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1985-1992 Fleetwood, 1993 Sixty Special, All FWD Forum Discussion, just a question in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; I'm considering buying a 89 Brougham with a 5.0L engine, but I would like to see the history on it. ...
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    just a question

    I'm considering buying a 89 Brougham with a 5.0L engine, but I would like to see the history on it. I just want to see if asking for a carfax report on a car is against the forum policy. I dont want to get banned or anything. If anybody is willing to help me out, just pm me. thanks

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    We don't tell anyone what they can or can't do around here! We do however offer our opinions (Sometimes rather forcefully) here! I advocate the use of carfax reports when buying a used car. It's one of the tools available to you to help you make an informed decision!

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    I would too also use a carfax. They are even more helpful in states where they have emission tests. In Indiana, they dont have that, and there were only 2 mileages on my carfax. I would definitely have it checked out by a mechanic, because it can be running great one day, and then the next day theres a $1000 bill at the shop.

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    Carfax has limited use but it's worthwhile nonetheless.

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    The only thing I heard from a mechanic is that the older 4.1 and/or the 4.5 had bearings that went bad too soon. The 4.9 is supposed to have the bugs worked out of it.

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    Oops, you said Brougham 5.0 not 4.9, sorry I goofed.

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    The 307(Y) Olds 5.0 liter V8 is one of the most reliable engines out there. It's not very powerful but it does last. Just make sure you do a timing chain/gears by ~120K miles. The carb should also be rebuilt at that time. Between those two being done, the car will run like new

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    I'm going to go check it out sometime later this week. The person said it has a valve cover leak, but that's a quick fix. I appreciate your help. Thanks

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    Re: just a question

    Originally posted by roadbratt
    I just want to see if asking for a carfax report on a car is against the forum policy. I dont want to get banned or anything.
    I'm wondering why asking for a Carfax report here would get anyone in trouble?

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    The last time I asked for a carfax report in a channel, I got banned. Thanks tho.

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    Re: Re: just a question

    Originally posted by Elvis
    I'm wondering why asking for a Carfax report here would get anyone in trouble?
    Probably because Carfax is a subscription service intended for the user who subscribed. So if they use their subscription to provide a 'service' to members of a community, then they are breaking the terms of their agreement.

    So maybe the forum he was banned in, got a nasty letter from Carfax.

    It's only like 10 bucks or something for 90 days. Certainly worth the price if you are serious about buying a used car in 90 days.

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    I remember on a Honda forum I used to visit people used to ask for Carfax reports all the time. Some members had unlimited memberships and sometimes would pull reports for other people.

    I'll probably buy a short-term membership when my time comes, but most likely I'll be buying a certified pre-owned car so it won't matter that much.

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    Getting a Carfax is a good idea, but it only shows limited information, which is information regarding work that was done by a reporting company or agency.

    It doesn't show that Billy Bob went down to the local junkyard or parts store and tried to install a different kind of transmission in his car himself, or and stronger rearend with his neighbor who said he used to work on cars back in high school (35 years ago).

    Have a mechanic check it out also dude!!!

    I got a Carfax once for a Mercedes I bought, the Carfax came back fine, 3 weeks later I had blown that thing up on the highway. I eventually just sold it for a lost because the repairs were too expensive and were not worth it.

    I know, I know I didn't list the Benz among the previous cars I owned in the other post somewhere on this forum but I lost count and track so consider this as a correction and maybe I will find that post and edit it...

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