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    Default Advice on buying a K5

    So I've been looking at K5s online to buy, and most are around the 3k-5k range. I'm looking to grab one a bit cheaper so I can put money into making it more into MY car.
    Anyways, I finally found a K5 for cheap and am wondering if someone might look at the ad and give me a pointer or two for when I go and check it out.

    Here's the link to the ad:
    http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lgb...069401717.html
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    Ad text: "1989 CHEVY K-5 BLAZER 4X4 POWER WINDOWS HAS TOW HITCH AND REMOVABLE TOP REG EXPIRED 3/13
    5.7 MOTOR AUTOMATIC FUEL INJECTED WITH A 3" LIFT
    RUNS GREAT NEEDS LITTLE WORK TO BE PERFECT. ASKING$1850 OBO
    TRUCK IS BEING SOLD WITH LIEN SALE PAPER WORK.
    AND IS LOCATED AT LOCAL TOW YARD. JUST GOT THE BLAZER WAX AND CLEANED UP LOOKS GREAT. "

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    I would check all the usuals. Check for leaks anywhere. Check the trans fluid, does it look clean? Smell burned? Check the oil. How does it look? Smell? Take a look at the spark plug wires. How new do they look? Usually newer plug wires indicate that someone took some kind of care of the truck. Many people do not replace plug wires until they have an issue. Look at the coolant. Is it nice bright green or dirty looking? From the pic it looks like the alignment is off horribly. But, that could just be the angle. Drive it. Any drive train noises? Let it get nice and warm, does it over heat?

    These are things that I would look at.

    1995 Silverado 4x4
    6" BDS Suspension Lift-3" Body Lift-Add A Leaf in rear -Trailmaster SSV Shocks-Duel Steering Stabilizer Kit -AirAid Cold air intake-
    4.56 Gears with Detroit Auburn Locker-Pro-Comp Traction Bars with duel shocks-Aluminum Skid Plate Kit-38.5" x 16.5" Mickey Thompson Baja Claws-Constant Dropping fuel gauge

    2005 Yukon XL Jet Power Programmer, Bilstein Shocks, Bilstein rear springs, Helwig Anti-sway bars, EGR Window Visors, EGR Hood Shield, Denali Headlights, Headlight harness upgrade, GE NightHawk Bulbs, White Night Rear lighting system, Russell Braided SS brake lines, PowerStop Brake pads, PowerStop cross drilled and Slotted Rotors, http://www.gmtruckclub.com/forum/sho...5-GMC-Yukon-XL
    2002 Silverado ext cab 2wd (Sold)
    2003 Yukon XL (Totaled)

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    x2....On what Pikey has mentioned above, I would just add, ask the Owner if they have any Maintenance Records, for the Vehicle, as this would give you some idea as to how its been taken care of by the owner.

    MIKE


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    Thank you both for the advice, I'll keep my eyes open for any red flags!

    *Edit*
    On follow up with the tow yard: The truck was impounded after the owner was arrested for driving it unregistered and with out a drivers licence. Hence the lien paperwork. Also a possible salvage title, still waiting on VIN.

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    The lien sale paperwork and no registration would have me more woried than anything.
    Are their outstanding fines against the vehicle?
    It says lien sale ppw, are all the liens paid off?
    Why didnt it have valid reg.?
    Does it pass Ca smog?
    Whats the reason for the salvage title?

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    Yes, I decided to pass on this blazer due to the oddness and general uncertainty. Sadly it's going to be junked after the weekend. So my search continues! But thank you all for the advice, and I will be coming back for more, once I do find my K5.

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