What is the sound of one piston slapping?
What is the sound of one piston slapping?

We’ve got some friends that are going to loan us a 96 Corolla for a month or so. We’re a one car family, and have been for some time, but there’s the odd few days each month where we wished we had two rides, so this is a trial run for life with two vehicles.

We’ve got first right of refusal on the Corolla, and I feel like we could get it cheap (just need something that’ll get me places; the primary kid-hauler is the 2011 Outback)...but I’m just going through my options in my head and keep coming back to a 2004-2006 xB. I used to have an xA and loved it, though it was taken from me far too early in its life. I’ve always wanted an xB, and the space efficiency of it with a kid makes it even more tantalizing. So the question is:


How many miles is too many miles for a used xB? Like, what’s your cutoff point for buying something that’s been (apparently) well maintained? I could just take the Corolla and save a few grand, but the xB would be about 10 years newer and I love the styling.

What would you do?! How much is too much?

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