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opinions wanted

Just wanted some general value opinions.

'88 w/ under 60K miles, no mods or major work. Last major service was at 45K miles. 2nd gear synchronizer is pretty bad and car will need a major service that will also catch some items that appear neglected (AC, belts). Leakdown was very good except for 1 cylinder, which was at 20% from the exhaust valve. Tech seems to think that a valve adjustment (needed due to mileage) and some spirited driving may help knock off deposits, but he advises additional testing after the fact to confirm.
Shocks are likely original and are getting tired. Turbo seals are leaking but turbo bearings sound fine. Interior and exterior are in good condition.

My main concern is whether or not I want to gamble on the tranny and leakdown. The shocks and misc. items will definitely add up to $2K if done by a shop. The tranny is $2-3K minimum for a refresh and if additional items are found $$$. Plus you always find other things with the engine down and out. The leakdown I am not sure about, but do not want to go into an engine so soon after a purchase.

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Expect to spend 10K to 12K in addition to purchase price.
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20% leak down would be my biggest concern.
Plus, turbo and w/g are probably at the end of their optimal service life.
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a slippery slope there, especially given it's a turbo, what e p slick said but that's probably conservative
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It's a buyers market...if this isn't a steal keep looking....
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Ah, the dilemma of being an informed TURBO buyer. He wants $30K, you say $20K based on the mechanical assessment. He says I'm taking SERIOUS offers and yours IS.
You can buy it at his price and drive it 3K miles a year as it's experienced and put off repairs until it drops dead, hopefully you'll get a couple of years. Better still find one of many out there where the money is already spent and the owner has to accept his inevitable loss based on the market price.
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The leakdown is a major issue. If a valve adjustment is causing this leakdown to be bad, I think that valve is burned. I not saying it ain't possible that it is "being held off the seat" and is not burned, just playing the percentages here. Same with the carbon particles. I'd budget a top end fix, a tranny fix, some suspension fix's, and everything else unknown. If he has not done a service in 15,000 miles, HOW MANY YEARS OR DECADES WAS THAT?

There's an old Latin phrase that comes to mind here: caveat emptor...

Unless you steal it, keep looking.
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