Should I buy?

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nate228
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Should I buy?

Post by nate228 » Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:54 pm

Looking at buying an 06 freestyle limited awd with 144k km (90k miles) for $5500 cdn ($4100 usd). We are having our second child, we want something safe and reliable for Canadian winters. I have read up a bit about the CVT transmission, but have not come to a definite conclusion (If you search on the internet you can find someone with every kind of problem you can imagine...) 1 owner since new, no issues, they're a nice older couple and have maintained it well, it's in great shape. However it hasn't had a transmission fluid change.

I really like the car, especially the interior. Our funds are limited and for the price, it seems like a good buy.

So general consensus: Is it worth buying? What are my approximate odds of having a transmission issue? How many of these issues are reasonably solvable?

TIA
Nathan


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Re: Should I buy?

Post by ds32928 » Sat Jan 05, 2019 6:56 pm

The throttle body getting dirty and causing surging when in gear and lightly pressing the gas pedal was one issue. Cleaning it from time to time seems to fix it. There was a TSB on those vehicles to re-program the ECU and clean the throttle body all at the same time. Yours might have had that done or not. If not, not a biggy, but watch for surging with the A/C on, when lightly accelerating. Some vehicles did it, some didnt. Mine never did. If you dont hear the 'helicopter blades' sound with the car running and the trans in Park, or when driving, then the trans should last a good while. Some people change the trans fluid, becareful that some dummy doesnt put the wrong fluid back in, or uses a trans flush machine on it, or the trans will be toast in a very short time. If you like the vehicle and the price, I wouldnt hestitate to buy it. All vehicles can have hidden problems, so look it over good, mention it needed the fluid drained and refilled with fresh at 60k, and it will cost over $300 at the dealer, and see if you can save a little money. Good luck to you.

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Re: Should I buy?

Post by nate228 » Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:23 pm

Thanks for the reply! I just talked him down $1000, haha, normally I can't haggle. Going to do a final look-over and test drive, Tuesday. I'm pretty pumped!

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Re: Should I buy?

Post by ds32928 » Sun Jan 06, 2019 7:06 am

I forgot to mention the spark plugs are on schedule to be replaced at 100K miles, if they havent been already. The plugs on the firewall side require the intake plenum to be removed first as it covers those plugs. Some owners have done the job themselves, getting the EGR valve off can be difficult, but if you can do brake pads, you could do it yourself, 2-3 hour job>? The dealer or a shop could do it, I got a quote from the dealer 5 years ago of over $300 dollars. I said heck no, changed the 3 plugs in front, and now have 164K on the factory back 3. No misfires show up on my OBDII tester, having 3 worn plugs in there, lowers my gas mileage to some extent, a mpg or so. Lots of good advice and "how to it" advice on this forum.


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Re: Should I buy?

Post by nate228 » Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:08 pm

Thank you sir, much appreciated!

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Re: Should I buy?

Post by Willass Maximus » Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:25 pm

I'd go for it given no hidden issues. Living in Minnesota with my freestyle and this thing handles snow and ice like a boss. Almost rather take that out during a storm than my truck!

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