I'm beginning to look for a G8. My timing has to be perfect as my current lease is up in October, and I can't afford 2 car payments for more than 2 to 3 months (I will be getting a loan for the G8).
This means more than likely driving upto 500 miles to find the "perfect" car. I know what to look for, what are expensive fixes and what are cheap easy DIY fixes.
Of course, the one thing that has my nerves going crazy is how to be a fortune teller and know whethere DOD lifters have started chewing themselves or the cam up.
Is there a definitive, tried and true way to know whether the "tick" is a failed DOD lifter or just normal lifter tick? Should there be ANY lifter tick on an otherwise healthy engine with 75K-100K miles? Being that they stock lifters are hydraulic there probably shouldn't be much at all right? But I have read that their own car has some tick.
I could pull the dip stick and hope to (not)_see metal shavings on the dip stick.. that would be a clear indicator that the cam or lifter is starting to get chewed up.
I'm just looking for a way to try and know for sure, as best as possible.
I'm still debating on whether to get the car a month or two early before my lease is up, and attempt doing the DOD delete myself. Pulling the heads off doesn't scare me, and having a DD while working on it will make it alot more relaxed knowing I have a way of getting to work.
Any tips for a finger nail biting nervous wreck?
Oh, and if you plan on selling your G8 this summer please feel free to throw me a line