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Indeed, very hard to know. As far as the frame, interior, body, probably nothing too bad, but, the motor, the whole powertrain for that matter could be a disaster, would cost around $90K++ to get replace the motor, transmission, catalysts, but, can you assume that? I would bet yes.

Questions to find out...

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was the car "in-use" when the flood damage occurred? If the motor was running it would probably ingest more water than if it was simply parked.

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was the car completely submerged, if so, for how long?

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was it submerged in fresh water or salt water?

Here is a link with a related story:

http://www.s2ki.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=246163&st=0&#entry4638578

here's a quick story:
Diane Zielinski, who lives outside Philadelphia, thought she was getting a good deal when she bought a used Pontiac Grand Am for her son, Nate.

She explains, "It looked good. It ran good when we took the test drive, and there was nothing to indicate there was a problem with it at all."

But three weeks after Nate started driving the car, there was major trouble. He says, "I went to make a left-hand turn, and all of a sudden I heard 'bang!' An extremely loud bang."

The car blew up.

Recalls Nate, "There was oil and pieces of engine block all over the place."


I think you would be better finding a car that has been wrecked where you can see most of the damage or at least have a pretty good idea of what is "hurt" than a flood car...

That's my $.02

John
 
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