Higher-mile SportCross with cosmetic issue worth $5500?
I tried to submit this yesterday, but it didn't go through. Hopefully this doesn't end up a duplicate.
I've been looking for a few months to find a IS300 SportCross for a DD. I'm looking to spend $6-7k, so I'm mostly considering higher-mile vehicles.
I've had my eye on one for a while, but it's about a 9hr drive from me, so I want to get your opinion before I make the drive to check it out in person.
It's listed for $5500, and it has just over 200k miles. Clean title, interior looks to be in great condition (except some wear on the steering wheel), and the exterior is in great shape too - with one exception. After a parking lot fender-bender, the front left fender was replaced and repainted, and the color is a noticeably different shade.
It sounds like a lot of maintenance has been recently done, including timing belt, water pump, thermostat, and a bunch of suspension components. My only reservation on that front is that it has upgraded springs and adjustable ball joints, which makes me wonder if it's been driven hard (the blacked-out front emblem suggests this too).
Also, the seller doesn't want to take it to a mechanic for an inspection, which gives me a little bit of pause.
Here's the info I've gotten from the seller about the car:
Is the check engine light on? No
Are there any abnormal vibrations as you drive, even at a narrow range of speeds? No
Does the transmission shift normally? Yes
Does the engine ever bog or hesitate at WOT? No
Are there any fluid leaks (oil, coolant, transmission fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid)? Particularly, oil leaks at the camshaft seals? No
Do you know the condition of the motor mounts? Engine mounts are good, there are no motor mounts
Has the car ever been in an accident? Yes, drivers front fender was dinged by another car while parked, replaced and painted
Does it have any significant dings? Scratch in back right corner panel, filled in with touch up paint
Is there any rust, on the undercarriage or otherwise? No
Does the CD changer jam? No
Are there any tears, cracks, or holes on the upholstery? No
Do the power door locks all work? Yes
Are there any known electrical issues? No
Are all the lights equal brightness that should be? (e.g. opposite headlights, opposite sidemarker lights, opposite reverse lights, opposite DRLs, etc.) Yes
Do the headlight leveling motors function properly? Yes
Is it equipped with the Vehicle Skid Control (VSC) package? (I think theres supposed to be a light on the dash with the key in the on position.) Yes
Are either of the master keys (the key with the button) missing? No
Is the Lexus First Aid kit (bag with jack, tire iron, etc.) missing? First aid kit is missing, wheel, tire iron and jack are not missing and are in the trunk
Is the dash sticky/melted at all? No
Given that its a Lexus, Im assuming its been pretty reliable has this been the case recently? Im looking for a car to drive across the country and use as a daily driver, so it needs to be reliable. Yes, very reliable and well maintained. My husband is a Toyota Master Diagnostic Technician and has maintained the car.