Welcome to the North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club Wednesday August 27, 2014
Home Forums WikiNASIOC Products Store Modifications Upgrade Garage
NASIOC
Here you can view your subscribed threads, work with private messages and edit your profile and preferences Home Registration is free! Visit the NASIOC Store NASIOC Rules Search Find other members Frequently Asked Questions Calendar Archive NASIOC Upgrade Garage Logout
Go Back   NASIOC > NASIOC Subaru Models > Impreza Forum

Welcome to NASIOC - The world's largest online community for Subaru enthusiasts!
Welcome to the NASIOC.com Subaru forum.

You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, free of charge, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple, so please join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-19-2013, 10:24 AM   #1
SubbyNewbie90
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 353865
Join Date: Apr 2013
Chapter/Region: MAIC
Vehicle:
2002 WRX

Default '03 WRX Sportwagon Worth Buying?

Hey everybody,

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 or will I be spending more on parts and fixes that come with the high mileage than I would in general buying a well priced lower mileage car?

Thanks!
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.

Last edited by SubbyNewbie90; 04-19-2013 at 10:42 AM.
SubbyNewbie90 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2013, 10:48 AM   #2
soobie doo
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 324017
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Philly Burbs
Vehicle:
2012 Impreza 2.0i
Ice Silver Metallic

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by SubbyNewbie90 View Post
Hey everybody,

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 or will I be spending more on parts and fixes that come with the high mileage than I would in general buying a well priced lower mileage car?

Thanks!
If it were me, I'd pay up a bit more for a better maintained/lower mileage car. That price doesn't sound too terrible to me, though.
soobie doo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2013, 10:53 AM   #3
SubbyNewbie90
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 353865
Join Date: Apr 2013
Chapter/Region: MAIC
Vehicle:
2002 WRX

Default

Forgot to mention it also has some work done, external wastegate, full exhaust (not sure of the brand), open-source tune, STI intercooler and I think some other small things..
SubbyNewbie90 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2013, 09:40 PM   #4
SneakerHead21
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 355681
Join Date: May 2013
Chapter/Region: NWIC
Location: Federal Way, WA
Vehicle:
2002 WRX
Platinum Silver Metallic

Default

for 8k i got a 2002 wrx sedan.
129,900 miles when bought last month. 130k now.
clean title, clean carfax, most maintenance records.
my advice is that you save up a bit more cash and get something cleaner. you shouldn't regret it if you do so. good luck!
SneakerHead21 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2013, 09:48 PM   #5
Phlurry02
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 351629
Join Date: Mar 2013
Vehicle:
2002 WRX Sedan
Midnight Black

Default

I just recently purchased a 02 wrx sedan for 7k, 113k miles, and clean car fax and all of that. I agree with Sneakerhead just save up a little more and you can find something nice.
Phlurry02 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2013, 12:21 PM   #6
subaru222
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 92967
Join Date: Aug 2005
Chapter/Region: SCIC
Location: socal
Vehicle:
2009 wrx hatch
dark grey metallic

Default

That's too much for the miles
subaru222 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2013, 12:23 PM   #7
PD63
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 328326
Join Date: Aug 2012
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: Putnam County, NY/Fairfield,CT
Vehicle:
2003 WRX Wagon
PSM

Default

I paid less for the same car with 103k less miles. Keep looking, people ask way too much for 10 year old, poorly maintained WRXs.
PD63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2013, 04:59 PM   #8
Yzf42612
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 359477
Join Date: Jun 2013
Default

I am also new to the Subaru cars to and I would wait took me a year to find my wagon but it only has 65k on it and I only paid 6500 for mine and I love the car
Yzf42612 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:21 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2014 Axivo Inc.
Copyright ©1999 - 2014, North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club, Inc.