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Old 01-11-2013, 04:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Talking Road Trip! - going to look at a coupe - what questions to ask?

Good weather is coming to NJ the weekend of Jan 12,2012.
There have been several threads active recently about searching for a coupe.

So, just for fun, I am planning on traveling to see a coupe.
This Aggressive GXP coupe has less than 100 miles on it.

2009 Pontiac Solstice GXP, $39,995 - Cars.com

So, ignoring the 'price' question ,
let's say , for fun, that you or I are going to buy this car.

It has been sitting still for 3 years or more.

What questions should be asked about this car ?
What services should be performed on the car before we take possession of the car?



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Old 01-11-2013, 04:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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tire rot ?

change the battery ?

change fluids ( brake, trans , etc ) ? ( this is an auto GXP )

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Old 01-11-2013, 04:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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any warranty left ?

does it have an extended warranty ?
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Old 01-11-2013, 05:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hopefully they have been at least starting it up on a regular basis, and that it hasn't literally been sitting without even being started for three years.
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:09 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Good Luck!

Pretty car.
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:59 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Anybody notice the goat in pic 1?
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Old 01-12-2013, 03:50 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Hopefully they have been at least starting it up on a regular basis, and that it hasn't literally been sitting without even being started for three years.
does this imply rubber hoses may need to be replaced ?
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:23 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Certainly change the fluids, probably the battery. If the tires are flat-spotted you may need to change them, but I doubt they'd need changing for dry-rot. Very much doubt you'd need to change hoses or do anything else to it, but drive.
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:11 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Does it have a V8?
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Old 01-12-2013, 05:03 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Does it have a V8?
no v8 - it is a stock gxp
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Old 01-12-2013, 05:07 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I did visit this car.

it is in a dealer's garage, with a gto and a 65 corvette
and others.

it seems this dealer/owner is a collector.
The car is in dealer inventory, but priced not to sell.

Oh well, if I win the lottery, I can go buy it.
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does this imply rubber hoses may need to be replaced ?
No, my concern would be if it had not been started for three years; that is hard on engines. But from your follow up post that the seller appears to be a collector, odds are he is bright enough to start the car up regularly.
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Old 01-13-2013, 04:12 AM   #13 (permalink)
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here is a photo from my visit

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Old 01-13-2013, 12:16 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Ooooo, well this brings back memories. In 69-70 we had two '69 Judges, one Orange like in the previous post and another dark green. Both 4 speed manuals with Hurst shifters, 400 cid. Helluva fun car in the day.
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:13 AM   #15 (permalink)
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I like it, it looks like mine.
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