Should I buy a 2004 Lexus RX 330 with rack and pinion steering leak?

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Old 17 Dec 2013, 06:55 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default Should I buy a 2004 Lexus RX 330 with rack and pinion steering leak?

I went to a Lexus dealership in Texas to look at a 2004 Lexus RX 330, as I have heard that they are reliable It has 80,000 miles They were asking $15,500. I offered 14,500 on the condition that a independent mechanic looks at it. The mechanic said that it was good with the exception of a slight rack and pinion steering leak and that the battery was weak. Probably because it hadn't been driven lately He said that it didn't need replacing but within a year or two. My mechanic at home said that it would cost $1600 to replace, and that they should go down at least another $1000. They did go down another $500. The salesman said that they could not go down any further, as it was normal to have a slight leak, and they replaced the timing belt and water pump. My sister wants me to buy it, because it only has 80,000 miles, and have it fixed. I have noticed that Car Fax reports other RXs have had to have it replaced around the same mileage. I have also seen others with a clean report with only maintenance.

My sister is used to leasing a car every two years.

I have missed out on other clean RXs, as I have thought the price was too high.

Thank you!
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