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Old 01-18-2012, 11:18 AM   #1
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Our family is considering purchasing a 2003 Tahoe. It's got 150K on it, but a one owner and serviced properly and maintained beautifully. Not really a problem on the truck itself. The only area that I found to be at all concerning was a bit of rust some surface, some bubbled along bottom inside of the rear door. Here's a pic....

My question is how serious of an issue would you consider that to be? I know there's no perfect fix when it comes to rust, but didn't know how aggressively that could spread or other things I could do to slow it. It's priced about 1K below blue book and a pretty good deal, all things considered. Just wanting to be smart about it.
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Anyone know if this would be costly to have professionally repaired? Or even worth it?

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Our family is considering purchasing a 2003 Tahoe. It's got 150K on it, but a one owner and serviced properly and maintained beautifully. Not really a problem on the truck itself. The only area that I found to be at all concerning was a bit of rust some surface, some bubbled along bottom inside of the rear door. Here's a pic....

My question is how serious of an issue would you consider that to be? I know there's no perfect fix when it comes to rust, but didn't know how aggressively that could spread or other things I could do to slow it. It's priced about 1K below blue book and a pretty good deal, all things considered. Just wanting to be smart about it.
If there's rust there, there's almost certainly rust elsewhere. In fact, the vehicle could be in horrible shape underneath. Of course, only looking closely will determine that.

$1,000 under book, for a Tahoe with rust, doesn't seem like a really good deal to me.
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You can't stop rust. It spreads like a cancer and the only way to fix it is to cut out the rust and replace the metal.
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If there's rust there, there's almost certainly rust elsewhere. In fact, the vehicle could be in horrible shape underneath. Of course, only looking closely will determine that.

$1,000 under book, for a Tahoe with rust, doesn't seem like a really good deal to me.
on second inspection it's listed 1800 under book. under carriage looked good. no rust that was visible anywhere else.
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150k miles....rust... headed towards $5.00 gas. They should give it to you and be glad.
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150k miles....rust... headed towards $5.00 gas. They should give it to you and be glad.
Yeah. I wouldn't want it if they gave it to me.
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well thanks for the support.....not that I expected rave reviews for a vehicle with rust, but seriously...a bit extreme.
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Not extreme. You asked our opinion and you got it... many of us have been around for awhile and have owned and seen and worked on lots of cars. If you want a rusty used up tank that will suck your wallet dry for gas and repairs then buy it.

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well thanks for the support.....not that I expected rave reviews for a vehicle with rust, but seriously...a bit extreme.
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Not extreme. You asked our opinion and you got it... many of us have been around for awhile and have owned and seen and worked on lots of cars. If you want a rusty used up tank that will suck your wallet dry for gas and repairs then buy it.
fair enough.....but then what do you recommend for a person looking to spend less than 10k, needs to fit 3 car seats with room for storage/luggage? Not exactly in the market for a prius. If I could squeeze all three of my kids in my civic...I would.
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Get a mini-van.
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need to it to haul a lawn tractor and other "goods"....our newest addition is causing me to get rid of my truck
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Well, the obvious comes to mind like a used Honda or Toyota minivan. Much more useable space than a Tahoe, more reliable and cheaper to operate and maintain. Some of the new crossovers are interesting like the Honda Crosstour and Toyota Venza. Might not be able to get one of those for <$10k yet, tho. Too new.... Also many regular 4 door cars with trunks would work and actually have more storage room than a Tahoe. Tahoes are big but they don't really have any real storage room. They are just.... big.

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fair enough.....but then what do you recommend for a person looking to spend less than 10k, needs to fit 3 car seats with room for storage/luggage? Not exactly in the market for a prius. If I could squeeze all three of my kids in my civic...I would.
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fair enough.....but then what do you recommend for a person looking to spend less than 10k, needs to fit 3 car seats with room for storage/luggage? Not exactly in the market for a prius. If I could squeeze all three of my kids in my civic...I would.
I owned 5 Dodge Caravans/Grand Caravans over the years. We sold our 2004 when all our kids grew up and flew the coop.

They're pretty amazing family vehicles. 22-24 mpg on the highway, if you behave yourself. Amazing amount of storage on the Grands. My wife loved them because the drive like cars. I found them to be pretty danged reliable. The only real problem is that some of them had transmission problems.

One other nice thing about the Grand Caravans is that they're not "all the rage" anymore. Prices have dropped dramatically. I sold our 2004 three years ago for $4500. About 100,000 miles. Perfect condition.

Might be worth looking into.
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need to it to haul a lawn tractor and other "goods"....our newest addition is causing me to get rid of my truck
Trailer hitch, and a 5x8 trailer. You can buy a new one for about $750. Might be worth considering.

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