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A local dealership is selling a Sky Redline for 11500 with 106000 miles. The carfax is clear except for one accident that the owner scraped against a curb. I am currently driving an ION 2. Being 22 I want to make sure the thing will last I remember them coming out and wanting one but couldn't find one I liked for a price that I could afford.
Being 6'1 and having a bad knee I am unsure how I would fit in it for a long drive. Living in Indiana and driving to Ohio every couple of weeks could get painful (600 miles round trip). Any help would be appreciated.
Go test drive the car for yourself. Be sure to adjust the seat for your height. There is an electric up/down adjustment, the switch is on the front left side of the seat.
If proper maintenance is done, there is no reason these cars shouldn't go 200,000 miles. However, I would anticipate having to change the turbo out before hitting the 200 mark, depending on how spirited the previous driver used the car. But we are into unknown territory, there are very few Redlines out there with over 100,000; so you might be one of the first test mules.
I have mentioned this before to new owners: If you are purchasing the Sky Redline as a trouble free daily driver that must not fail; then you may want to rethink your use for the car. Yes, the majority of them seem to hold up well and very few experience serious issues. However, ANY forced induction vehicle has an added layer of issues. IE: Boost leaks in the charge system do to failing clamps, failing ICs, or turbo issues.
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Last edited by GS Stage 1; 01-24-2013 at 02:02 PM.
Only be afraid of the miles if your the kind of guy who pays people to do things for you.
If you can replace things yourself, go for it. Great deal on fast, awesome car. I would buy it in a heartbeat. Things to consider in your budget.
Synthetic Oil, Premium Gas, price of tires on 18"
Things you may have to replace in the near future.
Clutch, Turbo, intercooler, battery, struts, bearings, tie rods, brakes, rotors, plugs, etc..
You won't have to do everything, but they will all go at some point. If you can't do them yourself or learn how to- you could be looking at some spendy repairs. Parts can be found relatively cheap if you know what you're doing. Could be a great project.
We have plenty of drivers your size who do well with the car. As GS said, they are adjustable enough to fit most people well.
There are examples of normally aspirated 2.4 non turbo cars going well above 100K miles as daily drivers and a few at twice that number of miles.
The 2.0s have mostly been used as a second or third vehicle and tend to have a lot less miles accumulated.
A consideration is that what you save on up front procurement cost you may end up paying for in maintenance due to the high mileage.
The water pumps tend to fail as early as 25K miles and a lot are failing by 50 - 60 k miles. Changing the water pump can lead to other challenges if the proper procedures and tools are not used.
You dont say if its a standard or an auto. If its a standard, the clutch may need to be replaced which starts at about $1300. Again, by someone who knows what they are doing.
Since the cars tend to be used for special occasions or only in good weather, there are a lot of low mileage cars out there. Before you take the leap, find out more about how the miles were accumulated. If it was mostly highway miles that is one consideration. If its ready for a clutch change and the water pump is on its last legs . .. then you will need to factor that into the equation.
Also I would look around for a low mileage car. We frequently see normally aspirated cars for not a whole lot more than the $12k the dealer is quoting and you could be dollars ahead by finding a car that is a few thousand more but has less than 20k miles. there are cars listed on the Sol forum that are 3-4 years old with less than 5k miles on them.
2007 Sol GXP LS3 Hot Cam Punisher
2008 Sky RL 2.0 GMPP tune Green Dragon
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6'2" and fit OK. Tried on a Vette before I purchased this car. The Corvette had slightly less headroom. I'm comfortable in it but only drive it on the weekends. I've got a big 300 as a daily driver. Exiting can be a pain, but its a sports car.
Would any of you guys buy a R/L sky with over 100k MILES...u guys are nuts...he is 22 yrs of age. It is money thrown away....Yes, if it is a project car is one thing..but I don't think he is asking that question...I wouldn't even buy a NA with those miles.
And with a bad knee...do u believe he is buying a clutch.
Last edited by marlboromike; 01-24-2013 at 10:08 PM.
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