1996 Plymouth Voyager Oil Leak

Tiny
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1996 Plymouth Voyager 6 cyl Automatic 203000 miles

I am in the process of maybe purchasing a used Van. The person is a private owner selling his van that he has been the only one owner. The only concern I have is he said that he had the transmission replaced 3 years ago. When it was replaced he noticed that he began to have an oil leak and they told him that it was from a seal that needed to either be replaced but they would have to pull the entire transmission again in order to do that and it was going to be extremely costly. The private owner felt that the cost wasn't worth it to him so he continued to dirve it with the oil lead, making sure occassionally that he had plenty of oil in the vehicle. Everything about the van is in great condition except this oil leak. You can smell the oil burning off the engine after you drive it just a short distance. You can see on the ground underneath where the leak is coming from. When you raise the hood you can see oil all over the place. It's soaked in oil under the hood. Is this going to be a major costly expense for me should I buy this vehicle and can it have already caused me problems on other parts in the vehicle if the oil has gotten in somewhere else?
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Tuesday, July 8th, 2008 AT 9:57 AM

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Tiny
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The problem isn't so much oil getting in somewhere as getting out -- of the crankcase. If it's losing a quart every thousand miles or so, I would think the chances are good that the prior owner has driven it to the point where it was starved for oil. Easy to do when you're not thinking all the time about keeping it topped up. And then bad things start to happen inside the engine.

I have had a rear seal replaced in mine, also when the transmission was replaced, and like this one, it still leaked. The mechanic re-did it, and it was never fully cured, although it leaks only a little.
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Friday, July 11th, 2008 AT 1:22 PM

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