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    waltereldo is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Question buying 85K 2000 eldo conv't risky?

    Hi,
    I'm very serious about buying a 2000 eldo convertible from a caddy dealer in another state but it has 85,550 miles on it. Are the odds against me? The conversion was done by coach builders, should that be expected to be in good shape too? The caddy dealer can not provide an extended warranty but would provide 30 days warranty which would do me no good as I am over 1,000 miles and $1,000 (transit cost) away. Thus I get no warranty but, could I purchase one somewhere for say one or two years? Where would I look?
    As my present 1984 eldo conv't is running fairly well with 176,000 miles and the top mechanics are perfect (ASC), maybe I'm to optomistic about a 85K eldo. I would hire a car inspector to inspect the car for about $100, probably pick one out of ebay's list of inspectors (this car is not being offered through ebay but through a caddy dealer). Are these mobil for hire inspectors any good? Any recommendations? Thanks for any thoughts or experiances. I just love the way the 2000 looks with the top down, Wally

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    Re: buying 85K 2000 eldo conv't risky?

    I guess I couldn't advise you on a decision unless I knew what the asking price is. 85K miles on a 2000 Eldorado would be appealing only if the price was good and the service records were decent. It seems 2000-2002 models are priced too high from what I've seen, for a car that is a decade old design. As for a custom conversion convertable, I'd even check that out in person to make sure they did the job right. They probably had to stiffen the frame up too.

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    Re: buying 85K 2000 eldo conv't risky?

    They are asking $20,999 so I guess they'll settle for $18,000 plus a little but I have to add about $650 for shipping. I only drive about 3,000 miles a year so I'm not going to burn it out in one or two years. Yes, it seems they are usually asking quite a lot for the eldos, conv't or hard top. But they do have their good points if you like two doors, a large trunk and plush.

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    Re: buying 85K 2000 eldo conv't risky?

    Still seems a bit steep for me. I bet you could do better than that if you just be patient and shop a little. Just my 2 cents. I'm sure you could easily get it to 250k - 300k miles if it had properly been cared for. Buying any car is risky but I'd rather have one with 85k than one with 150K. Here's one on craigslist for 14k, it isn't a convertible but it has 55k. Is the one youre looking at a ESC or an ETC? I dont know how much conversions go for but if you really want it and dont care about the money, 85k is nothing to worry about with these cars. Any pic's?

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    Re: buying 85K 2000 eldo conv't risky?

    I bought my 2000 Eldo ESC last year with 56,800 miles on it for $12,200. It was in good condition, needed new tires,brakes and later discovered rear knuckles.It also was on Ebay by a dealer it never hit the reserve after 3 listings,since it was 70 miles from my home I went and talked to the dealer ended up buying it $2,300 under his reserve.

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    Re: buying 85K 2000 eldo conv't risky?

    $20,999 sounds like a good price for a 2000convertible...Last I checked it was hard to find ANY N* Eldorado Conv. under $15,000..Maybe things have changed...Keep in mind that the conversion costs between $7000-$10,000....I'd make sure the coolant system has been maintained and go for it

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    Re: buying 85K 2000 eldo conv't risky?

    Hi, Coach Builders told me this year that they can still convert older eldo's to convts for about $10,000, I was referring to a 1998 at that time. The eldo convt I am looking at now is an ETC. I appreciate your comments and they are helpfull. If I can get it from 85K up to 130K miles without many problems I'll be very happy. I will ask the dealership if he has any maintence records and when did caddy stop servicing the car. Wally

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