Im looking to buy an EA as my 2nd car (after i found out it was going to cost $1400 for a reco transmission in my mazda), ive seen one thats done 380,000 km, had its transmission replaced at 200,000, apparantley hasnt had the head replaced. Is this just far too many kms to consider?
Don't forget that there is a contrast between "country kays" and "city kays" in terms of wear on components. Only your mechanic can truly know the difference, unless signs of excessive wear are obvious.
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although the 3.9 motors are tough, siginfiicant advances were made through to the 4.0s which allow such high milage (i saw an EF with 800,000KM on it, all original components, bar head gasket i think). my cfi EA has done 330,000, and althoguh i look after, the previous owners lack of care shows on a cold start :) youd be looking at a reco engine pretty soon id say.
how much do you have to spend? id aim for ~200,000
my Wagen have done a "Cupple of kms" it was a reps car so it did a lot of country k's in out words did a lot of long trips, which isn't as hard on a car that has done less kms around town, i have seen EAs will a HUGE ammount less km's them mine that run SHIT.. i might have been lucky, but i think that most EA's should have had the head done even if they dont seem to b bad but for a matter of course cos we all know they have been know to do them..
Catch ya CATman
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