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    houg is offline Cadillac Owners Fanatic
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    is this a good price

    going to look at an 2002 deville with 66k on it, the asking price is $ 5200, if it looks good im gonna offer $4500 and go from there, is $5200 a good price??

    as far as the car what should i look for besides the obvious ??? i want to make sure there not getting rid of it because a bad head gasket or something, and are there ant tell tale signs i can look for that there,s is a bad head gasket???

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    In a nutshell: Take it for a test drive, drive it HARD (at least a few WOT's), then come back and do a block test. If the temp gauge needle starts to move more than a "tick" or two past 12-O-clock during the test drive, WALK AWAY. Any recent cooling system work is a red flag.

    Pull the codes, inspect and test drive as you would any other used car.

    Use KBB and NADA as price guides, and decide what the car is worth to YOU.

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    Re: is this a good price

    Have it block tested right out of the gate. Very inexpensive way to check if HG is letting combustion gasses into the cooling system. Make sure it's at operating temps and drive it for a while before the test. Up hills, WOT. In other words a stress test.

    I found out the hard way. Car is being fixed as of this moment and set me back $2000.

    If everything checks out. I think for a clean '02 that's a fair price for a car with 66k on the OD.

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    Re: is this a good price

    Take it for a drive, drive it twice as far as it takes to hit full operating temp then let it idle for a few minutes. Check the coolant before and after if possible (wait for the car to cool down before opening the coolant tank).

    I'd jump on it for 5,200 if the body is in good condition (no rust) but any engine issues will let you swing the price lower if you are feeling up to an engine rebuild/replace.

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    Re: is this a good price

    If the owner (assuming it's a private sale) makes any mention of cooling system repairs due to overheating (as opposed to a leak), run like a pair of cheap pantyhose.

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    Re: is this a good price

    $5000 is BIG money for a BASE Deville -

    to be worth that kind of money
    the car MUST be perfect - inside and out -

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    For my 01 with 67k I paid 3200. It had new tires and the only issue cosmetically was some paint chips on the hood. I ended up replacing the water pump and coolant tank, along with crank sensors. So 5000 is a bit over priced for me. I would do it for 4–4200 that's about it.

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