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Old 04-11-2013, 02:20 PM   #1  
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Default Looking to buy this 1990 miata

So i came across this miata posting on my areas craigslist for $2600, it has A new top, new timing belt, new shifter bushings, new plugs and wire, new fuel pump and all fluids have been changed and 155k original miles. At least thats what the advert says. I went to go see the car and asked about the famous crankshaft key way failure. He told me the crank pulley was wobbling and that it needed the harmonic dampener, BUT the timing gear behind that assembly had been WELDED to the crank its self after changing the main seal. And the wobbling issue would go away after changing the pulley/dampener assembly. Im just looking for some input as to if this information is valid, and if i can actually make this driveable. When i test drove it i could already tell the car was off timing, so I let the owner know and he did minor adjustments and the car drove fine...up until i got to the end of the block and the tensioner had come loose and the belts started squealing like mad and i turned it off. Does this sound like a lost case, should i abandon and look for something else?
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Old 04-17-2013, 08:25 PM   #2  
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I hope it isn't too late to say RUN AWAY!

That car isn't worth $500.
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