I have a friend that swears by Cadillac. I found a 99 SLS locally that is a one owner car, no accidents, garage kept vehicle with 48k actual miles. It has heated front and rear seats. Car looks as good as showroom.
Yes, owned by elderly lady who had to go into assisted living. I can get it for $3500.
The HG issue scares the heck out of me. I do most service on my vehicles but don't need a money pit. This would be a daily driver. Are the 99's so risky that one should just walk away?
I am new here, so thanks in advance.
with 48k actual miles................
owned by elderly lady................
I can get it for $3500.
my first thought was - what a great deal - you should jump on it -
then I gave it a little more thought -
at 48K miles -
EVERYTHING is probably original - except the oil -
and the car has been "granny-driven" it's entire life -
OK - so what?
every rubber part is now 16 years old -
all belts - hoses - bushings - seals - etc - TIRES -
all those parts could be OK -
or they could be dry-rotted and need replacing -
what happens when a granny-driven -
low mile car get put into daily service -
and is no longer granny-driven?
maybe nothing -
if you are buying this car
with the EXPECTATIONS that nothing will need attention
for a long time - you might reconsider -
you are worried about possible headgasket problems -
99 was the worst year for failures -
but that does NOT mean every 99 has HG problems -
in fact - the actual percentage of failure was VERY small -
there ARE other maintenance/repair problems
that are MUCH more common -
and just as expensive - even MORE expensive -
if the car has the F45 active suspension system -
the struts and shocks WILL need replacing -
at some point - easily $2500+
if the all too common trans code - P0741 - appears -
that's another $2500+
oil leaks are also too common -
an engine reseal is around $2500 -
these cars are cheap to buy -
and CAN be very expensive to maintain and drive -
with all that said -
you MIGHT go another 50,000 miles without ANY expenses -
except gas and a few oil changes -