Buying my first Lexus IS300 (Need Advice)
Hey guys. So i am new to the community and this will be my first Lexus IS300 and Lexus car in general. Coming from an MK4 VW and the vdub community. SO, I just need advice on purchasing this specific vehicle I was looking at today for purchase.
So here we go, The price of the car is 3500.
It is a 2001 4 Door Automatic in White Pearl with 117K Miles on it. Cosmetically, the exterior of the car needs work as the rear bumper needs to be replaced and the roof and hood have yellowing. Seems like with these cars, when the clear coat is going bad it starts to turn yellow because of age. Not the biggest of concern as for that price and year of the car, can't expect perfect paint.
The interior is kept very well maintained, no rips on the seats or anything of a sort. It comes with a Pioneer navigation system as well. No complains with that.
Now, Engine wise. I went ahead and checked for any type of liquid / leaks on it. There was nothing leaking and it was all dry. There was no unusual noises coming from the engine. Also checked the oil and it was fine. I was impressed at this point.
But, i asked the guy if he had done the important maintenance on the car, which is the timing belt / waterpump. The answer was NO and that he was not sure if the previous owner had done it either. The car has 117K miles currently and the guy had bought it from the previous owner at 100k. So who knows if the previous owner did the job or not. This is my biggest concern and this is where i need advice.
The thing is, i'll be able to get it done myself and just pay for the parts. But, i'll have to wait for shipping and I won't be able to get it done for another two or three weeks. So drive the car and risk timing belt or search else where. I really want the car and it seems like a really good deal for what i'm getting. But it's a tough decision because of the risk I would be taking.
I would appreciate any advice or concerns you guys have. Just looking for answers and what not. Thank you !