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Re: How fussy are you when buying a used vehicle? [Re: Duffyjr] #5386224 03/26/20 01:08 PM
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When I buy a used car I dress and dirty old clothes my wife talks to the salesman I'd crawl underneath check it out I don't look at the pretty finish I want to see what's underneath oil leaks repaired surfaces Etc really freaks of salesman out to see my feet sticking out from underneath the car I actually did this also on a brand new car in the showroom freak them out
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Re: How fussy are you when buying a used vehicle? [Re: Duffyjr] #5386273 03/26/20 02:06 PM
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I, along with my girlfriend and daughter, are extremely happy with buying three HyunKias from Hertz. I'm a geezer and may never get another car. If I have to again, I think I'll probably go this route.


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Re: How fussy are you when buying a used vehicle? [Re: Duffyjr] #5386304 03/26/20 02:49 PM
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I wanted another manual Focus wagon after my buddy crashed my old one at autocross, but they are getting rare so I couldn't be as picky as I'd like. I keep telling myself not to get hung up on a particular car model but its been nice having a parts car since the new has needed a few repairs. I almost got a newer Focus hatch but our autocross venue has some walls and I'd rather smash $2000 than $8000 if the worst happens again...


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Re: How fussy are you when buying a used vehicle? [Re: Duffyjr] #5386325 03/26/20 03:46 PM
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Depends, honestly all the fuss in the world doesn’t prevent a major repair from happening, but it’s good to do some homework.

Tires are a HUGE deal breaker...if you need tires you just lost yourself $400-$700, so don’t downplay that. Important to crawl under the car with a flashlight and take a look, if not you might be buying yourself a rust bucket with a whole in the frame (hello used Nissans). I’ll check the paint and NEVER EVER if the car is wet (rain drops will hide everything), next thing you know you get the car home and there’s a scratch from bumper to bumper.

CarFax is important...if that thing has been in any sort of accident, walk away. Because you’ll take a pounding when you try to sell the thing. Trust me.

Don’t ever believe the whole...it’s all highway miles. It’s not. And ask about maintenance, you can get a good idea what they’re like and what they’ve done just by asking questions and talking to them (if records aren’t available).


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Re: How fussy are you when buying a used vehicle? [Re: IndyIan] #5386337 03/26/20 04:01 PM
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Originally Posted by IndyIan
I wanted another manual Focus wagon after my buddy crashed my old one at autocross, but they are getting rare so I couldn't be as picky as I'd like. I keep telling myself not to get hung up on a particular car model but its been nice having a parts car since the new has needed a few repairs. I almost got a newer Focus hatch but our autocross venue has some walls and I'd rather smash $2000 than $8000 if the worst happens again...

Yikes! Totalled the car at Autocross? Walls? Not good.

Aside: if it's a 1.9 engine it'd be an IB5 (???) transaxle; if it's a 2.0 litre you're after it'd be an MTX75 box. The latter is quite a job to repair but quite durable. The former has nice ratio spread, easy to repair.


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Re: How fussy are you when buying a used vehicle? [Re: Duffyjr] #5386352 03/26/20 04:38 PM
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I love a car that needs tires. I have my own machine and can get deals on new & used rubber.

In fact, I love buying a car from the ADD-addled personality that sells a car that needs tires. They generally make bad financial decisions which helps those who interact with said people. Got a saturn for $250 with a stuck-open thermostat (no heat) and bald tires, owner bought a jeep because they "needed" the upgrade for winter. Gave the car to my BIL who proceeded to put 70k miles on it in 15 months driving down to Boston every day back when gas was $4/gallon until he blew the motor.

I want a car so shagged out that I "get the story" and it adds up as to why it's being sold. A $10k car has a lot of room for a flipper to hide issues. So I buy brand new or clapped out, nothing in between. LOL

Re: How fussy are you when buying a used vehicle? [Re: Duffyjr] #5386358 03/26/20 04:50 PM
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I’m VERY VERY fussy and picky.
Took me 4 months to buy the right car for my wife and apparently so far it was a great buy. Let time be your friend not your enemy when spending hard earned money.

