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1.4 Ford Escort CL PLEASE HELP

I maybe buying a ford escort 1.4 CL 'R' Reg, BUT i need some help, the car has been on the guys drive for 6 weeks without oil????? couldnt tell me why, he has put new boots and new wish bones on, is there anything i should look out for, and on the MOT it says GTI but its a CL, bit confused and this will be my first car please help

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Check that the car starts and run smoothly. If the car is not driving it should be sold for spares or repair for a low price.
Check mileage, engines over 120000 tend to have serious problems if not serviced regularly.
Possible reasons for no oil, either oil had been emptied by someone, or there is a problem, if owner cannot give an explanation and the car has very low oil level there can be a leak or a problem with the engine.
Check that gears and brakes are ok, and that there is no white smoke coming out from exhaust, white smoke means head gasket gone.
check also that the engine is relatively clean, you do not want to buy a car that is leaking oil all over the engine.
The MOT paper wrong model can be normal, often DVLA has wrong car data, check the car history and papers, and eventually phone DVLA to get details confirmed.
In any case I wouldn't buy a car with no or very low oil level unless oil had been purposely emptied, in the best case this mean a leak, or that the oil had not been checked for ages.
Good luck

Posted on Jul 07, 2008


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