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Old 02-27-2008, 11:52 AM   #15
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Hi Joe,

Welcome to the group.

When I purchased my 2000 Alpine back in December of '06 I contacted Cummins and asked them for the history of my engine. All I needed to provide them was the engine serial number. From what they told me I felt confident in persuing the purchase of the Alpine.

I also contacted WRV and asked for any history they had by providing the VIN number.

And finally, I checked with NHTSA for any recalls then checked to see if they had been performed. There are four for the 2001 model you are interested in.


Hope this helps.

Tom & Laurel

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Old 02-27-2008, 02:55 PM   #16
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Thanks for the NHTSA link. I just found out my 1999 has a brake caliper recall.
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Old 03-07-2008, 01:34 PM   #17
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Not an Alpine Owner yet, but if the brakes are hydralic, you probably need to change the brake fluid. Figure $200-400, depending on how bad the fluid is. If Disc Brakes, the saddles will need lubing, which may reqire all wheels to be removed. More $$$.

Figure you will need tires about $3000, All fluids changed, oil, coolant, possible transmission fluid, figure $500-1000. Batteries, figure $125 each if needing changing. Possibly cables? Belts?

If you are not a good mechanical guy get someone to go with you. There is probably nothing or not much wrong with the coach.

However get a good multi page PDI sheet, and check every thing. Roll out every awning, look at every thing, turn everything on, take a digital camera and take pictures of everything. Under it, chassis components, inside of every thing, go home and look at all the pics, then get quotes for needed maintance, and then, make an offer.

I show NADA book to be $82,420-$99,370. You are probably looking at a one of a kind coach, but you will need to spend some $ on it. Wholesale is around $66K.

Have a great trip.

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