: would you buy An 08 4.6 with 165k miles?

12-18-12, 11:28 PM
So here's the deal. I have been looking for a sts and came across one. Its an 08 with all the options; great clean looking car. However it has 165k miles on a 4.6. It is listed with a broker so I feel uneasy because i cannot ask the previous owner detailed questions about maint On the car. I just dont have history on the car besides it was one owner. Its so beautiful and nicer then what i thought I could get but oh the miles..
what's your thoughts?

12-19-12, 12:50 AM
Don't think I'd pull the trigger on that one...165k is a lot of miles to start with when getting a new (to you) car.

Charles Warren
12-19-12, 05:30 AM
They've been riding lol, i got my 06 with 59k in 2010 and will admit i put more miles than that on it in 2+ years but its holding up well only issue ive had was resr diff bushing and i replaced a hub which i think could've been still good. But so far no issues. If you get a deal like $7500 buy it

12-19-12, 07:53 AM
Thanks for the responses. I walked away from it yesterday and that was so hard for me to do. The car is so clean everything works, it does have the tpms light on, and is nicer than anything I have seen in my price range (under 10). It is priced at 11k and blue book shows it at 13 and change. I just wish I could talk to the owner about it to ask about service on it. As you can see I am torn about it. It's one of those things to a young family man like myself that getting a car like that is a dream, but on the flip side I would be debased if I got it and it needed major driveline work soon after. The car is haunting me!!! :)

12-19-12, 09:26 AM
why not.
seems to be a good deal. Just check it hard before buying.

12-19-12, 10:04 AM
In a word - NO

12-19-12, 12:29 PM
$11K with 165K miles? I'd def pass.
I bought an 07 fully loaded w/ 57k for $18k

12-19-12, 09:04 PM
Prices are up....

But that's a price for a 1SG w' ACC with just over 100,000 miles. They should give you and IOU for the TPMS and 60 days for shakedown. No test drive is long enough to be sure it has 'all the options' and that 'everthing works'.

They will take $7,000.

12-20-12, 05:35 AM
Hell no. Lol. I'd stay away. I don't even know if you could still get a warranty on it with those miles. If you were looking for just a second car, I'd consider it more. But as a replacement to your primary driver, it'd just be to big of risk.

Thats simply just my opinion tho.

12-20-12, 06:07 PM
3 months ago acquired an 06 legacy limited turbo with 181 k for 5800. It was detailed to the nth degree and had service records. Since then driven it 2k without even washing it. What a great buy! Im not afraid of miles, but i have 6 cars, a garage and A boatlaod of tools and a boat.

12-20-12, 10:53 PM
meh bought my 06 (V6 base loaded) with 140k miles for less than 10k...glad i did too! now looking for an 07 V8 in black or red (or 06/07 550i)

the only thing i have worked on since buying it was the ignition coil and the timing chain, beautiful car. if a car is well maintained, i dont think mileage matters

12-21-12, 09:25 PM
You can take the VIN number to your nearest GM dealer and have them run it in their system. If it has been serviced at dealerships there will be a maintenance record. Miles don't scare me either...as long as the price is right. I would buy it at $7K.

Charles Warren
12-25-12, 03:11 AM
Yeah i agree mileage means nothing unless your the bank lol. I love my sts, its easy to fix only problem is she's a lil thirsty

12-25-12, 11:55 AM
No guts, no glory!

12-25-12, 02:35 PM
I had a 1982 Pontiac Parisienne with about 382,000 miles (615,000km) on it before I got rid of it. Someone drove it around for another year after that. As long as there's proof that reasonable, regular maintenance was performed, I don't worry. The problem with vehicles now is that they last too long. They're usually on the road so many years that they stop meeting new emissions standards long before they wear out. 165,000 miles is just broken in.

This isn't to say that there may not be other problems with the car, but I wouldn't worry about the engine. These Northstar engines are much refined over the originals. The question is really more about fair market value.

12-26-12, 10:44 PM
A quality mechanic with good forensic senses should be able to the the vehicles history from A to Z. No mysteries, expect to pay him for a few hours time and some fluids. There are oil tests to determine abnormal wear of bearings, etc. If that car has been taken care of and the components in good shape: the price you negotiate will be a good deal. If you do not know the history and will not pay a pro to tell you: It is wise to pay more money and get the vehicle you are comfortable with. These cars with good care will last 300K no problem. With poor care they are shot in 50K. Your move!

12-29-12, 02:16 PM
As others have said, if the car has been cared for, it could be a good value. I had my Oldsmobile until 220K before I sold it. Regular maintenance, and some replacement parts here in there. the Trans was replaced at 210K, but that is because one of the axle seals started leaking when my younger brother had the car for about 6 months, and he never checked fluid. Basically fried the trans. Had he been paying attention and we could have fixed the seal it probably would have been on the original when I sold it too.

12-29-12, 02:34 PM
I bought my 3.6 with 175,xxx miles on it a year ago....I fell in love with it on that first drive and I still have that same love for it today :)

12-29-12, 07:47 PM
Even if it's good to 250,000 miles, it's 2/3 used up. I'd keep looking!

12-30-12, 10:29 AM
You can find one with less mileage.