Thoughts on this LX (1 Viewer)

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My buddy is going through the pre-purchase process for an LX in Dallas at a dealership. They sent these few pictures to him and I am posting them here to get the forum's thoughts on the rust/underside. It is a former Illinois truck and now in Texas. Has 90K on it.

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Here is what I thought and mentioned to him:
Id ask for more pictures and ones with the skid plates removed.
Pictures look like the underside has been painted.
In picture 2 the radiator looks like it should be replaced (IMO) and there is something dripping on the LCA. Also, there is rust at the top of the photo but I can't tell what that is.

So, what are the forum thoughts on this? Anything that would make you back away or need to be addressed at purchase?
 
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It certainly has been painted over - that said, what is painted does look rather straight and clean so that is a good thing....not just black over crustiness.

Would need to get under it and really check closely. Its probably still a good bit of rust being from IL.
 

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In pic #2 those cooling fins took a hit and/or are non-existant. The brush guard also took an impact and was bent back to form, roughly.
 
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Do you know where it is exactly? I may be able to swing by and take a look at it, if it’s on the west side. Depends on what kind of hurry he’s in.
 

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Looks rather nice, if you were super paranoid, put a scope inside the frame rail and take a look. That will tell you what Illinois truly did to the vehicle. But all in all that looks clean, no rust bubbling/blistering visible, etc.
 
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A couple years ago I briefly owned an 07 LX with 115k that had spent its whole life in Chicago, well maintained. ($21k at the time)

I hated it. Everything was a pain in the ass. Bolts broke. Stuff was wearing early. Baselining sucked. I don't recommend. I went and got a southern truck (AZ). Texas has good selection here, too.
 
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This is the Carfax listing:

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Sorry, that’s too far for me. For that kind of coin, though, it better be squeaky clean. It would make me nervous that a place puts up 77 photos, and not one of the undercarriage. If he’s preparing to spend $33k, he should invest a couple hundred in a prebuy inspection.
 

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