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Old 01-02-2013, 11:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys. I'm in some desperate need of advice here. I've been searching for a car to buy and came across a 2005 Elantra GT Hatchback (automatic) with 153,000 miles on it.

The body is in good shape, the car sounds good from what I can tell. I test drove it and they dealership said they still need to replace the cv joint axle. They also said they would check to see if there were any other issues that needed to be fixed.

They are selling it for $3995 and won't budge on the price.

My question is is 153,000 miles a lot for an elantra? Will it last for over 200,000 miles or more? It seems like a decent car, I just don't want it to be undrivable in a couple years. I know it depends a lot on the previous owners, but if I don't have that information is this a good buy? Will I be able to sell it with over 200,000 miles for a decent price?

Any info anyone can give me would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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Suggested retail in excellent condition is roughly $6000 (kbb).....trade in values range from $2800 to $1600. Personally, I wouldn't...but it is your choice. Used cars are coming at a really high premium right now.
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I know it depends a lot on the previous owners
At that mileage, it depends almost entirely on how the previous owners treated the car. Any advice here would be almost useless without service records.

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Will I be able to sell it with over 200,000 miles for a decent price?
Define decent? I can't imagine any car with > 200k miles brings in much cash, even in this market.
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Hmm, yea the miles are the only thing holding me back from being 100% on this car. Anyone else have any thoughts?
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I feel like that's a little high for a car of that age. My best friend drives a 1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue that has the same amount of miles, and she makes long trips across the state of Oregon to visit her family quite often. So, what the former owner of this GT was doing, I don't even know!
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I'm pretty sure that this thread belongs in the XD(2001-2006) Elantra subforum. Typically, folks have posted the latter one for older GT discussions.

At any rate, it's a tad confusing, so no harm done either way!
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Oh okay. Sorry about that. At any rate, I appreciate the thoughts on this!
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No apology necessary. It is confusing because we have never had a subforum for the older Elantra GT, nor for the last-gen Elantra Touring. People just posted in the regular Elantra subforums matching the year of their car. The fact that there is a subforum for the new GT is a newer thing, and mostly came by request of members. Glad that the admins decided to do it, though, as it has been a success.
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Sounds like a lot of money for a car with 7 years and 153k miles. Elantra is a bargain basement car. It's okay to get you from point a to b, but it rides rough, it's noisy. At 153k, a lot of parts should have been replaced by now, or will require replacing soon. Especially in a place like Rochester, which is rust-bucket country. Elantra has rust issues too. I'd be looking for a car with 100 k for that much money. You'd be better off buying a Subaru, which is a much more substantial car with better quality for the same price.
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One of the problems with cars off the dealer's lot, is that they have been "sanitized" and any evidence of problems, removed. I would feel much more confident in the same car if I were buying it from the original owner, AND he/she had complete service records indicating regular service.
What about the timing belt? These are interference engines, and if the belt breaks, the engine is toast. Can they show when it was last replaced? Maybe they would replace it for you now.
How does the transmission oil look? Probably they replaced it, so it should look good, but if it is dark and smells burnt, be warned.

Would they object if you said you wanted to take it to a mechanic of your choice for a PPI ( Pre Purchase Inspection)? If they object--run!!!! If not pay someone a hour for a thorough inspection. At the least it buys you some peace of mind, at the worst it helps you avoid a disaster.
Expect to put some money into ANY used car in the first year you own it. It is likely the previous owner delayed maintenance since they knew they were selling/trading. Coming off a dealer's lot, all 4 tires should be new and match, no evidence of leaking at shocks or struts--so those items should be OK. Give it a thorough test drive--listen for rattles and other odd noises.
As a bench mark, my 2003 Elantra with almost 100,000 miles is still tight and solid. I had a chance for a "spirited" driving on some back roads, yesterday, and it brought a smile to my face. It still feels too good to trade in.
One more point to illustrate---For the last 2 years at work, the company vehicle was a 1999 Jeep Cherokee with 200,000 plus miles. I drove it happily--as it cost me nothing. I did a little maintenance on it--shocks and sway bar bushings and oil changes, and was happy with it. Then, about 4 months ago, it developed several unrelated issues at the same time. The company scraped it and gave me another Jeep Cherokee from the fleet--a 2001. It was a totally different experience--this one felt NEW, tight and solid. I did not realize how "used up" the old one felt until I drive the newer one. It did have less than 1 third the miles, and they made a difference. The point is drive several comparable vehicles to make sure you know how it should feel.
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