What to consider when buying.
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Crash repairs. Check underneath - the finish of any repairs may not be to well finished
Parking brake won't release. The electronic park brake's wiring loom will need replacing - a warranty item.
Tyre wear. Incorrect wear on the tyres indicates incorrect alignment
Air suspension. Warious problems exist from electrical issues raising and lowering the vehicle, valve blocks jamming and leaking air springs.
Tailgate struts. Gas struts work loose where they meet the body sides.
Steering. A sensor detects straight ahead - if this isn't set centrally the vehicle may wander.
Rear wiper arms. The hinges seize - requires oiling. Also check for wiper motor operation.
Internal condition. Trim takes a battering from heavy usage. Worn seat plinths, but low mileage indicates plenty of short journeys.
Burning oil. Check oil level - some engines burn up to 1 litre per 1000miles when engine is new.
Lights. Check them for water ingress and condensation - replacements are expensive
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