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Postby MAJ28 » Sat Feb 15, 2003 3:27 pm

(I wasn't sure if this belonged in GD or not....  it does deal with car problems so...)

Today I was looking at the local Motormart magazine and I came across a '95 Black Z26 for $4,500 with a 3 month warranty.  Before I call and ask about the car, what kind of questions do you think I should ask?  Here's what I've got so far, just by common sense:

Mileage?
GFX condition?
Accidents?
Door panels?

Are there any other common problems with Z's or the 3100 in general that I should beware of?  Off the top of my head this is all I could really think of...  and since I have a 3.1 I wouldn't know.

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Postby Canada » Sat Feb 15, 2003 3:36 pm

If the car is close, go look at it and take it for a drive.

-Lower intake manifold gasket.....common 3100 problem....every 80,000 miles or so they need to be replaced.....its a labor intensive repair..

-Double check alingment....it should go straight down the road....

-If silver lines appear inbetween the numbers on the odometer....its been messed with.

Just go drive it, go through traffic.....open road.....everything.



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Postby CKr » Sat Feb 15, 2003 10:40 pm

IIRC the trannies in those cars seem to go some where around 100,000 miles.  Although I'm not 100% sure on that.  Other than that and what Canada said that's probably it. ÂÂÂ

Jason, how are you going to buy that car when you don't even have enough to fix yours? :rock:


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Postby Guest » Sun Feb 16, 2003 12:19 am

check for a repaint. Look under the hood and see if theres overspray, stickers missing, misaligned body parts. My front nose had been repainted under warranty by the dealer and they left out some of the stickers. And oversprayed on the hood bumpers. Alot of the Z's we had looked at, before we purchased ours was that they were repainted in the front.
Doesnt mean the were damaged, just something to look into.:)



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Postby feelgood7777 » Sun Feb 16, 2003 8:47 am

Well the only problem I had with this car is egr being dirty -fixed that.
New halfshafts just yesterday, the normal stuff,  brakes and all that.
I have had no other problems such as lower intake gasket or a bad tranny, and they never been repaired that i know of and this car has 120k on it :D Just don't hammer on the thing all the time and you'll be fine. :p


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Postby heavywoody » Sun Feb 16, 2003 9:10 am

Quote (CKr @ Feb. 15 2003,21:40)
IIRC the trannies in those cars seem to go some where around 100,000 miles.  Although I'm not 100% sure on that.  Other than that and what Canada said that's probably it.

Incorrect... I know several people, including myself, that have well over 100K on their original tranny. Mine has 122,122 to date, and zero problems... anyone wanna buy it? :p


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Postby MAJ28 » Sun Feb 16, 2003 2:38 pm

good... it's a nice coincidence that someone asked me to check out a Z in my area for them right as I started this topic, knowledge put to use- NICE!

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Postby zach82 » Sun Feb 16, 2003 11:38 pm

I've got 110,000 on mine and the trans is starting to act up... water pump just went out as well.  The belt tensioner broke at around 105,000, and my stabilizer links went out a couple years back

Other than that the only things I've had to replace are brake pads, shocks, etc.  It's been a pretty reliable vehicle.


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Postby Guest » Sun Feb 16, 2003 11:48 pm

Things i would check:
-both oil and tranny fluid when its cold, then after you drive it
-look at engine to see if it has been steam cleaned, if so ask why, and what they are hiding
-if underside has fresh undercoating, ask what they are trying to hide (rust + undercoating = bad stuff after a few months)
-rust in either door jam
-see if the carpets are wet for "the leak"

I would also pay attention to the lower intake manifold gasket, how the tranny shifts, make sure the steering is tight when you test drive it.  Cosmetically i would of course check all the gfx especially the front air dam.  See if it smiles at you or not.  Good luck!



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Postby 88GTRacer » Mon Feb 17, 2003 1:39 am

Quote (95Z26 @ Feb. 16 2003,22:48)
Things i would check:
-both oil and tranny fluid when its cold, then after you drive it

Actually, you check the oil when it's and on a level surface.  If it has been warmed up wait 15 mintutes to check it.  The transmission fluid should be checked until it has reached normal operating temperatures, and while the engine is running in either park or neutral.

I would ask for any service records or repair invoices. ÂÂÂ Pretty much check to make sure the maintenance hasn't been neglected on the car.  88GTRacer


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Postby Guest » Mon Feb 17, 2003 9:41 am

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Just don't hammer on the thing all the time and you'll be fine


Well then my car will die soon :)

I like to put the hammer down, feel that granny tranny propel me forward.... or backwards which ever...



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Postby Guest » Sat Feb 22, 2003 3:47 pm

I know they like to throw lower control arm busings about 100,000 miles.  I just helped girl, that is a friend of mine replace hers in her z26.



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Postby Guest » Sat Feb 22, 2003 5:18 pm

i dont agree with the tranny issue, my car has 133k miles on it, tranny untoched and is perfect, still has the original water pump too, although i agree on the lower intake gaskets, i had to have mine done, that and a new alternator and belt, sway bar bushings, and the lower control arms (common) that's about it



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Postby zach82 » Sat Feb 22, 2003 6:13 pm

Quote (heavywoody @ Feb. 16 2003,08:10)
Incorrect... I know several people, including myself, that have well over 100K on their original tranny. Mine has 122,122 to date, and zero problems... anyone wanna buy it? :p

How much do you want for that 4t60-E?


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Postby Canada » Sat Feb 22, 2003 6:21 pm

Is it a 2.93 or a 2.97 4T60-E?



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