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I am planning to buy a 2004 Eclipse which has 119k miles on it and the dealer doesn't know whether the timing belt is changed. So any suggestions???? I liked the car a lot....

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Tell them to change it, and you will buy it.

Posted on Oct 14, 2010

  • mail2ramarao Oct 14, 2010

    It was a trade in vehicle and the dealer says its worth of $7500 (KBB value) and I am selling for $5500 so he doesn't wanna bother about all these maintainance stuff...



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