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Re: Thinking of buying this car
Got my GL 320 CDI in Jan. Drove it to Amelia Island, FL this Easter from Michigan and had 2500 miles at the time. 500 miles into the trip, 2 problems showed up. 1. low oil level warning indicator went on a total of 6-7 times for the round trip. I suspect the dealer I got it from did not hand over the veh to me with a full tank of oil. I had to put in 2 quarts on the way to FL. Had it checked at a MB dealer in JAX and they said there was no leak. The low oil level warning came on again on our trip back to MI but the oil levels were full. 2. The worst problem was that the shock absorber on my right rear wheel was defective. Noticed the problem on the way to FL when I stopped to check the oil level. Watch out for a metal-to-metal grinding noise. It is not the brakes! We had a fully loaded vehicle with 4 occupants and a Thule luggage carrier on top. I didn't know the shock absorber was the problem until I had the Jacksonville dealer take a look at it. Found out there are over 70+ SA's on backorder across the US. Tells me there may be a defective shock absorber problem. Since I needed a new one right away to make the return trip to MI, the dealer pulled a GL off their lot and transferred the SA to my vehicle. Thank God! Drove fine the rest of the way ty that may stress the front end bushings, etc.
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Why bother buying something with a problem? Get the owner to take it with you to a transmission shop and get their take on it and potential cost. Then get that knocked off the price if you really really want to buy it. My advice is that there are thousands out there, why buy a dog?
That all depends on previous owners maintenance. Overall, they were a very reliable cars. Before you buy you might have an independent shop do an inspection for you, so you know what you have going in.
It means the current owner has set a speed warning, this can be set to beep at nearly any speed. It can be done through the vehicle following the owners manual. It is normal and more importantly can be turned off.
When buying a 2nd hand vehicle always be very careful of the vehicles condition.
It is a very wise idea to ask the seller if you can have the vehicle for a short time, and schedule an appointment at a garage that you trust.
Tell the service writter that you are thinking about bying the vehicle, and would like them to do an inspection...normally inspections will consist of compression testing in the cylinders to determine if there is any ring damage, or other problems.
You do have the option of asking to speak with the previous owner, if you're buying the vehicle from a dealer...most, but not all previous owners will tell you the truth about the vehicles upkeep, and any problems they had, or have.
Depending on how the previous owner/s used, and maintained the vehicle will determine if the vehicle is worth the money.
REMEMBER this point when you shop for a vehicle.........if there is something wrong with the vehicle, or you can't speak to the previous owner, or the seller won't let your mechanic inspect the vehicle..there is always another vehicle down the road patiently waiting for you.
The money you spend having your mechanic inspect the the vehicle is well worth it...it sure beats sitting on the side of the road waiting for a tow ttruck..
f you are thinking of buying a used Chevrolet Spectrum be sure to see if there are any manufacture recalls for the car that you should be aware of. The NHTSA compiles a list of all reported problems from car owners all over the country and if there is a defective part, they will release a recall with instructions on how and where to get it fixed. Many times these fixes are free but be sure to check out the recall history of the cars you are interested in before you make your final decision.