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Old 02-20-2012, 11:19 PM   #1
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ok so my dads boss was going to take his sons 2001 vw jetta to the scrap yard after it died on him on the way back from UK. We asked how much the scrap yard was giving him and he said 300 bucks. He said that the fuel pump is bad. So me and my dad rented a tow dolly and paid him 300 bucks for the car with intentions of reselling it after fixing it. I get it home, and i put gas in it to see what will happen, and it started right up and ran perfectly. Turns out the gas guage is off, and it was only out of gas so now i think i will end up doing minor body work and keeping it, to benefit from the 38 mpg. its a 2.0 5 speed. 162000 miles, perfect interior. Awesome deal. It needs a new drivers door cause someone backed into it, the rear bumper painted, and a few minor dents fixed. but cant beat it for 300 bucks. even has new tires!



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It's always nice to find people like that. i bought a 91 s10 regular cab short bed 2.5L 5-speed for $300, the guy thought the transmission went because it wouldn't go into gear. turns out the clutch master cylinder was bone dry and the slave cylinder was leaking like all hell. Nice buy to you!
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you lucky sumbich
Old 02-21-2012, 12:24 AM   #4
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I'll give ya $450 for it...lol. Helluva deal
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^

so did you ever tell your dad's boss "it was just out of gas, thanks for the deal brah".
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Hahah what a deal an i dont see how anyone in there right mind just over looks something like that lol!!!! But awsome on your part and FAIL on there end. Hha
Old 02-21-2012, 07:17 AM   #8
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so did you ever tell your dad's boss "it was just out of gas, thanks for the deal brah".
haha nah, i think we are just going to keep that a secret
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I would too, wouldn't want your dad to lose his job.


Damn steal though, I'd feel a little guilty about it though. LOL
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absolutely..................
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Great deal!Decent car. I would not feel the least bit guilty...
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Nice deal. You put in the work (as little as it was) to figure out the problem.
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That is ****ing awsome. i would def feel guilty tho, but then again Your not the dumb one lol
Old 02-21-2012, 12:04 PM   #14
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Thats how I got my daily, a 01 ZX2. It had set for a couple of years and was told that the engine knocked. Turned out the pvc hose had rotted and fell off the underside of the intake, thats why it was running rough and wouldn't idle (a common problem on these cars). Even with putting new tires on it I still have under $500 in it and have drove it for the last two years putting a tion of miles on it.
Old 02-21-2012, 12:04 PM   #15
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Since they could not check the fuel level, you may want to check the 710 level. I hear that is important.

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believe it or not, the oil was just changed, the filter is brand new, oil level is exact and clean. I suspect that the boss's son who drove this car, just wanted a new one and made up some story, cause i have a hard time believing that someone would not check the gas, especially when there was 300 miles on the trip meter. We bought it with the intentions of putting a fuel pump in it, instead of seeing it go to the scrap yard, so i dont feel the least bit guilty just got lucky this time.
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Quote: Originally Posted by stevblev
believe it or not, the oil was just changed, the filter is brand new, oil level is exact and clean. I suspect that the boss's son who drove this car, just wanted a new one and made up some story, cause i have a hard time believing that someone would not check the gas, especially when there was 300 miles on the trip meter. We bought it with the intentions of putting a fuel pump in it, instead of seeing it go to the scrap yard, so i dont feel the least bit guilty just got lucky this time.
I would not feel guilty either. Enjoy your new ride. You could drive it for a while and still sell it for a profit.
Old 02-21-2012, 12:48 PM   #18
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I've ended up with many deals like that over the years. Paid $50 for a 94 Cavalier with 56k miles. Was told it needed head gasket & several other fluid leaks fixed. All it needed was a valve cover gasket. Paid $300 for a Grand Am years ago that the valve stem keeper fell off. Had it fixed in about an hour for $10. We get cars towed in regularly that are just out of gas because the gage is stuck.
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Awesome deal. i wouldn't feel guilty. u didn't low ball him u just gave him what he was going to get for it.
Old 02-21-2012, 02:53 PM   #20
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Well this guy just bought his son a new volvo , so they aint hurtin much anyway haha
Old 02-21-2012, 02:58 PM   #21
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great deal. a while back my neighbor said he was going to take his car to the scrap yard cause it overheated and blew the engine. i went over there, put water in the radiator, and it ran like a top. it overheated and i told him if he gives me $40 i will fix the car, he told me ok. i bought a thermostat for $8 and he drove it for the next 2 weeks. then he totaled it. if it was a car worth having i would have bought it.
Old 02-21-2012, 04:06 PM   #22
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Quote: Originally Posted by stevblev
Well this guy just bought his son a new volvo , so they aint hurtin much anyway haha
Maybe the Volvo will run out of gas and have a sticky gas guage too
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What goes around comes around.
Old 02-21-2012, 08:05 PM   #24
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^^ he did nothing wrong to "come back around." What a deal though!
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damn wanna sell it?
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Quote: Originally Posted by TC-S10
Maybe the Volvo will run out of gas and have a sticky gas guage too
haha i can only hope!


