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How fussy are you when buying a used vehicle? #5386099 03/26/20 10:37 AM
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Had one for new cars but what about us guys that only buy used.

It took me a year and a half to find my 08 Lucerne. I wanted a certain color for interior and exterior and a 3800 but no sun roof, leather or console and low miles.

I've had good luck with it, in the two years I've owned it I've had to replace door handle (froozen shut) battery and speakers, other wise it's been a great car.

My 89 GMC was my FIL's so it is what it is but only had 72k on it when I took possession.


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Re: How fussy are you when buying a used vehicle? [Re: Duffyjr] #5386103 03/26/20 10:41 AM
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I guess it boils down to how desperate you are for a vehicle. If your looking for a particular vehicle, and you have one to get around in, you can take years to find the perfect one.,,,

Re: How fussy are you when buying a used vehicle? [Re: Duffyjr] #5386107 03/26/20 10:47 AM
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Very. We looked at lots of FJ's before we bought ours. I mostly concentrated on maintenance and not so much on door dings. One had so much sludge under the oil cap that I just walked away. Another had the plastic bumper falling off. If they won't even tighten that up with some push pins or zip ties what else did they not do?

Same with my F250. Looked @ over 30 till I found the one. One in particular had no oil on the dipstick and no coolant showing when I removed the Radiator cap. When I mentioned that the seller rounded up 3 qts of ND30 and started putting that in.


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Re: How fussy are you when buying a used vehicle? [Re: Duffyjr] #5386109 03/26/20 10:49 AM
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Pretty fussy.

Maintenance records in particular, matter a lot. Make or break for me.

Bought my 1990 4Runner in 1995, for example. Bought from a friend. Every service record since new. Every oil change, all of it. Drove that truck until 2016, when it had 270,000 miles, and it’s still on the road with over 300,000.

I credit careful maintenance.


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Re: How fussy are you when buying a used vehicle? [Re: Duffyjr] #5386119 03/26/20 10:59 AM
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I guess I'm fussy. I keep my vehicles for a long time, so I don't want to buy a poorly maintained vehicle.

If you have patience and don't mind looking at lots of poorly maintained vehicles, it will pay off in the end. I'm sure most of the non-bitog crowd doesn't do a great job of maintaining their vehicles.

When I sold the last two vehicles, the guys weren't interested in service records. I'm pretty anal about servicing vehicles and it shows. When I sold the Sienna, the guy tried to tell me the engine was bad because it was making noises.

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Re: How fussy are you when buying a used vehicle? [Re: BigCahuna] #5386122 03/26/20 11:03 AM
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Originally Posted by BigCahuna
I guess it boils down to how desperate you are for a vehicle. If your looking for a particular vehicle, and you have one to get around in, you can take years to find the perfect one.,,,


Great point. If you need to get to work because your car died and it's too expensive to repair, you get what you can afford. Been there. It's not a fun place to be.


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Re: How fussy are you when buying a used vehicle? [Re: Duffyjr] #5386129 03/26/20 11:15 AM
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Most of my cars are sub $1k purchases, so I look for the least maintenance performed the better. That way I can do it all myself and know it's done properly.

My Passat had a recent timing belt with receipt. The thermostat (which is behind the belt) was frozen open. So I had to pull the timing belt, etc only to find that the shop that did the belt reused the old thermostat, and RTVed it back, instead of using a new $2 gasket bop

Most cars I buy get a full new suspension, brakes, belts, fluids, etc.

I would rather spend less and do the maintenance myself.


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Re: How fussy are you when buying a used vehicle? [Re: Duffyjr] #5386132 03/26/20 11:17 AM
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I guess it depends on the vehicle and how old it is.

I wanted something safe and dependable to replace our previous too-small '08 Civic coupe. I got lucky when someone posted the now-mine '15 Legacy Premium on the company board a couple of years ago. $15,750, 36k miles, NC car with no rust, 100k-miles extended warranty.

It wasn't exactly what I wanted, but I thought it was great short-term and, now that I've been in it for a couple of years I'm happy to keep it long-term.


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Re: How fussy are you when buying a used vehicle? [Re: Duffyjr] #5386135 03/26/20 11:27 AM
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I look at a lot of things- but if time is limited I look at tires, especially on a older model. If the tires are michelin- it may point to a owner that is not afraid to spend on the maintance of the vehicle. Same if I see a off brand Chinese tire- might indicate the prior owner used the lowest cost to maintain the vehicle.

Of course, carfax, where the vehicle lived, and blackbook are all items to review prior to a used car purchase.

Re: How fussy are you when buying a used vehicle? [Re: Duffyjr] #5386138 03/26/20 11:29 AM
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BigCahuna is right about having transportation whilst looking.
The best time to look for a job is when you have one.

As my 2002 Volvo V70 neared 200K I looked for a 2007-the last year of that style with the 5 cylinder.
I saw V70's in 8 states over 2 years before I found a maintained one.
So many examples had wobbly wheels and highway vibes.
An honorable mention went to a low mileage Pennsylvania beauty with an incredibly strong electrical fire smell.
Underhood was incredibly clean...the wiring looked new! I ran like a scalded dog.
Is that fussy?

Mine's been good for 3 years and 3 months so far.
The very first guy who saw and drove the '02 bought it.
He wasn't fussy per se but when he saw my complete maintenance schedule he drooled.

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Majority of the public only look at color and if it's AWD so I'm guessing I'd qualify as fussy. But by BITOG standards not very. No smoke, no rust. Has to have good parts availability, easy to work on, 4 doors.

Last time I was looking I came across a car that said it was owned by a mechanic, and the only problem was that it needed the a/c to be recharged. Yeah right--if you're a mechanic, then you charge it. So I guess I'm fussy about the ad, if it doesn't pass the sniff test then I don't bother to go further.


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Re: How fussy are you when buying a used vehicle? [Re: Duffyjr] #5386158 03/26/20 11:50 AM
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I bought my Cooper from a friend’s daughter; her family had outgrown it. It was perfect timing as the several issues that plague the N12 motor at @100k miles had all been addressed except for a VANOS solenoid. It’s a great commuter car, usually averaging over 38 mpg. It has heated seats and SiriusXM, which is all I really need in a commuter sled. If I was buying a Mini for fun it would have to be a JCW or GP, but for my sedate 24 mile round trip commute the Cooper is perfect.


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2009 Cooper Clubman
1999 Wrangler Sahara
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I keep a book in the glove box. Write down gas and mileage and date plus oil and filter,antifreeze and brakes. Everything gets documented.


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Re: How fussy are you when buying a used vehicle? [Re: vwmaniaman] #5386182 03/26/20 12:19 PM
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I keep a log in a spiral notebook for each car.


Mine:
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1999 Wrangler Sahara
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Wife's:
2015 X1 xDrive28i M Sport


Son's
2009 328i

Buy what makes you smile...
Re: How fussy are you when buying a used vehicle? [Re: Duffyjr] #5386184 03/26/20 12:21 PM
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Depends how much I'm spending on it.


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