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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 11-01-2019, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
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Just bought a rebuilt terrain.

Hi all, so I bought a 2014 Terrain sle-2 awd 2.4. I checked it out thoroughly and damage was rear lower area where spare tire is, looks like they pounded it out, sealed it and replaced bumper. Also front drivers corner a couple pieces were replaced but never intruded into engine area or set off any airbags. Smells, looks and runs like a new vehicle(not even one door ding or scratch I can find) and has 50k miles(I have all service records since new and has never missed a oil change and only had oil changes, tire rotations and wipers replaced since new) . Have 2 issues but hopefully easy fix, is main reason I joined the forums. I never had a 4 cyl except my wife's previous car a 11 optima 2.0 Turbo(was rebuilt title too, bought it in 2012 for 13k with 3k miles, only issues in 100k miles is 2 CV axles and basic maintenance and still runs perfect) . So hopefully this Terrain will hold up. Wife drives a lot for work and is not productive if I have to buy her a newer car every few years, so a good rebuilt car is way less cost, if damage was cosmetic. I paid 7k for this Terrain. Issues are right door speaker buzzes when cold sounds like it's bad, ordered one to replace and rear 02 sensor throwing code, so ordered a new 02, if that doesn't solve issue will start diagnostic tests. I'm more a Camaro and Truck guy, have a 2010 SS and 13 Ram hemi. But wife driving so much at work, they give her between $700 and 800 a month in just mileage. So getting 26 mpg average in the 2.4 liter terrain will pay for itself. Just in past week we already put 550 miles on the Terrain.

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One of the most important things with the 4 cyl. Is to be religious with oil changes. Stay with 5k miles or less. Very important.
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One of the most important things with the 4 cyl. Is to be religious with oil changes. Stay with 5k miles or less. Very important.
Will do, I always use best oils readily available, normally mobile 1 EP or Penzoil ultra platnuim. I buy in bulk when around $21 a 5 qt jug or less, I also already bought gm oem oil filters. I seen info on intake clogging etc so will be proactive on that. Scheduled maintenance kinda confuses me, says change transmission and awd fluids at 45k but next to it has * and severe conditions.

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Best to change the trans fluid and observe how to drain and fill. Also, measure how much out and match with same new fluid going in.
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One of the most important things with the 4 cyl. Is to be religious with oil changes. Stay with 5k miles or less. Very important.
These are words of wisdom.
Don't forget the transmission fluid, the 6T45 trans will get the fluid black after just 50K miles.
Most of us will change with a full synthetic like Valvoline.

Just a thought, change both O2 sensors at the same time, I always do.
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Welcome. Cool intro.
The 3 guys that have replied are top notch in advice and there are some others that will chime in.

Itís a great forum.
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Hi all, so I bought a 2014 Terrain sle-2 awd 2.4.
Why? You couldn't pay me to buy a GM 4cyl.

Maybe my personal bias is coming out, but I don think so.

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Kbb says trade-in value is about $9k-$10k and Private party is $12k-$14k, so $7k is pretty low. Did it come with a salvage title, or does a salvage become a rebuilt title?

At $7k retail it probably sold as ~$2k repairable (?), so I’d be wondering what kind of damage that price equates to.

Hope it’s reliable for you because at a mileage cost of $700-$800/month - if it isn’t, they might just put you in a mini-lease.

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With 50k on the transmission, I would have a full fluid exchange completed by a transmission shop. There is no serviceable filter. After that, drain and refill at home every 10K. These GDI engines are known to contaminate the oil with fuel and cause the viscosity to shear back to a 20W or less in a short time. Breakdown of the oil will cause many other problems, such as accelerated chain wear, ring/cylinder wear, carbon/sludge build-up. I would have the oil analyzed after 1.5k miles to check for fuel. Oil Analyzers Inc offers a full oil test with fuel contamination. If fuel is present in 2-3% concentration, change at 3k miles.
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Already was inspected and issued title before I bought it. This is 3rd rebuilt car I bought in my life(I am 53) so far all have been no different than any other car. I know there can be issues, I was just lucky. The terrain doesn't pull to one side or other, no odd clunks or squeaks, feels super solid. Went on long trip yesterday and averaged 28 mpg and was a bunch of hills. Wife gets a minimum $6,000 a year mileage reimbursement, so if it lasts 2 to 3 years minimum, we pretty much get our money out of it. Oil now is at 42% life left by the built in meter, I checked oil, smells fresh still and is still almost same color as new oil. Will change anyway since I have a jug of pup 10w30. 02 sensor on rear only seems to set a code random in city driving, on long road trip yesterday no issue at all and I was using app with Bluetooth connected to obd to monitor. Mpg has remained stable even with code going off random. I did buy a walker 02 sensor, will replace that and eventually front. I ET drag my SS, so I know how to maintain engines etc. Wife tends to not tell me when she's put a ton of miles, so told her, when oil life sensor says 20% tell me. Doesn't appear to be using any oil, at 42% oil life left was still full on dipstick.
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