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Advice on buying a salvaged G6

I am in need of some advice guys. My uncle is a car dealer and recently on trade in got a 2006 Pontiac G6 with 61k miles. He can sell me the car for under $3,000 but the thing is, it has a salvaged title. I went with a buddy and my girlfriend today to test drive it, and I was surprised to how much I actually liked it.

It drove nice; engine sounded good, clean oil and they haven't even done an oil change yet at the dealership, tranny shifted flawlessly even at high rpms, and there wasn't bad clunking, no smells, and the steering felt decent (think the struts might be going bad though)

I checked the autocheck too. Kind of weird. It didn't say it was in an accident, but it was reported at around 30k miles as junked, and then received a salvage title. It has since then been registered and driven 30k miles since being given a salvage title. There are no signs of damage on the car, and the under side is in really good shape.

For the price, it is definitely a nice car. I'm just worried what a salvaged title is going to get me into at the dmv and with insurance. I know salvaged cars are much cheaper than non-salvaged, but I'm wondering if this is sounds like a good deal even if it's salvaged? I know if the car gets wrecked by someone else, I would maybe get half my money back on it, but I'm willing to chance that. Also, should I totally stay away from a car if it's salvaged? I like the price, and I know I'll probably get what I pay for, but I'm a college student and don't really feel like having a car payment.

If this car doesn't work out, I'm going to just drive the intrepid until the rusted hole spots in the back cause the trunk to fall off, haha

Thanks guys, I appreciate it!
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I'd find out why it was salvaged before buying it. Good chance it could have been a flood car.
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did it say where the car was sold new? if its a southern state,, , like my little buddy says its could of been a flood car,, and there bad news, lift the floor mats and see if you smell mold, look under the dash for rust,, if you see either get away,, not only can they be a nightmare,, but, a health hazzard also.
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Thats the only bad spots autocheck is bring up. No accidents reported, nothing else except it was junked, salvaged, then reconstructed. It seems kind of weird and it says extent of damage is unknown.

Oh ya, and now it is in Northern new york. Military guy traded it in
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For 3k it sounds like a deal to me. In a couple years you ought to be able to sell it for about what you paid for it.
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For 3K, I'd jump on it. Flood damage CAN be fixed given enough time.....gut the interior, get a Deoxit5 pen and go over the electrical contacts, get a brush and some Lysol and clean out the ducts, wash out the carpet with Lysol and a garden hose, disinfect and scrub down the floor pan, etc. As a bonus, ANY funky smell the car has, of flood origin or otherwise, will be gone after this.

For seriously drowned electronics, immersion cleaning using isopropyl alcohol and distilled water may be possible. If the relays are removed, BCM boards and such may be cleaned this way.

Its a few weekends of work to do, but its not impossible. Its just impractical for a shop....a few weekends worth of time on one car for a shop doesn't amke economic sense but for a a personal vehicle, it may be a good choice.

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The price seems good but I would definitely have it thoroughly inspected to find out what damage it has sustained and how well it was repaired.
If it's a flood car run. Like most newer cars the G6 is loaded with electronics and a flood car is likely to be an electrical nightmare in the future.

Which engine does it have? The four cylinder is the same for all years but the 3.5 V6 is different in 05-06 vs. 07-09 models. The 05-06 had the LX9 which is basically a slightly reworked 3.4. The 07-09 have the LZ4 which is a de-stroked 3.9. The LZ4 has a better reputation, is more modern (roller rockers and VVT), more fuel efficient, and more powerful.

I have a G6 and I have to say it is a decent car. Mine is an 07 with the LZ4 and sport package (basically a GT minus auto-stick and traction control). The acceleration is excellent and the handling is great. I test drove an 09 with the I4 and it wasn't too bad; acceleration similar to a 2.7 intrepid, the handling wasn't as good as the 07 that I got but still better than the intrepid (smaller/lighter car is to be expected), and the electric power steering felt num vs. the hydraulic power steering (only available on 07-09 V6s, GTs, and GXPs). All 05-06 models were only available with electric power steering and the four cylinders were only available with electric power steering all years.

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Thanks for the replies guys!

It's a 4 banger, base model with pretty much no features. I rather have the 4 cylinder to save on gas though. It's got nothing on my 3.5 1st gen intrepid; I'm not use to the downshifts every time you give it some gas, and the rpms go higher before shifting, but I will save money on gas and repairs (hopefully).

The check engine light was on, but they just got the car in so they haven't even looked at it yet. The car still had trash in it, haha. So if it passes NYS inspection and emissions, and they fix the CEL, I think I might go for it. I'll have some guys I know at a garage look at it too to see what they think.
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The price seems good but I would definitely have it thoroughly inspected to find out what damage it has sustained and how well it was repaired.
If it's a flood car run. Like most newer cars the G6 is loaded with electronics and a flood car is likely to be an electrical nightmare in the future.

Which engine does it have? The four cylinder is the same for all years but the 3.5 V6 is different in 05-06 vs. 07-09 models. The 05-06 had the LX9 which is basically a slightly reworked 3.4. The 07-09 have the LZ4 which is a de-stroked 3.9. The LZ4 has a better reputation, is more modern (roller rockers and VVT), more fuel efficient, and more powerful.

I have a G6 and I have to say it is a decent car. Mine is an 07 with the LZ4 and sport package (basically a GT minus auto-stick and traction control). The acceleration is excellent and the handling is great. I test drove an 09 with the I4 and it wasn't too bad; acceleration similar to a 2.7 intrepid, the handling wasn't as good as the 07 that I got but still better than the intrepid (smaller/lighter car is to be expected), and the electric power steering felt num vs. the hydraulic power steering (only available on 07-09 V6s, GTs, and GXPs). All 05-06 models were only available with electric power steering and the four cylinders were only available with electric power steering all years.
Beat me too it. lol

LE5 powered G6s are great on gas, AND...if you ever decide to make them a toy, the LE5 Ecotec motor LOVES boooost with the right mods.

Also, check out the forum I'm apart of, www.foreverpontiac.com, a lot of G6 owners frequent there, and can give you more specifics on help with the G6 itself, I'm only familiar with their drivetrains. lol
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