I found a 2006 Chevy Malibu LTZ for $4,873; however it has 182,000 miles. This could be bad. I test drove it and it was so smooth and drove really well (I thoroughly enjoyed the heated seats and love the trunk and back seat space). But with the high mileage I’m worried about the longevity of this vehicle…what do you think?
I’ve been doing a lot of research and it seems that the higher the mileage the more maintenance a car will require. I’ve read a lot of reviews about this car having steering, brake, and engine problems. The mileage on this car is very high and I’m wondering if I’m just asking for punishment?
My last car literally required no major and barely any minor repairs (other than tires, oil changes, and brakes) for the 9 years that I had it. I know I was blessed with my last car but as a poor and completely independent college student I have no room to make a mistake with my settlement. Paying my own tuition leaves no room for a car payment or repairs.
I Must make sure I’m buying smart.
Should I keep looking? Will this car cost me a fortune in repairs that I cannot afford?
And if so what should I look at?
I’m trying not to be picky about everything I look at, but I’m worried I might make a bad investment and I plan on having this new (to me) car for a long time as well.
I would love another Nissan Altima but have heard nothing but bad things for the '02-'08 models (anything newer would be out of my price range). The catalytic converter and the engine messing up, to pay for a new car and then have a major repair like the engine would be a tragic sequence of events for me.
Can you please point me in the right direction? Please.