Bought used Oldsmobile yesterday, problems already

Tiny
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1992 Oldsmoblie Cutlass Ciera, a little over 91k miles

After looking around for a used car, we bought one from a dealer after test driving it yesterday. Looked great inside and out, sounded great, had low mileage and a pretty good price (we thought) at $2450. The salesman said there was no warranty, but that he would fix problems within a month if there were any. I noticed later that my husband signed a no warranty "as is" paper. So I know that we are pretty much out of luck as far as any legal action.

When we test drove it, it ran fine, sounded fine, everything seemed fine. Then when we drove it home, back out to the store, then back home again, we noticed when we were at a stop the car would make a noise, kind of like the sound of clearing your throat but low, not real loud. And when we got home, I noticed a smell coming from under the hood. We checked the oil and there was plenty of that in there. We didn't see any leaks or anything, but then again, we don't know too much about cars. I had him take the car back to the salesman to get him to look at it. The salesman said that it's probably the new brakes, and if it doesn't stop making the noise and smell within a couple of days to bring it back and he will look at it (and I guess fix it, or more likely say that we are out of luck). Well, today we noticed it is also vibrating the whole car, like riding on a bumpy road. Oh and on top if it all, the fuel gage fluctuates a lot.

Please tell me what to do! We don't have much money to fix it.
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Tuesday, February 20th, 2007 AT 9:09 PM

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Tiny
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New brakes do not smoke, and smell from under the hood. Be careful of this guy. Do the brakes feel normal?

I have a 1993 Ciera, and the gas gauges fluctuate a lot in these cars, I had a 1992 and it was the same way.
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Tuesday, February 20th, 2007 AT 9:42 PM
Tiny
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I already do not like this guy and there's nothing I can do about him now I guess. Except give him a chance to look at it and see what he says. I have a feeling it's not going to be good though. Thanks about the fuel gage, it makes me feel a little better.

The brakes feel fine, you just have to push the brake pedal down a good way to make it stop, the brakes are not touchy, which makes me think the brakes are not new.
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Wednesday, February 21st, 2007 AT 4:55 AM
Tiny
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The brakes on these cars are kinda soft too, i bought the one I have a month ago, it's in excellent condition, but it also came with a few quirks. I already knew about the gas gauge from the 92 I had. I just this weekend replaced my front brakes due to the fact like you stated, you had to give a little extra push on the pedal. I put new rotors on and I bought carbon metallic pads, they are a lot better performing pads, the grab better, so the extra brake pedal effort was greatly reduced after the pads seated(about 50 miles or so). These cars all seem to have thier own "issues" if you will, but all in all they are I think one of the best GM cars made. I would actually take the car to another auto shop and just ask to have it looked at, even if it will cost you a few bucks, they have real knowledge, used car salesman, not all of them, are basically just out to sell, they will tell you anything to close a deal. I would not trust his diagnostics. If I could hear the noise it makes, I could try to help you a bit more. Here is a picture of my Ciera.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/60363_P1010013_1.jpg

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Wednesday, February 21st, 2007 AT 6:14 AM

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