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Okay, a friend of mine (girl) just purchased a 1997 Ford Ranger for $2900 from a small dealership. She took it to a mechanic after buying the car :kick: And the mechanic said ALL of the brakes are shot, needs new fuel filter and a new driveshaft belt ~$1100. Anyways, I am not too familiar with the laws regarding used cars - but I think I remember hearing that there is a 5-7 day lemon thing???
Does anybody know if there is anything she can do? Or is she just SOL?
 

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It depends on the laws in your state and if the car was sold "as is." If the dealership told her that there was nothing wrong with the vehicle, then she might have a case. It is pretty much her fault for not having the car looked at before she bought it.

I was going to buy a really nice IROC-Z. I took it to a mechanic. They put that thing up on a rack and there was yellow paint all down the underside of the car. Someone had been curb hopping in it. But the exterior looked flawless.
 

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Originally posted by: sonza68
What is a driveshaft belt? I've never heard of that before.

Yeah, me neither. I asked her is she meant a timing belt? serpentine belt? she said no, driveshaft belt? I think she is probably confused.
But, I may be wrong.
 

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Originally posted by: wanderingmind
Originally posted by: sonza68
What is a driveshaft belt? I've never heard of that before.

Yeah, me neither. I asked her is she meant a timing belt? serpentine belt? she said no, driveshaft belt? I think she is probably confused.
But, I may be wrong.
She should really have hime check the muffler bearings and blinker fluid too.. those usually go bad when a driveshaft belt does..
 

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Originally posted by: mercurycougar
Yikes.... that is why I bought a brand new car.
Same here, people dont usually get rid of a good thing. I know, i usually trade my cars in when they are starting to have problems from all the abuse ive given them.
 

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I bet about 2/3-3/4 of that price is all in the brakes. They are expensive when you have a shop do them. Get the breakdown of cost and see if you can do them yourself or get a friend to help. Brakes are not really that hard to do.
 

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Originally posted by: mercurycougar
Yikes.... that is why I bought a brand new car.


Yea but shes out, $2900 for the vehicle and $1100 more for repairs/parts and she has her title. No car note. You on the other hand, out 20 grand, worth about 5 to 6 years payments and high interest rates. + you don't own the car, bank does.



Why I buy used cars. I can deal with fixing a few things, it's commen sense when you buy used vehicles. Something is going to give.
 

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btw, as for the brakes, you are a car nut, do them yourself, don't let a shop replace them. Go to tirerack and order a set and install them. As for the drive saft thing, I believe she heard that wrong. If it's not broke, don't fix it. And fuel filter, again go to your local parts store and buy one for $6.95 and install it yourself.

No sense in letting a shop rip you a new one!!!
 

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I once got pulled over for not signaling and when the cop ask me why I didn't signal I said it wouldn't have done anygood because I was out of blinkerfluid and was going to go get some more at the first autoparts store that I found that carried ford dot blinker fluid.

He laughed and told me to go the [censored] home.

just so you know I'm kidding.
 
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