Date registered: Aug 2012
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to buy or not to buy, that is the ?
hello all, new to the community and i already need help. i happened to stumble on a 96 s600 sedan, wasnt something i was looking for but it caught my eye. also the price was dare i say "cheap". it is at a dealership for $2999 so i went to check it out. i drove it twice just to make sure. even though it isnt alot of money, i also dont want to buy something that i have to keep putting money into.
now heres the pudding. it has 157k miles, salvaged title, ran the carfax it was branded in 2010 airbag deployed, no total loss , or structural damage reported. the astray door is missing, certain little buttons as well, 2 of the windows switches pushed thru the console(dont know if thats a common problem) all windows, sunroof, headrests, seats, function. now the parts that really have me concerned is when i turn the key on the a/c came on and theres no way of turning it off, the a/c control display does not turn on, and the fan speed, on /off, or none of those buttons do anything and i repeat there is no way to turn off the a/c, so im concerned that just replacing the a/c controller might not fix it. also when i turned on the car the fuel light was on and marked empty, next time i looked it was half a tank and stayed there (so i dont know if they have a delay and its normal or its faulty, i really didnt pay attention when it went to the half way point) also there is a suspension light is on, and a few drops of oil on the floor nothing major. at first when i started it the idle dropped for a half second and then stayed steady, also worth noting is i would have figured the power was overwhelming but it wasnt, or i should say wasnt what i was expecting. dont get me wrong it did put a smile to my face, but after a few romps i would have expected more. so i dont know if thats lack of power, or thats how they are.
so having said this do you guys think its worth it, i know the price is cheap but having no records at all on what has been done, salvaged title, do you guys foresee a huge money pit. any input would be greatly appreciated as far as what to watch out for or walk away.