help purchasing an '00 Intrepid
I loved this car, when I went to the lot and test drove it. I'm a tall-ish guy, and it just felt great. It fit like a 'glove', I guess I could say. It has 75k miles on it, CD player, very nice air conditioning, and considering how old it is.. The engine was so silent, it was great.
But despite all their pressuring I decided to go home and do at least a bit of research before jumping in, and also got their prices down (we officially settled at 8k out the door, but they were willing to go 7.5k if I was to buy it right then, listing price was like.. 8,995)
My issue with the car is, however.. I did prior-mentioned research, and I come up with.. SO so so many websites dedicated to absolutely nothing but the 2.7L christler engine, and all the death and destruction (and five thousand dollar engine replacements :p) it caused from sludge and chain-whatevers breaking.. Plus some people who's engine's died while they were driving, which doesn't sound too fun..
My question is.. If it sounded so sweetly silent, and ran so nicely.. Would that be a decent indicator that the prior owners may have changed the oil often enough to prevent engine sludge? I haven't asked for a carfax, or any maintenance records yet, which I plan on doing.. And I was wondering if it was possible to try and get the dealership to pay to have a mechanic to open that oilpan for me and let me physically see how the engine looks; has anyone had an experience where they'd do that?.. Or if I have no choice but to put up the 200 dollars and get a mechanic to do it (or if I should pay either way, because the dealership mechanics may be biased?)
I really want this car, it'd be my first car, actually. It will look way better than anything I could have imagined I could afford (without exploding after a few miles of driving, at least : p)