Right the girlfriend is after a car, and we got offered a Astra 1.6 estate on a T reg by a freind of the family at a good price (& its cheap for her to insure). It is in near mint condition, body work is clean and in good nick (little rust on one of the rear arches), interior is spotless, engine bay is spotless, and it has a Full services history (87K), with services at regular intervals.
Now here's the problem I did the usual checks, and when I looked under the oil cap there was a caramel coloured sludgey residue on the underside of the oil cap, is this a sign of the head gasket about to go?? or is this normal on an astra??
I know that is there's a whitey creamy residue this is a sign of problems with the head gasket but not sure re a brownie coloured one....
Normally I would walk straight away from it but its not the usual rubbish and the service history is very extensive and its been offered at a very good price.
On top of this my friend has a new beetle and she has a similar residue on her oil cap & has had it to 3 different VW garages and they have all said its normal so I'm a bit fluxmixed
Anyone give me some advice
Also what is a good price for this car (T Reg 1999,