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Old 04-30-2013, 10:04 AM   #1
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Default Looking for quick feedback on buying CPO outback


My wife is looking to purchase a 2012 Outback limited V6. It turns out it was a loaner vehicle for the dealer and has 10K miles on it. When we go to test drive it, as soon as it it started all the dash lights are on or flashing. This includes the CEL, ebrake, traction control, cruise. The sales guy of course said this has never happened before and maybe he's never seen it happen, but looking online, this has happened to others. I'm not saying it's common since most people that post complaints are in the minority, but it doesn't give you full confidence in the car. They cleared the codes, said nothing as to why it occurred, reinforced that fact that it is a CPO and everything it warranty covered for 100K. THe car drove fine, but are concerned about buying it then being at the repair shop down the line.

There's a nearly identical car for sale in another state that my wife saw, but didn't test drive. Don't know if that car has same issue, but it was a one-owner car and has clean carfax, but is not CPO. We like the added warranty coverage, but what good is it if you have to deal with CEL's and such after the purchase. Maybe there's a reason it was a loaner car???

Anyways, my wife will need to make a decision fast as she is selling her 2002 outback this week. thanks.
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:48 AM   #2
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If it's a CPO, I think financially, you're covered. Do all your maintenance and warranty work through the dealer, and they'll always have the records. They will cover everything, and it won't cost you extra money.
However, your time and the hassle to bring it back as needed...
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