Purchasing a car with 233,000 miles on it, I'd obviously expect some issues. I bought the car for $300 with a bad water pump and a leaky radiator due to a minor collision the previous owner had. $25 for a brand new water pump, $30 for a radiator from the salvage yard and it was up and running (it's cheap to do your own repairs).
A/C is dead from the front end damage, but I don't really care.
Transmission leaks a few drops from the bell housing.
Front end pops when taking corners, otherwise steering and suspension is tight.
Wheel alignment slightly off, but again, steering is tight.
Not much paint left on the car. Thankfully I don't care what the car looks like.
I bought this car to use as parts for another Intrepid. I paid $300. Once I found out it was only a water pump impeding it from daily use, I decided to fix it and make it my daily driver.
It is not a pretty car, but that's not why I bought it.
It gets 27 MPG on the highway, starts right up, and just goes. Original 3.3l engine and it runs incredibly well. Unsure if it's the original transmission or not.
For a car with currently 234k or so miles, it actually drives pretty well and is comfortable.
I've owned a lot of cars, and have come to a pretty simple conclusion. It doesn't matter who made it, it's either going to have problems or it won't. Too many variables come into play when you have so many different people with different environments and driving conditions / habits.
Overall I'm happy with my $300 car that I've hardly put a thing into. I'll probably sand the rusty roof and throw some spray paint on to make it "pretty" again and maybe, just MAYBE replace a tie rod.
Also, I'm impressed how little rust it actually has for the amount of miles on it (this is a Midwest car too)
3rd Jul 2013, 20:08
Well maybe the fact that your transmission is leaking may indicate why the transmission is now playing up. It would be a huge coincidence for your tranny to start playing up at the same time it starts leaking. Just remember, NEVER DRIVE A CAR WITH LOW ATF!! You will pay eventually.