Potential future OUTLOOK owner here...
I have been lurking for a week or so now, reading and researching...
I figured it was time to introduce myself.
My name is Chuck Colfax, I am a Professional Firefighter in Henrico County, VA.
And I am considering buying a pre-owned 2008 OUTLOOK XE FWD.
Unfortunately this will be my second car purchase in six months...
See, I am more of a big tires, big V8 kinda guy... but the reality of $3.50+ gas set in last summer.
So I sold my 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.9 Limited. Yeah. A 360 from the factory. Only +/- 14,000 of them made. 2.5" OME spings, ProComp MX-6 shocks, MOPAR Performance "kegger" intake and ECU, K&N FIPK II, MSD & Magnacore ignition, 3" cat-back with a 3" Flowmaster 40-Series. 161,000 miles and still fast, strong and loud.
The 5.9 was my DD, and that Magnum 360 LOVES it's 93 octane fuel!
Did I really need to drive a lifted, hot-rodded V8 to run back and for the to the firehouse ten days a month and to take my kids to daycare?
So I bought a 2011 KIA SOUL+ in August 2011.
In the five months I have had it, I have come to love the little blue Hamster Wagon.
It is a quirky, econo-wagon. But is actually a pretty good “driver’s car” too. Reminds me a little of the early-90's Golf's.
The wife has a 2004 Malibu LS V6 with 80k miles on it that is long since paid for and just got treated to new struts, shocks, brakes, TRE's and tires.
All was well until we found out she was preggo with kid #3.
And we do not have a vehicle that can carry three kids in Child Safety Seats (kid #1 is 3 1/2, kid #2 is almost 2).
Not to mention all the "stuff" that three kids require...
We had explored the Outlook / Acadia several years ago and they were more money than we wanted to spend.
But have kept up with them since we really liked the vehicle.
The OUTLOOK we are looking at is a 2008 XE FWD.
Dark blue (dunno what the "official" color name is) with the grey cloth interior.
We would prefer the AWD, but this one hits every other point we were looking for at a good price.
Carmax has it for $19,599.
Have read a lot about the timing chain issues.
Any ideas at what mileage they seem to crop up?
I should have the remainder of the factory 5-yr / 100K powertrain warranty.
And don't want to cough up another $1500 for Carmax's extended warranty.
Any other known major issues I should look for?
And yes, as soon as I take possession it will go to a GM dealer and have the VIN run for Recalls and TSB's.
And yes, because of the kind of guy I am I will change all the fluids right away too.
I am not a professional driver, or a certified technician or anything like that, just a guy who LOVES cars and has for as long as I can remember.
(My dad was a “car guy” too…)
I have had a diverse collection of vehicles, and am pretty good at being objective.
I have gone thru a “Muscle Car” stage… One of my first cars was a 78 Camaro with a 305 and a 4-speed. I quickly realized that not all V8’s are equal and that the 305 was a dog. So it was sold and replaced with a 70 Ford Torino GT with a 351 Cleveland. Now THAT was a car…
I have gone thru a “Ricer” stage… Can you say 2nd Gen Eagle Talon TSi (Mitsu Eclipse GS-T) and 3rd Gen Acura Integra GS-R?
And a “Lifted SUV” stage… The 98 Grand Cherokee 5.9 Limited mentioned previously as well as a 94 XJ on 33's.
As well as multiple “daily driver” type vehicles over the years.
The rest of the current fleet consists of:
1995 Jeep Wrangler. 3.5" springs, 1" shackle, 1" body, 35 x 12.50 Interco TrXus MT's, 4.88's.
1992 F150 2wd. 302. Explorer GT-40 heads, upper and lower intake. Flowtech longtube headers, custom 2.5" Y-pipe, single cat, Thrush welded muffler, NASCAR-style side dump in front of rear axle. F350 front coils, F250 rear leafs, 31 x 10.50 x 15 BFG AT's. Plans include a bigger cam and a MAF-conversion.
The Family Hauler: 2008 Outlook XE FWD<br />The Commuter: 2004 Malibu LS <br />The Toy: 1995 Wrangler on 35's<br />The Truck: 1992 F-150