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Should I buy this 2008 Scion xB with 230k miles on it?

Soo I am obsessed with scions and I know they have stopped making scions. I’ve been wanting one ever since I laid eyes on one. Found a decent on for $1750 and the reason why it’s $1750 is because it’s got some tiny exterior damages and it has 230k miles on it. I wanna know if it’s a good idea? Hooked it up to a code scanner and all it needs is spark plugs and obviously it’s low on oil so going to give it an oil change. What my biggest concern is, is it going to last a year? I am trying to have the vehicle last a year or two. I don’t have the funds to be doing monthly payments on a Scion currently sitting at a dealership. Probably don’t even have the credit to qualify. My point is, do you guys think it’ll last me a good year? And if it doesn’t, what should I replace on the vehicle to make it last me longer?

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  • 2 years ago

    If you only want it to last a year, it'll probably do that. It's a gamble with that many miles.

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  • 2 years ago

    The mileage is fairly high, but that is of little consequence . What is worrisome is that it is low on oil. That suggests that the car was not well maintained. Neither by the owner, nor by the dealer. If they skimped on oil changes because they do not think it is worth new oil, they may know something that you do not. Other than that, you could offer them 1/2 the asking price.

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  • 2 years ago

    If it has adjustable cam timing and the oil level is low and black best have $1000 on hand to replace the cam actuators. That's a lot of miles!

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  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    "Hooked it up to a code scanner and all it needs is spark plugs and obviously it’s low on oil". Who told you that? The dealer? Lol. Not quite. It could have low compression and then you would need a new engine. At 230K miles, there is a good chance that it might have low compression. The short answer is No.

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  • 2 years ago

    Bad idea.

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  • 2 years ago

    $1750 seems expensive.

    Just quick research on Edmunds - top of the line in that condition and mileage = should be around $1200.

    Would I expect a $1200 car to last me a year or two? You are purchasing a jalopy. It might last until next week or 5 years.

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  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    That's a lot of miles for a 10 year old car (about double the average). I wouldn't touch it without at least doing a compression test, a brake inspection, a general inspection, a very thorough test drive, and seeing some maintenance records on it.

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  • 2 years ago

    Worth paying a mechanic to do a complete inspection. Worn suspension parts can easily exceed $1,000 to replace and that's before a wheel alignment. Not a lot of life left in the engine and transmission. I would pass on it myself.

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  • 2 years ago

    its 1750 for a reason. Buy it, but dont be butthurt if it blows up next up

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