Looking at a 2013 Highlander (base plus). Have been looking a lot, and found a car that’s a pretty good price, at least for my area ($22k, base plus with 46k miles). Outside the topic, it’s an I4 - the general consensus seems to push for V6, I know, but my previous (2002 highlander) was a 4-cylinder and it’s been rare that it’s been too much of an issue, for how I use it. Anyway, just to give a clear picture of the vehicle.
Is this the kind of thing that would give you pause? My father-in-law says it would be better to buy a car not from the north, and I can see the difference when he shows me cars from NC, etc. But I want to know if this is a “dealbreaker” sort of thing, or more a “it would be nice, but” kind of thing - or even if it’s something that may have become less of an issue perhaps since he was last in the market.
I’ve been looking a while, and would like to get my new car sooner rather than keep dragging it out looking for the “perfect” car/deal (particularly because the heat/ac died in my car in the last few weeks, and the cost versus trade value makes it prohibitive to fix, so… less than fun in GA. Also trying to still get what I can in the trade value before it drops much further).
He’s also found cheaper cars, but theyre eight-plus hours away in Florida mostly, and who knows what may be up with them.
Is this an issue to avoid and keep looking? The car in the photos is otherwise nice, just his makes me wonder.