> These cars have a 5 star crash test rating.
That means the occupant is safe in a head-on crash; it does NOT mean that the car will make it away from the accident with just a scuff on the chrome (like an early 80's boat).
A 5 star rating usually means that the car has built-in "crumple zones", and will be utterly destroyed in a lower speed crash which would cause little or no damage to a true land yacht.
I owned one and drove the hell out of it for over 3 years. Nothing ever went wrong. Car had 247,000 miles on it when I got rid of it and the only reason it did is cause I hit a deer going about 85.
Everyone who rode in it loved the way it rode and anyone who drove it loved the way it drove. Had plenty of power and got over 20 mpg.
You must have gotten a lemon.
Well, when you buy a 14-year-old beater, you can expect problems regardless of what kind of badge is on the hood. You can pick up a 12-year-old Cadillac anywhere for $1,500 but it will only be a shadow of its former self, so there's no use complaining.
I'm considering buying one of these clunkers, but the price of $ 3000 seems very high. It's supposedly a one-owner vehicle with 76 K and a new car (not Cadillac) trade-in. Would you pay $ 1000 for it?
Maybe $500, not $1,000. That's just me though. I don't see much value in these vehicles.
Don't think of buying one of these, I am in the process of donating and hope to GOD they take it. I inherited a 1990 Deville with 98k on it; was always garaged, bla bla bla, in a year and a half I have put on 7K miles and have to fix EGR, heater core, radiator, thermostat, water pump (still a coolant leak somewhere), A/C doesn't seem to be working as well. I use Castrol 10-40 full synthetic and change or check the fluids all the time. I AM DONE WITH THIS P.O.S.