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Old 11-13-2011, 09:05 AM   #1
Labesa
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2006 Element EXP with 161,000 miles?

My 30 year old daughter has always wanted an Element. We now have a chance to buy a 2006 EXP in immaculate condition inside and out from it's original owner who says he has faithfully had regular maintenance done at the dealership where he bought the car. The car has 161,000 miles on it which is a bit scary. The seller is asking $9500 for the car. I may offer $7500 if, after a pre-purchase inspection at my own Honda dealer there are no deal breakers discovered. I've already called the seller's dealership and the tech I spoke with says the car seems to have been brought in regularly. Seller says heating and air-conditioning "replaced" last spring when he thought he would be keeping the car. Dealer confirmed AC compressor, cooling fan motor and relay, and heater box were replaced. Last complete serving at dealer was at 120K and there were no problems noted that were not done.

Some people I've talked to say that if the car was maintained well it should be no problem getting another 100,000 or more out of the Element with continued good maintenance. I'd like to hear that from you experts out there.

I'm thinking that if I can buy the car for $7500 I could set aside a fund of a couple of thousand dollars to help pay for potential engine or drive train problems over the next couple of years.

Should I buy this car or would it be a foolish move given it's high mileage?

Thanks for your help.
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Old 11-13-2011, 11:10 AM   #2
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Have you looked at Kelly Blue Book? seems like alot of $$ for lots of miles; though I am not an expert on cars. Mine, same year , is just now hitting 55,000 miles. it's my everyday driver and it's been on a coupla roadtrips....just sayin...

Is your daughter a single parent? drive at night? mechanically inclined? will it be a daily driver or a second car? who will be responsible for it's maintenance, you or her? Driving local only?

As a mother( and grandmother) of a 30 year old daughter these would be my thoughts.

If she's single/no kids, and will mind the maintenance = no problem.

Honda's are very dependable, and I hope to be driving mine for 200,000 +.
These are just my thoughts, others will chime in....probably with better info
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Old 11-13-2011, 04:35 PM   #3
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Thanks for your input. She's single and a strap on a tool belt sort of a girl. Not afraid to get her hands dirty. She just drove the car an absolutely loves it. Ended up buyin g it for $8,400 contingent upon Honda pre-purchase inspection.

Thanks again.
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Old 11-13-2011, 07:55 PM   #4
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Good to hear!! I wish for many miles of fun and adventure for them!! Sounds like a good fit!


I love mine, it's my "escape pod"!
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