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Ok, here is my situation. I'm obviously in need of a more capable platform to play around with. I may have found it, in a 92 SE-R. It's got 85K on it, but the thing that worries me is that it handles differently when turning. It seems to understeer more when turning left, and seems to hook more when turning right. It's not anything tuned out of whack, the car is straight, and in alingment, and the tires are the same brand and size. The car's totally stock except for wiper blades and maintenince/wear items.(brake pads, etc)

I checked the front tire pressure, and they were within 3 lbs of each other. Could it be the diff going south? If so, how expensive is the diff to replace, and what else should I be replacing/upgrading, if the decision to open the tranny case is made?

Btw, one more opinion needed. The owner wants 1200 dollars for it. No dents, paint is still pretty shiny, and the carpet is a bit thrashed, but you can still tell what color it's supposed to be. The seats aren't torn, and everything on the car works.

Good deal? or not?
 

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Mark, I appreciate your replay, and no, there's not a bit of rust I could find on it. Are there hidden spots I need to look for body rot?

The front suspension is in good shape, no clunking, or loose stuff. I had the car elevated on a friend's father's garage lift, and we checked the front suspension, it still seemed pretty tight, and all of the dust boots on it were in good shape & the CV joints weren't making any more noise than should be on a car of that age and mileage.

What's the first thing you'd do, suspension & handling wise? The car has more than enough power for right now. I don't want to make a speedbump crawler, just something that will be a hell of a lot more tossable than my GTP & Crapalier.
 

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It dosen't pull to either direction onder any situation, except for aggressive driving, and rapid direction changes(if you saw the road I usually test cars on, you'd understand) and braking, whether it be mild, slow down 600 feet before the Stop sign, or 80 feet from the stop sign & hammering on the brakes like the golden spike.

The car runs like a top. It tracks straight. It's just the understeer/oversteer thing I'm worried about. I tried the same road with a friend in the passenger seat as well(the guy who's father lifted the car for me)he weighs within 15 lbs of me

I don't think the car has been bashed. If an arm has been tweaked, how would I know, especially if the alignment was spot on & if the arm had been replaced? Could the A-Arm bushings have been tweaked?
 

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The car dosen't bounce like the struts are blown, I tried that by going over some speed bumps, both forward, and reverse, straight and diagonally. We tried pushing down on the center front of the car, as well as the front corners to check rebound. It seemed to settle pretty quickly, but the only thing I had to compare it with was a POS Celebrity I had a loooong time ago that bounced more than an 12 switch Impala on 24 volts.

If, for some reason, someone has bopped a curb with it, and possibly had to change out front suspension components(the car's never been hit up front, 'cause there's no paint overspray on anything, and the fender & bumper fasteners look like there's never been a wrench on them) how could I tell if someone swapped a spring, or a strut from a more pedestrian model with a softer suspension. The springs looked to be the same diameter & length on each side & the car didn't sit higher or lower from one side to the other

[edit] For Vladha, I don't think the car has the 5th gear pop syndrome, I got to drive it around for most of Saturday, and it included a bit of driving on a 4 lane highway. I'll go back and have the car raised again to check for binding in the wheel, and the condition of the ball-joints.

Sorry about the novel Thanks for your help :D
 
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