I just bought a wagon and had it shipped home, so I have a car when I get home. It arrives and my dad drove it home and was already pissed at me for shipping so much stuff home and spending money. So he told me over the phone that it "ran like ****" and sounded "horrible"
Immediately I'm like great, I bought a peice of crap. So I had him take it to the dealership and run a compression test with leakdown. Numbers came back perfect, so I called him back up and said what the hell dad.
I asked if he knew anything about subaru's and he said no........... Do you know how they sound? No....... when you got on the gas did you even allow the turbo to spool to determin it had no power? I don't know........ $400 later, I could have spent that money on the car damnit!
bottom line, don't rely on your 50 year old parents to tell you if your car is in good condition.