I live in SE Kansas. I have a 2002 GMC Sonoma with 4.3 Vortch Engine. It had 42,000 miles on it when I bought in 2005. It now has 122,000 miles on it. It is an extended cab. I installed BedRug…

joejoy

I live in SE Kansas.

I have a 2002 GMC Sonoma with 4.3 Vortch Engine. It had 42,000 miles on it when I bought in 2005. It now has 122,000 miles on it. It is an extended cab. I installed BedRug and Truceedo cover when I purchased it. In the past five years, I have replaced the intake manifold gasket, the passenger side ABS sensor on the front wheel. Just last fall I replaced the radiator. The rest has been general maintenance. Oh, I should have checked my book I keep in the glovebox. I also replaced brake shoes and pads. I keep the book for myself. I record each fillup and all work is done on it with date, miles, etc. On a Cavalier I sold several years ago I collected more than I asked for it. Two of the guys looking at it saw the book and remembered that their grandfathers used to do that and their vehicles were kept in great shape. They started raising the price. Now, I have another reason to keep those records.

My wife has a 2005 Toyota X-Runner. We picked it up with 10,600 miles and it now has 62,000 miles. The only thing I had to do is replace the plastic bushings in the shifter.

I am looking at selling my Sonoma to purchase a 4Runner SR5 Premium 4WD. Used, of course. Do you have any advice on what I need to look out for and any other suggestions? I tried out a 2017 at a dealer last week. I liked the way it drives, expensive. It has all the options I want. I was unable to get them down to a reasonable price.

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joejoy
joejoy

I have been advertising on FaceBook that I am looking for the 4Runner I described. At the dealership, we played a game. They claimed that the trade-in value on this vehicle is XXX$. They were already making me a good deal because they would be paying me to take the vehicle if they went any lower. I looked up the trade-in value with every option I could find in four different companies and sent them the list. I pointed out that these were all about 3,000 lower than they claimed. It did not do ay good. I just received a double talk. The nice this here is that this vehicle has 20,-- miles on it and is certified so I get the rest of the warranty, 7yrs and 60,000 miles. I have learned not to trust their service and parts departments. By the way, I am not an auto mechanic. The occupation I loved the most was being a Manufacturing Engineer. The last 20 years before I retired was as a computer tech. Thanks, Al

Scotty Kilmer
Scotty Kilmer

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4 runners are the bomb. but you will NEVER get a good price at a dealer