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Hi. I am new to this forum. Need advice from Pacifica owners/experts.

I have 2 options -
1) Buy new 2023 Pacifica touring L - approx. 45K (negotiable)
2) Buy used 2020 Limited, 67K Miles, Rental, no accident and it is certified. so covers up to 3 months/3000 miles bumper to bumper and 7 yr/100,000 miles power train. - approx. 28K out of the door

There are about 17K diff between both options, and lot of pros/cons like high miles, lot of additional features etc. We are not planning to drive much, as it will be family car and expecting less than 4k miles/year.

Which one you guys suggest based on past experience with Pacifica? Thanks for reading and providing your valuable thoughts.
 

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Can someone provide me guidance? I know this type of question might asked many times and it is individual's choice or preference but that's where I need opinion from existing owners and which option they recommend.
 

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This is not really a guidance but I am on the same boat. Buy a used one with loaded feature and save money or a brand new one with less feature? When you price it you will need to include the Federal and State rebate and whatever credits the dealer or manufacturer have at the time of purchase. Also include the extra warranty you need to purchase if needed. I am going towards getting a used one but I am concerned about the stalling engine recall so I am waiting a little more to see if Chrysler will actually replace the parts and not just apply a software patch that does not really solve the problem but just gives you time to pull to the side. Also, since they just identify the problem recently does this mean that the cars being built right now will not have the same issue? Because on the recall it states it still includes the 2023 model so this means that if you buy a new car now will you still be worrying about the recall? I noticed that you are actually looking for a 2020 model with 67K miles. This means that this does not have the Uconnect5 infotainment system and that they are closer to do more maintenance. At 100,000 most coolant will need to be change, break pads, transmission fluid drain and refill and tune up. If you are a Do-It-Yourself person, this is cheap and easy to do but if you have to bring it to the shop you are looking for a lot of money as well. You may also want to look a the battery warranty if it will still cover you. I have read some stories where people purchased a used electric vehicle then battery dies on them after a few months of use and it cost more to replace the battery than the purchase price.
 

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How many miles do you drive a year? How long will you finance it? 67k is enough to loosen up the suspension and bring out some wear and tear issues. The new van will ride tighter. The newer radio - u connect works very nice. (But mine resets randomly)

It seems to me (take this with a grain of salt) where people go wrong, is they buy a used vehicle, with say 50k on it. (to save money) With the idea of driving it 25k a year for four more years. Vehicles are tested for 5 year/150k lifespan. The problem pops up on used vehicles, when the buyer finances it for 4 years, and at the two year mark, they still owe a lot of money, van has 100k miles, and starts having issues. Now owner is out of warranty, and complainng about their bad purchase. I see this happen alot. With all the different brands.
 

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Do you have a good local mechanic? Ask them for a price to do a mechanical evaluation of the used Pacifica, including a test drive, and if the seller of the used vehicle won't agree to your mechanic doing an evaluation, walk away.
If you do go with the used one, immediately have the oil changed - either by yourself (VERY easy to do) or by the trusted mechanic. Then you will know for certain when the oil was last changed, and what oil is in there.
If you don't expect to rack up lotsa miles, I'd lean toward the used one - it won't be perfect, but you have a very big cushion to pay for any defects - even major ones - that may arise.
 
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