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Re: Any carfax detectives? Red Flags on this one?
I would normally say that being a a one-owner vehicle is one important factor in a purchase, but the lack of a documented service history kind of offsets that.
What is preferable, a vehicle with only one owner who neglected critical maintenance, or a three-owner vehicle where every owner was meticulous about maintenance and had a fully-documented service history?
If the 10K mile OC intervals were NOT with full synthetic oil, I’d be concerned about sludge and timing chain wear.
At a minimum, I’d have the cover over the cam chain tensioner pulled so the extent of tensioner protrusion (indicator of timing chain wear) could be assessed. For extra assurance, have the driver’s side valve cover removed to see the extent of varnish and possible sludge buildup.