"What goes around comes around."

its not like i went to the guys house and siphoned the gas out of it
and its not like i knew it was out of gas the whole time, i went to check it out, it wouldnt start, towed it home, put gas in it, and it started. I gave the guy what the junk yard was giving him. To me, i see it as good Karma coming back around to me
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Quote: Originally Posted by stevblev
ok so my dads boss was going to take his sons 2001 vw jetta to the scrap yard after it died on him on the way back from UK. We asked how much the scrap yard was giving him and he said 300 bucks. He said that the fuel pump is bad. So me and my dad rented a tow dolly and paid him 300 bucks for the car with intentions of reselling it after fixing it. I get it home, and i put gas in it to see what will happen, and it started right up and ran perfectly. Turns out the gas guage is off, and it was only out of gas so now i think i will end up doing minor body work and keeping it, to benefit from the 38 mpg. its a 2.0 5 speed. 162000 miles, perfect interior. Awesome deal. It needs a new drivers door cause someone backed into it, the rear bumper painted, and a few minor dents fixed. but cant beat it for 300 bucks. even has new tires!
Except it smells like crayons.
Old 02-22-2012, 10:38 PM   #29
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i love the smell of crayola
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Not bad at all man, that little 8 valve will run forever. Its anemic as all hell though lol.
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what do you mean anemic?
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i think he is saying it no got the power
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Not super cheap, but sounds like it just needs a TCC solenoid:


1993 Pontiac Grand Am - $700 (Peru Kokomo Tipton)



http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/cto/2808537288.html
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Quote: Originally Posted by indianajones47150
Not super cheap, but sounds like it just needs a TCC solenoid:


1993 Pontiac Grand Am - $700 (Peru Kokomo Tipton)



http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/cto/2808537288.html
lol. You'd pay $700 for a 1993 Grand Am, without a title?
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Yeah man, it's not rocket appliance!
Old 02-24-2012, 02:54 PM   #36
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oh i gotcha now, yea it doesnt have much power, but its not bad for a little 4 banger. Besides, with gas a 3.70 a gallon, power is the least of my worries, especially in a jetta lol
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Quote: Originally Posted by The Griff
lol. You'd pay $700 for a 1993 Grand Am, without a title?
Yes, assuming:

It's as clean as it looks in the pics, and only needs a TCC solenoid.
It's not stolen and I can get a title. I have bought vehicles without titles before, it's no big deal.
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I have some oaceanfront property in Arizona I'll sell you. All it needs is a deed.
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Quote: Originally Posted by The Griff
I have some oaceanfront property in Arizona I'll sell you. All it needs is a deed.
What, you think I'm some sort of maroon? AZ will not be oceanfront until Jan 2013.
Old 02-24-2012, 09:23 PM   #40
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Quote: Originally Posted by indianajones47150
What, you think I'm some sort of maroon? AZ will not be oceanfront until Jan 2013.
George Strait made it ocean front in 87'
Old 02-24-2012, 09:35 PM   #41
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man my cousin pulled that trick, dropped the fuel tank to an old caprice only to realize it wasn't heavy, and then was empty lol

he sent it to the scrap yard instead of putting new tank straps on it... fail lol
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and i have to mention, insurance is only 120 every 6 months
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tiny little commuter car 4 door saftey out the ass yep cheap insurance. then again my 2nd gen is only about 70 bucks a month full coverage but mine doesnt count cause i use my grandmother. she has had allstate for 40 years and gets a lot of discounts and has a good record.
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