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Hi. I've been looking for an suv for <$7000 with mileage that's not terribly high and has off road capabilities. I found a 2011 Mitsubishi endeavor LS for $6300. It drives smooth and is in great shape with 130,000 miles. Big O inspected it and says it needs the timing belt (~$1000).
It also needs new tires and regular wear items like brakes and shocks.
If I can get the car for closer to $5000 and a mechanic friend does some of the work it could be a pretty good deal, assuming no big issues after purchase.
However, I know it's not a very popular vehicle and if something particular ends up needing fixed it could cost a little more because parts might be hard to find.
*If* I sell my 2001 Corolla I could potentially get back the cost of repairs for the Mitsubishi.
Is it worth it?

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Nope. 

Look for something else which doesn’t need $1000 of work (and who knows what else)..

What are your other used car options?

I've been looking for several months with very little luck. I need something that is good in mountain snow but have a limited budget.

With all the work that’s needed, try to shoot for closer to $3000. Realise you're still taking a gamble.. If the engine or transmission goes out, it’ll probably be curtains for that vehicle. What are your other options (if any)?

I offered $4300 to which he said no. My other option thus far is to wait and keep driving my 2001 Corolla.

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It sounds like it hasn't been maintained well and Mitsubishi parts are difficult to source and a bit pricey these days.

 

I would pass.

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NO

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A third no for the win.

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