I'm considering a 2003 GX470 from a private party in Ohio.
I requested frame photos and this is what they sent.
Opinions please. I'm from GA so we don't ever have rust down here.
How bad is it, can it be fixed and If so how much? Is it bad enough to pass from buying it? How long before it really becomes an issue and rots in half?
I haven't ever had a vehicle with rust so I'm hoping some of you guys can advise. It's an elder couple original owners with 120xxx miles on the clock. It looks like there is some more damage up front but I'm not sure the old guy can squeeze under there to get better pics because he's old lol. They did perform a dealer 90k service though.
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living in NJ this is what they can look like after 11 years. Not really that bad. It's not like the rust will eat through and the axle will fail. I have been keeping up with mine by spray painting some of these spots over the years and going through car washes that spray the underside. If you think you may keep the truck for another 15 years you might pass? If not, there are more important things to check on, like the condition of the air suspension components in the rear.
Do you still live in Georgia? I would avoid anything from the northeast like the the plague. They get eaten up a little too quickly in my opinion. Even cars native to Colorado here fare better than they do from up there!
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living in NJ this is what they can look like after 11 years. Not really that bad.
there are more important things to check on, like the condition of the air suspension components in the rear.
Agree that is normal for a 10+ years old car in northeast snow and salt area. It is not that bad. Also agree that there are more other concerned areas to check for a 10+ year GX. If you can take care it a bit regularly, the rust will grow slowly.
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10K, even with the rust...the thing will run forever
I will see what happens. I plan on looking at it Tuesday. Hopefully he's a little bit negotiable. He says it's his wife's car and the title is in her name so its her decision. She likes it but wants something brand new. He also will be out of town so it will be his wife and oldest son doing the negotiating. I will try to do what I can.
Would you fellow members still consider it a good deal at 12k?