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Hi Jules.

It all depends on what level of inspection these guys offer, just saying and defining it as "comprehensive" means very little unless it is supported by the actual list of things they will check.

Sometimes a visit to your local mechanic for half of that cost would be more than enough and other times you would pay a fortune and they will still forget to check important things like the recall history of the vehicle.

I would certainly recommend you take the initiative yourself and get the vehicle's history checked from your side before shelling out more money on having it mechanically checked. You also need to make sure that you narrow down your selection to 2 vehicles at the most, otherwise you'll be spending far too much money on inspections.

Also, don't forget that all Nissan dealers and most caryards offer used car warranty which would perotect you to some extent against un-discovered faults. Just make sure you read the fine print.

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It's an unfortunate truth when buying a vehicle - people lie, even when they seem genuine. The previous owner of my car said he had serviced it at every interval, I took his word and only after buying it and checking the logbook did I find it hadn't been serviced for 50,000kms. I would really recommend paying the ~$200-300 to get an inspection done by an independent party.

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Thanks for the excellent advice. I have been checking log books and have done my homework so far.

I think I have it narrowed down to four cars at this stage. I would very much appreciate any feedback you guys could give if I am on the right track, or if I should avoid any of these?

2004 159,267 kms (dealer)
http://www.carsales.com.au/all-cars/dealer/details.aspx?Cr=0&R=AGC-AD-14349855

2004 112,674 kms
http://www.carsales.com.au/all-cars/private/details.aspx?Cr=0&R=SSE-AD-2322635

2004 140,643 kms
http://www.carsales.com.au/all-cars/private/details.aspx?Cr=0&R=SSE-AD-2436588

2006 108,000kms
http://www.carsales.com.au/all-cars/private/details.aspx?Cr=0&R=SSE-AD-2366234

Much appreciative for the help.

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Jules
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The first one is very hard to pass-out on as it includes the dealer warranty and the price is right, even though it has the highest kms travelled out of all 4. The Black ST with alloys looks good as well but requires a full check prior to purchase of course.

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Thanks. I'll get a full check on whatever I end up getting.
I was at that dealer last week looking and it was 1k higher than that price.

Very tempting, although SWMBO does like sunroofs........

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That sunroof on the black ST-X looks like a dealership aftermarket add-on, as it is too small to be a factory one that is only available on the Ti range

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The sunroof on the ST-X. Are there any issues with the aftermarket units? It seems to operate well and I could not see any sealing issues with it?

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I don't think there would be anything wrong with it if it was fitted professionally by the dealer contractors, am just saying it may not worth the extra $$$ you can be asked to pay for it when compared to the factory sunroof that comes as standard on the top of the range Ti models.

Have a look at some Ti model with the factory sunroof to compare.

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OK, so I made the mistake of driving an early model T31 CVT!

The idea of a T30 just went south, so I have arrived at the inevitable question.

Is there such a thing as an independent inspector (like the ones I highlighted above) who can give an expert opinion on the CVT as well as a report on the rest of the car.

I am looking at 2007-2009 T31's with roughly 110,000 - 165,000kms.

I'm also assuming the transmission should have had its service by now, and if it was to have any issues they would have sprung up by now?

Thanks again,
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I forgot to add, the car I drove today had a slight whine, but was silent when coasting in neutral. Not sure if this helps, as not ever driving this transmission I had no idea what I was doing!

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