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I am in need of a car. My brother-in-law is a car salesman and has a 1990 ford tempo 4 dr with only 43000 miles. It has passed its safety inspection, carfax check, good tires, cold air, and currently runs great. But I also know that at one time, before 1980, it was just as bad to have too few miles on a car as it is have to many. What is your thought on this issue. I have my dad saying one thing and my brother-in-law saying another. Thank you, Teresa Schwan

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA 43k miles on a 17 year old vehicle? wow impressive It may have been sitting for a while with little attention. There could be an issue of dry rotting belts, sediment in the fuel tank over time, and rusting in the engine block due to prolonged lack of lubrication. Also, make sure that you get a full inspection of the brake system, check for rust and condition of rotors and pads. AJ Pierce New from askpatty! Ask Patty is announcing CarBlabber. It's car reviews for women by women like you! What does your car mean to you? Do you love or hate your car? Is your car a fashion statement or a pile of junk? We want to hear the good, the bad, and the ugly about your car. Ask Patty is offering a lineup of amazing products as prizes to CarBlabber members (and signing up is totally free!). All you have to do is create a profile, review a car and add a photo to your review! Sign up at

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