my uncle has offered me his old 89 model EA for $2000 with 12mths rego on it.
the car has a half decent interior, there is a sratch with an indent on the drivers door and a tiny bit of rust in the bottom corner of the door, this is the only rust in th entire car, the engine has about 200,000 kms on it and its cfi with a 3sp auto. the body paint is ok.
I've got a '89 model EA Fairmont CFI with a 3speed. I got it with 200,000k's on it, and it's been pretty good since then (i've since done about 30,000k's).
There is a few things that I've had to do since then, but for a car that is around 13 years old that is pretty much the norm.
I've had to replace all the cooling system hoses, replaced a side radiator tank, replaced the 3speed (these things are cheap neway, and you might have to consider checking the condition of your trans), changed the rear calipers (this was my fault, somehow I accidently pulled on the handbrake while driving at 60km's and the caliper seized).
Basically take it for a drive in the morning when it's cold, get someone (like your dad or a friend) to check to see what kind of smoke it blows, whether it's clear, white, blue, or black (clear is the only acceptable colour as this is just condensation caused by water in the exhaust). Check to see how long it takes to turn over, check the gear changes (the 3speed is notorious for clunky gear changes, so just check for some really loud or delayed changes).
After all these general checks, give it a good once over. Check the body for surface rust, especially on the roof, along the windscreen and rear windows. Also look inside the wheel arches.
Check the colour of the oil, and determine how old the oil is. If it's brand new, be suspicious, if it's really black, and is rough between the fingers I wouldn't even bother.
After all this, it comes down to whether you can trust what your uncle says.
I think that sounds pretty good. I paid 2500 for my GL and it was the same setup, 3 speed with CPFI. Listen for tappy noises around 3000 rpm thats your lifters, if they tick they could be worn a little. Also listen for timing chains at the same time. If the guides are loose or broken the cam can jump a couple of teeth and the pistons can hit the valves, thats if they are excessive. Check the shifting of the auto too. Make sure its smooth and doesn't crunch into gear when your in park.
Drive it like you stole it.....
antigravity, i know i can trust my uncle and as for as the motor and drive train is concerned i dont care because they r comming out in the near future and being replaced with a worked mpfi, T5 and a LSD.
1996 EL Fairmont - Pioneer MP3 Headunit, JBL splits, JBL 6'' 3-ways, 10'' Xplod subs, lowered, 16'' EL XR6 mags, K&N air filter, Pacemaker headers, 2.5'' Redback zorst, dba sports rotors, dark tint.
soon to come.......BA XR8
then go for it.. Just make sure that it'll be the car that you'll be using for the next 2 or so years at minimum, so make sure it's the car that you want to spend alot of time and money on, cuz you will, even if you don't want too! :)
buy it bruzz!~!!
i picked up my white EA s pak 1989 like 2 months ago, for 2 grand, sounds exactly the same as urs, bar 5 speed!!!
scoop it up man!!!
i felt like i got a ****ing bargain! don't delay son!!
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