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Scared To Buy A Used 2001

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Hey y'all; been wanting a more reliable vehicle and Sick of throwing parts at the two dodge dakotas i have so i'm saving towards something else. Here is a 2001 Sienna for $2500 (hope to get them way down from this). History report on it looks great but the man has no maintenance records for it. He's the 2nd owner and idk how well it was kept up. The van looks really great, white with very little blemish. 163,768 miles on it.

I knew about the corolla being able to go hundreds of thousand miles as well as the camry. So i'm researching and find out about the dreaded 'oil gel' issue. That's a huge deal for a company that's supposed to make long lasting cars, yeah. I doubt the seller will want me removing his valve cover gasket. If he has cleaned the engine (haven't looked at it yet) then it'd be hard to tell from the outside.
How do i verify the van has this issue or not? Think this van will go for 300000 miles easily? Look into my future and say for sure :) Thanks guys
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I sold my 2001 Sienna at 239,000 miles, still didn't use oil, and had never needed anything beyond standard maintenance (of course, at that age, standard maintenance had involved a timing chain and the pulleys, but still...). Loved that van, and only got rid of it in order to get a newer one with more room (four smallish kids on long trips).

That said, I was the third owner, my dad had been the second, and he had talked to the original owner, who had been strictly by the book when it came to maintenance, so when I got it at 163,000 I knew exactly what I was getting. Without maintenance records, that's harder to gauge. If you do pursue it, and if it isn't too far from home, it'd be worthwhile to take it to a mechanic you trust and see what they have to say. A seller might be leery about you being gone too long, and it might take some kind of earnest money/offers to leave your vehicle there while you take the van for an inspection/hostages to reassure them, but if they're opposed to having it looked over I'd run.
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