Sunday, October 4, 2009

MORE Weekend Quickies

I just stumbled on this site. This could be a great tool when buying a used car.

We've all seen ads for older cars that say something like, "body in good shape, runs and drives exc., needs front brake calipers." The price usually is $500.00 to $1000.00 below the usual selling price for similar vehicles not needing work.

That car could be a bargain, or then again, maybe not. To find out, you can go to this website and punch in the year, make and model and the work that needs to be done. The website than gives you a price range for that work.

So, for example, if the car you're looking at is a 1999 BMW 328is, the price of having 2 front calipers replaced is between $410.00 and 968.00, depending on whether you take it to a dealer or independent shop and use genuine BMW parts or aftermarket parts. So, if the car you're looking at is $1000.00 below the usual selling price and you have the work done by an independent mechanic, using aftermarket parts, you're getting a pretty good deal on the car.

On the other hand, if the car you're looking at is a 1999 Land Rover Discovery, the price range for front calipers is between $878.00 and $1875.00, making that car, no matter who you have do the work, not so much of a bargain.

Even if you're not buying a car, it's a fun site to play with (especially if, like me, you're a complete geek).

You can find the RepairPal site here

1969 Oldsmobile Toronado - I should start this off by saying that I'm not 100% certain this Craigslist listing isn't some sort of scam. The price seems very low and the picture is dated, but the seller leaves a phone number, which is something most scammers don't do.

The body of this 1969 Toronado appears to be in very nice condition. The ad doesn't mention the condition of the interior and only says the car is in "good running condition."

Even if it needs some work, starting out with a good, solid body is always a plus when you're talking about a 40 year old car.

Located Galt, CA, click here to see the Carigslist listing.

1978 Audi Fox GTI - When was the last time you saw one of these? The Fox (called the 80 in most of the world) was Audi's "small" car in the 70s (Replaced in the US eventually by the 4000, then the 80 / 90 range, and now the A4). It was available in 2 door, 4 door and station wagon form. I owned a wagon version back in the 1980s. It was my winter beater for one season. I remember it being well built and dependable.

The GTI package was, I believe, strictly cosmetic. All GTIs came in silver, had a unique steering wheel and sports seats.

I believe this is the same Fox GTI that was being offered for sale on a VW forum back in 2001 or 2002. If so, the car has had a lot of work done to it, but still needs a lot more. As the seller mentions, it needs interior work (in a big way) and some rust repair (which you can see in the pictures).

This is one of those cars that you'd have to buy and restore as a labor of love. It's not very valuable. But, it's a car that should be restored. It's a piece of Audi history and a car that shows you just how far Audi has come in the past 30 years.

The asking price is cheap ($1000.00) and a restored Audi Fox GTI would make you an insrtant hit at any VW / Audi show.

Located in Loveland, CO. click here to see the eBay listing.


Quantum Joe said...

I know the Fox you're talking about from 2002. It was in similar conditon to this one. It's long gone... I think it's in California or Oregon now.

This one is on the VWVORTEX Forum with more pics. The interior is a mess and it has a lot of rust. It may not be salvageable.

Quantom Joe said...

Looks like someone bought it.