scottaa1 wrote:Second, did you get a vehix car report on it? I wouldn't be surprised if the car has been involved in a collision, probably rear-ended, and that the frame is bent and is throwing everything out of whack with each mile.
Did the car come with a 90 day warranty or anything? It would at least cover the exhaust manifold. Also, check with your local BBB re: the dealer. Most BBB's are online and you can do a quick check from your computer to see the dealership's history.
When we bought the car, it had around 156,000 miles (I don't remember the exact mileage). It did come with a 30 day 100% parts and labor warranty. We did take it back to the guy when the check engine light came on and he ran the computer on it and said that it was most likely the gas cap (either it wasn't screwed on tightly enough or that the seal was broken/dry). This is exactly what my Dad told me when I told him that the CEL came on so he was satisfied with the guy's answer. We mentioned the backend thing to him and the fact that the brakes squeaked so he told us that he would have his mechanic check it over. We got it back the next day and the CEL had been reset, the brakes didn't squeak anymore and the backend thing was gone. After driving it for a few days, the CEL came back on and the backend thing came back. By the time we got around to having it looked at by our mechanic, the warranty had expired.
About it possibly being involved in an accident, that's a possiblity but our mechanic looked this thing over REAL good. He rejected two other cars that my Dad brought to him. The first one he drove and then had it up on the lift for a good 45 minutes. There was a noise coming from it and he couldn't tell if it was the transmission making the sound or a wheel bearing. While the car was up on the lift, he had one of his other mechanics in the car running it up to about 45MPH and he had his ear about an inch away from the front tire (which was spinning as though the car was going 45MPH) in an effort to tell where the sound was coming from. On both of those cars he found some very minor things that were wrong with them so if this had been hit, I think he would have noticed something. On the second car we took to him, he told us not to buy it because he noticed that the front bumper had an odd paint job to it and mostly likely it had been hit.