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this isn't a terribly common problem but could potentially be very expensive to fix.
I would strongly, strongly advise that you forego this car unless the issue is 100% verified and fixed (professionally) prior to purchase.
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could you say what you think it is? i mean bearings shouldn't be too expensive.... which is what it sounds like...
I can buy the car for about £4000 which is cheap for car / age if it is minor repair.
to just say leave alone as it could be expensive, does not really answer what potentially problem could be
you did not ask what the problem could be, you asked "is this a common problem and is it expensive to fix "
as I am sure you can appreciated, It is very difficult to diagnose a noise that one cannot hear.
if it is the drive shaft bearing, it would not be terribly expensive. If it is the flywheel that would be expensive. if it is something internal to the transmission or engine, also very expensive.
as such, this is why I am advising to have he issue 100% verified prior to buying the car, as the noise could be something that would be VERY expensive to fix.