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Test drove and inspected the 95 Eldorado last weekend. Exterior WAS Not as nice as the owner described, some stone chips and discoloring behind the passenger side door molding. Interior was nice. The NS with 101K was strong, very impressive. No noticeable HG indications. No water at exhaust pipes. The NS was calling for an oil change, and the rear struts are due for replacement.

Know for the bad news. Asked the owner if I could take it for a drive. Handled very well as we were headed for the interstate. At the end of the on-ramp, pressed hard on the excellorator (not to floor), went into passing gear. Quickly went from 35 to 75 mph when the tranny began to slip. I shifted into to lower gear as I was pulling off pavement on to grass. Stopped in the grass. Placed tranny back into drive. It would not go into lower gears. Somehow it started moving, if I pressed on the accellerator to hard the tranny would begin to slip and the tack would read 5500-6000rpm. I managed to limp back to the owners, no faster than 25 or 30 mph. I could smell the burning of the tranny. No fluid on pavement but it smelled HOT.

The owner has dropped the price to below $1000.

I am tempted, need advice, Please.
 

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2005 Deville Base, 2004 Escalade AWD
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Depending on how much below $1000 the owner goes and how much time you have to invest, I'd consider buying the thing and parting it out. Geez, how good are the tires and how much gas is in it?
 

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99 Seville STS, 08 STS4 N* 1SG F55
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Before you start - the driveline comes out from the bottom of the car. Get the block studded or Timecerted if you end up pulling the whole mess. You only want to do that job once. Lots and lots of answers here so come back often.
 

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The 4T80E is a pretty solid trans so I would not hesitate getting one from a junk yard and swapping it. Otherwise plan on a rebuild. The seller knew what he had and was just hoping that no one would push it hard.
 
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