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What would you buy? Poll is created on Aug 04, 2021

  
  

2007 Lexus with 175K miles worth it?

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Looking at a used 2007 Lexus IS 250, 175K miles, manual transmission, at a dealership for about $7000. Accident reported. I'll be moving down to Pensacola for the Navy, so I don't have a trusted mechanic who can take a look anymore. What would you do? Would it be better to spend more to buy something with less wear? I really want a 2018 Honda Civic Si, but I am trying to avoid taking out a loan. 

 

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I would avoid the Lexus for the sake that it has been in a accident. Also, since it's from the dealer, they are hiding even more than just an accident with that many miles. I would try to avoid the Civic Si because some people drive the heck out of them.

Thank you! Let me know any good recommendations for a manual transmission car.  Anything fun, reliable up to $20,000.

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I agree with kesterpaul62 above.  Also, the 2018 Honda Civic Si has the 1.5L turbocharged I4 and while Honda claims to have addressed the oil dilution issue in those with a software update, the jury is still out on the longevity of those engines.  I am not sure how long you plan to keep your cars, but if it’s for a long time with well past 100,000 miles then I would avoid that vehicle just because long term reliability is unknown of those engines.  Aside from that, whichever car you get with a manual will always run the risk of being bashed and that’s why you need a really good, independent mechanic to thoroughly check it out before you buy.  Also, seek only 1-owner used manual transmission cars for that reason as probability of abuse goes up with more previous owners.

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