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Old 07-23-2013, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Jersey
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Hello , I'm thinking about buying a 1999 altima with 260,000 miles . I hear that these cars are good running vehicles that last well over 200,000 miles . I test drove it this morning and it's quiet and feels smooth to drive . However , it's been properly maintained and passed a recent inspection . Good but or no ?
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Here
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Price?
You can do better than 260,000 miles.
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Jersey
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Price is $2500. It's to get me from school and work , nothing major . How long will it last ?
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:18 PM
 
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It already lasted well over 200 000 miles. Pass on it.
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:22 PM
 
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$2500 is way too much for it in my opinion. I needed a car for going to work and back due to it being somewhat far (32mi each way). I was able to find a `97 Lexus ES300 with 225k mi for $1500 and it had really good interior and everything works. I recommend looking at Nissan Sentra, Toyota Camry, or Lexus ES300. You should try to talk down the person to $1700, then it may be worth it. The timing chain is suppose to last the life of the vehicle, but at 260k mi I could see it failing and it is costly to replace it (~$400).
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:22 PM
 
Location: The Woodlands
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The only car I would risk buying with that kind of mileage is a Gen 3 or 4 Camry.
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:27 PM
 
Location: NJ = liberalism is a mental disorder!
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Hello , I'm thinking about buying a 1999 altima with 260,000 miles . I hear that these cars are good running vehicles that last well over 200,000 miles . I test drove it this morning and it's quiet and feels smooth to drive . However , it's been properly maintained and passed a recent inspection . Good but or no ?
It took me 1 year to find and lots of searching but I found a one owner 1999 Toyota Camry with 66,xxx miles for $3800 in great shape. You can do better imo - at last be no more than 150k miles if you're looking to spend less.
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Old 07-24-2013, 05:34 AM
 
Location: Walton County, GA
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I think you can do better as well. Can you afford shop fees or can/will you do most the work on it yourself?

How far is school and work? If its to short, that can bad for any motor, worse for a high mileage motor.
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Old 07-24-2013, 06:28 AM
 
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Find something else. Todays cars will run 200K without and issue but 260K is pushing it and is most likely going to be a headache..

Find yourself one with 100K on it and you'll be fine.
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Old 07-24-2013, 06:42 AM
 
Location: Maine
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If the guy was asking less than $500, it might be worth it, but $2,500? Hell no! At that age and mileage, you'll likely be facing any number of problems, and not of the nickle and dime variety either.

I wouldn't even think of spending into four digits on a car with over 200,000 miles on it, even if you are perfectly comfortable overhauling the engine and transmission yourself.
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