Re: How fussy are you when buying a used vehicle? [Re: Duffyjr] #5386382 03/26/20 05:18 PM
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I tend to keep my vehicles for long term (10+ years) so I am pretty fussy about finding exactly what I want and need, in good condition. That way I won't regret the purchase.

I may live out my life never buying a new vehicle, I just can't stomach that initial depreciation hit and I'm not yet independently wealthy enough that I don't care about that loss.


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Re: How fussy are you when buying a used vehicle? [Re: Lolvoguy] #5386542 03/26/20 08:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Lolvoguy
Depends how much I'm spending on it.


This!!!

Re: How fussy are you when buying a used vehicle? [Re: spavel6] #5386651 03/26/20 10:39 PM
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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.


This is me to a tee. I prefer to do my own as well because I suffer from the “if you want it done right...”disease.


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Re: How fussy are you when buying a used vehicle? [Re: DGXR] #5386654 03/26/20 10:41 PM
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Originally Posted by DGXR
I tend to keep my vehicles for long term (10+ years) so I am pretty fussy about finding exactly what I want and need, in good condition. That way I won't regret the purchase.

I may live out my life never buying a new vehicle, I just can't stomach that initial depreciation hit and I'm not yet independently wealthy enough that I don't care about that loss.


This as well. I never gave a second thought to buying a new vehicle simply because I would know the history behind said vehicle(s). Now that I am more handy with my own maintenance that is.


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Re: How fussy are you when buying a used vehicle? [Re: Convert] #5386688 03/27/20 12:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Convert
When I buy a used car I dress and dirty old clothes my wife talks to the salesman I'd crawl underneath check it out I don't look at the pretty finish I want to see what's underneath oil leaks repaired surfaces Etc really freaks of salesman out to see my feet sticking out from underneath the car I actually did this also on a brand new car in the showroom freak them out


Yeah, they were freaked out because no one else does this. They probably thought you were a nut job.

For me, I was very picky. Took me 6 months to finally find the car I wanted. Basically I was looking for one that had many of the options I wanted. It's impossible to find one with all of them but I did get one that had many more than most. Tires, maintenance didn't really factor into it. The used car came with a 60 day warranty from the dealer so I didn't bother checking it out that much, did that afterward at a dealer and the problems they found were covered under the 60 day warranty.

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Originally Posted by Duffyjr
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.



Couple of years ago we were looking for a " road car " . Eventually found a 2006 Buick Lacrosse 3.8l with 36,000 + miles on the clock . We really like it . :-)


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I spent over a year looking for a replacement for my MS3. A Mustang GT Premium with the Performance Package and an STI were the primary new contenders, while on the used side I looked at a Boss 302, a Camaro SS 1LE, a Challenger SRT, an Elise, and an E39 M5. I ended up with a CPO M235i; fresh off a two year lease. It had a full BMW service history and was nailed to the floor at an Ohio dealer because it was January and the car was RWD- the common “wisdom” apparently being that driving a RWD car on anything but a dry straight road is akin to playing Russian Roulette with a revolver loaded with five bullets.


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Re: How fussy are you when buying a used vehicle? [Re: Cdn17Sport6MT] #5386951 03/27/20 11:00 AM
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Originally Posted by IndyIan
I wanted another manual Focus wagon after my buddy crashed my old one at autocross, but they are getting rare so I couldn't be as picky as I'd like. I keep telling myself not to get hung up on a particular car model but its been nice having a parts car since the new has needed a few repairs. I almost got a newer Focus hatch but our autocross venue has some walls and I'd rather smash $2000 than $8000 if the worst happens again...

Yikes! Totalled the car at Autocross? Walls? Not good.

Aside: if it's a 1.9 engine it'd be an IB5 (???) transaxle; if it's a 2.0 litre you're after it'd be an MTX75 box. The latter is quite a job to repair but quite durable. The former has nice ratio spread, easy to repair.

Our best autocross venue is a 1/2 mile oval track which is quite fun and worth the risk in my old beaters! My friend would've been fine if he got on the brakes earlier but I think he missed them when he first started to lose it... I did find an 06 SE to replace the 07 SES, the 06 should be better with no sun roof, or leather, and even no ABS. Both my wagons have had the 2.0 duratec with the mtx75, and the trans does seem to have good ratios for autocross, just needs a taller 5th for the hwy.


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