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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-02-2019, 12:09 PM
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Awesome thank you , didn't know either of those links existed . So what do you think about the price ? Is it too high?
This is all my opinion.

Negotiate down if the timing chains have not been done. It will cost you at least $1500 for this.

If the rad is original and the timing chains have not been done, I'd walk away. The risk of SMOD is high and the timing chains will have to be done in the near future. That's a lot of money for a 2008. If (and this is a big IF) it is in really really good condition and the rad is original with no bypass, you MIGHT be ok, but know you risk it was affected or will be affected by SMOD.

If the radiator was replaced with the non-problematic models or an aftermarket one and the timing chains have been done, it's is a good price if maintenance has been done (brakes, fluids, etc).

If the radiator is still original but the bypass was done and the vehicle has no shifting issues, coolant is clean, and chains were done, offer 500$ off the price as the rad should be changed.


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That price is on the low end based on what I've seen lately but I'd caution when buying a used car you should go in with the opposite outlook of assuming everything is ok with it. I replaced my radiator around the mileage of the one you're looking at and never had the smod issue. I replaced the timing chain guides at 147k but that's not a premature failure, just a plastic guide that wore through as designed. BTW when they are in need of replacement it will sound just like a supercharger when accelerating, at idle it will be silent.

That said if it were me I'd check the transmission fluid, pull out the dip stick (held in by a 10mm bolt) and lay it out on a white towel to get a look at the fluid. I'd want to see old fluid IMO, it would look like a very dark red or brown color. Usually when there has been a smod incident the owner will flush and replace that fluid with new so to me at least it's a bad sign given that 99% of people don't even know a transmission uses fluid. Other than that the mileage of that X is about where I started to need to replace parts, nothing crazy just wear items, u-joints, suspension stuff, etc. but if you know how to wrench it's not that expensive to do.
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What part of the VIN denotes Trim level?
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What part of the VIN denotes Trim level?
Unfortunately not that simple... you need to do as described here earlier in the thread:
https://www.thenewx.org/forum/4281800-post8.html

Decode the VIN to get the model number, or get the model from the GVWR sticker in the door jamb.

Then once you have the model, use this thread to determine the trim level:
https://www.thenewx.org/forum/9-gene...-decoding.html
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Remember too, packages were available on top of all trim levels.

For example, you could see an X trim with more options than you thought it should have due to either dealer add ons or factory promotions.
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