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Old 01-11-2015, 03:01 AM   #1
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May Buy this 96 Intrigue - Anything I Should be Aware of?

Looking at buying this 96 rig with only 86,000 mi on her. Interior and exterior are in really good shape. Some clear-coat problems, found out that will cost around $2k too fix. Pretty good records and some nice upgrades... New inverter, new awning, tv's. Windows all good. Really no complaints! It's not perfect, but no rig is. Looks pretty good, spent most of its time indoors...

We will discuss price soon. I will have it taken too Colton Truck Terminal for them too check out the chassis/engine. Will have mobile RV inspector check the house... Anything in particular I need too watch out for and have checked?

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Old 01-11-2015, 11:05 AM   #2
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Anything made of rubber should be inspected closely. We replaced the chassis bushings last year. You may want to replace the hose from the hydraulic pump if it hasn't been done. Just turn on everything to make sure it works.
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Old 01-11-2015, 11:42 AM   #3
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Inside parking in its history is good.

On my rig, Clear Coat was applied over Gel Coat, not Base Coat Paint, in the white colored areas.

This is likely the first place that clear coat peeling will occur.

I had the brow repainted using Clear Coat over Base Coat tinted to match 12 years ago. It is still good.

Now I am battling Clear coat releasing from the painted areas. The rig is parked in the year round sun during its life.

Other than the clear coat issue you should find it is a very well made coach and enjoyable to drive.

Age related problems in rubber and electronics will make themselves known but they generally are not due to manufacturing errors.
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Old 01-11-2015, 01:24 PM   #4
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Colton Trucks will know to do this, but if its' the 8.3, have them check the manifolds, as some years (not sure which) had a habit of cracking manifolds.

It's a nice looking rig, and if it checks out, and is priced appropriately - should give you years of good service - with ongoing good care.

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Colton Trucks will know to do this, but if its' the 8.3, have them check the manifolds, as some years (not sure which) had a habit of cracking manifolds.

It's a nice looking rig, and if it checks out, and is priced appropriately - should give you years of good service - with ongoing good care.

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Thanks Smitty and others on info. I forgot to add price. He's asking $34,500 after coming down $2k. It does need clear-coat work and 2 new tires, plus inspections. I'm trying too get it for $30,000. Do you think this is a fair price??
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Thanks Smitty and others on info. I forgot to add price. He's asking $34,500 after coming down $2k. It does need clear-coat work and 2 new tires, plus inspections. I'm trying too get it for $30,000. Do you think this is a fair price??
I think the 34.5 is a fair price. You might ask the seller to spring for the 2 new tires and split the cost of the clear coat repair.

If it was my coach and I really didn't have to sell it, if you offered me 30, I'd roll it back in the garage. It is a nice looking coach. The couches look as they have never been sat in.
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Old 01-14-2015, 06:45 PM   #7
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As a frame of reference I purchased this 97 36' Country Coach Intrigue back in November. Two owner, stored indoors all but the last two years of it's life, 58k miles, 720hrs on the genset, all new tires, batteries and a full fluids, filters and belt change. $31.5k. Driver's window has the "window snake" growing, I had to restring two of the day/night blinds and replaced the holding tank control board over the door as it was whacky. Other than those few minor things it is in really nice shape.



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MOT has a pretty nice looking one for 39.5k
1996 Country Coach Intrigue 36' Priced at $ 49500


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Hey Mike I did see this one. Nice but a little too modern for me. Cabinets are stained nice, but look like oak, which I don't care for. I do plan on some interior work if I get this one, cheaper than buying this one here at the dealer 😜
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I realize older coaches can have some issues that need to be addressed but, boy, those rigs look nice. I've seen a number of CC's from that era and most all of them look great.

We love the space in our 42' four slide Allure but, if I was traveling alone or we get to a point where we would want to downsize a bit and still travel in comfort, I'd take a serious look at late 90's to early 2000's CC.
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Hey Mike I did see this one. Nice but a little too modern for me. Cabinets are stained nice, but look like oak, which I don't care for. I do plan on some interior work if I get this one, cheaper than buying this one here at the dealer ��
Was just throwing it out there. I really don't care for oak either. I just picked up this one late this past summer. New tires,batteries,windows,granite,carpet with 65,000 miles.

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Was just throwing it out there. I really don't care for oak either. I just picked up this one late this past summer. New tires,batteries,windows,granite,carpet with 65,000 miles.


That is one beautiful rig! 👍😜 Found one of these Magna's locally for a good price. Sent owner an email within 12hrs but he'd already sold it 😡 Man that sucked...😜
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Check and see if it has an aluminum radiator. Because it will go out on you if it has not been replaced.
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I have owned a 96 Intrigue since 99 and now have some 140,000 miles of experience with repairs, systems and needed maintenance. Too much info to post here but if your still considering this unit, you can email me at mikemail@ bellsouth.net with a contact number and I'll call you and go over it in detail. Bottom line, excellent build, very comfortable, economical, dependable, good repair history.
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