Im about to buy a car, and the owner says, the car has a little over 159,000 miles. Should I buy it? Why are my future concerns?

Asked by Jul 15, 2013 at 09:40 PM about the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta GLS

Question type: General

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Should you buy it? In my honest opinion, absolutely NOT. It's a 12 year old German car with high mileage and it will likely become a money pit for you. German cars are much more costly to repair than Japanese or American cars. Some unexpected repairs may include: fan control module, power steering pressure hose, timing chain. If you must have a Jetta, ante up a little more $$ and get a newer one.

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if funds are limited, the car runs good now,the price is low enough to say cost less scrap of about 350 warrants several months of use, what else can you buy that is not a gamble, beyond that your ahead! to do that with a 01 Jetta, cost would have to be about 1000$.

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Original owner? he maintained the car? has records? do you like it? Are you a gambler? Nothing we say here can change the odds- that's a lot of miles- roll the dice, 7 come 11

Okay I appreicate your answers, Now question, I like it a lot, i got see it in person this weekend, the owner says " Starter winds sometimes at startup. and needs rear bushings, and also has 2 code in the system: P0411 secondary air injection and P1128 Mass air meter" Can Someone please let me know what all those mean? and is it expensive to fix? and his selling it for $1800 to me. He told me its easy and not expensive to fix. IS that True? Please help,so i know what is going on since im not an mechanic Thank You

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It has been my experience that no matter what used car you buy, you will spend about $1500-2500 in repairs within the first year. This has less to do with the quality of the vehicle and more to do with driving patterns and habits as you will wear differently on the vehicle and this will cause failures and issues. I have always found that German cars in particular are much more stable as used vehicles. The original tolerances and manufacture are very good, and that translates down the line of usage. In answer to your second question, Will the current owner be willing to make the repairs prior to your purchase and split or add the costs to your purchase price? Easy is a relative term when it comes to mechanical issues. If you are not a mechanic, talk to the one that will be doing the work and get an estimate prior to purchasing, take the car to him for a pre-purchase inspection and see if the current owner missed anything. This may add to your bargaining power in the purchase or help you av oid a huge mistake.

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Don't buy it- too many things wrong- he doesn't want to fix it- take a guess why! It's as expensive as sin to repair

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