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Old 01-10-2006, 04:57 PM   #1
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Is there such a thing as a low mileage car being worse off than a high mileage one because the engine didnt have enough cycle time to circulate the oil to lubricate the parts and whatnot? There'* a 96 im looking at that has 70,000 miles on it, similarly a 93 with 100,000 miles (if I remember correctly).
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id actually have a low milage car ANYTIME over a high milage....i personally will never consider a high milage car ever
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I've heard taht if the car is older with very low miles you'll have mechanical problems becuase underuse is bad (or so I've heard). I've also heard that if the car has high miles that are all highway you should be safe becuase wear is almost zero while the engine is at operating temp. I honestly don't know. I'd prefer low miles.
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I personally would wonder why someone is getting rid of a low mileage car. In theory, it should be fine, but a theory on used cars is "You're just buying someone else'* problem". So, what kind of problems caused them to change their mind so soon??
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Its better to buy a older higher miliage car that has been continiously driven and maintained....if a car has set for several years you will have "time termite" problems with materials being degraded...gaskets, plastics, etc even though it has low miliage.



My current car sat for 4 years under a tree and has been fine so far other than gaskets failing more than usuall.


however low miliage are usually in better physical condition if they were stored in a garage a lot....no chips on hood and front, less wear on the inside, etc
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alot of times suspension components will fail rapidly on a car with low mileage, that is then driven alot, the constant sitting in one position fatigues all the joints with the constant load
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id actually have a low milage car ANYTIME over a high milage....i personally will never consider a high milage car ever
Don't be a high mileage hater. The pickup truck I gave to my dad has about 300,000 and my 1991 SSE has at least 200,000 and both still run like champs. The theory years ago was once a vehicle got close to 100,000 it would be close to death but that isn't the case anymore.

I would worry about a car that has so few miles. Although my moms car is a 1991 Buick and has only 65,000 miles but my dad drives it at least twice a week locally.
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You really need to know how the car was driven, I picked up a 91 GMC Sonoma with 74K on it and the exhaust system needed replacement due to rust. The car was driven up and down the driveway to get the mail every day and very few trips greater than 30 minutes. It also needed a tune up. I replaced the tires and the shocks, the brakes were OK. So for less than a grand I have a nice daily beater too and from work.
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I personally would wonder why someone is getting rid of a low mileage car. In theory, it should be fine, but a theory on used cars is "You're just buying someone else'* problem". So, what kind of problems caused them to change their mind so soon??
Well alot of people sell their car becuase their warrenty expires so they assume that problems will ensue or that they want the piece of mind that if anything happens it will be covered under warrenty.

There is a 96 ssei that has less that 80,000 miles on it. I dont know on the condition of the body and such since its a 50 mile trek to see it in person but the Carfax report checks out ok. I would feel more confident if it was above 80,000 miles.

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Date: Mileage:
03/14/1996 57
11/29/2000 38,000
10/26/2002 52,000
06/25/2004 61,165
09/07/2004 61,187
01/21/2005 67,000
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Look very carefully at the odometer. If it numbers are even a little crooked, multiply that mileage by 2.
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