ah good news for you. It's always good to have a few mechanic shops and be on good terms with the mechanics and not put ALL your trust in one shop/one mechanic just because ''i trust them/they always been good to me''. There are numerous reasons for this. Sometimes you have a shop/mechanic with a rigid, cocky, know it all attitude and set in their ways . Sometimes you get the inexperienced mechanics or ones with personal problems/dug-alcohol issues. One big reason too is when you think you found that ''perfect shop/great mechanic'' and put all your trust into them , invest your time and money with them, they can gain your confidence and rip you off by padding the bill or doing unnecessary work/parts replacements on your vehicle or not even really doing the work they got paid for. It does happen.Well, the rear left brake pad was really worn, which was odd as I had the rotors and pads done last June. This shop suspected no lubrication was applied. So I had to redo the pads to pass the safety and that was it! They gave me a deal (I think) and charged $205.00 to do it with pads they had on hand. I guess they were impressed how good the Little Silver Bus looked for its high mileage, and no suspension issues, either. Tightened up the loose heat shield as I mentioned some rattle was annoying me. These guys are pretty good; I think I will use them for more stuff now, and not bother with the young cheaper guy anymore. Anyway, on with the search...
Thanks for the tip on the glass!ahhhhhh lo0ks good. Congrats.....you do need a windshield. When you get it replaced, ask for a ''SHADED wndshield'' . I had the plain factory tinted windshield and after a year ( i'm an autoglass installer ) i asked my insurance company if okay to install a shaded band windshield. Sometimes there is no cost or very little cost difference. But what a nice difference to have the green or blue shaded band at the top. Congrats on the truck.
Ya! My old one just had rails, and came with ugly racks which we sold...This one came with some rack extensions for skis and canoes, which I doubt we will use.Very nice! It even has roof rails.
I meant 75K less than the kms on our first one when we bought it (286K), but ya, half the kms of what we have now, haha! The shop that did the safety on ours suggested listing it at 1500, and thought I could get 1200. One of our mechanics keeps reminding me to call him when we are ready to sell, so hopefully he has someone in mind.There is some basis to the old adage ''go with what you know''. Congrats. I just don't get the only 75K less mileage. I thought your original was up to 435,000km, so the difference should be 220,000? Anyway, I hope you can maximize what you can sell the original for with its recent safety inspection pass. The Bonavista's have a good set of features.
Does it actually need a windshield? I can't tell from the pics.
Well, lol, it is a used vehicle and somebody sold it for a reason, so chances are you will need to pay to replace a part or two/service something!......we all have been in this used car situation. Sometimes tho you can buy a used vehicle and feel like you struck gold. My brother's cars are a good example. One is a 04 toyota matrix i originally found for my father when he was age 81. That car went to one brother and has been an excellent used car buy with pretty much nothing gone wrong, just tires and fluids, filters and after 13 years it finally needed a new starter. The other brother bought a used 2014 toyota corolla and has had less then one year, so far just puts gas in it and no issues at all. I too have had great success with all the japanese vehicles i have boughten ( i lost count...8? ). I just buy them, routine maintenance , an occasional minor replacement part and then sell the vehicle after 3-4 years from boredom. Best of luck with your latest Xtrail, hopefully problem free and a great vehicle for your needs.Thanks for the window tips, Tony. Looks like the guy we chose always replaces the molding, but he cannot get tinted glass. That is OK, though. He didn't even want our credit card number to order it...small town life!
On another note, I went through the small pile of maintenance receipts this morning and also went through the apparently thorough inspection it came with, highlighting the urgent matters and the less critical issues, so I could call the mechanic who did it and ask him to explain a few things. We had experienced a sort of clunky sound in the rear going over bumps yesterday which we did not notice when we test drove it as it was full of winter tires rolling around, clunking. The guy was very nice and explained various things and said he did not notice any clunking. So, I take it to our new favorite local shop, and in five minutes the guy drove it, put it in the air, and told me it was the left rear sway bar bushing. He showed me the problem, and said it was a cheap and fast fix. He also said they would have marked that with an X if they had done the inspection. Next Tuesday, I go in to get that fixed. He will also go over the brakes, rotors and calipers which the inspection said all needed to be replaced. They told me often the calipers do not need replacing, but need to be unstuck, which would save money. A complete brake job would run about $900.00 with their parts, and I am welcome to buy from Rock Auto to possibly save money. According to the inspection, we will also have to clean the battery contacts as they are apparently corroded, and the block heater is probably not working. And he said there may be an engine coolant leak. So it begins...