The fact that the car has problems with it is less of a concern than the fact that the seller cannot deliver clean title to you. You should be able to rescind the entire transaction because of his failure to deliver title. Absent a real fraud, a car that's sold "as is" is sold "as is". So you need to pursue the matter based on failure to deliver title. You need to engage a litigation attorney.
I would generally agree with the prior answer, but also feel obligated to inform you that depending on certain circumstances there may be a consumer protection violation, which could entitle you to treble damages and attorneys fees. Your lack of information regarding the seller, currently makes a thorough explanation impossible. I have litigated consumer protection cases. But, you need to provide more information as to the state of the seller, what information you have, and the type of seller. You need to create a timeline of events and gather your evidence. After doing so, feel free to contact me.
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