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Old 09-17-2011, 04:08 PM   #1
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URGENT ADVICE NEEDED: Would you buy this camaro?

hey guys im new to the forum world and had a couple quick question..PLEASE HELP!


i have less then a week to decide on a purchase and was wondering if im getting a good deal or not. its a 1996 v6 3.8 camaro t-top with roughly 131k mile. it has borla dual exhaust, bose, mp3, black on black(cloth seats) it is 2nd owner car and seems in pretty good shape(at least from the pics and what ive been told) but heres the thing.. the owner just turned 22 and has had it through high school and college for past 4-5 years. my question is.. would you travel 100 miles to buy this camaro for $3000? Is it a reasonable deal or am i being trigger happy.also would you let the teenager thing be a deal breaker for you even tho its female owner? what would you suggest?

kelly blue book is telling me the car is worth $3700 in good condition but edmunds is telling me like $1700
WTF why are these two numbers so far apart.
her asking price was 3700 and said 3000 is final

im so confused what should i do?

she says the car is in great condition(wash once a week) reliable, and has never been into an accident or given here any problems.also did the carfax and its verified. only thing she mentioned was the engine was burning little oil and she puts little in between oil changes, is this normal?

whhat would you do if you had to make this decision?

please chime in and enlighten me. i have less then a week to act or deal is dead. any advise would be GREATLY appreciated
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ps- please have some experience with 4gen high mileage camaros .
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Old 09-17-2011, 06:24 PM   #2
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If you know someone who is a mechanic and could possibly rebuild the engine for dirt cheap, yeah go for it.

If not, no. Mileage is high, tranny might be slipping or going, and engine burns oil. you can find another one for 3000. Mine was 3000, take a look at it (in my albums on my page)
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Old 09-17-2011, 06:39 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum. I would say it might be worth a look. It isn't the last one ever to be had so I would be a bit on the picky side. Car is 15 years old and lots of things are ready to break. It the body and interior are in great shape then I would check the mechanical. Burning oil isn't a good thing. Hold out and find a V8 4th gen if you can afford the insurance.
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Old 09-17-2011, 07:50 PM   #4
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My 94 had 30K miles more than that when I sold it half a year ago and it burned a little oil, but I never had a problem because of it.

The whole teenager/ girl driver should not be an issue. I'm 17 and I can honestly tell you I treat my car a hell of a lot better than most adults I know. However, not every teenager is quite as good to their car as me. I'd say take a look and hope for the best. Sounds like a good deal, I'd be optimistic if I were you.
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Old 09-17-2011, 09:35 PM   #5
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If you know someone who is a mechanic and could possibly rebuild the engine for dirt cheap, yeah go for it.

If not, no. Mileage is high, tranny might be slipping or going, and engine burns oil. you can find another one for 3000. Mine was 3000, take a look at it (in my albums on my page)
why would the engine need to be rebuilt? the car has been taken care of properly never raced no mods besides exhaust(if thats even considered a mod)oil change every 3k miles the tranny doesnt slip. as far as the oil thing i just read newer 5th gen burning a quart of oil between oil change is this accurate? if so,id say for 15 y/o car not bad shape. question is am i getting a good deal? BTW nice ride man how many miles?



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Welcome to the forum. I would say it might be worth a look. It isn't the last one ever to be had so I would be a bit on the picky side. Car is 15 years old and lots of things are ready to break. It the body and interior are in great shape then I would check the mechanical. Burning oil isn't a good thing. Hold out and find a V8 4th gen if you can afford the insurance.
thanks for the warm welcome. im seiously concidering buying this thing i need a car by the end of the week and this one seems like the better ones ive looked at.

as far as the condition..

i was told the car is a tank, reliable and hasnt had any problem besides regular maintenance and something to do with an ignition problem which was resolved. so far they seem like pretty honest people.

the interior doesnt have any rips, stains, or burn marks. both owners were non smokers. the t-top doesnt leak.

although not garage kept the exterior also seems like its in pretty good shape for a 15 y/o car. washed and waxed once a week so they claim

cons:
1) the back bumper has a pretty decent scratch
2) tiny rust spot below driver side door near the back tire( not noticeable)
3) front bumper has a little spider cracking but u cant tell unless youre up close






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My 94 had 30K miles more than that when I sold it half a year ago and it burned a little oil, but I never had a problem because of it.

The whole teenager/ girl driver should not be an issue. I'm 17 and I can honestly tell you I treat my car a hell of a lot better than most adults I know. However, not every teenager is quite as good to their car as me. I'd say take a look and hope for the best. Sounds like a good deal, I'd be optimistic if I were you.
thank you sir, youve given me much needed hope lol how much did you sell your 94 for? also with this many miles what should i be looking for or put money aside for? cost, maintence, repairs ect..


Ps- thanks to all for your help so far, anybody else?
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Old 09-17-2011, 09:39 PM   #6
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I got my 94 Z28 M6 for 2500. Has 155k miles, but runs great.
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Old 09-17-2011, 10:42 PM   #8
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Just in case noone else tells you this.

