2003 Buick Regal with 177K miles.. Is it worth it?

Asked by OnyxColby1 Jan 16, 2017 at 09:24 PM about the 2003 Buick Regal LS Sedan FWD

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

I've been shopping around looking for a
first car, and I came across a 2003 Buick
Regal with 177,000 miles on it. The current
owner wants about $1800 for it, Which I'm
perfectly fine with paying. My only concern  
is how long I can expect the engine to last
before it gives out ( I don't want to invest
money in the car, only to find out that it's
going to die on me 50,000 miles later).

My other option is a 2004 Ford Focus with
94,000 miles on it. The owner is asking for
$2400,  but I'm not sure what is wrong with

What do you guys think?  I would be
willing to pay the extra ~$800 for a car with
nearly half the miles. I'm planning on using
the car to commute back-and-forth to
work, as well as possibly going on a road
trip or two in the next couple of years,  so it
obviously want to car that I know will last.
But, if the Buick's engine will last, I would
be more than happy with buying it.

Please let me know what you think!

4 Answers


There's about 4 - 5 things I do when checking a used vehicle not including the MANDATORY test drive but I can't be there with you .half has been gut feeling towards the previous owner . If you want my gut feeling on this talk the price down on the ford and go with that .

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177K? Nope. Only time to consider a motor with 177K on it is if it's a diesel. There are just too many unknowns to deal with to consider a motor with that kind of mileage.

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The engine could go out tomorrow or last another 100,000 miles but that all depends on the condition it is in now. The price is not too bad IF the car is in good shape. Have it checked out or offer the guy less money. If you can afford to lose $1,800 then drive in until it dies. If you can get 30,000 miles out of it then you got your monies worth. Bottom line - have a mechanic check the cars out or roll the dice.

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2003 a 14 year old car ! !!! age deteriorates plenty , plastics,, heat dried , rust, all fluid ect good miles or not ! a Buick is a good choice from my experience I would pass on the flimsy ford here ! if it shifts nice and can feel overdrive kick in and the engine revs smooth and no noise , under engine no fluids leaked all over the real price is still about 15 to 19 because of the miles, if its clean and smooth driving buy it new ones are quite more

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