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Here are a few common things i would watch out for and their approximate part cost (labor not included)

1. Exhaust Manifold leak ($250 per side)
2. Seized Rear Camber bolts, which means all new Rear Lower Control Arms, Spring Buckets and hardware (Parts: about $550)
3. Rear Air Shocks leaking($225) (if so equipped). Also make sure the air compressor works ($210)
4. ICC laser for adaptive cruise control goes bad alot (if so equipped) (used $150 to $650 and New $1300)
5. General Electric issues
6. Make sure front differential is in working order and doesn't make any noise or vibrations. (used $500 and New $1200)
7. Inoperative gauges in cluster can be fixed for about ($150)
8. Loud Clicking from HAVAC Actuator ($35 per actuator)

I am sure there is more, but I cant think of them :)
 

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Pre-lurker here. Looking to pick up an Armada this summer and wanted to join the forum and see what I can learn. One initial question, how do Armadas handle rust? Is it something that is common on them? I am open to flying/driving to pick the right one up. I will be looking for a 2010-2014 and with bucket seats in the 2nd row. Super excited to have something that can tow and take the family on road trips. I love to road trip and the family does too, especially if they kids have their own seat :)

One question about bucket seats- is there any difference in the bucket seats vs just taking out the middle seat in the bench? I read I can add in the center console if I wanted.

Thanks and I am looking forward to contributing to a great site!
WanderWill,

Welcome to the Forum. As for the rust, I purchased a 2008 QX56 with 180000 miles on it last year. It was originally purchased in NY and then spent the rest of its life slowly working its way west through the rust belt till i picked it up in Detroit and got it over to chicago. Amazingly enough, there is no rust it all on the body and very minimal on the underbody. That being said, mine may just be a lucky car, but others may comment on their trucks. From what I have seen, a common place they can rust is along the wheel arches where the fender trim is attached.

As to the second row seats, if you remove the center section you would still be missing the arm rests. I would assume they could possibly be added, with minor modifications. From my research, you will have a much harder time finding used armrest by themselves compared to the entire chairs.
 
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