Used car advice

Tiny
AARONN
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  • 2004 TOYOTA COROLLA
  • 87,000 MILES
It has 87,000 miles and costs $6,000.00. It looks to be in great condition.
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Friday, July 9th, 2021 AT 4:00 PM

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Tiny
BMDOUBLE
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If it is has an automatic transmission, drive it on the highway and go up a slight hill, if you feel a shutter, pass on the car or assume the repair. My daughter's car and all automatic corollas of this generation have an inherent torque converter problem. If the owner did transmission services on the regular, then it could be okay. The price is good if the car is good.
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Saturday, July 10th, 2021 AT 11:36 AM
Tiny
KASEKENNY
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I agree with BMDouble. If the converter is shuddering then that needs to be factored into the transaction.

However, it is not an extremely costly repair or difficult so if it knocks a few dollars off then that is a good deal.

In general these are good reliable vehicles. No matter what I would suggest scanning for codes and see what is there.

Here is a guide that will help with this:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/checking-a-service-engine-soon-or-check-engine-light-on-or-flashing

If you find a code of P1000 then they just recently cleared any codes and adaptive information which means nothing more then it is an indication they are hiding something.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/scan-test-is-incomplete-p1000

Basically this code means that there is not enough info to determine if there are any codes. In fact, you will fail state inspections or emissions testing in most states if this is there when getting inspected.

Please let us know what you decide on this as we are curious how it works out. Thanks
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Saturday, July 10th, 2021 AT 8:27 PM

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