Question on 01 Avalon with 190k miles

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Old 31 Mar 2012, 01:08 am   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, I have a question on an 01 Avalon XLS. I just sold my 98 Avalon
with 275k miles that ran great but was fixing to need some big bucks put
in it. I found a one owner 01 in immaculate condition for 4900 and the
price was firm. On the 01 I talked with the owner who gave me his techs
number, I talked with the tech and he said the owner had taken great
care of the car but here was the bad. The rear main seal had a small
leak, cost of 964 to repair,the valve cover gaskets also needed
replacing, 325 bucks and the timing belt would need changing in another
10k miles. He recommened doing the valve cover gaskets immediatlely but
said he would wait on the rear seal being it was a very small leak.
Would you pass on this car? I have found some 04's with around 80-100k
miles in the 8k price range but I did not want to spend that much right
now with my budget. At the same time don't want a money pit either. I
did get 2900 for my 98 needing work and I had enough to pay the other 2k
for the 01. What do you folks think? Buy or keep looking. It is very
difficult to find a one owner with all the service records in this price
range. Buying a used car is a crap shoot and if this were not a Toyota I
would never consider a car with 190k miles for any price. Oh and the oil
and tranny have been serviced with all synthetic. new. new.

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Old 31 Mar 2012, 05:44 am   #2 (permalink)
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> Hello, I have a question on an 01 Avalon XLS. I just sold my 98 Avalon
> with 275k miles that ran great but was fixing to need some big bucks put
> in it. I found a one owner 01 in immaculate condition for 4900 and the
> price was firm. On the 01 I talked with the owner who gave me his techs
> number, I talked with the tech and he said the owner had taken great
> care of the car but here was the bad. The rear main seal had a small
> leak, cost of 964 to repair,the valve cover gaskets also needed
> replacing, 325 bucks and the timing belt would need changing in another
> 10k miles. He recommened doing the valve cover gaskets immediatlely but
> said he would wait on the rear seal being it was a very small leak.
> Would you pass on this car? I have found some 04's with around 80-100k
> miles in the 8k price range but I did not want to spend that much right
> now with my budget. At the same time don't want a money pit either. I
> did get 2900 for my 98 needing work and I had enough to pay the other 2k
> for the 01. What do you folks think? Buy or keep looking. It is very
> difficult to find a one owner with all the service records in this price
> range. Buying a used car is a crap shoot and if this were not a Toyota I
> would never consider a car with 190k miles for any price. Oh and the oil
> and tranny have been serviced with all synthetic. new. new.
>


Sounds good to me, buy it and use regular oil or the high mileage oil
and you might not have the leaking oil problems.
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