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Need advice on buying an Olds Cutlas Calais S 1991 for my daughter

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  • joanne_v_hot Apr 06, 2011

    Is it a good car. 1991 Old Calais 4 Dr Sedan Quad....77,000 miles, $1,500.00. No rust, excellent interior. My question is, will this turn into a money pit for me. Are they safe and pretty reliable cars? Any comments that you know about the car would be appreciated.

  • joanne_v_hot Apr 06, 2011

    it's for my daughter, it will be her first car.

  • joanne_v_hot Apr 07, 2011

    Thank you, very good advice. I checked it out last night and by the way it sounded and drove everything you mentioned above was spot on. Needless to say, I passed. I'll keep looking, I'll find something better or her I'm sure. Thanks a bunch, Joanne



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    Hey there. I will let you know what to look for. Even though it only has 77,000 miles, that doesn't mean it is a safe buy. For the mileage and the price, it is a remarkable deal. But, the car is 20-21 years old. Check everything out. First, it is a good car and a reliable engine, but there may be something wrong. Check for oil leaks around the engine, as well as coolant and transmission leaks. A little bit of oil is normal for the age. Check out your wires under the hood and make sure they are ok. Check your battery wires to the starter and make sure they are good. Check the inside of the head, where the oil cap is. Make sure you can't smell burning or hear a ticking when you start it. Either sign is bad. When you test drive it, run it like you were racing. By doing this, you are more then likely to find a issue if there is one. If you can't run it wild, run it for an hour at the least. They are good cars. There are a lot of them around still. Why? They are a reliable car. But, every car has problems. I am afraid, because of the low mileage, this car has sit awhile. The thing with this, without proper starting and running, things tend to rust ect.ect. It is a good price but, just be careful. Check your suspension and make sure it is solid. Check your boots and make sure they are not cracked. It is so important to check everything. Sometimes, a older car can cost way more then it is worth. That would be my only concern for it.

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    Richard Hale Apr 10, 2011

    You are very welcome. Glad I could help and thank you for choosing FixYa.



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