There has been a 1990 Chevy Lumina sitting around in my part of the world
for some time. It has a 3.1L V6 engine. It's not a Euro model or anything
special like that. I asked the owner about it today, and it is for sale.
$150 would buy it, and it does run. But...the intake gasket is bad, and the
engine is losing some coolant. (Not sure about how much.) The owner was
quoted $650-700 to fix that problem.
The body is good with no sign of rust. The paint is fair...it's primarily
been lightened by years of sitting in the sun. The interior is good and I'm
told that everything else works fine. It has a new battery and good tires.
I haven't driven the car yet (but I intend to do that, followed by a close
inspection of about everything) to see how well it runs, how much coolant it
is using, or anything like that.
I'm not an in-depth expert in working on cars, but I'm not afraid to dive in
and learn either. I've changed starters, water pumps, alternators, and
straightened out the carburetor on a Plymouth Reliant with the 2.6L
Mitsubishi engine. My question is--is the intake gasket something I could do
myself if I decide to buy this car?
I don't mind getting my hands dirty, and I can certainly read and follow
directions if there are any to accomplish this.