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Looking at buying 2015 2.L - oil dipstick metal

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Need some advice. I'm looking at purchasing a 2015 Impala LS, 2.5L Engine. It has 39K miles on it. Fleet car originally. 2 owners afterward.

Everything looks pretty good except I pulled the dipstick and noticed some fine metal glint. At first I panicked but I'm wondering if its coming from the aluminium dipstick tube that has a sharp bent at the top and the dipstick has some rough edges at the tip? I took a few photos. I like the car and I'm considering buying it but this isn't good.

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I don't know - between having 3 owners on a 2015 vehicle, with the first one being a fleet owner - then on top of that see metal flakes in the oil, I think I'd look elsewhere. There is probably a reason why those 2nd and 3rd owners got rid of it so quickly.

Then again, there could be nothing wrong with it. But I would have to think that there are lots of other 2015 Impalas out there without the metal flakes and maybe only 1 previous "personal" owner. Kind of have to go with the odds here...

Just my opinion.
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Also, go with the V6... Comparable gas mileage. Much better power.
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Thanks jtrosky. Yeah I don't like to hear that I should look else where. Ugh.
I'm considering asking the dealer ( Its a Lincoln dealer) to drain the oil and let me look at it.
I want to believe it's the dipstick tube/dipstick machining but I'm not sure....
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Agree with jtrosky, would have to pass on a car that has any metal showing on the dipstick and a quick turnover by the past 2 owners. Way too many of these cars out there, not worth taking the risk. Car was likely abused and possibly missed proper oil change interval. Also agree with finding a car with the 3.6 v-6.

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Just played with the dipstick again
There is significant resistance when putting it back in. Seriously.
I just wonder if on the 4 cylinder the dipstick tube with that almost 90 degree bend is causing this.

Also I do like the 6 cylinder but prefer fuel economy and it seems the car is a little less expensive.
My last car I kept 13 years......Toyota Camry. Much more roomy in this but anyways thats my thinking.

Here is the actual car history report:
I thought it said Fleet, and it does but its with a list of options...looks more like a leased vehicle.
https://www.cars.com/ajax/coreshoppi...l&aff=national
01/16/2015 ORLANDO, FL Motor Vehicle Dept. REGISTRATION EVENT/RENEWAL(Leased Vehicle)
TITLED OR REGISTERED AS A RENTAL VEHICLE, OR PART OF A RENTAL FLEET

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The V-6 might cost you a little more up front, but it'll outlast the 4 cylinder and save you on repairs and maintenance in the long run. The V-6 literally only loses a mile per gallon compared to the 4 banger.

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Thanks so much for the help everyone.
With everyone's thoughts on saying skip over this car and such.... it wore at me ... although I was falling in love with the car!
I took the car back and the salesmen was busy with another customer. So the dealer manager came out to look at the situation with me.
He wasn't argumentative or anything but after he pulled the dipstick out and said it looked clean........ i asked if i could run my fingers thru the oil and.... out popped a nice metal flake. There was a bit of a pause then in the conversation.... After a bit he said he was fine with me taking it somewhere else for a 3rd party look at the issue....but I got the feeling he didn't like discovering that in the car.

I told the manager i'd call the salesmen in the morning but I'm thinking I'm gonna put this car to bed!
Next on my list to try out a 6 cylinder.
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Going to look at a 2015 Impala with a V6 tomorrow.
It is listed on cars.com as "Fuel Type: E85 Flex Fuel" and the dealer website it doesn't mention this.
Is a FlexFuel engine somehow less powerful due to its dual ability to run both types of fuel?

Also this one is a lease vehicle vs fleet.
AutoCheck Vehicle History Report:
09/28/2015 WARREN, MI Motor Vehicle Dept. REGISTRATION EVENT/RENEWAL(Leased Vehicle)
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Going to look at a 2015 Impala with a V6 tomorrow.
It is listed on cars.com as "Fuel Type: E85 Flex Fuel" and the dealer website it doesn't mention this.
Is a FlexFuel engine somehow less powerful due to its dual ability to run both types of fuel?

Also this one is a lease vehicle vs fleet.
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Nope, still makes 305 horsepower.

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Going to look at a 2015 Impala with a V6 tomorrow.
It is listed on cars.com as "Fuel Type: E85 Flex Fuel" and the dealer website it doesn't mention this.
Is a FlexFuel engine somehow less powerful due to its dual ability to run both types of fuel?

Also this one is a lease vehicle vs fleet.
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Do you have a link to the car you're checking out tomorrow?

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Most of the V-6 engines are Flex Fuel, they did build some without but not many. If it has a yellow fuel cap it is Flex Fuel. Same Power, Same Engine, not an issue.
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certified warranty was worth it on my fleet 2016

If you are looking at models in the 2015-2018 range, then I would try to find one with a certified warranty. If you don't mind having an older generation Impala, the 2014-2016 Limited were all pretty much fleet vehicles, but the design of the car is a carry over of the previous generation of Impalas. Still a good vehicle, just not as highly regarded by Consumer Reports and other car rating places. But a heck of a bargain if you can get one. Even better if you find one with a GM certified warranty.

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Sorry for the delay. Trouble logging in.

Here is the car.
https://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/d...0148/overview/

Darn on those models being fleet cars.
I have been looking for gm certified but not seeing many with low miles in my price range. I do see that the one i listed about above looks to still have the powertrain warranty for 6 more months. Any thoughts on that?

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See if you can get an Extended GMPP Warranty. GM Extended Warranty the direct GM Protection Plan (GMPP) source.
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