Cadillac Allante Forum Discussion, 91 Allante Found In Garage in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; I have an opportunity to purchase a 91 black/Tan interior Allante with 68k miles for $5,000.
The car has been ...
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91 Allante Found In Garage
I have an opportunity to purchase a 91 black/Tan interior Allante with 68k miles for $5,000.
The car has been sitting in a garage for 2 years and is sitting on 2 flat tires. The top has been left down the entire time and since the house it is sitting at is on the beach there is visible mildew on the dash and on the shifter and various spots elswhere.
But all in all it doesn't look too too bad given the length of time it has sat there.
I was told by someone that the ABS pump will most likely be bad, because most go bad after long storage periods. Is this true? Cost to repair? Is the car worth it?
not for 5k dollars it aint. 2,500 maybe 3k but other than that i dont think so. what year is it anyway? if it is a 93 with the Northstar, no it still isnt worth 5k. it aint worth that much. youll have to get a new battery, maybe maybe new seals in the engine, oil change, if what they say about the abs is true than yeah expensive im sure get the interior cleaned. then you will also have to get some new gas (and we all know how expensive gas is). you are looking at another 1k dollars in repair (give or take a few). but hopefully you will be able to get it and if so, good luck with it.
It does not sound like to bad of a deal to me if the brakes are OK. You might want to have the car checked out by someone more knowledgeable about Allantes. Dick Hussey (AllanteSource) live a few hours away and might look at it with you some some compensation, or have a Cadillac Dealer check it out. It sounds like it could be a gem in the rough. It may clean up fine, and some new feet and you may be on the road top down.
The parts on the car are worth the asking price alone.
Sitting is not good for Allante's. Sitting near the beach with the top down for two years is even worse. If you were buying it to fix up and keep, that's one thing. If you ran into some unforseen problems and had to spend some extra money, it's not the end of the world. At least you'd have the benefit of what you had spent. l If you are doing it solely to try to make a profit, you could end up "upside down", a term that decribes owning something on which you owe (what you have invested) more than it's worth. AC compressors don't like to sit. ABS master cylinder and ABS pump don't fare well either. Also, if someone treats a car that way, how did they maintain it when they were driving it? Why did the owner stop driving it? The car would be much better off now with 20k more miles and regular use than sitting under those conditions.
With the car sitting that long, best thing to do is to put another fully charged battery into it. When completely dead that long, batteries usually won't come back. Trying to jump it with the old battery in there is not a good idea.
Just struck me as odd that a guy with a 2 mil vacation home would even bother trying to sell a 5000 car. Even more, that the same guy would care about the 30% difference in your offer and his asking price. Expect the water pump to die within 1000 miles btw. Actually any wet sleeve engine sitting is very bad. Old stagnant coolant and aluminum don't play well together.