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Discussion in 'Other Off Topic Forum' started by mighty, Dec 19, 2003.

  1. mighty

    mighty Karting

    Nov 2, 2003
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    I found an automatic 85 corolla (it will be my beater) for $475, it runs but needs a new radiator or thermostat. Is it still a good deal? How much would it cost to fix it? thanks.
     
  2. mjgermane

    mjgermane Formula Junior

    Jan 21, 2003
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    I don't know the old car market too well, but it seems like a good deal. To replace the thermostat would cost probably $20-30 for the thermostat, and no labor charges if you do it yourself. The radiator could get a couple of hundred dollars, plus labor. How many miles are on it?
     
  3. writerguy

    writerguy F1 Veteran

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    Callloollla is usually a good bet, check oil condition if T Stat and Rad are hinky look for a white film inside the oil cap, if you see that run Head Gasket and many other issues evident,
    Watch the condition of the brakes not just the pads but check the main (fluid if debris in RUN) but otherwise it might be good.

    Find a good mechanic and get him to look at it. Would be worth a bottle of something nice to find out if it is a basket case
     
  4. thecarreaper

    thecarreaper F1 World Champ
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    if you dont do the work yourself..... or you do and have the few extra bucks..... get a compression tester and to the test. its a great indicator on an engines overal health. for a beater it does not have to be perfect, but it should be RELIABLE!!! best of luck to ya.
     
  5. rob

    rob F1 Rookie

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    Definately have it checked out to make sure it dosen't have a bad head or headgasket. If these cars overheat even once it can warp the head.
     

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