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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-15-2010, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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Looking at an 06 w/ 40K MT

I'm looking at a GTO from a local Dodge dealership, but after first impressions I noticed it has something wrong with the drivetrain.

During all RPM's, moving or not, clutch engaged or not, it has an unusual vibration which can be noticeably felt in the gas pedal and the shifter. Of course the savvy salesman swore this was a common occurrence in these GTO's because they have so much power. I wasn't convinced.

I went to test drive another one to compare and it was noticeably smoother. (but it was an automatic..)

Can anyone tell me anything about what that might be, if I'm wasting my time or not? Something common?

Appreciate the help!
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Hard to say with the things people do to GTOs. It could be poly upgrades; it could be something is wrong. It's not normal, but that doesn't mean it's wrong (unless it's stock).

Try to buy a GTO from a forum member here or on ls1gto.com.
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The car looks to be 100% stock.
It's also 5 minutes from my place.. One reason why I was considering it.
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Ask to contact the previous owner so you can find out what he upgraded on the car, if the dealer is legit, they shouldn't have an issue with it. Tell them you want the car, but it is based on the previous owners info, and if not walk. Is it just an idle problem, and smooths out when you get going, or all the time? Is it down on power? Feel it in the steering wheel or your butt?
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Ask to contact the previous owner so you can find out what he upgraded on the car, if the dealer is legit, they shouldn't have an issue with it. Tell them you want the car, but it is based on the previous owners info, and if not walk. Is it just an idle problem, and smooths out when you get going, or all the time? Is it down on power? Feel it in the steering wheel or your butt?
Good luck.
Interesting suggestion. Guess I can try that...
The problem is not just at idle. You can feel it a bit in the wheel, and a little bit in the seat. It even sounds like it's missing from the exhaust. The "20-year service pro" at the dealership assured me that it wasn't a miss, but I don't trust anyone who works at a dealership.

The car moved well. If anything it seemed like it was down in low end torque. But that may have been because the traction control was on.. Does that retard the timing or anything? Not sure how it works.
Thanks
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If you have any doubts, it's always better to walk away. If the tires are not new, see if they seem to wear even.

Post your location, and maybe an owner here could go with you to check it out.
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It has a problem. There shouldn't be noticeable vibes in just the pedals and shifter. These cars are very smooth unless you use poly mounts.

<-- Guess which ones quicker?.....Nope! Not even close.
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Yea I think I'm givin' up on this one. I've had it up to here with that dealership anyways. At first they were trying to charge me to repair the car. Then they said they'd only repair it if I bought it. So basically, they hope no one else notices that problem so they can sell them some junk.

If anyone is still curious at looking at it, it's in Schaumburg, IL (Chicago) at Zeigler Dodge.

Thanks for all the help!
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How much were they asking for the 06?
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meant to say

Meant to add, your right, if they won;t fix it without you buying the car, your right to walk away!
Unless you come back with, i;ll take it as is but knock 4K off the asking price for repairs!
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