Need thoughts/opinions on used vehicle

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  1. 1013_79z28

    1013_79z28 Veteran Member

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    My wife's 2004 Chevy Trailblazer LS (117k miles) was totaled by our insurance company. Almost $6,600 in damage. Looking at two vehicles to replace the Trailblazer. Both will require taking out a small personal loan, which I didn't really want to do at this time, however...we don't have much of a choice (based on the mileage and condition of some of the vehicles we have already looked at).

    First vehicle: 2003 GMC ENVOY SLT 4WD, 52K miles, one owner, garage kept, fully loaded, leather, heated seats, Bose system, moonroof, chrome wheels, tow pkg, 4.2L 6 cyl. Very clean. NADA book value is showing $11,7000. Seller is asking $10,995. Seller (who is actually a car salesman...this is his personal vehicle) told me he would take $10,000. Then he said that someone else looked at it and offered him $10,500...but they couldn't close the deal for another two weeks. Now apparently my new price is now $10,500. I told him to split the difference with me at $10,250. Miles are good on this, but I have some people saying that it is too old for $10,000 to $10,500, even though that is around the book pricing. No warranty.

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    Second vehicle: 2007 Chevy Impala LT, 77,500 miles, one owner, 3.9L V6, rear spoiler, dual exhaust (This is basically the same as every other newer Impala that I have seen (LS), except this one has the 3.9 V6 in place of the 3.5, and it has the rear spoiler, dual exhaust, and alloy wheels. Has a ding or two here and there. $9,950. 3 month/3,000 mile warranty.

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    We are already used to the fuel mileage of the SUV. The Impala might be a slight improvement, but not really factoring that in to our decision. What we are basically looking for is which vehicle will last us the longest for the year and mileage of the specific vehicle.

    Thoughts/opinions on each??

    Thanks!
     
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    I'm in Erie, PA and ALL vehicles rust to HELL...go with the newest one you can afford
     
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    I would like to go as new as possible, but everything I've seen that is newer (2007 and up) seems to have higher miles on it. My wife does a lot of driving for work. We were hoping to avoid buying something in the 70k-80k mile range because it will hit over 100k in no time.

    Also...if the GMC was driven in winter, it doesn't appear to have been driven very often.
     
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    jdove Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I can't speak to the Imp. but, the Envoy I had never missed a gas station. It got about 13mpg...It was nice though.
     
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    The Impala seems like the better buy of the two vehicles shown.
     
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    I would say get the Envoy, having owned one, and know how they perform. Mine had 116k miles on it when I traded it, so tons of life left in that one. They are great vehicles, and the 4wd is actually very capable.
     
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    Believe me,HE would know!
     
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    lol thanks Frank
     
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    Ron,I think you have had more vehicles than anyone else I know!!:)
     
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    Be careful with the Impala they will go through tires fast.I work in the shop for a rental car company and are Impalas have bad inner wear proplems.Were throwing tires on them with as little as 20000 miles.We rotate every 6500 so thats not an issue.I wanted an Impala years ago but I have since changed my mind,they look nice but the tire issue kept me away.I would never tell someone not to buy what they want, but you might want to check the tire issue.
     

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