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will get an LS1, what should check to get a good car?

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    will get an LS1, what should check to get a good car?

    hi guys,

    l think l am getting closer to buy an LS1 and l dont know what to check.

    l really dont wanna make mistake this time.. l just wanna get a decent car and stick with it..

    so tell me where excatly should l check and what excatly should l ask?

    thanks

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    what year do u have in mind?

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    l am talking to a guy right now his is 2000 firehawk.. but there is another 2001 trans am WS6 and another one 99 regular trans am (THEY ARE ALL 6 SPEED AND LESS THEN 40K MILES ON)

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    dont quote me on this but i believe if u get the 2001 that you wont have to deal with the EGR and you'll have the LS6 intake.....and u'll have the WS6 which is kickass so me personally i would get that

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    he wants 15.900 bucks for it and it has 30k miles on. if he sells me for 15k l might say ok otherwise goodbye.. well l just wanna know generally, what shoudl l check and what shoulod l pay attention more.. l dont wanna buy trouble..

    thanks..

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    also what is that EGR thing?

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    I'd make sure the headlights go up and down cleanly, repeatedly. That'll help make sure there are no stripped gears in the headlight motor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Runn_WS7
    Piston slap...
    what does piston slap mean? and how do you check it??

    also ws7: yeah l will check headlights and all the lights, electronic things..

    thanks.

    also how can l know A/C is working or just charged temporarily to sell it ( it happened to me when l got my LT1 and now it burns my ass)

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    Quote Originally Posted by doodad.
    also what is that EGR thing?
    Exhaust Gas Recirculation...something like that, it's a emissions deal to burn more unburned gas vapors out of the exhaust.

    Listen for any unusual sounds when driving the cars or at idle....grinding or howling from the rear-end is bad...squeaks/rattles are more annoying than harmful...major valvetrain noise...etc

    Piston slap is basically a loud metal slapping sound when the motor is cold... it's due to GM's great building tolerances. One or more of the pistons doesn't quite fit the cylinder the way it should...so it slaps around while the motor is cold. Metal expands when hot and poof...piston fits better and noise is gone. My Z has a slight case of it from the #7 piston...I warm the car up before driving anyway so it's not a big deal to me.

    The T-56(manual tranny) is a strong SOB...so odds are it'll be in good shape with low milage. The weak 10-bolt rear-ends are crap and go out all the time...even more so with a stick.

    Do a search here and you'll find the differences between the 98-02 f-bods...

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    thank you so much man..

    2001 ws6 and 2000 ws6s insurance costs are the same?

    l mean lets assume a guy has 2 T/A one 00 ws6 another 01 ws6.. the in surance would cost him the same? or 01 would cost more?

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    Insurance wise it should be the same...either way i'd get a quote from your insurance company before you buy the car...you might be surprised how high your premium is.

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