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Old 05-31-2018, 05:56 PM   #1
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Default Buying Advice-2002 GM VUE vs. 2004 Honda VUE Redline

Hi everyone. Been awhile since I've been here. I adore my 2005 VUE, but it's been largely so trouble free that I only lurk here occasionally. I have 140k on it right now, and I really can't find another vehicle that I like better.

I seek buying advice...I'm searching the internet for another VUE for newly-licensed 18 year old son. He learned to drive on my car, and wishes to either get my hand-me-down or another like it. I have my eye on two on Craigslist: a 2002 AWD V6 with 105k for $2500 and a 2004 AWD Redline with 130k for $3500.

Now, I have the 3.5l Honda V6 in mine, and I couldn't ask for better. I know the 2004 Redline has the same powertrain. I know the 2002 has the GM 3.0 V6, and it's my understanding that the V6 cannot have the VTi transmission in it.

My first question is- am I correct in that assumption? I want no parts of the VTi, so if there's a chance that the 2002 has it, it's off my list. Is there a way to tell, from VIN or something?

Secondly, in general terms, while I think the Honda powertrain is lauded, is the original GM 3.0 V6 still a pretty good choice? Anything notably good/bad about it?

Lastly- is it truly true that I can't tow with a Redline? Really I want to buy the Redline for myself, but only if I can occasionally tow my pop-up camper as I do with my current VUE. I've read here that the fascia and the lowered springs are why. And that I'd have to notch the bumper cover.

Anyway- thoughts on those issues? Advice for my purchase? Thanks in advance!
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I would avoid the 3.0 unless it's real cheap, like under $1500. The 3.5 is just a much better engine overall. $3500 seems a bit cheap for a Redline with such low mileage. If you have to spend another $3-$4,000 on a timing belt and water pump, valve adjustment, struts, wheel bearings, control arms, brakes, tires, etc. it's no bargain. I'm selling a silver 04 Redline with more miles that needs nothing, but at a higher price.

The 3.5 is rated to tow 3500 pounds and the Redline bumper does need to be notched but you can fab a cover for it as well.

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I would not touch that 2002 at ANY price. Yeah the Honda V6 is THAT good
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Thanks- it's as I suspected. I know how good my engine is first hand, but I didn't know if I was unfairly disregarding the previous.

atikovi- thanks for the bumper pic- looks great. Did you do it? how? Dremel?
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Got it like that.
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penn state? rust? the rear trailing arm mounts in unibody and like to rust out. 15yr old vue? salt spray? i vote for honda vue but i live in low cost world. a nice 05 with 100k is $4k? more? i assume you think $4k is a good starting point for your kids well being. i bought my kid a $6k car 10yrs ago so i guess i am there.
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