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Username Post: 85 Buyer's Guide        (Topic#328202)
mark68 
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09-03-15 01:29 PM - Post#2573074    

G'day gentlemen!
A 1985 4speed has come up for sale 4 hours drive from where I live for the oh so reasonable price of $5000. It seems to be in good shape but I want to be very well armed if I do make the trek to go see\buy it.

Is there anything specific I need to look out for with these cars? (eg, hidden rot spots, mechanical issues that won't easily let themselves be known)

Are there any specific questions I should be asking?

5 grand is a deal in my opinion, but it's still a lot of cheddar for a working stiff like me. I just want to make sure I don't get rooked.

Thank you for your help!

1968 Bel-Air 2dr daily driver
1962 Corvair 4dr project

I'll row my own, thanks!


 




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09-03-15 04:32 PM - Post#2573114    
    In response to mark68

SAVE YOUR MONEY,ITS GONA NICKEL & DIME YA 2DEATH,THATS MY BEST ADVICE.

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mark68 
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09-03-15 05:35 PM - Post#2573135    
    In response to TAT_2

Running costs do seem to be a bit high, and the idea of a digital dash and power everything pretty much scares the heck out of me. I liked that it was a V8 4 gear that wasn't rotten in running condition for $5000, lol.


1968 Bel-Air 2dr daily driver
1962 Corvair 4dr project

I'll row my own, thanks!


Edited by mark68 on 09-03-15 05:35 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
fbi9c1 
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09-04-15 10:42 AM - Post#2573306    
    In response to mark68

Stay away from 84-5 Vettes. Why do you think they are a "good deal?" and I used the term "good" in jest. If you must have one of this type of Vette, start at 87 but the best ones are the last of the series in the early '90's. Keep your wallet handy and get a AAA membership if you buy one.

Jim B.


 
mark68 
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09-04-15 01:16 PM - Post#2573334    
    In response to fbi9c1

Well I'd probably get a CAA membership...

I appreciate the input, I typically stick to older cars with fewer things to go wrong, but for a minute there the idea of intermittent wipers, rear defog and cruise control really appealed to me. Can I ask though, if these cars are so junky why are the asking prices still in the stratosphere? It's not (from what I've seen) a highly desirable car, let alone a rare one. Is it just because it's kind of pretty and says "Corvette"?

1968 Bel-Air 2dr daily driver
1962 Corvair 4dr project

I'll row my own, thanks!


 
Sting Ray 
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09-05-15 11:14 AM - Post#2573553    
    In response to mark68

How many miles are on this car and are there service records?

One of things to look for is if the intake manifold gasket has been changed.

Any pics of the car?

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mark68 
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09-05-15 11:46 AM - Post#2573562    
    In response to Sting Ray

I visited several Corvette specific websites and made up a list of questions to ask then called the (2nd) owner. It has 180,000km (112,000miles approx) it's had oil changes every 5000km and regular servicing, he says there is documentation to prove that and I believe him. The tires and brakes need replacement, it only comes with a soft-top, the carpet and driver's seat are trashed, the interior is baked, speedometer and half the dash isn't working, power windows aren't working, the overdrive isn't working and the clutch, steering column knuckle, ignition system and intake gasket are original. I asked about the body and he said "It's good" but never mentioned any repairs. My handy dandy little Corvette page says that there were no yellow Vettes made in 85, so this made my spidey-sense tingle a little bit. No matter, the arms-length list of repairs was enough to scare me off. So that's what $5000 gets you in Corvetteland. I think I'll be scampering off back to Fullsizeville. Thanks for indulging me gents.


1968 Bel-Air 2dr daily driver
1962 Corvair 4dr project

I'll row my own, thanks!


 




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