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Old 02-12-2013, 03:54 PM  
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Need opinions on this vehicle

2000 Ford Explorer XLT V6 178K miles
ABS light doesn't go out
may need converter but not certain

Brakes are good
has a little rust on the rear fender but nothing really bad and the paint has oxidation

Muffler recently replaced. Still waiting for answers regarding if the engine or tranny have ever been overhauled.

This is mostly highway miles to Kentucky and back.

They are asking 1500
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:12 PM   #31
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Who ****ing cares? It's $1,500. If it was a total lemon, it never would have made it 178k miles. If it lasts long enough to get home, that's a victory.

Seriously, the thing is living in the bonus round. Just assume that it could go tits up at any moment, and prepare to spend another $1,500. At that price point, you're really just hoping to get lucky.
this is where I'm at too. For 1500 anyone should expect to have to spend a little money to keep driving it
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:28 PM   #32
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Who ****ing cares? It's $1,500. If it was a total lemon, it never would have made it 178k miles. If it lasts long enough to get home, that's a victory.

Seriously, the thing is living in the bonus round. Just assume that it could go tits up at any moment, and prepare to spend another $1,500. At that price point, you're really just hoping to get lucky.
Agreed. I'm just thinking spending $1,500 on an Explorer might not be your best bet. In particular because he said his son just totaled his last vehicle. I just searched craigslist around the KC area and found a few Accords and Carolas for reasonable prices. I would advise going that direction as opposed to the Explorer. Just my .02
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:29 PM   #33
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:06 PM   #34
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Are you from around the KC area Guru?
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Agreed. I'm just thinking spending $1,500 on an Explorer might not be your best bet. In particular because he said his son just totaled his last vehicle. I just searched craigslist around the KC area and found a few Accords and Carolas for reasonable prices. I would advise going that direction as opposed to the Explorer. Just my .02
KC really isn't on my list because I can't arrange for mechanical inspections on my time. Working nights just doesn't allow that kind of scheduling. Plus, If I am driving all the way to KC for a car, I plan on coming back with a car that day. Which really isn't a good way to used car shop.

Based on the way this thread is going, I don't plan on further considering this now BTW. One of the many reasons I love this place!!!!
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:11 PM   #35
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Where did I say it had tranny questions? I just don't know if it has ever been overhauled is what I said.

We need something cheap for the kid since he killed the last car. I can't find shit under 3000 that doesn't have over 120k as it is.
My friend is the GM of Honda of Lake Jackson.

I'm looking for a cheap reliable cash car so I can get rid of my 2009 Lexus.

He said even pieces of shit are expensive now because it's a seller's market because of the tax refunds coming in.
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:14 PM   #36
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the only reason I am even entertaining this is the price isn't bad. Definitely NOT my first choice.
Find a nice used Honda or Toyota.
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:19 PM   #37
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Find a nice used Honda or Toyota.
He can't afford 4k and up.
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:24 PM   #38
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One thing I will never understand is how people can car shop on Ebay and Yahoo then drive 2000 miles to pick it up. You don't even know what you are getting and you already agreed to buy it?
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:27 PM   #39
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A far safer bet, and dirt cheap.

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Old 02-12-2013, 10:30 PM   #40
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A far safer bet, and dirt cheap.

http://topeka.craigslist.org/cto/3574256119.html
I'll call on it but I bet it has over 200k miles on it. the wording of the ad gives me pause too. Whenever they say nothing is wrong with it there is usually something wrong they don't want you to know about.
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:31 PM   #41
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I'll call on it but I bet it has over 200k miles on it.
So?
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:32 PM   #42
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Just go drive it. Watch the temp gage and check for cv noise.
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One of the first cars we looked at last year they posted a picture that was 4 months out of date. Failed to mention it had been wrecked in a race and needed all kinds of engine work.

couldn't get away from him fast enough.
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I don't want a car that I have to worry about replacing an engine or tranny right out of the gate. I don't give a crap how good the rep of Honda and Toyota are.
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I don't want a car that I have to worry about replacing an engine or tranny right out of the gate. I don't give a crap how good the rep of Honda and Toyota are.
Anecdote- i sold my 91 accord to the kid down the street 3 years ago. I see it driving past my house every day of the week. Had 220,000 on it when i sold it. It has been my experience that you will get your money's worth from that type of car. Or keep considering shit like explorers.
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