GNX # 537

blk7gxn

blk7gxn

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Two days ago i found among FB and Craigslist a post on GNX #537 for sale out in the San diego CA area for the sum of $53K. I automatically assumed it was a scam, BUT inquired just the same, what did I have to loose, just my time. I began a conversation with the owner who's name is Lisa, her husband had passed November of 2018 and she informed me it was his baby and not hers, but, enjoyed driving it just the same. She is moving at the end of March to Arkansas and needed to sell it asap or transport it to her new home. I kept poking her with detailed questions, obviously if I were to drop the big coin, I wanted details about the car i was purchasing! Lisa informed me that the mileage had discrepancies, bouncing from 56 k to 17 k up to 59k (????) she blamed it on the smog testing division, no clue. In our long texting communication, she also informed me the car was in a bad deer collision on the passengers side, PRIOR to her husband purchasing it, and only found out about it after they ran a car-fax. (no clue why anyone would do that AFTER the fact) ALSO they had to replace the radiator and exhaust system.....at 59 k!!!???? The original radio is history with speaker modification in the trunk, the original power antenna was removed and replaced with a stubby flexible rubber one (junk in my opinion) that's like buying steak and putting ketchup on it. Lisa also informed me that the dash was cracked in the normal speaker areas, the exhaust needed a bracket in the rear, the vacuum system needed to be looked at (her new boyfriend who is a mechanic said so, yet didn't get any of this fixed because the labor was so expensive....??? Am I missing something here???) ... the passenger side motor mount was shot and needed to be replaced, the hood and header panel has lots of chips, the hood insulation, well, just look at the pictures, worth a thousand words.

Am I wrong in my thinking here? ....We are talking about 53K!, and all the things that make these cars so valuable, are basically all compromised with doubt and a lot of unanswered questions. Who would really bite the bullet on this vehicle!??..., not when a car fax has 3 mileage discrepancies, accidents ect ect..... There is a #296 in Hemming's with 115 K miles on it and its 3 times cleaner!! People are not using their heads and just see the GNX label and not doing the research they need to do on these cars, weather it be a GNX or any turbo Buick! After finding out all of these things on the vehicle, my other thoughts are, is the turbo original along with other vital matching Items that NEED to be in place to make this car valuable. I would love to have your feed back, thoughts...................


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PBGBodyFan

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Someone would probably pay 53k or close because 53k for a GNX (I think?) is now on the cheaper end and there aren't that many GNX's around :D . If the car was driven, things can/will happen. Some red flags but with about 60k on it, not surprised some things happened or were replaced, even if questionable in what was put in it's place or how it was done. Also being on the "lower" end for GNX's with the price/miles it means other really picky collector types probably passed on this one and who owned it might not of been as discerning. But I don't keep tabs on the GNX market so not sure where prices are at. Where do you think the price should be on this one?
 
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blk7gxn

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Someone would probably pay 53k or close because 53k for a GNX (I think?) is now on the cheaper end and there aren't that many GNX's around :D . If the car was driven, things can/will happen. Some red flags but with about 60k on it, not surprised some things happened or were replaced, even if questionable in what was put in it's place or how it was done. Also being on the "lower" end for GNX's with the price/miles it means other really picky collector types probably passed on this one and who owned it might not of been as discerning. But I don't keep tabs on the GNX market so not sure where prices are at. Where do you think the price should be on this one?
I truly feel its a PER BUYER based assessment. If someone wanted a GNX to drive with no worries, here is a perfect car for you. If a buyer was looking at an investment side of the coin, yes, it will always be a GNX and have true value BUT, with key things hurting this particular one, ( mileage discrepancy, accidents ect ect) this GNX will never be one sought after by collectors for a museum piece. I know everyone has their own opinions and this is simply mine. If I were to ever drop that much OR more on a GNX, every I would have to be dotted and every T crossed, because those things are what make these cars bring the BIG dollar or not.
 
lilbowtie

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You have already found enough to take your interest away - end of story. I love these cars but have no desire to own one (have the money) and I believe the demand is falling - I'll use the case of the Twins selling at Barrett. You can only get an idea of what the car is from an add and pics. If that interests you, looking at it yourself is next. I know of 5 times myself that it came down to a road trip to buy it with a trailer and a pocket full of money and came home empty handed. You can't go on pics and peoples description, on the other they can be super honest. I hope it's just a friend after losing your beloved a couple of months previous.
 
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motorheadmike

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$53K for a driver quality GNX with a sorted past is probably inline. Offer $43K and spend $10+K getting it sorted. All they can say is no. Otherwise you have no GNX in your driveway, and you aren't out of pocket.

How bad do you want to say you own the 11th last GNX?
 
blk7gxn

blk7gxn

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You have already found enough to take your interest away - end of story. I love these cars but have no desire to own one (have the money) and I believe the demand is falling - I'll use the case of the Twins selling at Barrett. You can only get an idea of what the car is from an add and pics. If that interests you, looking at it yourself is next. I know of 5 times myself that it came down to a road trip to buy it with a trailer and a pocket full of money and came home empty handed. You can't go on pics and peoples description, on the other they can be super honest. I hope it's just a friend after losing your beloved a couple of months previous.
Totally absolutely agree. I TOO have came home empty handed MANY times. I guess i have higher standards than the sellers in most cases...., because their description of good is crap to me and their pictures look 10x's better than the car, very descriptive some are.
 
blk7gxn

blk7gxn

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You have already found enough to take your interest away - end of story. I love these cars but have no desire to own one (have the money) and I believe the demand is falling - I'll use the case of the Twins selling at Barrett. You can only get an idea of what the car is from an add and pics. If that interests you, looking at it yourself is next. I know of 5 times myself that it came down to a road trip to buy it with a trailer and a pocket full of money and came home empty handed. You can't go on pics and peoples description, on the other they can be super honest. I hope it's just a friend after losing your beloved a couple of months previous.
I was thinking the same exact thing! 2 months after her husband passes she has a boyfriend, apparently she didn't want the bed to become cold, ridiculously disgusting!
 
TURNA

TURNA

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Jul 24, 2009
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Need proof it's a real one.

Too many fakes out there
 
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1 RARE T

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You can buy a perfect low mileage G.N. or one built right for that kind of scratch. This one looks like a giant headache looking for a new victim.

If I bought a GNX with 100 miles like my neighbour, I'd drive it every week.
 
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