Life lesson- Don't trust anything someone "says"

I could "say" i took care of my car, when in reality, I changed my oil every 20k miles. Figurative, but you understand.

Don't trust anyone selling you something. Take it to a mechanic and have it looked at.
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Old 09-17-2011, 10:52 PM   #9
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here they go..
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Old 09-17-2011, 11:05 PM   #10
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Just in case noone else tells you this.

Life lesson- Don't trust anything someone "says"

I could "say" i took care of my car, when in reality, I changed my oil every 20k miles. Figurative, but you understand.

Don't trust anyone selling you something. Take it to a mechanic and have it looked at.
most definitely thanks for your words of wisdom
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Old 09-17-2011, 11:17 PM   #11
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I sold my 96 z28 with similar mileage for $2100 locally... This sounds a bit high.
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Old 09-17-2011, 11:29 PM   #12
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I sold my 96 z28 with simmer mileage for $2100 locally... This sounds a bit high.
sound like the person who bought it got one heck of a deal.. too bad it wasnt me. :( $2100 for a 96 z28 with similar miles sounds too good of a deal..why so cheap?
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Old 09-17-2011, 11:45 PM   #13
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price is right for that car in my area, a z would still be over $5k easy. an there a lots of 3.8's with over 250k miles on the stock engine no need for a rebuild just yet.

also those are not borla tips, if it really has borla it will be stamped across the muffler, take a look under the rear.
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Old 09-17-2011, 11:55 PM   #14
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price is right for that car in my area, a z would still be over $5k easy. an there a lots of 3.8's with over 250k miles on the stock engine no need for a rebuild just yet.

also those are not borla tips, if it really has borla it will be stamped across the muffler, take a look under the rear.
so from what youre saying, i should buy?
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Old 09-18-2011, 12:02 AM   #15
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sorry for the double post but i was just told this is the RS v6 3.8 but i dont see the ground effects or 3 peice spoiler..maybe the first lie?
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sound like the person who bought it got one heck of a deal.. too bad it wasnt me. :( $2100 for a 96 z28 with similar miles sounds too good of a deal..why so cheap?
Couldn't get any parties to show real interest at a higher price. Thing was clean too, ran like a champ... :/
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so from what youre saying, i should buy?
Just check it out really good, could be a great car or a bad one. I see people list v6 cars all the time as RS, because they don't know any better, but your right, it's not an RS. Also most insurance company's list it as camaro/RS no matter which one you have.
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thank you sir, youve given me much needed hope lol how much did you sell your 94 for? also with this many miles what should i be looking for or put money aside for? cost, maintence, repairs ect..


Ps- thanks to all for your help so far, anybody else?
I had mine listed for 2500 and it wasn't as nice as this one you're looking at, it had a little cosmetic damage. I ended up trading it for 1200 when I bought my SS. I would look for any sort of oil leak. Granted I had a 3.4l, the only maintainence I spent on my car was because of oil leaks (hole in my timing cover and valve cover) other than that I never had a problem.
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Old 09-18-2011, 12:52 PM   #19
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pass on it. I just picked up a 2000 Z28 for $3,400 with 150,000 miles runs and drives good and in good condition, lowered and c5 vette wheels on it. other then that it is stock. Deals are out there just have to keep looking. I found mine on craigs list.


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Id pass I got my 01 v6 with 100k miles mint inside and out for $5200. It's all up to you though, if you want it go get it
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thanks for all the info guys, i just found another camaro for sale but the guy sounds a little shady. has his machanic taking calls for him/ doesnt wanna talk or show his face

his mechanic claims the car is in "good condition" but has a couple of problems:
1) cracked windshield
2) needs a new ac compressor
3) ac clutch making noise
4) driver side mirror missing
5) upholstery around t top loose
6) has been sitting for a while ( not a good sign)

heres the add...

1998 Camaro V6 3.8 - 103.000 miles - Automatic - Body is in mint condition - Tires in great shape - Engine doesn't burn or leak any oil at all - Transmission works perfectly fine - Has chrome rims -Power windows - needs left mirror-glass - Heat works. Has a little crack on windshield which can be negotiated.


its not black like i wanted but hey

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he wants 2k final what do u guys think?

have a bad feeling about this one

car is currently at the machaics parking lot. Im imagining a clunker

keep in mind this is a city car not like the 96 which is 2 hours away suburbs
also seems like this guy didnt take as good care of it either
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looks clean other then the dents behind each door. If you have a bad feeling though I would keep looking.
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Id pass on that one too esp if the headliner is loose around the ttops. Could be a sign that the ttops leak.
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Id pass on that one too esp if the headliner is loose around the ttops. Could be a sign that the ttops leak.
exactly what i was thinking..mind you, there was a hurricane that hit the area little less then 2 weeks agobut i heard thats a quick fix

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looks clean other then the dents behind each door. If you have a bad feeling though I would keep looking.
dont see any dents from the pics..going to take a look at it tomorrow in person, waiting for some more replies first
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