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Could a low mileage 2004 be better than a new 2004?

I was thinking that a used 2004 may have been picked off the lot quickly and put away in a garage and babied.

But a new 2004 might have been sitting out in the sun and rain for a year. Perhaps the top was left open outside on display days on end. Perhaps it was sitting in the show room with people climbing in and out all day.

My local Toyota dealer has a convertible on display and everytime I go by it is sitting outside with the top down. I have a convertible and only leave the top down when driving. If I stop I close it up tight. I once had a beige interior convertible and was amazed at how much dirt gets in there in a few hours of sitting parked.

Any thoughts on this?

Thanks,
David
 

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Some reasons to buy low milage used SSRs

toycarcollector said:
Could a low mileage 2004 be better than a new 2004?

I was thinking that a used 2004 may have been picked off the lot quickly and put away in a garage and babied.

But a new 2004 might have been sitting out in the sun and rain for a year. Perhaps the top was left open outside on display days on end. Perhaps it was sitting in the show room with people climbing in and out all day.Thanks,
David
Well David,

There is certainly one compelling reason to buy brand new... that is the warranty starts from the day you purchase it. Theory would be you would have warranty for 3 full years vs. lets say 2 full years.

However there can be many reasons why one may want to buy one "like new" lower mileage 03 or 04 vs. a brand new one.
  • You might find the exact color and options you are looking for... I believe most that are left unsold now are lower optioned SSRs.
  • Sitting on the lot for a year may pose some concerns as described by yourself.
  • If it was special ordered you can possible get one that is a "highly" documented.
  • You can tell if it was well maintained by the condition and if the owner documented their maintenance and dealer service etc.
  • If there were any issues they should have been addressed by now.
  • You still can purchase additional extended warranties
 

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toycarcollector said:
Could a low mileage 2004 be better than a new 2004?

I was thinking that a used 2004 may have been picked off the lot quickly and put away in a garage and babied.

But a new 2004 might have been sitting out in the sun and rain for a year. Perhaps the top was left open outside on display days on end. Perhaps it was sitting in the show room with people climbing in and out all day.

My local Toyota dealer has a convertible on display and everytime I go by it is sitting outside with the top down. I have a convertible and only leave the top down when driving. If I stop I close it up tight. I once had a beige interior convertible and was amazed at how much dirt gets in there in a few hours of sitting parked.

Any thoughts on this?

Thanks,
David

Bird made a deposit on my passenger seat the other day. Not nice on leather.
 

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If you're truly interested in the used 2004, get the VIN number from that one and get a CARFAX report. It might give you a bit more info as to why (if anything) that one was traded in.

When you prepare for any car purchase, take your time and make an informed decision.

Look for some of the 03/04 issues (new or used)

1) Operate the hardtop - make sure the tonneau cover does not hit anything
2) Look for scratches on the roof/tonneau cover (indication of a misaligned roof or tonneau cover)
3) Turn on the A/C and set the blower motor to setting "2". Do you hear the wonderful "knock-knock-knock" noise that my 03 and others have. I think there might be a fix for this now (finally).
4) Aux gauge pod - make sure all of the gauges are functional (if present)
5) Hood prop rod - make sure there are not obvious "extra" bends from it being bent in the past.

My 03 SSR was not a very good example of how good the SSR can be (I no longer own it). I test drove an 05 Aqua Blur SSR a couple months ago, but the amount of money to get back into a SSR (05) is just too much for me (right now).

Good luck...I wish it was me trying to puchase one again.... :thumbs
 

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It's a Wash

toycarcollector said:
Could a low mileage 2004 be better than a new 2004?

I was thinking that a used 2004 may have been picked off the lot quickly and put away in a garage and babied.

But a new 2004 might have been sitting out in the sun and rain for a year. Perhaps the top was left open outside on display days on end. Perhaps it was sitting in the show room with people climbing in and out all day.

My local Toyota dealer has a convertible on display and everytime I go by it is sitting outside with the top down. I have a convertible and only leave the top down when driving. If I stop I close it up tight. I once had a beige interior convertible and was amazed at how much dirt gets in there in a few hours of sitting parked.

Any thoughts on this?

Thanks,
David

David,

I think it's a wash. The previously owned SSR could have experienced everything the new SSR could have experienced. The only difference is that the person who owned the previously owned one could have taken and babied it after all of the exposer. You don't know and the dealer probably doesn't know. He probably can't tell you anything about the exposure history of either SSR's. The only thing you can go by is your own senses. Do the vehicles still have that new car smell? Do the vehicles have look clean in the interior? Are they dusty inside? How does the engine compartment look?

I think the bottom line is that you just have to choose. One thing that may be comforting is that from all of the posts on this forum people leave their vehicles in all types of conditions. Some have the SSR exposed to snow, rain and or sun on a continous basis. If the vehicle is used daily then it is exposed to these conditions daily. I have never seen a post where daily exposer has resulted in problems with the vehicle (seals worn, window leaking, etc.). The vehicles that have had these conditions seemed to have started out with these conditions and either have a low incidence of occurance or occur regularly. In both cases most of these have been dealt with on TSB (technical service bulletin).

So, as they say on EBAY, "Buy with Confidence". Do your research (carfax, question the dealer, etc). Rely on the vehicle being capable to withstand exposure (It appears to be able to from all the posts I have seen) and get the one you want.

I hope this helps.

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