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I'm getting ready tp buy a 1989 VW Cabriolet with almost 130K miles on it. I was told that I will need to put oil in it every month. Is this an indication of a serious problem...or is it normal for cars with high miles? Should I run from this car?

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  • kenya19085 Dec 30, 2010

    Thank you very much! I found a local mechanic who is going to check out the car for me. The owner mentioned that the service records have been maintained and I'll receive them when I purchase the car. From what I understand 1 quart of oil is added per month. I didn't notice any smoke, blue or any other color, coming from the exhaust. Based on our conversations it sounds like the maintenance was done in a timely fashion and if anything out of the ordinary popped up it was fixed immediately.

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I will give you the same advice I gave my customers at my repair shop. Buying a car is an emotional experience for most of us. We fall in love with the looks or the performance of a certain car and turn a blind eye to it's faults. To protect yourself from the aggravation of a money pit you have to ask a lot of questions and if possible have the car checked out by a trusted mechanic. An owner with nothing to hide will or should let you do this. How much oil do you have to add each month? Checking oil at regular intervals is good maintenance but adding a few quarts of oil each month could be an indication of a serious oil leak. Ask the owner if he has records of maintenance especially ask about the timing belt. Was it changed at the proper time? Is there any blue smoke coming from the exhaust? Tapping noises from the engine? A car with 130K miles isn't necessarily a worn out car if the reccomended maintenance has been done. My car is pushing 170K miles and is doing just fine, but it is maintained. The best car to buy is a one owner low milage car with records. They are hard to find and usually cost more but they are worth it in the long run. Good luck!

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  • kenya19085 Dec 30, 2010

    Thank you very much! I found a local mechanic who is going to check out the car for me. The owner mentioned that the service records have been maintained and I'll receive them when I purchase the car. From what I understand 1 quart of oil is added per month. I didn't notice any smoke, blue or any other color, coming from the exhaust. Based on our conversations it sounds like the maintenance was done in a timely fashion and if anything out of the ordinary popped up it was fixed immediately.

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