my friend is selling her 2003 Chev Impala. It has only had one
previous owner prior to her which was her father thru his business.
It is perfect shape, it is a top of the line in that make/model,
interior is immaculant ! All maintenance has been kept up on it.
Catalayct converter and o2 sensors are the only replacing it has
required. I am looking to buy it from her as my daughters (16yrs old)
first car. My hang up is the mileage, most of which was put on from
her father who travels for his business, its all interstate miles. I
just want to know if I should be concerned about it. My daughter would
use for travel locally for school & college. I was hoping to get at
least a good 4-5 years out of it. Let me know your thoughts.
You always hear about highway miles. A mile is still a mile, the rear end,
motor,suspension,bearings,brakes, interior and transmission ALL have the
same122,000 miles on it. I would not depend on it . If you could afford it I
would look for a lower mileage vehicle. I have 2 girls and both have cars
with alot less mileage.My rule of thumb is: I do not put my kids in a car I
would not drive myself. Hope this helps you make a decision.
It still has another 40,000 to 80,000 or more miles left in it. As always,
used cars are a crap shoot. May never have a problem, but it could die
If you truly want my thoughts:
My kids had to buy their own cars and they appreciated them better for that
reason. I'd not allow a 16 year old to have a car anyway and my kids later
appreciated that wisdom also. I don't want to hear that "my daughter is
very responsible" either. I've raised my kids and I was one myself a long
time ago. I know what they do with cars. My daughter was rougher than my
Your kids, your life, your decision. Good luck with it.
Edwin is right about the mileage left in that car - and maybe even a bit
conservative. At 122,000 though, it's going to take some maintenance time
and money to get those remaining miles out of it. If you aren't the
wrenching type (and I can almost be certain that you're not by your very
question here), then you're going to be shelling out some hard earned cash
for those repairs. It may not be the huge repairs, but you'll almost
certainly be hit with $200-$300 here and there, on too regular a basis.
Many of us keep our cars for twice the mileage that this car has on it, and
don't pour a ton of money into them - or else we wouldn't keep them! It's
very high mileage to be stepping into and I guess what I'm saying is that if
I put that kind of mileage on a car I am a lot more comfortable with it than
I am with buying a car at that mileage.
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