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Old 22-10-2010, 12:56
Alfie Blue Eyes
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Hi,

My son wants to buy an Astra Estate 55 plate is in immaculate condition but the mileage is 170k. Has FSH, is Diesel and is selling for £2,500.

My OH and I think it is a bad idea.

What do you think?
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Old 22-10-2010, 13:15
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170,000 is a lot for a 5 year old car (that averages 34,000 a year).
it's either an ex company car, or more likely has been a taxi.

as it's 5 years old it'll be out of warranty so the FSH isn't really much use other than telling you when it was serviced.
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Old 22-10-2010, 13:38
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I certainly would not pay any more than 700-800 pounds for an Astra with that mileage regardless of age, they are not a durable car.
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Old 22-10-2010, 13:53
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Wow that's high mileage. As said that's about 34k a year. Was it serviced 3 times a year?

I would strongly advice your son not to buy this car.
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Old 22-10-2010, 14:02
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Wow that's high mileage. As said that's about 34k a year. Was it serviced 3 times a year?

I would strongly advice your son not to buy this car.
I agree. You must always try to find a car with the lowest mileage possible when buying second hand. There's a good chance that if your son got this car now, it'd be starting to fall apart in a year or so. 170k miles on a 2005 car is ridiculously high.
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Old 22-10-2010, 14:02
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My worry is that they are selling it for £2,500.... that's crazy for this sort of mileage.
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Old 22-10-2010, 14:12
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I agree. You must always try to find a car with the lowest mileage possible when buying second hand. There's a good chance that if your son got this car now, it'd be starting to fall apart in a year or so. 170k miles on a 2005 car is ridiculously high.
Mileage is one part of the equation. How it has done the mileage motorway or around town ? Has it been well maintained (service interval should be 12k I think) ?

But 170k is a lot of miles for any car, as others have said would definately not be looking at anything over a grand.
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Old 22-10-2010, 14:34
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Skip it. Should be far cheaper. If the price was right I'd say to look at the service history, the pedals and the steering wheel first. If they show little signs of wear it suggests more motorway miles than stop-start town driving. I'd prefer a car with 100,000 motorway miles to one with 50,000 city miles.
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Old 22-10-2010, 14:51
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Coincidently, we are trying to sell our car with 170,000 miles!

It's a Honda CRV year 2001 and we're asking €1,750 (£1,500 approx) for it but will probably accept €1,500 (£1,300 approx) for it.

We love the car so much that OH has just popped back to UK and bought another one - identical make, model, year - even colour - just with 80,000 less miles on it.

We'll be changing it to Spanish plates so won't have to go back to UK every year for MOT & tax which bumped up the mileage on the other car - Nottingham to Málaga & back!

We'll only be driving fairly locally now so it should, hopefully, last us a good few more years
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Old 22-10-2010, 15:25
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OK, did a quick check. You didn't mention the model and engine size but on a 55 plate 1.7 CDTi Club estate with 170,000miles, trade buying price for a clean model is 2 grand and forecourt price is £3,150.
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Old 22-10-2010, 15:50
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Wow that's high mileage. As said that's about 34k a year. Was it serviced 3 times a year?

I would strongly advice your son not to buy this car.
Thats how much my car has done in TOTAl....... and its a p reg.... so 13 or 14 years old!!!
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Old 22-10-2010, 16:04
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Crikey, the very maximum I'd buy a car at is 100,000 miles (or maybe 110,120k if it's a one owner-immaculate condition type car.. maybe a modern (2005>) car which has been used a lot)

Bought my 8 year old Vectra with 73k or so on the clock.. really was after something with less mileage than that though!

170k? Asking for problems IMO unless he's a mechanic and can patch things up as they go wrong cheaply.
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Old 22-10-2010, 16:07
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OK, did a quick check. You didn't mention the model and engine size but on a 55 plate 1.7 CDTi Club estate with 170,000miles, trade buying price for a clean model is 2 grand and forecourt price is £3,150.
£3,150 for a car reaching the end of it's life though? Seems like a lot
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Old 22-10-2010, 16:18
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I certainly would not pay any more than 700-800 pounds for an Astra with that mileage regardless of age, they are not a durable car.
I agree - and it makes it all the more astounding that the car has managed 170k!
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Old 22-10-2010, 16:23
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£3,150 for a car reaching the end of it's life though? Seems like a lot
Thats from CAP so basically if you went to auction and tried to purchase that car, expect to pay 2K. Off a forecourt a dealer would expect to put it up for 3k with warranty.
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Old 22-10-2010, 17:06
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Nothing wrong with high milage cars but for that price it is far from worth it. I'd walk.
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Old 22-10-2010, 17:27
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My petrol Mercedes E200 has done 231,000 miles and is fine, is driven to Italy every year and serviced once a year, the Astra isnt necessarily a bad car at this mileage but a diesel engine undergoes higher pressures and is driven harder as well, and its a smaller car...I would think that its got another 3 or so reliable years in it, but I wouldnt pay more than £1,000 for it because the gearbox, driveshafts etc and the switches and other parts like the water pump may be on their last legs.
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Old 22-10-2010, 17:55
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Thanks for the replies and as a result hes not buying it
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Old 22-10-2010, 17:55
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Hi,

My son wants to buy an Astra Estate 55 plate is in immaculate condition but the mileage is 170k. Has FSH, is Diesel and is selling for £2,500.

My OH and I think it is a bad idea.

What do you think?
no chance - I wouldnt buy a MK5 Astra at any cost or even with low miles. Know a few people who have had problems with them (1.7 diesel included).

170k miles is way too high - even if the engine block can take it (diesel can for the most part, although newer high compression diesels are less well proved), there are many other things that wear out - clutch, cambelt, any sort of pump (eg, AirCon, water pump).

Try a Skoda with the 1.9TDI engine, but not with 170k miles.
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Old 22-10-2010, 18:26
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I would strongly advise against. Our fleet cars are absolutely thrased, and are serviced every couple of months due to the high mileage. There are always issues with them. Although it may be a 55 plate, it would be loke buying a 10+ year old car! He may find himself spending a lot of money repairing it constantly.
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Old 22-10-2010, 19:59
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your better to have someone in the know actually look at it, over here on the continent that kind of mileage probably wouldnt be seen as so high (as the previous poster mentioned about his Mercedes) - my peugeot is coming up to 130000 kms at 6 years old, here thats seen as fairly low.

you need to look at the physical condition of the car, the service history, the replacement of parts it may have had (cambelt etc) and thats pretty difficult for any of us to comment on.

the only thing i can say about high mileage cars is that i would rather have a high mileage car thats got a proven record of being well looked after and is still in good condition than a lower mileage car that has sketchy info....
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