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looking at an SS... what to look for?

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    looking at an SS... what to look for?

    I'm planning on going to check out an SS for sale (maybe movin up from my v6 bird) it has 103K miles on the car but engine was replaced and I believe the trans as well. The new motor was purchased with 14K and now has 20K miles. What type of things should I look for when I go see it?

    I just hope I'll be just as satisfied with the looks of it as I am with my bird

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    Anyone at least know the code to look for to see if its a true SS??
    By the way its a 98, NBM

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    i think the rpo codes will be in this tread.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by silvershot07 View Post
    Anyone at least know the code to look for to see if its a true SS??
    By the way its a 98, NBM
    wu8

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    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by silvershot07 View Post
    thanks
    You're welcome!

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    yup wu8 should be on the drivers door sticker. look for the passangers door to see if it came with any slp options.

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    Look for the common stuff, any maint records, proof of the motor and tranny being replaced.
    Check out all the body panels and get underneath and check for rust and any damage, pull up a carfax report.
    Take a look at all the fluids to check the condtion. Pull the plugs and check them for any irregular condtions.
    Compression check if ya want.
    post up any issues or questions you may have and some will answer them for ya and congrats on the upgrade if you decide to purchase.
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    thanks guys hopefully i'll get to look at it on saturday if not then next week. Any opinion on what I should pay for this car considering the new engine and all? I was thinking of offering 10

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    Depending on the condition and the year..
    What year is it?
    Personaly i would start low and work my way up, the worse they can say is no.. Just my 02 thou
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    Also check the pinion seal on the rear end lots of Fbodys seem to have small leaks here.
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    Also the power steering, that was one thing that was leaking when I bought my SS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunsetorangess View Post
    Depending on the condition and the year..
    What year is it?
    Personaly i would start low and work my way up, the worse they can say is no.. Just my 02 thou
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    its a 98

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    Quote Originally Posted by silvershot07 View Post
    its a 98
    If you have a friend who is a mechanic, or know someone who is very knowledgeable (not someone who pretends to know what they are talking about) take them with you to check the vehicle out. If not, see if the owner will agree to take it to a dealer or a garage and have a certified technician check it out for you. See if you can agree to split the cost with the owner for the checkout. I know at my dealer we only charge a discounted 1 hour labor rate to do something like that. If he sees you are a serious buyer, I'm sure it won't be a problem...unless he is hiding something!

    Good luck with everything, I hope everything goes well and you can have yourself a new set of wheels!

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