I'm in Ft Lauderdale, about to start a trip of some 2k miles (Thursday)... and I don't have a car yet. I'd like to avoid renting a car ($800 or so) and it would be a good opportunity to replace my '99 OBW, which needs some maintenance. But so far I have not seen a soobie worth of being bought.
Enter a dark green '01 Legacy GT sedan Limited, automatic, with 145 k or so on the odometer. The thing is, the car is far from perfect, and I don't know if the pricing is fair. The carfax shows 3 crashes, but the title is clean and the only trace of a problem is a slight misalignment of the hood. There's just a tad of paint bubbling in the rear wheel well (the car was in CT until '09), an some cosmetic damage on the interior (glossy part of the wood trim peeling off because of the sun/heat).
The real issues that worry me are:
- there is torque bind
- check engine light on, codes P0304 and P104
- leak at the last junction of the exhaust, behind the rear axle
- the rear end of the sunroof doesn't close flush with the roof, but maybe a tad less than 1/4" lower.
- the all too familiar smell if the engine oil evaporating on the exhaust was present
The car is being sold by a Volvo dealer, which obviously don't have a clue about the car, and the list price was $5k. The last offer I heard today was $4.4k title in hand. I'm very tempted, and it would save me renting a car to drive home to MI. But how much is the car worth by itself? How much is it to fix the torque bind? The rest of the stuff is probably not critical, but a bargaining chip
I would really appreciate some input.
Edit: I have the carfax for it, if it helps. The file is too big to put it here, though...
Edited by jarl, 09 October 2012 - 07:45 PM.