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1997 850 burns oil

I'm looking to buy this car at a great price,just wondering if it's worth it.

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Oil leaks?rear main seals cost allot of money to replace on these 850s,were are the leaks?Does it smoke? is so walk away.

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i believe what you have going on with the car is your Valve seals have gotten brittle and have cracked. now the reason it smokes on startup is because when you shut it off. the oil is bypassing the valve seals and is collectiing in your combustion area. this is very normal with older cars. or cars with high milage. and as far as the price factor goes it is hard for me to tell you if it is worth fixing or not. because you will be looking at taking the heads off and puting in new head gaskets. but i have a 1976 dodge pickup and i replaced my seals because that was the only problem with it. now all i can tell you is take the car into a shop and get a compression test done to the motor this will give you an idea if the motor is worth it or not. if the compression is up to par i would replace the seals if this was my car.

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