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Old 01-11-2013, 09:54 PM   #1
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Found a good deal on an EX, but it looks like it has an LX bumper on it? pic inside

so here's the pic - http://images.craigslist.org/3K53Mb3...ae0fee1e63.jpg

Everything is great about this car except I'm thinking that's not an EX bumper, it's an LX bumper. Right? What's up with that? What do you guys think?
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:13 PM   #2
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I think it's a LX bumper. Probably suffered front end damage and the LX front was cheaper.
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:43 PM   #3
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cool, will have to be sure to run a carfax if everything else checks out. as long as it's not rebuilt, i'm cool with a new bumper and it'll probably help me get it even cheaper.
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:13 PM   #4
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cool, will have to be sure to run a carfax if everything else checks out. as long as it's not rebuilt, i'm cool with a new bumper and it'll probably help me get it even cheaper.
Uh, I said this in a previous post (click on the arrow after my user name below to see the whole thread):
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Let me summarize my Carfax Rant: Carfax is crap. A couple of years ago I ran a Carfax on a car that I owned that had been in two accidents that I knew of. The Carfax came back showing no accidents.

Your car obviously has been in an accident as they don't leave the factory like that.

Also- It exhibits pretty shoddy bodywork by whoever did the repair.
The safest thing you could do is to have a pre-purchase inspection done by a reliable independent garage.
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:45 PM   #5
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Old 01-13-2013, 11:27 AM   #6
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Yeah, that front end raised the hair on the back of my neck. Can't trust it without a proper inspection.
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Old 01-13-2013, 11:56 AM   #7
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+++ on the good independent inspection. Frame, alignment - scary w/o proper info. Maybe nothing - could be costly. Good luck.
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Old 01-13-2013, 04:38 PM   #8
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The fact that the owner was too cheap to fix it the right way would make this an automatic NO for me. If he skimped on the bumper I can only imagine what else he skimped on to save money
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Old 01-13-2013, 05:52 PM   #9
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cool, will have to be sure to run a carfax if everything else checks out. as long as it's not rebuilt, i'm cool with a new bumper and it'll probably help me get it even cheaper.
Carfax won't tell you that the guy slammed into a telephone pole, sourced a used bumper from a junk yard and fixed it himself.

Carfax is becoming less and less reliable. Had a buddy of mine in the market for a used car. He went to a dealer that another friend of mine traded a car in at not too long before that. I know for a fact that this car was t-boned by a drunk driver and insurance was involved and all. Front bumper, hood, fender and the driver's side door were replaced. Covered by insurance without a problem.

The dealer showed him the carfax and it showed a clean history. No mention of the wreck whatsoever.

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Old 01-29-2013, 12:03 PM   #10
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I think it's a LX bumper. Probably suffered front end damage and the LX front was cheaper.
There's no LX or EX bumpers. For 2006 (EX-L) there was a primed or dark grey bumper options. FYI, the primered bumper (EX-L designated) is actually cheaper as it requires additional paint job. So in this case they went for a regular dark grey.
So there's NO LX bumper and the one they chose is more money but it came ready.

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