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Maybe buying 2006 this weekend

Hi everyone, I posted this in the "thinking of buying" thread but not too much action there. I'm looking at an 06 limited, 4.7L, QDII, navi, DVD system, loaded, 51k miles. The price has been dropped to 17,988$. This is an independent used car dealership, not a big car dealer. They have been around 9 years and seem pretty legit. The carfax on the XK comes back clean but one thing concerns me, the grill is body color, not chrome. I thought on the limited they were supposed to be chrome in '06? I did a build check on the VIN and everything that is indicated correctly on it (doesn't give the grill color though). Am I being too overly cautious about this? Does the price seem in line for this Commander? The big car dealerships are obviously asking more for a similar vehicle.
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Hi everyone, I posted this in the "thinking of buying" thread but not too much action there. I'm looking at an 06 limited, 4.7L, QDII, navi, DVD system, loaded, 51k miles. The price has been dropped to 17,988$. This is an independent used car dealership, not a big car dealer. They have been around 9 years and seem pretty legit. The carfax on the XK comes back clean but one thing concerns me, the grill is body color, not chrome. I thought on the limited they were supposed to be chrome in '06? I did a build check on the VIN and everything that is indicated correctly on it (doesn't give the grill color though). Am I being too overly cautious about this? Does the price seem in line for this Commander? The big car dealerships are obviously asking more for a similar vehicle.
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That price is in line for an 06 Base, and a good deal on a Limited. Previous owner could have swapped out his grill, or added all the chrome to make it appear as a Limited. How many heater control knobs are there? 3 or 4?
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It has 3. Yeah, I'm kinda worried a out some sort of accident, and the grill got replaced. The carfax is clean but that doesn't mean it couldn't have happened right? I can give the VIN if that helps.
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Actually, now that I look at it I think it is a sport, it only has the 4x4 badge and Trail Rated badge. Is it possible for an 06 sport to have QDII, leather, navi, infotainment system, and basically every option available??
VIN- 1J8HG48N56C133021
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Actually, now that I look at it I think it is a sport, it only has the 4x4 badge and Trail Rated badge. Is it possible for an 06 sport to have QDII, leather, navi, infotainment system, and basically every option available??
VIN- 1J8HG48N56C133021
Yep,
I believe I've seen a few well dressed Sports as you describe.

Someone here should be able to disect your vin.....

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Think I got it, looks like it is a well dressed sport.
http://www.compnine.com/vid.php?vin=1J8HG48N56C133021
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Think I got it, looks like it is a well dressed sport.
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That's what you have, as do I. FYI, there was no Sport in 06, just Base and Limited. With leather you have either the 28T, or 28U. These packages are similar but include different options/standard with package. The 06 Base was the only model year that came with a body color grill. The 06 Limited had a chrome grill, so I wouldn't be concerned about the grill. Yours is the way it came from the factory. QDII was an option with the 4.7.

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Thanks guys. Given this info, does 18,000$ seem like a fair price. I'm sure I can negotiate some too.
Are there any tell tale signs I should look for that may be a indicator of a problem, either mechanically or cosmetically? I will be towing a 20' boat 5-6 times per year. It weighs approx 4500lbs, that is boat, trailer and gear, is that a problem? The trailer has surge brakes so electric connection for trailer brakes is not an issue.
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my 07 XK came with a chrome grill but i replaced with a black one, Different
color grill means little. I also debadged it. look underneath for bent metal and
run your hand under the seats and check for mud. Drop the panel under the
steering wheel and look.Should all be clean. If you are dealing with a long established dealer and he gave you a car fax, you are probably safe.
Also, go to kbb.com and check pricing. Does it have a factory tow package? Factory hd tow package would have heavier duty transmission cooling.

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You shouldn't be looking for tell tale signs of anything, hire an independent pre-purchase inspection mechanic. Preferably one with references, and a couple hundred point inspection.
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