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Old 14 May 2013, 01:01 pm
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Default 2006 Acura TL for $13/$14 thousand?

I already asked this question but i need as many opinions as i can get. lol















So I am going to college next year and i need a car. I was looking at cars today and found the Acura TL for $14 thousand. Im sure i can bargain it down to $13 thousand. The car is 7 years old and has 80 thousand miles on it. (11,428 miles per year) It is however in impeccable condition. It seems that the owner took care of it as it has no scratches and looks brand new. My uncle drove it yesterday and he said that it drives as if its a brand new car. (it has a very good engine and has about 300 horsepower)































My father however doesnt want to buy it. He thinks my uncle is crazy for wanting us to buy a 7 year old car w/ 80 thousand miles on it, even though its $14. (It would be around $45 thousand if it were a brand new car) My uncle said that it will easily last 10 years if i maintain it.































I really want this car over the other cars my dad has been looking for me. (hes been looking at new cars that are around the $12 thousand range)















My question is, will it be worth it to buy the Acura? It is a beautiful car and i really want it.
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Old 14 May 2013, 01:20 pm
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Before committing to any vehicle, make sure you invest in a carfax report and also run the VIN in a background check to make sure the vehicle is clear (if you are purchasing from a private seller). Check the Kelly Blue Book Value on the vehicle. On the very basic model, with 80K in my area from a private seller is fair condition it is $12,951. However, I think your dad is more worried about trade-in value and what may need to be fixed shortly down the road. If you know someone would is mechanically-inclined, I would purchase the vehicle. My husband and I purchased an 03 Chevy Impala for $3500 with 110K miles. We had a vibration in it and after replacing several parts, we pinned it for the engine mounts. My husband did all the work so we only spend a grand in fixing the vehicle. (like I said we replaced SEVERAL parts). With labor it would have easily doubled. Without actually looking at the vehicle, if it is not leaking oil, runs well with no ticking or knocks in the engine, I say it would be fine.































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Old 14 May 2013, 01:31 pm
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If you're considering a 06 then I would definitely look for an 07 instead.. The 04 to 06 had transmission problems and in 07 it was completely redesigned and very durable,, also keep in mind that it's due for its timing belt at 7 years or 105k miles whichever comes first,, good luck with your decision..(the timing belt job would be about a thousand dollars and if the 06 has not been done it is due)
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Old 14 May 2013, 01:50 pm
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never buy a car older then 6 years for more then 10 grand, Its not worth it keep looking.
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Old 14 May 2013, 02:02 pm
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Yes, and it will easily last another 10 years like your uncle said. It can last even longer in my opinion.































This is one of the most reliable luxury cars you can buy.































However, make sure you understand ownership costs.















This car requires premium gas, 92-93 octane gas. If you try to use mid grade or regular gas, the engine will die from what is called "Engine Knocking", or "Pre-Combustion". This happens in powerful high compression engines like the one in the Acura. Premium gas prevents that from happening.
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Old 14 May 2013, 02:16 pm
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80,000 is nothing for an Acura and 13-14 grand is a great price for what you described. I would much rather have a used TL than a new car in the 12k range. You are pretty limited with that. The only new car that really pops out at me at that price point is the Chevy Spark but honestly, it's a little lame and can't compare with a used TL in most any category including resale and probably reliability. I guess your insurance and gas would be cheaper, that's it. Insurance on a TL is actually pretty awesome considering the power you get.
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Old 14 May 2013, 02:33 pm
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Acuras are made by honda so they are very reliable, 80,000 doesn't seem too bad to me but everyone has a different opinion on what mileage is too high for them. i would research common problems and how much they cost to fix on the car and look at the car fax to see if they have occurred, a good site to check this is on msn autos
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