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"New" 6 year old vehicle? #1021613 02/26/11 03:31 AM
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RyanB Offline OP
Getting the Wheeling Fever
Just wondering if anyone has ever heard of something like this.

I have been watching for a used decent priced Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT/ENVOY XL (7 passenger discontinued in 2006) for a while. I found a 2005 that is "new and untitled" with 134 miles on it for $21,000.


EDIT: Sorry - forgot to post the link to autotrader that has the description and price. autotrader link.

Anyone ever hear of a car not selling for 6 years? They actually have 4 new cars from 2005, and a 2000 model Monte Carlo SS that is "new/untitled" with only 120 miles.

Just curious what everyone thinks. I am actually considering purchasing the Trailblazer if they will drop the price more.


Last edited by RyanB; 02/26/11 03:48 AM.

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Re: "New" 6 year old vehicle? [Re: RyanB] #1021614 02/26/11 08:41 AM
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StockRaider Offline
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You never drove a Trailblazer have you? I worked at a Chevy dealer and I worked there over 2 years and saw at least 5 brand new trailblazers that sat there from the day I got hired to the day I quit. With dealers closing doors around those years the likelyhood of them sitting around in like new condition is even greater. I never cared for the Trailblazer, I remember driving year old trade ins that had alot of bad steering slop and random clicks pops and grind noises. Funny how I drove brand new cars all day and would feel the quality go up stepping back into my 89 Raider. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" />

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Re: "New" 6 year old vehicle? [Re: StockRaider] #1021615 02/26/11 12:10 PM
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I happen to drive a 2005 Blazer at work.

Don't buy one. They are total garbage. Slightly better than the 2002 Blazers we had. At least the doors on the 2005 haven't fallen off yet and the transfer cases haven't failed yet, like they did on our '02s.

But then half the dash lights no longer work and one of the wires to the heater system caught on fire.

You are ten thousand times better off taking half the money a new Blazer would cost and buying a used rig from a manufacture that actually builds something of quality, like a Toyota, Honda or Subaru for example.

As a side note, I wonder how the manufacture handles the warrenty on a rig that is "new" but was manufactured 5 or 6 years ago? Would the warrenty still be the same? This is a particularly important question, since I guarantee you'll need it.

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Re: "New" 6 year old vehicle? [Re: Brian894X4] #1021616 02/26/11 03:04 PM
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hazy_daze Offline
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As a side note, I wonder how the manufacture handles the warrenty on a rig that is "new" but was manufactured 5 or 6 years ago? Would the warrenty still be the same? This is a particularly important question, since I guarantee you'll need it.

The new car warranty clock starts when the vehicle is sold and titled. If it truly is new and untitled, then the clock hasn't started yet. I recall seeing a 69 Camaro SS come across the block on Mecum or Barrett Jackson that was new and untitled. GM gave one of the previuos owners a letter that stated that the warranty time had expired. Both of the owners were GM new car dealers...

Get something other than a Trailblazer. Seriously.

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Re: "New" 6 year old vehicle? [Re: hazy_daze] #1021617 02/26/11 06:01 PM
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RyanB Offline OP
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No, I have never not driven a Trailblazer. But apparently they are not very well liked. ;-) Maybe I should actually do that before thinking about buying one.

The main reason I was considering it (or a Suburban) is for the 5.3l V8, I am currently driving a Silverado that has 250,000 miles on it with the same engine which runs great.

Thank you for the advice all, I decided not to even look at it this morning.

I have considered a Sequoia but I really don't want anything much smaller than that, or anything that is not rear-wheel drive which limits you down pretty fast... The Nissan Armada is nice, I might test drive one of those too.

I figure when gas prices hit $5 per gallon the prices will drop pretty fast, so that is when I will actually consider buying.

Thanks again,

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Re: "New" 6 year old vehicle? [Re: RyanB] #1021618 02/27/11 04:30 AM
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fasteddy Offline
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Watch the Nissan. Diff cases explode. Way too weak.

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Re: "New" 6 year old vehicle? [Re: RyanB] #1021619 02/28/11 04:48 AM
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If the Silverado is 'running great', then take your time. Get a compression test done on it as a baseline reference from here on out.

My roomie is well on the way with dialing 400K onto her 97 Corolla, and I've got a long way to go on my 4Runner with 220K and no end in sight.

Compression on her car is low, but within limits; I'll check the 4Runner's once the weather warms up, so I can do post-winter inspection.


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Re: "New" 6 year old vehicle? [Re: RyanB] #1021620 02/28/11 11:09 AM
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Whatever you buy get the tires changed before delivery, likely to be past their safe use by date even without being on road. The date should be stamped on the side of the tire.

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Re: "New" 6 year old vehicle? [Re: DamKia] #1021621 02/28/11 03:51 PM
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Mad_Scientist Offline
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first thing I would wonder about is the condition of the cylinder walls after sitting for 6 years. Might not be good.

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Re: "New" 6 year old vehicle? [Re: Mad_Scientist] #1021622 03/01/11 03:19 AM
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RyanB Offline OP
Getting the Wheeling Fever
I have cooled off on buying a car for now. :-P But thanks for the tip on the tires and cylinder walls. My brother mentioned if it hadn't been driven the seals are probably starting to dry up too. Probably not a good idea to purchase any car that hasn't been driven in 5+ years.

I go through this phase about every 3 months. I have a 2007 Galant that only has 30,000 miles - I don't know why I am in such a hurry to swap it out. I guess I would prefer my wife and kids to be in something bigger if an accident occurred, but I don't absolutely need something right away.

kewlynx, the Silverado is actually a company truck - I am sure if I looked around I could find lots wrong with it. And I think I jinxed it, after driving 100 miles to pick up some tires/wheels for the Montero, I now have a tapping that I need to look at. Kinda sounds like a diesel... Not good. :-P

I was attending college to become a Toyota tech, but never completed because I ran out of money. So I am actually pretty fond of all Toyota's. I really like the 4runner but I have a real hard time finding a 3rd row option, and when I do they have 100,000 miles. I know that isn't a lot for a Toyota, but I guess it has been brainwashed into me to never buy a vehicle with over 100,000 miles if you can help it.

I don't know, I guess I will start looking again in around 3-4 months. I will let you know what turns up then. :-P


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