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Is this a good deal?

Hello all!

I'm new to the off road scene and I was looking at this Fj but I don't know enough yet to know if it'll be a good deal. Dealers asking 15k for 2008 Fj with 130k on the odometer. The mileage is high so my main thing is have any of you experienced any major repairs/maintenance around this mark. And also if any of you have an Fj survived well past this mileage.

Thanks. And I can't wait to get more acquainted around these here parts.
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Check NADA Guides. This is the used car value site that many banks/credit unions use to figure out the clean retail price of vehicles so they know how much to borrow to a customer. That is the site I used to figure out the value of the 2011 that I just bought.
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The clean retail that I get, and I suggest that you select the options on the site to make sure, is $18,500
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Re: Is this a good deal?

You'll see from many posts here and potential owners asking the same question that that mileage isn't an issue on a Toyota (and thats only about 14,000 a year which is ave-low). You just need to ne sure that it has been looked after, properly maintained with scheduled maintenance carried out and good quality parts used.

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Is it 4WD?
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Re: Is this a good deal?

And I wouldn't really even consider that high mileage. It's a Toyota, that's just barely broke in.

Key thing is to make sure all the regular maintenance has been kept up.
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Re: Is this a good deal?

As other mentioned, do your service and damage research well (Toyota Service history or CarFax or?). Make sure it is 4WD and determine the options it has. If you are serious, ask if you can take it to a professionals shop on a test drive to have it looked over, that may give you some piece of mind? If the dealer cringes at that request, that may tell you something also? Don't be afraid to crawl underneath it and look it over for bent, broken or scrapped parts, oil leaks and grease spray or torn rubber. Maybe you could talk with the previous owner? MO would be, that if there is nothing wrong with the vehicle, for $15k the price is right! GL

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Re: Is this a good deal?

It all depends on where it is and how it's been maintained as others have said. A southern truck with no rust would probably cost more. Early FJs (07-09) has some problems with weak rear diffs, fender rips/bulges, and a transmission problem. AFAIK, there was a TSB on the tranny problem. If you have any questions about anything, post pics and we can help you out! Good luck in your search!

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Check NADA Guides. This is the used car value site that many banks/credit unions use to figure out the clean retail price of vehicles so they know how much to borrow to a customer. That is the site I used to figure out the value of the 2011 that I just bought.
This! Of course, you can spend all the money you want on a vehicle, but if you're asking is it worth it. Make sure you know how much your vehicle is worth by checking car valuation sites in regards to your area. Not only is this important to lending, but also resale and insurance. I'm tired of people trying to tell me this FJ/or insert product here is worth more persay. Possibly to another enthusiast, but whoever is willing to pay $xxx amount is what it's worth. Besides say you pay higher and it's insured for it's book value, if there's a theft, you're the one that really lost out.

Just for comparison, I purchased my '07 at $14k for 110k miles. Book value was 15,250. So an '08 with 130k for $15k seems reasonable. If you want try to negotiate it further, research the things people have mentioned and scrutinize the car. Most likely bushings would need to be replaced. Springs sag easily on FJ's. Not saying you should, but the FJ usually has a driverside lean that you can mention *cough cough. When you accelerate, sometimes a un-lubed drive shaft will cause some vibration from a stop. This might be some things to point out.

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