L300 reliability?

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Old 08-25-2013, 07:50 PM
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I found a car for sale right down the road from me that I am thinking about making a serious offer on. I am pretty familiar with the ins and outs of the SL cars but I have no knowledge of the L300s other then i have heard they tend to have some reliability issue (trans and stuff).

It looks real clean, seems to have low miles and it would be nice to upgrade to power windows and some leather but I need some info. Im not getting rid of my SL but i may add this to the drive for my frequent trips to wilmington. Here is a link to the car.

http://raleigh.craigslist.org/cto/4022824431.html
 
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What is the mileage on the L300 ??
 
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Old 08-26-2013, 12:42 AM
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What is the mileage on the L300 ??

its an auto with 114k
 
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OK -- Here's the long and the short of it ...

L300's have a V-6 engine. It also has a timing belt, rather than a timing chain. Timing belts do wear out, so it (the belt) should be changed every so often. I'm not sure what the recommended interval is - you'll have to get that info from someone/somewhere else. I do know one thing however ... THAT V-6 IS AN INTERFERENCE ENGINE. That means, if the timing belt breaks, there are gonna be damaged internal parts (valves, heads, etc) which will entail an engine teardown/rebuild. Let your conscience be your guide ....
 
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Originally Posted by OceanArcher View Post
OK -- Here's the long and the short of it ...

L300's have a V-6 engine. It also has a timing belt, rather than a timing chain. Timing belts do wear out, so it (the belt) should be changed every so often. I'm not sure what the recommended interval is - you'll have to get that info from someone/somewhere else. I do know one thing however ... THAT V-6 IS AN INTERFERENCE ENGINE. That means, if the timing belt breaks, there are gonna be damaged internal parts (valves, heads, etc) which will entail an engine teardown/rebuild. Let your conscience be your guide ....
Yeah, I did some more research and honestly I'm a little worried about what I'm reading. I think I am going to skip out on this one. I found a 97 ish SL wagon for sale at someones house. Looks clean from the outside but no one was home so I dont have details other than its an auto and power windows. I may inquire about it but Im not sure. I guess I dont need two of them though lol. Thanks for your help!
 
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I just bought an 02 LW300 automatic with 150k. I bought it to commute and tow behind my motor home. Let the games begin.
 
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