more on repais like I've done with my EA.
Thanking you in advance,

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Re: How do you tell if it's been thrashed???

Look for oil leaks, dirty engine bay, clunky suspension, diff whine, any foreign noises, diff whine, shuddering brakes, clunky transmissions etc etc
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Re: How do you tell if it's been thrashed???

Its really just the obvious thing...make sure its been serviced regularly, and that its not making any weird noises (clunks, whine etc) get a compresion test done, ensure it runs smooth - take it on a long drive and listen to the noises it makes...check to see clean coolant (gives a good indication cooling system has been looked after, which means less chance of head gasket going) if your still not too sure about it have it NRMA, or RACQ ir whatever inspected ...
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Re: How do you tell if it's been thrashed???

Check oil colour also.
And get a test drive from a dead cold start - this will give a good indication of rattly lifters, clunky diff and gearboxes, which may not be picked up when warm.
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Re: How do you tell if it's been thrashed???

yeah good points there Martin. but most falcons have noisy lifters on cold starts.
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Thanks for your help guys, I'll keep all those suggestions in mind.
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IMO if the car has been well looked after it shouldn't matter whether someone has given it a bit. So just check for the normal stuff to see whether it has been looked after or not.
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Re: How do you tell if it's been thrashed???

also, look for scratches around the rear number plate.
from a ''p'' plate. hehe
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Re: How do you tell if it's been thrashed???

if you know a good mechanic, get them to go over the car with a fine toothed comb. if the seller doesnt let u do this i'd be very cautious.
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Check for bits of rubber under the guards...people like to give the car a good bag up just before selling...
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