Is buying a used Chevrolet HHR with 100,000 miles a good idea?

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    Is buying a used Chevrolet HHR with 100,000 miles a good idea?

    As some of you know, I really want to get a Chevrolet HHR. However, almost all the ones I find for sale are about $8500 with roughly 70,000 miles on them.

    My price range is under $7000 because I need to save up for college and an apartment and other expenses next year.

    I'm finding HHRs for around $6000, but they have roughly 100,000 miles on them.



    In order to buy an HHR, would buying one with more than 100,000 miles be a good idea?
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    Re: Is buying a used Chevrolet HHR with 100,000 miles a good idea?

    No, it's not a good idea. Buying any car with 100,000 miles is just asking for expensive repair bills. And if you're going to school can you really afford those kind of bills or have the car spend days in the repair shop?

    How about a low mileage 2006 Cobalt Coupe? I would do this if I was you.
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    Re: Is buying a used Chevrolet HHR with 100,000 miles a good idea?

    I will say this. If its well used, no oil leaks, clean dealership maintance records, you cannot go wrong.

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    Re: Is buying a used Chevrolet HHR with 100,000 miles a good idea?

    Get a small pickup like a Colorado or Canyon, 4 cylinder with a stick is fine, keeps it economical. People move all the time in college, you'll be the most popular guy on campus!
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    Re: Is buying a used Chevrolet HHR with 100,000 miles a good idea?

    Before you let the mileage scare you off, here is an article about buying used cars, which begins with the argument for a used car with 100,000 miles on it:

    http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com...-used-car.aspx

    For what it's worth, I would be fine with an HHR showing 100,000, as long as the maintenance records showed they were all completed on time.

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    Re: Is buying a used Chevrolet HHR with 100,000 miles a good idea?

    Depends on the individual vehicle and how it was taken care of. Any car from any manufacturer these days can go to 150K and beyond with minimal issues if it's taken care of.

    Those prices seem a bit high to me.

    One thing about a vehicle with that many miles: if whoever owns it still uses it regularly, I think you can kind of say that's not old, but that's it's stood the test of time. It must be free of any serious, chronic problems.
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    Re: Is buying a used Chevrolet HHR with 100,000 miles a good idea?

    If you don't mind a road trip, there are seven HHRs under $7,000 and in the 70-80,000 mile range on cars.com. At least on is owner with service records.

    http://www.cars.com/for-sale/searchr...ce&sf2Dir=DESC

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    Re: Is buying a used Chevrolet HHR with 100,000 miles a good idea?

    I would have to look and drive it first. If it feels right, I wouldn't worry about the 100,000 miles.
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    Re: Is buying a used Chevrolet HHR with 100,000 miles a good idea?

    If it was a Chevrolet Impala/Silverado with a 350 V8 I would say "bulletproof buy it." But a 4 cylinder engine, run, run, run!

    Over 100K with a Chevrolet 4 cylinder, you need to be a bigamist; married to a Banker and a Mechanic!

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    Re: Is buying a used Chevrolet HHR with 100,000 miles a good idea?

    My 2007 Ion has 96k on it. Still runs like a brand new car. I've kept the inside and outside clean, regular maintanence, and it's good to go for another 150k. I wouldn't be worried about it as much as say, 5+ years ago. They are built so much better now days. Drive it, inspect it, and check the history of it.
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    Re: Is buying a used Chevrolet HHR with 100,000 miles a good idea?

    Don't get all hung up on the mileage. There are crappy used cars out there with only 50,000 miles, and there are good used cars with twice or three times the mileage.

    It's all about how a car's been maintained. If you have service records and the car looks good and feels right, I say go for it.

    Besides, most new cars with proper maintenance can go 150,000-200,000 miles no problem.
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    Re: Is buying a used Chevrolet HHR with 100,000 miles a good idea?

    Quote Originally Posted by PAULSTS1 View Post
    If it was a Chevrolet Impala/Silverado with a 350 V8 I would say "bulletproof buy it." But a 4 cylinder engine, run, run, run!

    Over 100K with a Chevrolet 4 cylinder, you need to be a bigamist; married to a Banker and a Mechanic!
    Do what?

    Tell that to all the Cobalt drivers with an Ecotec that have 175-200k with no problems. The Ecotec is a beast of a small motor and will preform for a long time with good maintenance.

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    Re: Is buying a used Chevrolet HHR with 100,000 miles a good idea?

    Quote Originally Posted by bballr4567 View Post
    Do what?

    Tell that to all the Cobalt drivers with an Ecotec that have 175-200k with no problems. The Ecotec is a beast of a small motor and will preform for a long time with good maintenance.
    Agreed. However, to all of them i would say watch out for a large evap leak like mine has at 103k.

    Wait, im not the only person that has a Cobalt with 100k+?
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    Re: Is buying a used Chevrolet HHR with 100,000 miles a good idea?

    Quote Originally Posted by tbirderic View Post
    Don't get all hung up on the mileage. There are crappy used cars out there with only 50,000 miles, and there are good used cars with twice or three times the mileage.

    It's all about how a car's been maintained. If you have service records and the car looks good and feels right, I say go for it.

    Besides, most new cars with proper maintenance can go 150,000-200,000 miles no problem.

    Agree completely.

    You actually might be more wary of a car being sold with only 50K miles on it. I've usually bought cars because I've wanted them, not because I needed them. But still, when someone is selling a low-mileage car, they may be trying to rid themselves of problems.

    A higher-mileage car that is in regular use means that it's free of chronic problems. The owner may just be tired of it. 100,000 miles is not the barrier that it used to be.
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    Re: Is buying a used Chevrolet HHR with 100,000 miles a good idea?

    I won't lie....I balk when I see high mileage cars too. But sometimes a high mileage car is better than a car that spends a long time sitting. Like mentioned, try to see the maintenance history.

    If the car got 20k miles oil change intervals....run away. But if oil was changed every 5k miles....spending just $6k for a high-mile HHR vs. 8.5k might pay off in the long run.

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