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    I'm thinking a CJ. She wants an auto. Budget $7-8k. Is there anything I should look out for? 2.0 or 2.4? Do they get clear coat failure?
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    Got one, a 2011 model, should be within your budget.

    2.0L has sufficient power, no idea of the gearbox though, mine is manual.

    No clearcoat failure. Ours is a warm silver, don't think they use clearcoats anymore.

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    As always, buy on condition. No cam belt to worry about on these, one advantage.

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    OK, sounds good, thanks

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    Original tyres last for 50 to 60,000 km, but can be noisy when cold.
    Easy to service at home.
    check for recalls and that they have been done, small stuff usually.
    Spare parts like air and cabin filters are reasonably priced on eBay, Australian supplier.
    Brake pads look like they will go for close to 100,000 km.

    Be aware they have a space saver spare, if you buy one show the driver the procedure for changing it.

    Heater and A/C work well. As does cruise control

    They are lacking in mod cons like bluetooth, sat nav, reversing camera, so see if that is important.
    (but nuying a new one would fix that. )

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    Ok thanks Max, all good to know. She can live without the mod cons. What are the autos like? I'm not a fan of CVTs, but I won't be driving it.

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    you will be able to get a cj in that price range nowadays. styling and interior wise they have not changed much since 2008 and of course parts and knowledge are easy to come by. cvt's do require genuine oil and depending on the type it may come in a 20l drum. if the owner hasnt looked after it completely they can and will peel. i have seen one or two this way.

    also max, alot of them did come with sensors, bluetooth and camera. if you want leather seats etc you will need to fork out extra.
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    is there a luxury model with better soundproofing?

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    I don't think the sound proofing between levels varies but later year cars did get some improvement. My daughter has a 2009 RX and it has no clear coat failure. The CVT is super reliable and is fine. One thing to look at is getting a higher spec or later year car with side airbags as the the early ES and Rx specs miss out. As mentioned above check the recall history and buy on condition and service history. I have a 2014 GSR hatch and and daughter remarks that she can tell the difference between its 2.4 and her 2.0 litre engine. I find the hatch very handy for shopping and am in the minority that prefer its look. For value and safety the lancer is a good choice in you budget range and has enough performance to get out of trouble.

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    I would go with a hatchback but she probably prefers a sedan, and you've chosen a good one so go for it

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