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Looking into one used - 110k miles. What should I look into?

Is there an easy way to tell if a vehicle had the recall work done that was required of it? I know there was a brake light recall on this model.




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Like the commercial says: Get the Car Fax.
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Why would you buy ANY 13 year old car?



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I need to replace the Kia Sportage, and I drive 4 miles a day. I don't need a new car to do that.




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With a four mile commute and if you have covered parking, purchase some rain gear and get a scooter. Considering the wear, tear, and insurance, plus the gas mileage, you'll save a bundle. Plus they're fun as HELL to ride.

Even with the rain, I saw a ton of them in Portland.
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C'mon!! Check out these guys (myersmotors.com) -- the poster model on the splash page is already Cheddar Cheese Orange! It's calling to you! And if that doesn't out-funky a Beetle, I'm not sure what would.
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One of the more annoying (and hard to tell) things to find out is if the previous owners replaced the window winders, which were originally made with a plastic part that easily broke, leaving you with a stuck window in any random position.

VW effectively extended the warranty on the part (when my driver's side broke, they replaced both sides for free), but I don't know if they extended it THAT long.

Short of that, nothing major ever happened with mine, and I drove mine to 200,000 miles. Mine was the 1.8 turbo.

Or better yet, find a cheap used Toyota Corolla. Great gas mileage and they almost never break down.

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    Originally posted by Mr Heel II


    Or better yet, find a cheap used Toyota Corolla. Great gas mileage and they almost never break down.




My roommate has a 1996 that is his daily driver and the only car he has ever owned. It has well over 150k miles and the only problems he has is that his starter motor went out once and he has a clutch that he will have to replace soon. It has almost no friction zone now and it only engages/disengages when it's fully pressed. I tried to drive it once and it was an odd experience.

Other than that, it's going strong. Regular preventative maintenance goes a long way.



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    Originally posted by Zeruel
      Originally posted by Mr Heel II


      Or better yet, find a cheap used Toyota Corolla. Great gas mileage and they almost never break down.




    My roommate has a 1996 that is his daily driver and the only car he has ever owned. It has well over 150k miles and the only problems he has is that his starter motor went out once and he has a clutch that he will have to replace soon. It has almost no friction zone now and it only engages/disengages when it's fully pressed. I tried to drive it once and it was an odd experience.

    Other than that, it's going strong. Regular preventative maintenance goes a long way.


I agree. with a little luck and care they are good for 300,000 miles, especially a five speed. plus the older ones have the advantage of fewer electric gizmos to break.

I even got 275,000 mile out of a 1983 Nissan Sentra.



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Carfax is important.

Also, make sure the water pump and timing belt has been replaced. Thats a biggie.



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