The stopping issue is hard for me to identify without being there. It could be something as simple as a broken motor mount or trans mount, or a brake could be sticking on the rear due to a broken spring. Did the transmission seem to shift good?
As far as the ball joints, they are not that expensive. If they are truly cracked, I wouldn't recommend driving it until they are replaced.
Tell him you have concerns about the transmission and you know the ball joints need replaced so offer him 1300.00 for it. Explaine it may need major repairs and you are sure it will need at least 400 to fix the present problems.
Let me know if you have other questions.
Sunday, July 18th, 2010 AT 12:50 AM