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Buying used and had a few questions.

I'm looking to buy a '11 5.7 Crewmax SR5 with 95k miles.

Had a local dealership check it out today before I handed the money over and they came back with $2.4k in repairs. Dealership costs right?

It's mostly standard stuff, brakes, coolant flush, transmission flush etc. But what I didn't expect them finding was a "moderate" oil leak from timing cover. They have it quoted at about $1.5k for parts and labor on that alone. That's without a new timing chain.

I know I can get it done cheaper at a mechanic but should that be something to worry about? Guy says he'll knock $100 of asking price because all of this?

Any advice? Thanks!

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Any idea why it could be leaking or what it might lead to?
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Repair is estimated at 2.4 grand and only a measly 100 bucks off?? I would also run like a bat out of hell out of there also.

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Yep, run! And if you want and have the VIN you can look up the info for that Truck on Toyota. I did that for every truck I looked at until I bought the one I have. My truck had documented work all the way up till the first owner got rid of it.

for instance I saw where it was serviced at three different dealerships including Sparks Toyota. Seeing how I have a TRD air intake and tow mirrors, I would assume they may have put them on the truck.

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Only way I would consider buying that truck is if the dealership fixed everything before I bought it. No way I would buy a truck like that knowing it had 2,400 in repairs that are needed unless they took $2400 off the price AFTER I negotiated down to the price I wanted.
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He's buying private party. How much is he asking? How does the rest of the truck look? There's more to the equation right now. However, $1500 for a critical repair is huge. But as a smart buyer I would say figure what you'd offer then take $2400 off that along with a new timing belt because if you're going in that deep might as well replace the belt while you're at it. Be firm. It's a good deal if you get it for your price and there's nothing else wrong


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He's buying private party. How much is he asking? How does the rest of the truck look? There's more to the equation right now. However, $1500 for a critical repair is huge. But as a smart buyer I would say figure what you'd offer then take $2400 off that along with a new timing belt because if you're going in that deep might as well replace the belt while you're at it. Be firm. It's a good deal if you get it for your price and there's nothing else wrong


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He's asking 26,500. What he claims to owe on it. The rest of the truck is clean, not a dent, scratch or stain. I'm having a buddy's shop quote it out first, but the dude selling really rubbed me wrong by not dropping the price. Thanks for the heads up everyone. I'm just wondering why that would be leaking? And with so little miles? Has anyone ever seen that? Common?
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And yea I was buying private, just took it to the dealership to get looked over. Guess I'll be happy to only be out $130 on that instead of $26k+ and having to repair a "moderately" leaking timing cover.
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Timing chain cover leakage is not that uncommon in these vehicles. Just like cam tower leakage is not that uncommon. It's not an indication of anything, it just is what it is. I'd leave it alone all the same if the guy is being a douche.

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He's asking 26,500. What he claims to owe on it. The rest of the truck is clean, not a dent, scratch or stain. I'm having a buddy's shop quote it out first, but the dude selling really rubbed me wrong by not dropping the price. Thanks for the heads up everyone. I'm just wondering why that would be leaking? And with so little miles? Has anyone ever seen that? Common?
According to Kelly Blue book that is way over priced. A SR5 with 95,000 miles in very good condition is showing $22,000 around here. He's wanting $4,500 more than that and it needs $2500 in work. I would run away from that truck unless they are going for a lot more near you. Sounds like he is upside down with his payments and trying to get out from under them.
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FWIW, my 2010 RW CM with 50k sold for $25.5k. And it was immaculate inside, leveled, bedliner, tonneau, Nav/touchscreen with backup cam...

It did sell for less than it should have, but sold very quickly.

No leaks, nothing. The timing cover had just been resealed under warranty (Plat extended).

For 95k miles and needing that amount of work that is priced too high imo.


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Timing chain cover leakage is not that uncommon in these vehicles. Just like cam tower leakage is not that uncommon. It's not an indication of anything, it just is what it is. I'd leave it alone all the same if the guy is being a douche.
I agree, those leaks are pretty common and timing covers leak on most Toyotas with chains. There is no gasket just Form In Place Gasket Sealer or F.I.P.G for short. It's basically gooey silicone.


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