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Hi all,

The wife and I are on the hunt for a new car and I think we've settled on a 2012 onward KX-S. we will most likely by second hand from a reputable dealer.

A couple of questions I have are

1. Are the seats full leather, or just trimmed leather? Some photos I've seen look like they a cloth insert. (Obviously I can solve this when I view in person)

2. Does the multi-screen have GPS in it, or is that only on the Grande?

3. Other than the spare wheel and steering knock issues, is there anything else I should look for on a second hand car?

4. Is there a significant extra maintenance cost with the AWD and would it likely use more fuel?



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I've worked out that the seats are full leather, it's the perforation that makes it look different in some photos .

From what I can tell there is no sat nav as required buttons are missing in comparison to the grande.

I've also worked out that since I am now looking at a current model (was previously looking at 2008 onwards), I can find these things on current web site.



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Listen closely to the transaxle when you test drive. Transmission whinning around 60-70k and at 100-110k speed apparently is common issue of kluger. Mine had it but was fixed under warranty. I think it something to do with how kluger's final drive gear.

If the odo is close to 80,000km, make sure you get them to change the in-tank fuel filter as they expensively charge this service. You would not probably get a 2012 kluger with 80,000km on the road but just in case you settle on older yr model.

Check also if vvti oil line is already the metal/steel type. 2012 onward built kluger, i think is already using the metal/steel type instead of rubber type. It is commom on those 2007-2008 built.

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Good news, I won't need to concern myself with these things as we have managed to find a MY12 KXS AWD first registered 2013 with 3,500km on the clock. Just waiting for the final finance approval, but it shouldn't be an issue. Picked this up for a tick under $50k which I was pretty happy with. Not a true demo, been driven by dealers wife, and it's spotless inside and out. Guess the first decision is what to do about the spare.


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