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OK here is my problem. I went to go check out a cadillac I won on ebay. The car was in great shape for a 1988 4.5L cad Deville. However, when I pulled the dipstick out oil was at least 8 INCHES UP THE DIPSTICK. the car was on a slight hill but this would not justify that. an inch or so maybe, but 8 INCHES. Secondly, there was a milk chocolate colored oil on the end of the tip of the dipstick. Obviously water and oil emulsification. I had asked the seller about these things and he said the oil was up so high on the dipstick because of the incline and after he wiped the tip off and put it in again there was no more water. First things first. NO way being parked on a hill would cause the oil to go up that far. My opinion is that they are trying to hide an oil pressure issue. I know these cars had problems with the main bearings going bad. In fact I had one before and I just LOADED IT UP with heavy oil to stop the noise and stop the oil light from coming on. Also, although this is not the 4.1 I do believe that the 4.5 also had problems with head gasket leaks especially because of the Aluminum engines if they ever overheated. By the way I never had a chance to start the car because the guy he was selling it for didn't have the keys at the time. I was going to go back and hear it run today but I just don't trust it. Oh by the way the motor has 144,000 miles on it.

Please give me your opinions

Kdaddy

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Give it back. NOW. Get a refund. Your grounds are that the owner did not let you run the car when you inspected it.

The engine has dumped the coolant in the oil.

Do NOT run the engine.

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Funny thing was that he explained the water and oil substance on the bottom of the dipstick due to general moisture from the car sitting for a couple of months. First, I know that the color of milky brown is a result from emulsification. secondly, just from sitting for two months you would not get that. Lastly, whats up with all the extra oil in the crank case?

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Funny thing was that he explained the water and oil substance on the bottom of the dipstick due to general moisture from the car sitting for a couple of months. First, I know that the color of milky brown is a result from emulsification. secondly, just from sitting for two months you would not get that. Lastly, whats up with all the extra oil in the crank case?

Like Jim stated, the coolant has gone into the oil, raising the oil level. Hopefully you haven't paid for this vehicle yet. If you haven't, run Forrest run. If you have, get your money back.

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I didn't pay for it. And every time I e-mail this guy he gives me very weak reasons to the problems. He is pretty good though he always uses "GOd Bless" at the end of his e-mail messages. Nothing like using God to try and hide your misgivings. SCAM ARTIST

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I didn't pay for it. And every time I e-mail this guy he gives me very weak reasons to the problems. He is pretty good though he always uses "GOd Bless" at the end of his e-mail messages. Nothing like using God to try and hide your misgivings. SCAM ARTIST

Kdaddy

Yep, that's sad there are folks like that.

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By the way I never had a chance to start the car because the guy he was selling it for didn't have the keys at the time.

B.S.

I had asked the seller about these things and he said the oil was up so high on the dipstick because of the incline

More B.S.

Funny thing was that he explained the water and oil substance on the bottom of the dipstick due to general moisture from the car sitting for a couple of months.

Yet More B.S.

every time I e-mail this guy he gives me very weak reasons to the problems.

Big red flag.

I just don't trust it

Trust your instincts. RUN, don't walk away.

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The seller is full of $hit right up to his eyebrows.... The intake manifold gasket is shot and leaking coolant into the oil. Moisture does not get into the crancase from sitting......

You could replace the intake manifold and have a decent car but I think the seller grossly misrepresented the car....

Kevin
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The seller is full of $hit right up to his eyebrows.... The intake manifold gasket is shot and leaking coolant into the oil. Moisture does not get into the crancase from sitting......

You could replace the intake manifold and have a decent car but I think the seller grossly misrepresented the car....

But if the motor has been run with all of that water in there..

Well, water, it is not a good lubricant at all.. just ask my ex wife - just kidding :lol:

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If you are interested my brother in laws boss is selling a 89 sedan Deville, It has under 40,000 miles and is garage kept. I have not seen the car,but my brother in law says it is like brand new, not a scratch,dent,stain, shoe mark on the door.I'm pretty sure he said black with silver bottom half and they are asking 3800.00.If you are interested I can get all the details and go take a few pictures.

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Here is the item number for the car. Because the auction has ended type in the number in the search section of ebay:

120044667133

AS I said type the number in the search section of ebay and you will see the 1988 DeVille

Thanks and tell me what you think

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There is a long description that says in part:

..only honestly needs a couple things..a battery ,a fuel line has two pin head size leaks which is less than 25.00 to fix and a batter is around 50.00..also it needs breaks on the car which are around 30.00 t0 50.00 also...this all was told to me by a certified mechanic which sometimes it dont need it at all but i trust this one,si i am telling you for accuracy on the car only..this is a beautiful condition 4 door in gold that needs a little tender love and care to put her ont the road...will most likely need to be towed cause i dont want you to drive with the fuel line the way it is

You have looked at the car and, with at least three quarts of coolant in the oil pan it will almost certainly need a full engine rebuild or a remanufactured engine. You don't get brake jobs for $50. I would never get a $25 fix for a leaking fuel line. Parked on a main road, and needs to move it before snow removal???? And, look at the seller, hundreds of items with about a 95% approval rating -- he's a dealer. He probably picked up this dog from an estate sale. There's enough snake oil in this eBay post to grease the skids to launch the Titantic.

Unless you are looking for a project car, PASS ON THIS ONE. ITS A HANGAR QUEEN AND A MONEY PIT.

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Unless you are looking for a project car, PASS ON THIS ONE. ITS A HANGAR QUEEN AND A MONEY PIT.

Ya think? :D:D:D

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