+1. The only reason for a rational owner to replace an engine in an old car is if its in otherwise excellent condition and they want to drive it long term. "Flipping" a car with problems for resale increases the odds that corners will be cut. The red flags that everyone else has pointed out make this a poor bet, regardless of the test drive / inspection.Things that would bother me:
1. Why was the engine replaced at 125k? It could be a stuck thermostat/overheat, maybe a radiator failure/overheat, and that's fine, but I'd like to know why.
Maybe. It could be a good deal, or it could turn out to be a money pit and repair nightmare. You need a good inspection and some good documention from the seller. If it's a one-owner Pilot, they should have all the repairs well detailed, with receipts.Too many red flags as mentioned above. I’d pass on this one.
I have to fight the urge because if not I would nitpick all day. But I realize a used car just can’t be perfect. It’s a long internal battle.I can nitpick whatever I want. I am a professional nitpicker. When I purchase a used car, it is a diamond in the rough. Spend 6 months looking, call on 100 cars, go look at 5, and buy one.
This is a good question!Curious at what price point Piloteers here would consider for this Pilot knowing that the motor has been replaced, needs TB, regular maintenance and assuming the body is in great shape with little to no rust. Perhaps $2200?