Looking to buy a 2004 Toyota Corolla S with over 190k miles on it. The price for the car is 6,500. The vehicle has had regular check ups, and has all highway miles. It has a timing chain so, that won't need to be changed. I will need this car to last me for at least the next 5 years. I spoke with my mechanic today and he said not worth the risk. What should I do?
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smart guy yes scan codes ,will tell you a lot , and--- price look at auto site (NADA) and kelly blue book one might be high and one low in price for car just do the math, and that should give you a better idea of what to pay .good luck
These vehicles are not reliable at this age and mileage (nor were they when near new) so you will be buying yourself a repair bill unless a heap of items on the vehicle have been renewed.
At 192000 miles the vehicle is passed it's useful life.
There are numerous problems from bad axle seals to engine and transmission issues, brake problems, various electrical problems, fuel pump failures etc etc. You need to check everything especially the auto which will fail and is not cheap to replace.
High mileage vehicles are rarely a decent buy and are cheap to purchase for a reason.
your best bet is to get a used ecm form a salvage yard it should cost you about 200 dollars that is far cheaper than going to a dealership or a parts store. generally that is what i do when i replace ecms. there are plenty of wrecked vehicles and the ecm is good in them so why pass it up to get a part that cost brand new about 1500 dollars.. goodl luck. please rate this
If you buy this car, you should change the timing belt asap. Check Edmonds, and other internet sites for average prices, (197k miles brings the price down for sure, internet sites should give an amount to deduct for the miles) average for this year is around 70k). The fog light and small dent aren't big issues, but deduct the cost of timing belt change from prices you get on the internet. Good Luck coountrycurt0
If most of the miles were done on the highway, that is a good thing. If most were stop and go, then I would shy away from buying it. If you continue with the oil changes at 3000 miles and keep the car up on maintenance, you'll see alot more miles out of this car. It should be a really good one for a college commuter. I wouldn't hesitate in buying this car.