I wouldn't say a deal breaker BUT a sign that the current
owner has slipped on his maintenance
. Assuming the two year old oil is tranny oil, not engine
oil? And there's water and substantial amounts of metal in the tranny, that indicates time to have the tranny pulled and examined for wear and a probable rebuild
, assuming parts
are still available. (If the engine oil hasn't been changed in two years...that's something else again.)
But reasonable men
might say, let's put the cost of a transmission rebuild
into an escrow account, cost based on one or two estimates from shop(s) you both trust, or a dealer (in the worst case). Excess metal in the tranny has to be looked at, and someone has to consider the outcome of that.
in the motor oil could be coming past the rings, a compression
check and leakdown test are not too much to ask to look into that. Could also be as simple as just using the engine for a few minutes for docking
, and never getting it hot enough to cook off the fuel that normally gets past the rings and into the oil, but it is worth checking into--especially if the viscosity is high, indicating the current
owner is trying to remedy SOMEthing. Today's oils don't need magic additives unless there's a problem like leaking rings that someone is trying to address by thickening up the oil.
No deal breakers--just a matter of looking a bit further into these things. A question of who'll pay for the looking, and whether you want to just go ahead with the sale
and put aside escrow in case there are problems, or look into things and make an adjustment before doing the sale
, without escrow. Should come out in the same place either way.