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Old 07-07-2003, 01:32   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Guys/Girls im new to this sorta stuff a mate told me to have a go
and see what i can find out so here i am....

First of all i need help big time im in the middle of Purchasing a
VN Commodore Executive 3.8Lt V6 Auto 4 Speed...

There are some good points to the car and there are bad points..

The good points are that it has an Imaculatly clean engine Low K's 2.5" Pipe all the way Mags Large Body Kit and is lowered its starts first time no probs and runs pretty well considering......

Ok now for the bad points the Tappets are pretty load i am assuming it might need oil and the two side mags are Stuffed as the people who stole it cant handle the power of a 6 cylinder no doubt and from this they have managed to hit something hard enough to force the front Left side tyre towards the rear of the guard... There is about 2cm gap from the guard and the tyre now this is my problem i dont know ether its going to be more trouble than its worth can anyone HELP me out here with some advice if this has hapened to you or someone you know anyone please?????
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Old 07-07-2003, 02:59   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds like the wheel alignment? Have a look underneath at the steering gear, if the wheel is that badly aligned you may need to replace the tie rod and tie rod end.

How does it drive - get it up to various speeds, and feel for steering wheel shudder.
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Old 07-07-2003, 15:46   #3 (permalink)
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So you want to buy a car that was stolen and crashed? Not worth the effort in my opinion, you don't know what's been broken...
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Old 07-07-2003, 17:39   #4 (permalink)
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stuff that dude get a EB11 and u will b set they will shit all over a VN and ye they have bad pionts 2 but there a great car!!!!!!!
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Old 07-07-2003, 21:01   #5 (permalink)
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Being a stolen car the major hassle is the fact that is was stolen.

How was it stolen? If a thief has a key, it'll get knocked off again, a mate bought a VN SS and it was stolen from him by the same theft that stole it the first time. This was after he changed the rego.

VN's are easy to take, best bet is to get a black wire alarm and a full metal jacket for the ignition barrel.

IMO, I wouldn't bother unless ya only paying $2000.
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Old 07-07-2003, 21:57   #6 (permalink)
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Yeah steer clear of the VN unless she is a beuwdiful example. Other wise spend the rest of your days being beet EBII and ED falcons.

I know I do it all the time (well most of the time )
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Old 07-08-2003, 01:51   #7 (permalink)
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get a ford -- try an ea they`re good cars
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Old 07-08-2003, 04:25   #8 (permalink)
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getting cars that have to be fixed up is ok... as long as you know something about mechanics. Else it's not really worth it...
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Old 07-08-2003, 05:06   #9 (permalink)
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I wouldn't be keen on it even if dirt cheap, purely cos it has been stolen and thrashed. You say they were bad drivers...I say they just didn't give a s*#t. Noisy tappets probably mean they reved the nuts off it, numerous times for extended periods. God knows what they did with the transmission and whether they deliberately cooked and warped/cracked the brakes. Then there's the obvious front end damage which could easily be more than bent tie-rod or two and radius arms. The rack, strut and insert could all be easily cactus and the chassis even damaged. A shame really. Overall, I think the VN is a slightly more rugged and cheap car to maintain than the Ford...considering head gaskets, timing chains and automatics. But if I had a little extra time and money to spend, I would prefer the Ford. Just my preferences. I see them as different, not necessarily better or worse.
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Old 07-08-2003, 05:15   #10 (permalink)
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if the wheel is that far back then im guessing the K frame is stuffed - usually any big hit at the front will stuff it - i dont know how much they cost but i can tell you they are a pain in the ass to fit, and you will probably need quite a few more suspension parts to make it all line up


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