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I m about to buy a 1989 chevy camaro rs with 305 tbi v8. It seems to run strong, has about 150,000 miles on it.... I know thats a lot of miles. I m gettinga very good deal on it. I jsut need something to drive to school that is pretty cool.... Anyway what kinda major stuff shoudl i check onthe car to make sure i m nto gonna have to replace the engine or soemthing. Just wqhat kidna thigns shoud i look over.

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Well, for starters i would find out the history of the vehicle. How many people have owned the car? Is it the original or second/third owner? Also, does the current owner have receipts for any repairs made to the car? Take a look under the hood and see if everything looks clean and maintained. Pull the sparkplugs and check the colour. Also you might want to check the fluids like your oil and coolant. Are these in good condition? If these things are neglected then you know the car hasn't been maintained properly. Make sure you hear the car run and listen for any peculiar noises. Make sure you drive the car and turn the radio off when you do so you can hear what the car is doing as it drives. Lastly, if you really want to investigate, check the compression of each cylinder with a tester. Don't forget to check for leaks everywhere, all the gaskets, hoses, etc.
It is worth the effort to check everything. It doesn't matter how good a deal you get if you end up paying more later.

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johns right check the plugs they should be about the color of a brown paper bag (grocery sack) pull the oil and trans dipsticks and look at the color of the oil and tranny fluid it hopefully wont be jet black also smell of both if it smells like burnt oil you might think twice
like he said look for leaks and check the belts and hoses look at the tires are the back ones bald? of so its probably been driven hard look at the front tires are they wearing even?
ask about oil changes and any other work thats been done to the car
start the car with the hood up does it start easy? while the hoods up listen to the engine closely for strange noises while its still running get close to the ground and listen some more then go to the back of the car and see if the exhaust smells like its running rich or if you can hear any leaks also is it smoking any?
if it smokes a little when its first started cold its probobly just valve seals not really a major thing
finally drive it. does it pull to the left or right? listen for noises vibrations etc.
get in a parking lot or something like it and at i'd say 5 to 10 m.p.h. let go of the steering wheel and apply the brakes to see if it pulls to the side also do the brakes pulse or sqeak when you hit the pedal?
if it passes all this then it should be ok.... hope i helped

P.S. look at the air filter gee almost for got that

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