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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-11-2019, 10:59 AM Thread Starter
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Hello everyone. I am looking to buy a 2009 outlook XR. The test drive was very smooth and as expected of a truck this old. However I noticed check engine light was on. The seller mentioned that engine oil life might be less than 20% and an oil change might fix that. Also the second row seats were not sliding forward properly to allow access to 3rd row. The seller struggled to show the smart slide feature and gave up when the seat cushion would not tilt. The seats were very hard to slide forward and backwards. Are these issues common in an outlook that is about 10 yrs old. Also the truck has about 100k miles and seller said there were no issues with transmission on timing chain so far. I am looking for advice in making a decision. Thanks
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-11-2019, 08:58 PM
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Make sure you have the check engine light code read to see what the actual problem is before you buy. I doubt that changing the oil will clear that CEL. Bring it to Autozone and they can read the codes for you.
Hey it's 10 years old. How much is he selling it for? I just sold mine with 212,000 for $550. The new owner is very happy.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-12-2019, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the advice. List price is $7545. And mileage is 100k. All services done at dealer and transmission/engine appear in good condition.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-14-2019, 09:09 AM
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I wouldn't touch one with an active code until finding out what repair for that code would cost, worst case.

Currently: 2015 Traverse LT AWD in Blue Velvet Metallic with Black Interior & Dash. 20" wheels with Yokohama G055s. Dual Zone Air with Heated Seats. Bose Stereo (lame, will improve) with Rear Entertainment System. Aftermarket Hitch. OEM Roof Crossbars coming.

Previously: 2008 Outlook XE FWD in Midnight/Tan. Dual Air/Premium Stereo w/ Polk & Pioneer Speakers, Roof Rails, Aftermarket Hitch/Wiring. 239K miles -- 85% Highway.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-15-2019, 01:37 PM
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The seat problem is probably that the previous owner doesn't use the slide feature of the seats and therefore doesn't know how to use them, my 07 outlook has 210,000 and I too was having trouble with my seats until I figured them out....they slide with ease now that I know how to use them. Sounds like a good price for the 09. The only problem I really had with mine was the rear control arm bushings would go bad at about 100,000 miles and I would have a hard time controlling the vehicle on the freeway .....had to slow down to gain control of it again, till I had them replaced....twice! hope this helps!
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