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Old 08-16-2012, 08:17 AM   #1
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2008 Itasca Ellipse Purchase

Looking to purchase a Class A. Dealer has 2008 Itasca Ellipse 40TD.

Things we like about it: 12,000 miles, all the options, floor plan, one owner, maint. records, seems well cared for, 60 day warranty from dealer (good throughout the country).

Things we are iffy about: Tires (06 build date, lots of tread, no sidewall cracking) are original, basement air, been for sale for 3+ months.

They are asking $179,900. Initial negotiating offer from dealer is $175,000.
FWIW NADA Low retail is $146,190. My thinking is that I should end up around $140,000 - 145,000 as purchase price. Is that reasonable or am I naive?

You guys are pretty knowledgeable and I realize that prices vary around the country but being in the ballpark is what I'm looking for.

Thanks for your thoughts.

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Old 08-16-2012, 08:28 AM   #2
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I have a 2007 Tour 40TD which is the sister model to the Ellipse.

I bought mine as a brand new leftover in 2008 for about $180k so they should be able to go much lower on a used unit.

We love the layout and have had some 'normal' issues over our 50k miles of use.

- tires will need to be replaced
- check the serpentine belt and see if they will replace. We had our first one snap at about 12k miles. (keep the old one as a spare!)
- also check the engine AC compressor and the alternator (both failed on ours)
- does it have the 400HP option? Plenty of power but your mileage will be between 6-7 MPG most of the time.
- basement air has worked GREAT for us. Zero problems.

Good luck!

Tom and Katharine
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RVing for 19 years & 150,000+ miles
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Old 08-16-2012, 09:09 AM   #3
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We just bought an 08 Ellipse TD with 16K on it. Paid $150K before trade-in. May have been too much, but it was very clean and we loved the layout. The only issues I've had have been the Air Drier relief valve was leaking and we lost air pressure (dealer repaired) and I can't get the King Dome to lock on all three satellites (110,119,129) in order to get HD with Dish reciever. Dealer was no help on this and I'm still working the issue.

With the rear radiator, it's very difficult to get eyes on the serpentine belt but I'll try to do that today.
Tom and Christy
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Old 08-16-2012, 09:49 AM   #4
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If it is as good condition as you say, I wouldn't have a problem with $150k, but $179.9k is way to much. That amount gives them plenty of slack to offer a nice-sounding trade-in value without actually paying you anything at all. And if buying cash, that would make for a really lovely profit!
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