Having worked around used cars for most of my life, I can say that at 133,000 miles, the car should still be good for a while. As long as it has been decently taken care of. If you want to gauge how well it has been taken care of, look for some signs. I look at the engine oil (should not be black), the transmission fluid (should be reddish color), and around under the hood in general (is it all covered in oil/grease?). Look at the timing cover on the front of the engine and see if there is a sticker indicating that the timing belt has been replaced. If a professional shop did it, that sticker will be there and may show the mileage and date when the job was done. Look at the condition of the carpets (large holes in the carpets can signal a car that has had a hard life).
Cars that have lived a hard life do not last as long as those that are properly taken care of. Period.
Does the car squeak and squeal when you go over bumps (could be suspension issues if it does). Does the transmission shift effortlessly? Or do you find yourself waiting for it to shift?
That is everything that I can think of off hand.
Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 AT 8:33 PM