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Old 04-19-2013, 09:56 AM   #1
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I'm looking to get my first Subaru and I'm in need of some advice. I'm looking at an 03 WRX Wagon that needs a little (or possibly a lot) of work. The obvious things it needs are valve cover gaskets and a steering rack boot. I'be been working on cars for about ten years so I'm well versed in PITA procedures like the valve covers. What worries me is that the owner says it has hesitation under heavy load. After looking around here and other forums it seems to be a common problem with the turboed engines with many causes. What I'm wondering is, the car has 186k on it and from the looks of it is in good shape (would probably be considered fair value on kbb) so for $5.5k is it worth picking up as a first Subaru?

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Old 04-19-2013, 10:01 AM   #2
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$5.5k for a WRX with those issues seems like a lot. Especially with that mileage. I'd keep looking.

If it was $3k or under.. I'd say, sure, go for it if you feel comfortable with those repairs. Most likely the hesitation issue is from a dirty MAF sensor, bad front O2 sensor, REALLY clogged fuel filter, or failing fuel pump. Seems like a lot, but it's not really. Just might take some time to track down.
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:17 AM   #4
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:21 AM   #5
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Should this be in the model specific forum?
Not really, but there's a sticky somewhere (probably the top of this forum?) that says we can't tell you what your car is worth or if a particular car is worth buying.

It is true - you really have to look at a car in person.
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:24 AM   #6
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this thread will probably get locked since we can't really make up your mind for you.

But, I probably wouldn't pay that much for a car knowing that it already needs work. If those issues don't bother you, maybe take it to a shop to have it checked out. Leak down test and all that fun stuff.

As I've seen others on here say, you can spend a little now to save a lot later.
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:25 AM   #7
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Should this be in the model specific forum?
The issue is that any decision as to what a car's worth or whether to buy a certain car is so subjective that it's considered a bit of an off limits subject for the forums and generally these threads are shut down.

For example, I would not buy a car with 186K miles and known problems unless it was virtually given away. But everyone has their own opinion and their own biases. There is no one clear answer.
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:39 AM   #8
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I was just thinking monetarily, worst case scenario, long term things that will break, will I be spending more to fix common problems that come from the higher mileage than I would to just buy a well priced lower mileage car?
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If you look in the high mileage thread...I'd say you probably wouldn't have more issues. But that's if your car is already well maintained.

Seeing as the car already has high mileage and known issues...you're not really thinking long term. At 186k miles you could have expensive issues in the short term. The previous owners were putting nearly 20,000 miles on that car a year. It's been around.
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:44 AM   #10
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No way I would buy a turbo'ed car with 186k on the clock unless it was seriously cheap.
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