Advice on buying a Lumina: wheel hub problem

I am looking into buying a 95 Lumina APV. It only has 64K miles, can probably get it for $2000. An individual is selling it, a young guy. He is only asking $2500 OBO for it. The outside of the van is
very good except someone "keyed" it from front to back on both sides. The interior still looks about new! I checked Carfax, and it came back clean, no problems, and the mileage on odometer checks out. He says he had a tune-up done on it, and that is all the $$$ he is putting into it. However, before it will even pass inspection, I have to get a new set of tires because they are dry-rotted from sitting unused for so long (tread is OK). NO problem, can get a decent set for $400. I have test-driven it only on residential streets at slow speeds, and it seemed fine, except for one big problem: I could not hear the engine or tranny over the loud grinding/roarcoming from the RH front wheel. I also could not SEE what the tranny was doing/how shifting, either, there is no tach. The seller took it to a nearby garage to have that diagnosed, and they say the RH front hub asembly is bad, cost to repair about $225.00 (I could get it myself and likely replace it myself for $140, however), But I am leery of buying this car.... I just can't buy a car that I have not been able to road-test for a few miles at highway speed. For one thing, I have to be sure the overdrive is working. I just won't know until then that it has a healthy tranny. I am thinking it is probably not even safe to drive the car at highway speed with rotten tires and a bad wheel hub assy. Now the question is: Is there anything that can be done to lube that bad hub assy so it quiets down at least temporarily? Or is it a sealed assembly? The guy does not want to pay to have that fixed. If something isn't resolved here, then he has no sale! We had a minor flood not long ago, and the water could have gotten all the way up to that one particular wheel hub. So perhaps water got in and corroded the bearings....at least that is my theory. Ideas?
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
The Wheel bearing hub is a sealed unit. Water didn't ruin it, Age and mileage did. It cannot be lubed.
The fact that you have doubts about the van and are uncomfortable buying a car you can't road test ( on the highway ) seem to indicate its time to look at another vehicle.
At the present you know it needs 4 tires & a wheel bearing.
What will it need 30 days after you buy it? Will it need another wheel bearing soon? or brakes, hoses, belt, raditator, water pump, alternator, battery, etc
Good Luck
Harryface 05 Park Avenue 91 Bonneville LE, 303,555 miles
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
I agree with Harry as usual but I think the water did have something to do with it because it only has 64K miles. I would shy away from this van unless you are ready to invest more money into it in a couple of months.

Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
On Tue, 14 Jun 2005 09:31:42 -0500, Geronimo wrote:

Run................................................................
--
Dana Larsen
(Leave one 6 and remove everything after to reply)
  Click to see the full signature.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
On Tue, 14 Jun 2005 22:40:03 -0400, Dana Larsen

Running! Would rather pay more for a car without all the problems. Thanks.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Motorsforum.com is a website by car enthusiasts for car enthusiasts. It is not affiliated with any of the car or spare part manufacturers or car dealers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.