99 Pontiac Grand Am - Good Deal I need help with an estimate for a used car?

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I am about to purchase a 99 Grand Am for $500. It has no radio, 250k, with damage on both sides and the owner said nothing else it wrong with the car - it runs fine. I just wanted to know would you purchase the car and is this a good buy?

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Wednesday, June 8th, 2011 AT 6:26 PM

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I shudder every time I see any GM front-wheel-drive car coming at me on the highway. They are killer cars if you're in a minor crash. A county deputy on routine patrol was following a girl in a Grand Am on my highway. She was going 45 mph in a 55 mph zone when she slid sideways on the ice. Another GM fwd car coming toward her was also going only 45 mph. The deputy had both of them on radar and witnessed the crash. All four people, two in each car, were killed. Since then I've been noticing how many people are killed in these cars. The dealership I used to work for was the county's impound lot for any car involved in a fatal crash, and it was full of GM cars and very few other brands.

They also have a huge problem with their generators and have no plans to improve that pile. General Motors is by far the world's best company at separating owners from their money after the sale. They have a bunch of customer-unfriendly business practices that keeps them profitable. They aren't making their money by selling new cars. They're running out of repeat customers. Too many have said, "never again". I also had many students who owned these cars and it became obvious they considered $800.00 repair bills every six months as normal.

For my money, the older the car, the better. Fewer unnecessary, complicated, unreliable, expensive computers. If you still want to pursue this car, I can send you a five page write-up on why the car and the company are bad for you. I have my personal preference for brand and models but if you buy one based on my recommendation and have trouble, you'll be angry with me. Instead, find a different car and I'll share my negative and positive opinions with you.

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Wednesday, June 8th, 2011 AT 7:13 PM

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