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Re: Trade in dilemma

Old Pathfinders are popular. You could sell it on CL or by ad in paper pretty easily, even telling the buyers what's wrong with it. Someone who loves Pathys and has a few bucks to put into it will snap it up.

We have a '00 Mountaineer with about 185k miles, and it won't bring much on resale either... perhaps $2k or so. My wife likes it and said that even if we had 2 other vehicles we should keep that one around just as a spare. It's been reliable. For that kind of money it may be worth keeping your Pathy as a spare; you might find a shop that will fix the current problem for less than the current quote, too.

My '08 Highlander started leaking oil at the timing chain cover. The stealership quoted me $2800, they have to dismount the engine to reseal the cover. No way would I sell that to any person off the street without disclosing the issue. Well, guess what... I found a little shop run by Filipinos and they fixed it for free! They said a couple of bolts on the cover were loose. Hmmm, I wonder how those bolts got loose after being tight for 155k miles? Perhaps the stealership thought they could encourage a new SUV purchase by making me a "don't-want-er"! And now I feel fine about selling the HL outright this summer, and buying a GC.

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Re: Trade in dilemma

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We once brought in my wife's 2003 Grand Caravan in for some, what we thought was minor work, turned out it needed $1500 in repairs, which was about what the vehicle was worth. Talked to the sales guy about what he would give me in current condition and with repairs. He said 0 (zero) in current condition and $ 1500 with the repairs done.

It was a tough pill to swallow, but we got the repairs done and drove it for a few more years. Cleaned 'er up good, and I mean I spent days, and days cleaning it. Steam cleaning the carpets, armor all'in the crap out of it, it looked pretty good when I had it done,,,you name it, I did it. Then put 'er up for sale privately and got $ 3,000 for it.

When I sold my WK to buy the WK2, I did the same. Even pulled the seats to get the carpets out and pressure washed the carpet. Cleaned her up good. Buddy guy who bought it said it was the cleanest one he'd seen.
Spending 1500 to get 1500 trade in?
If you itemize taxes, you could get a better deal by donating it to Habitat for Humanity and let Jimmy Carter fix it.

Don't feel bad, oncet got an offer from a dealer that he would take $100 off of the price of the car I was buying if I would take mine to Habitat... or charge me that $100 if I wanted him to take it.
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Re: Trade in dilemma

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It's a 2002 pathfinder. Needs a new catalytic converter and oxygen sensor. Code is P0420.

In regards to the value being off set by the quote from the dealer; I already have a quote from the dealer not including the trade in. I plan to take the pathfinder to Carmax to get a quote from them and see if the dealer can match, or if they couldn't sell the car to Carmax.
If there's a small local muffer shop, it might be possible to make money by fixing it with an inexpensive cat and fix the sensor. I'd make sure that is the issue, which they should be able to do.

On a trade, they wouldn't know exactly what it would cost to fix up, and there would be a cost with figuring that out, so expect to get low-balled.
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Take it to autozone and have them turn that light off then head straight to the dealer do not stop then make your purchase in the new vehicle. Caveat emptor for the next buyer or the dealer.
Most dealers know this trick as it is one of the oldest in the book. When the error is cleared with a scan tool, they can tell that has been done.
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While true iso...there are the ones that don't check or do a diagnostic until after the sale is over. It's also the oldest trick in the book because some dealers do exactly that for their used cars and then sell them.
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Old Pathfinders are popular. You could sell it on CL or by ad in paper pretty easily, even telling the buyers what's wrong with it. Someone who loves Pathys and has a few bucks to put into it will snap it up.
I'd tend to agree, particularly now that the new ones are glorified mini-vans.
I would definitely shop around for a better diagnosis on the check engine light though...IF you decide to fix it.

The Jeep dealer won't be interested in anything more than wholesaling it, as unless one of their employees buys it, they couldn't sell it in current condition in most states, and their service bays are too valuable for such an old vehicle.

While shopping around for a better repair offer, you might find someone that would take it off your hands... e.g. the mechanic might have a side business refurbishing Pathfinders.
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Re: Trade in dilemma

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I once bought a 12 year old Grand Marquis off a used car lot. Felt a little oddness, like a very slight surge sensation, while test driving. The lot owner riding with me said, "oh, that's nothing." I didn't know any better and bought it. Within 2 months I knew I had a tranny problem and decided to get rid of it. Drove it back to the lot and asked what he would give me for it. The guy drove it with me inside and immediately ID'd the tranny surge as a problem. I said, "That's what it did when I first test drove it, and you said it was nothing!" He denied there was anything wrong back then. Well, I traded it for a new VW Jetta and told them about the tranny (like they couldn't tell anyway!). They sent it to auction. Guess who bought it. Yup, the same used car dealer! I stopped and talked to him, and he proceeds to tell me that the tranny is fine now, they must have fixed it before they auctioned it. Oh yeah, sure! I bet he sold bridges, too.

My first car was a '73 Vega. When it had 126k on it (but the odo only went to 99999 back then) and it was needing a quart of oil every 100 miles and a new spark plug ever 300 miles, I got $100 for it in trade on a new Mazda GLC. A month later I drove by that Mazda dealership and observed a sign advertising a 1973 Vega with only 26,000 miles, for $1,999. What a deal, eh?
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Lol. Nice story.
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Re: Trade in dilemma

Wow, $2500 for a '02 Pathfinder? What shape is it in, other than the CEL? Is it rusty? Where are you located? Seems like a deal to me...

I would sell it outright if I were you, even with the CEL.
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Re: Trade in dilemma

Just sold my 2000 Cherokee with 131K miles yesterday (making room for the JGC) on CL for $5700 cash. Stayed on CL for 6 days, and had 2 others in line to look at it....

Original Jeep dealer I was working with offered $1500 in trade. (This was before I jumped to the Texas Group Buy and placed the order with Mark.)
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Re: Trade in dilemma

Yeah, I sold our '98 Jimmy with 140k for $4200 in two days the day after we picked up our Grand Cherokee. The first guy that looked came with cash and took it home. I even got to keep the Yakima roof rack system and hitch attachments that I was going to throw in.

If you are close, and it isn't a dented up rust bucket, I would be interested in it...
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