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Old 10-09-2013, 01:47 PM   #1
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Question 1998 SS possible purchase

Hey everyone, First of all, i want to say im very impressed with the friendliness of the members on your forum and how knowledgable you guys are. Perhaps you guys can help me out as well? I'm looking into purchasing a 1998 Camaro SS, The vehicle is equipped with gray leather interior, six-speed Hurst transmission, power driver's seat, T-top, and a Sony satellite-ready stereo with USB input, remote and amplifier.


The odometer reads 93,000 miles, however the odometer is non-operational, so actual mileage is unknown. Now here is my question. With the mileage unknown, has anyone ran into a problem like this before? was there a quick fix or something i should look into? The car is a Repo, and up for bidding at my credit union. It looks really good, and i would say condition wise is a solid 7 out of 10. has a few problem areas, chips, cig burn in one of the seats etc. I was informed they had to put in a new PCM, so im not sure what the original problem was. I have an appointment to go see it at 3:30 today and take it for a test drive. anything i should look for, listen to? What would a car like this be worth? i see a TMV of $3k, is that about right? Thanks again everyone! I appreciate any responses!
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How does the odometer stop working on a computer controlled car? Sounds fishy to me. Probably has something to do with the ECU being replaced. I'd see what status the title is in, salvage, flood, ect.

If your interested after the test drive, check the history out. I prefer experian autocheck, but carfax has some stuff experian doesn't have, and also lets you know the vehicle worth based off of the history, but its near KBB estimates so don't get your hopes up.

So a 1998 SS with unknown mileage, slightly rough inside and out. I'd say definitely make sure the mechanics are good. Drive the hell out of it. On the freeway for a short run if you can. See how it does above 50. But if it checks out, repo status don't mean anything. I'm sure the CU wants to get their money's worth on what the member owed, so don't expect a steal of a price like 3k. You can barely get a 98 V6 Camaro for 3k. But if its not mechanically sound, haggle the hell out of them. If all it is, is a little rough around the edges, and had/has and ECU problems, expect a price fight.

IMO, if you can get the 3k steal, shoot for it, most of the stuff on a Camaro SS can replaced easily. If not, don't waste your money, sounds like an abused car with probably loads of problems you'll find out after buying it.
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I personally would never buy a car without knowing it's exact mileage.
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I personally would never buy a car without knowing it's exact mileage.

I agree and the repo status some peeps when they know it's gonna get repo'd they beat the hell out it first
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Drive it, carfax it, see how it feels. Verify it had not been totalled.
For $3K though....if it seems to run good and everything else is clear, may be worth the risk. Tough call though.
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Hey guys, thanks for the replies, and I will definitely introduce myself in the appropriate section.
This is how the test drive went. Went to start it, dead battery... Went and got jumper cables out of my truck jumped it and let it idle. I heard a rattle right away, but I was able to trace that to the exhaust. There was a loud fan noise as well, but it eventually went away. Idle seemed ok, I didn't feel any bad vibrations etc. after inspecting the engine, i did notice it has the traction control module, but no on/off button for it. there is also signs that it has been repainted. transmission mount seems to be broken (shifter moves a lot on hard acceleration) I drove it out of the parking lot and started to cruise. I noticed right away the power steering pump is going out on it. There is also squeaks etc coming from the rear of the card, but no grinding. The car definitely has had the ecu changed, this has also now been verified by the bank. The car lounges during cruising and acceleration, this got worse as the test drive went on, and I also noticed all the gauges are not working. As I was cruising, and the car was lounging, the gauges that did work (fuel level, battery) would also move with the lounging, so they were basically going back and fourth by a qtr inch maybe a tad less.
So there you have it, thoughts?
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Idk but for me sounds like too many things wrong for that kind of money ,I would look around for another one.....
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Sounds like the car should be sold for parts, not really driven.
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Fluctuating power and gauges sounds like a failing alternator or bad connection.

Bottom line, sounds as if the car has been beaten pretty bad, which is not surprising for a repo.
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Save yourself the trouble.....pass on this one.
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Sounds good, thank you to everyone for your replies, looks like my quest for a decent SS continues
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Holy crap dude. What a waste of a good car.. Such a shame. Tell them you'd buy it for parts for $2k
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