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Greetings, and looking for buying advice


 
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Demes



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2024 14:54    Post subject: Greetings, and looking for buying advice Reply with quote

Hi guys!

I'm glad to see that this forum is still alive, and full of helpful stuff. I've been on the hunt for a decent L400 for a few years, and would like to ask for advice on one that's being sold on the group's FB. 5.5k in Barnsley, P264 FTT, apparently a '97 import with ~140k which must be a mix of miles and km. (Sorry, can't post link because I'm new)
There's nothing obviously wrong that I can spot from the pictures - on another picture I was sent there's some rot on the back of the left hand side sill, and the sliding door's bottom edge above it. Otherwise, there are plenty of pictures inside/outside/underneath and that seems acceptable for a 27 year old thing.
Is that a fair price if truly everything else works? I'm going in with a worst case scenario and assuming all maintenance bits (timing, fluids, everything) should be changed quite soon. Are there glaring faults or dealbreakers I should be looking out for? I've been reading around on this (and other) forums for some general buying advice but I'm obviously a newcomer to these vans so I'd appreciate some pointers.
It's a 3 hour drive for me so if there's anything anyone can spot from the pictures or MOT history that's a huge red flag, let me know. Otherwise I might give it a try, and if the mechanical bits all do their part okay then I might go with this.
On that note, anything important I can try on a test drive (gearbox smooth enough, 4WD works, engine is healthy) or any other spots underneath that I should 100% check for any rust or worrying signs?

Cheers,
Steve
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2024 18:55    Post subject: Reply with quote

Two posts worth looking at for help are:-  
Specifications and model info for potential L400 buyers
A/T switch and 4WD Gear Controls For New Owners
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2024 22:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Lewis! Read through those, quite useful especially the 4WD operation - that'll come in handy for testing.
If you can find it, do you reckon the car in question is worth the asking price? I know that's near impossible to tell from pictures but..roughly?
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