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San Antonio, TX
catalyst efficiency below threshold,look for physical damage on the bottom of the converters. Physical damage,excessive misfire events,stuck open injectors will cause catalytic converters to go bad. If you get the code for catalyst efficiency below threshold it's pretty much a done deal for the converters,you just have to make sure you know and correct the root cause.
sounds like a faulty slave cylinder to me,this will not allow the clutch to disengage from the flywheel thus keeping the trans from going into any gear while running.
If you buy it I hope you get it REAL CHEAP,just factor in the price of a new or used engine and then you'll know what to spend buying this car. The only thing you can check without digging too deep is compression,sparkles in the oil,and maybe pop a valve cover off to check for sludge (signs of bad maintenance)
this could be anything from an ignition misfire to a transmission concern. I would have it scanned and diagnosed with a reputable shop,and test drive it with them.
All fuses good?
I would remove the timing cover and inspect the belt and make sure there are no teeth missing.
As suggested,check the battery pos. and gnd connections and I hear that the ignition switch on these cars can cause multiple electrical issues.just a thought
this is a serious safety issue! I would have it scanned and check for codes, throttle position sensor failure is the first thing that comes to mind and although the manufacturer has designed triple redundancy into it's design, the real world is very different than the paper one and I have seen some wacky things with throttle bodies and tp sensors.
what Iusually do in these situations is getanother person to start it and with the hood popped and a long screwdriver in hand will put it on a non moving suspect pulley like the tensioner pulley (hint) and get them to start it. And of course make sure your pwr steering fluid is up to level with no sparkly stuff in it and listen to it as well,but I've had more tensioner pulleys go bad than anything else.good luck and let us know what you find.
the professor is right,get it scanned and don't assume a new part is good,especially if it's from a non genuine parts store.