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Old 08-07-2014, 08:39 AM   #1
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Looking at an Aero Wagon

I've been looking for a 9-5 wagon the past couple of weeks and found one I'm interested in, a red 2000 Aero Automatic. However, it is about 500 miles away in Virginia and I was hoping I could get some advice on what to look for, or anyone's opinion on this particular car.

The good:

It's an Aero!

It seems to be pretty clean, it has a tan interior that looks pretty good.

A lot of work has been done on it. Replacement parts in the last 10,000 to 20,000 miles include a new water pump, serpentine belt, pulleys, main seals, DIC, O2 sensors and an intercooler hose.

Tires have about 10k miles on them.

Claims synthetic oil changes every 3,500 miles

No rust


The bad:

193,000 miles on the odometer

Has a salvage title, a previous owner drove over an object damaging the oil pan and leading to a used engine with 80,000 being put in to replace the damage, the car has been driven about 100,000 miles since the used engine was put in

The typical pixel issues with the SID/ACC

No knowledge of the PCV update, but said he has had no issues with sludge

A previous accident a few years ago that showed up on the VIN check, waiting for his response



He has been pretty up front about everything and took additional pictures when I asked. It looks like a decent wagon given its age and history. Just looking for anyone's input or advice, anything else to look for, etc.

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Just because he changed the oil every 3500 doesn't mean the PO of the replacement motor did. And not knowing about the PCV update it could be a time bomb. Definitely get the pan dropped. Even if you have to pay for him to have it taken somewhere, it would be $ well spent. Miles don't scare me if the car was maintained. Accidents kinda do, but all depends. A lotta body work might look ok for a year or two, but poorly done repairs will show up sooner or later.

Oh, and aero wagons rule!
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All of that's ok or not, depending upon what you pay.

It sounds like a what, $2k-ish car?
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At that mileage expect to do all the rubber under the car / hood. (Engine mounts, bushings, wheel bearings.. etc) My wagon had 160k when I got it and all of that was pretty much shot.
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Priced right and has cooled seats, but has a salvage title.
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At that mileage expect to do all the rubber under the car / hood. (Engine mounts, bushings, wheel bearings.. etc) My wagon had 160k when I got it and all of that was pretty much shot.
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Drop the pan, clean the screen if needed and enlarge the holes, and then save up for all the likely regular maintenance items that will need to be done at this mileage.

If it was driven in the south, you might not need the bearings and subframe bushings and other wear items that get hammered by rough roads. Hope they replaced the mounts when they installed the engine, but they probably skipped it.
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