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Are These Major Issues? Thinking of Buying Used Car


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1234
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May 7, 2014, 3:33 PM

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Are These Major Issues? Thinking of Buying Used Car Sign In

Hi:

Thank you for reading this:

I'm thinking of buying a used 2000 Hyundai Elantra. Are any of the following issues safety issues? What is the scope of these issues and how much would it cost to fix things like this? Here is how owner describes the car:

"ac & heat are great. runs great. leaks oil. the back passenger side frame is rusting out. interior is clean, no smoke or pets but i do have 3 kids"


nickwarner
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May 7, 2014, 8:03 PM

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If he told you that the rear frame is rusting through, I can only imagine what he either doesn't know or isn't telling you.

Structural rust that is bad enough to cause issues is very expensive to fix. Way more than a 00 Hyundai is worth. He also didn't mention where the oil is leaking. A valve cover gasket for example, not so bad in price. But a rear main seal requires the transmission to be pulled to get at it so you have a cheap part but a lot of labor.

I'd pass on it. Hope he doesn't keep putting 3 kids in a car with a rusted out rear frame.


1234
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May 9, 2014, 6:14 AM

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Possibly a Better Used Car Prospect? But What's the Cost of Fixing an EVAC Sensor on a 1997 Taurus Wagon? Sign In

NickWarner, thank you for your reply to my first question. That rusted out seat frame sounded suspect to me. The other car I was thinking of was a 1997 Ford Taurus Wagon. The only issue with that car is that the girl is saying that when she got it tested at Auto Zone, the EVAC sensor needed fixing and she says it makes the, "Check Engine," light stay on. I look around online and can't find a price or any information about an EVAC sensor or the cost to replace it. The owners said that they don't think it's a major issue, however I'd like to know before moving forward. What do you guys think?


Discretesignals
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May 9, 2014, 1:02 PM

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Re: Possibly a Better Used Car Prospect? But What's the Cost of Fixing an EVAC Sensor on a 1997 Taurus Wagon? Sign In

I think you should have your mechanic or a reputable repair shop check it over completely before you decide in buying any vehicle you are interested in. The small charge to have it checked over probably will save you a whole lot of money.





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