I'm looking at a 2009 ford flex limited with 148k miles on it. My fear is once I drive it off the lot I'm going to start having engine problems. Any thoughts?
With that mileage don't buy it unless you have documented vehicle maintenance records. It should also have had it's timing chain(s) replaced. Buying a high mileage car from a dealer is never a good idea.
I would agree with you. The dealer is telling me that the car was well taken care of - all the maintaince was done there.
Have your mechanic look it over before you make a deal for piece of mind.
If it's not documented, don't trust them. I'm not opposed to high-mileage cars, but only when I know and trust the previous owner - like a reputable service department. I buy high-mile fleet vehicles on a regular basis, some departments I trust to have kept good care of their cars, others I know are lousy and never took care of their cars and wouldn't touch them with a ten foot pole. In your case, it's a car dealer trying to make a sale and unload a high-mileage car that would be a tough sale. Some dealers don't even bother trying to unload those to a customer and instead send them off to the auto auctions.
It was the dealers shuttle car.
Get them to include an extended warranty if you buy it. I personally would not buy a high mileage used car unless it was cheap and really clean. I have Fords with more than 175,000 on them that run like new.
Take it on a good long test drive. None of the once around the block stuff. Get them to let you take it over night or at least for a 20 mile drive.
I agree with the extended warranty. I did that with a vw toureg that I bought 2 yrs ago. Problem was 2 months after buying it it ended in the shop with engine problems. That is my fear with this. They won't let me take it on a longer drive.
And now I have a repo on my credit when I turned the car back in to the refinance company.
If they won't allow a long test drive then walk.
I am still debating, the price is right and I like the car I just don't want to get screwed again