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Inherited 96 Buick hasn't run in over a year

I recently inherited a 96 Buick but it hasn't run in over a year. I know it needs a new starter and of course a battery and I'm wondering what else I should expect to need some work.

Thank-you ahead of time for any and all advice - this car has great sentimental value to me because I was very close to the relative who passed and left it to me.

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How do you know it needs a new starter? If the anti-theft system is activated it will not turn over. It may need a new ign. lock cylinder and chip key, as with age and use the wire that goes to the lock cylinder will break. Get battery, clean cables and change oil and filter. At sometime you will need to replace the upper-intake plenum. It will leak water into the intake port of the engine and you will trying to figure out where the coolant is going. I have seen a few of them that have swallowed enough coolant to cause the motor to cause a hydraulic - lock . People will try to crank them and will break the end on the starter due to the motor being locked. When that happens you will need to pull spark plugs and get the coolant out and replace the intake plenum. {Big plastic thing on top of engine}. Why was car parked for so long?

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