I am an R51 guy vs an R50 but this does sound like a very fair deal.
Some random thoughts:
The only thing that could bite u is rust (always the nemesis of R50s) but if you inspected it properly yourself you should have spotted any rust bad enough to be an issue.
As for mechanical if you did a throughout test drive it should have come up.
Your request to have it tech inspected is not unreasonable but neither is his condition.
If you like the car pull the trigger essentially the perfect used car does not exist.. that is called anew car
Is it 4x4 or not.. ? that influences its desirability.If he also owns a perfect R50 he likely has done the maintenance as described..
Thanks for the quick reply.
I did not notice any rust.
Test drive by me and wife: engine and everything sounded an felt fine; but I must admit I am not an expert; better than the average car person but not a big expert; then again if something BIG was there I would have noticed it.
The current owner is the 2nd owner and only put 8k miles on it. All else by previous owner, and that's what I am trying to find out: did HE to maintenance well?
Current owner says he checked it out really well. I believe him; his wife drives this PF daily which is also a good sign. Perhaps the CarFax will shed light on this.
And yes, it has All Mode 4WD switch on dash.
One other thing: the LIGHT/bulb on the driver's heated seat switch doesn't light up BUT owner says the heated seats themselves WORK.
Was hard to test in 90F heat when we drove it. (This is something I would like a tech to test during a PPI, for example...)
Owner went out early next day when it was cooler and tested the seats again and texted me that they DO work. but admitted bulb is out on the driver side switch... (how much is THAT gonna cost?
I know it's not a critical flaw, BUT little things like that bug me)
I am also wondering this:
(Hope I am not rude to think this): Why would someone get a PF and then install a hitch and all that - which sounds like he's gonna keep it for a while - and then get rid of it so soon? I asked him why he's getting rid of it: he has too many SUVs (he does - i saw at least 6 in garages) and now wants a NEW 4 runner: so his wife wants get rid of at least one SUV he owns.
urrent owner ran regular gas always; I am not too worried about that; seems a lot of PF owners use reg gas unless they tow etc. I didn't notice any pinging etc.