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Old 12-31-2009, 02:38 AM   #1
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I passed by a used car dealership in town and saw they have an 88 supra out for sale. a non turbo but im not sure what engine is in it. im just looking to find out some common things that break on these cars and what to look for specifically when buying.
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Old 12-31-2009, 02:55 AM   #2
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'88 nonturbo is a 7M-GE.... unless it's a 1G-GEU, but i can't imagine anyone ever thinking that would be worth importing.

It's a 22 year old car, expect everything to be wrong... then be happy when only half is. Seriously though, the most common problem is a blown head gasket followed by rod knock (only when it's been abused, which unfortunately as a cheap sports car, many have been). You should also plan on spending money on suspension components, replacing leaking seals and other general items which suffer from age.

If you're wanting a turbo vehicle in the end I strongly recommend waiting until you find one already equipped with a turbo. The money you'll save by not having to do a swap can be put toward a rebuild and upgrades.
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yah i understand what your saying completly. i just need a DD case i just had to sell my turbo'd cobalt SS but i was also thinking about doing a turbo swap in this thing when i get some funds. it would help my insurance stay low because it would be titled as a N/A car and the state of FL dose not have inspections.
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On a car this old the turbo may not matter to your insurance company.... No difference in my rates for turbo or non, but I'm willing to be I'm older than you are.

**Keep in mind that most do however reserve the right to refuse to honor your policy if the vehicle is modified in certain ways and you have a wreck.
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