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2000 Mercury Cougar Base 3dr Coupe I4

2000 Mercury Cougar
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Front Wheel Drive, 3 Door Coupe, Compact
24 mpg city / 34 mpg hwy
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January 14, 2013, 8:06 pm

Joey F
 

Question: I need advice

My boyfriend wants to buy a car from an acquaintance. Originally the agreed price was 2000, however I insisted on seeing a mechanic.
The mechanic said that the rear main bearing was protruding, that the oil pan gaskets on the transmission side and other side were leaking and should be replaced, the rear brake hose has rusted, and the wheel cylinders need to be replaced, as well as the rear axle seal... and of course they could do all this... for 1800 dollars!!
His friend then said he would give us the car for 1000, but we would have to pay the repairs.
I want to know if these are legitimate issues, if they are, how long we could drive on them for, which are the most serious and in the end, if buying this car is worth it.
I know it is hard to diagnose these issues online and not in person, but just general advice would be helpful because I don't know a lot about cars.
I will say that the car does not vibrate, doesn't seem to make any weird noise, and seems to handle well. I did not notice any puddles beneath it when it was parked for a few hours.
Thanks! Need fast responses!


January 23, 2013, 1:19 pm

Elizabeth K
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The most urgent problem is the rusty brake lines--hard to give an estimate on time since it may not cause a problem for a while, but if it does... there will be a serious problem. So it sounds like a rear brake job would need to be done right away. The other problems are essentially oil leaks, which is normal for an engine that old, and as long as you keep the fluids up they are not an immediate problem.

But an old car is an old car, and it will always be needing repairs. I think you should take it to another shop for a second opinion, and ask them if they think $1000 is worth it for this vehicle.


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