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My dad has a Friend that is selling a 1991 Ford Explorer with 200,000 miles, and he is selling it for $400

He also says he takes care of the car, it runs fine, is it a good car for a couple of years?

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If you can get a car that runs for $400 that is a good deal. I would have it taken in and have a mechanic give it a once over. Have them look for any leaks, check the brakes, struts, shocks, etc. Even if it does need new brakes it would still be worth buying. New brakes should cost around $500 but even so a good running car for $900 is still a good deal.

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I guess thats a good deal you have to know what he has changed on it 200,000 miles is a lot and a lot could go wrong with it but you cant go wrong for 400 but like i said just know what he has put new on the car

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Yeah, I know, my dad said he has to ask all that stuff to him, and I think my dad is going to pay for it for me, but its a car that will be only for a few years, for a first car, until I can get a better car later on.
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Then yeah go for it but with a car that has high miles like that you have to ALWAYS be checking it so go for it but don't keep it for to long
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Yeah I know, Im in high school and I was taking classes for Autoshop, not the best, but I know what to look for and all that also, but still going to get a expert advice on it.
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You can't really expect to get a 1991 vehicle with 200,000 miles in great condition. I am sure that even if he took really good care of it, you will have some expenses because of the cars age and mileage. Even so, if your dad complete trusts this guy, it sounds like a good deal even if its not for 2 years.

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Ehh... get the maintenance records on the car. Also make sure to test drive it and have a mechanic look it over. It may very well last a couple years if he took good care of it, the problem is that at its age you've no idea how reliable it is. Maybe he forgot to change the trans fluid and so it seizes up on the highway. Or the muffler is almost rusted out, or the bearings worn out. This is the age where the expensive repairs start popping up. So just get it inspected really well, look over the report, see if it's worth $400 to you.

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$400 is a great price for a vehicle, barely above scrap value. It is a ford so expect to put money in it.

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Yeahhh, haha, I know, but yeah. $400 is a great deal, I hope I can get it
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CARFAX! Get the real maintenance records listed by them and see if your $400.00 bargain is a "cash for clunkers" car in disguise.

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If it hasn't been done, the tranny will need to be replaced

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I have a feeling the Tranny needs to be worked on, but he says that it he keeps the car in good condition.
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Figure on spending two grand to get it replaced! So if you're happy with that.
Oh and be sure to have the U joints checked, they're famous for eating those!!!
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I would buy it on the spot if it's running... can't beat that...

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we had a 95 explorer and it pooped out on us last year. but, $400 is cheap, 200,000 miles isnt that far, try it and see what happens

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