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Old 10-16-2013, 12:22 PM   #1
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From what I gather the LS1 is a beautiful engine, but what problems should I be looking out for in the rest of the vehicle? I'm going up today to look at an 02 Firebird with 46k, but I'm not real sure about what I'm getting into. Which also brings me to my next question, if anybody knows any great mechanics around the Webster, NY area I'm all ears. Thanks guys!
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Should not have any issues at that mileage.....
Piston slap on cold start would be the only thing to listen for I would think, outside of the obvious.
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Cracked door panels and broken gears in the headlights are very common. The headlights can be fixed for about $100 and an hour of your time. Depending on the severity of cracks in the door panels they MIGHT be fixable, if they're cracked all the way through you need new door panels to 'fix' them.
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So I went an test drove it, the thing is pretty much a gem inside and out.......just a little bit of normal wear on the underside mostly on the stock exhaust. My only concern is that there seems to be a bit of a rough shift into second (it's automatic) every once in a while and there's also a slight vibration in the steering and highway speeds. I'm not sure how normal any of this is, as my car experience is limited at best and non-existent with sports cars.

He wants 10.5 out the door for it, if I can manage to find a mechanic to give it a look over and get him down to 10 I'll probably be the proud owner of some american muscle.
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So I went an test drove it, the thing is pretty much a gem inside and out.......just a little bit of normal wear on the underside mostly on the stock exhaust. My only concern is that there seems to be a bit of a rough shift into second (it's automatic) every once in a while and there's also a slight vibration in the steering and highway speeds. I'm not sure how normal any of this is, as my car experience is limited at best and non-existent with sports cars.

He wants 10.5 out the door for it, if I can manage to find a mechanic to give it a look over and get him down to 10 I'll probably be the proud owner of some american muscle.
i test drove a 99 with the auto ls1 and it had the same thing into 2nd gear. i kept being told its how toe ls1 corvette trans shifted for tight shift but never felt it on any other models i drove. not sure but if need be, have it looked at. CHECK THE TRANS FLUID if its low it will do that.
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Ya know, I completely forgot to check the fluids........guess I was too busy hunting for rust, uhg Thinking about it more more i recall the rotors having a lot of surface rust on them from sitting in the lot (they don't drive their vehicles apparently). I'm wondering if this could be cause of the vibrations, still even if I have to put new rotors on at 9 grand (10 out the door) I feel like I'm making out like a bandit.
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10k isn't bad for a bird with that low mileage. Which dealership is it at in webster? A friend of mine works at the bob johnson over there. Im living in greece at the moment.
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Stone Road Auto on Ridge Road, it's right next to Doyle Chevrolet. If you know any trust worthy mechanics that are reasonable in price for pre-purchase vehicle inspection I'd love to have the info.............very unfamiliar with the area, hell I even got lost test driving it lol.
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Make sure to get it up to 55 and release the accelerator to hear if the rear differential whines loud. That will get annoying fast and should be looked at.
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