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Old 03-09-2014, 08:49 PM   #1
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Default Hi, looking at subaru's for the first time.

Recently moved to CO,and decided I wanted something AWD. Of course this led me to subaru. I'm looking at 7k and below for purchase price (used of course), and have a few generic questions. Any years/models I want to avoid? How about engines, or transmissions (auto/standard)? Anythings I should be on the lookout for timing belt, tranny service, etc? I just don't want to start out with something that has known problems if I can avoid it.

TIA for any info,
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Old 03-09-2014, 08:59 PM   #2
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for 7k your looking around 03 and below wrx. first the obvious listen for any knocking, piston slap stuff like that. check all fluids and air filters checking the condition of these will give you an idea of how the car has been taken care of. test drive make sure all gears shift smooth and no grinding, clunking ect. one thing if the car had over 100k miles which most likely will make sure timing belt has been done. Im sure theres much more but thats my advice.
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Old 03-09-2014, 09:21 PM   #3
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Old 03-10-2014, 10:20 AM   #4
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Thanks for the replies. I had a 2004 VW Jetta until last weekend when I got caught up in the pile up on I-25. If any of you have ever owned a VW you probably understand why I ask about certain years and auto vs manual transmission. Sounds like as long as I make sure the car is in decent condition for the years/mileage I should be ok. I do want to find a mechanic locally that can look over it to make sure I'm not missing anything.
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Old 03-10-2014, 12:41 PM   #5
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Any particular model that you are looking at? Also, any plans to mod?

I picked up my 2002 WRX for about $5,000 with a brand new turbo and a set of 4 new tires.
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Old 03-11-2014, 01:49 PM   #6
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I know I want something with a turbo for sure. I have never driven a subaru, but I know pretty much anything else a 4cyl without a turbo is very slow and boring, especially if it's an auto. Besides that I don't have anything in particular in mind, but I know the turbo part limits my options. Any recommendations? How about non turbo options are they at least ok, or do they have a hard time getting out of their own way.
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Old 03-11-2014, 02:10 PM   #7
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I know I want something with a turbo for sure. I have never driven a subaru, but I know pretty much anything else a 4cyl without a turbo is very slow and boring, especially if it's an auto. Besides that I don't have anything in particular in mind, but I know the turbo part limits my options. Any recommendations? How about non turbo options are they at least ok, or do they have a hard time getting out of their own way.
How about you drive one first, then ask questions. Without having driven any Subaru ever, it's just heresay. I have a buddy who has owned 11 Subarus, including 3 STI's, Foresters and an old '99 2.5RS. the RS is his favorite amongst all of them.

4 cylinders are totally slow and boring. I agree.
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Old 03-11-2014, 02:14 PM   #8
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How about you drive one first, then ask questions. Without having driven any Subaru ever, it's just heresay. I have a buddy who has owned 11 Subarus, including 3 STI's, Foresters and an old '99 2.5RS. the RS is his favorite amongst all of them.

4 cylinders are totally slow and boring. I agree.
http://uk.caterhamcars.com/cars/roadsport-125
You are right I do need to drive at least one and go from there. My comment on 4cyl without turbo is from personal experience and like I said not in any subaru. I know from the 4cyl cars I have driven if they were standard they could be ok, but if they were auto with no turbo they were very bland, boring, and were lucky to get going.
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Old 03-11-2014, 02:30 PM   #9
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Cheap WRX/STI can be a crapshoot so be careful. Lots of "HELP! car died on way home!!" type of posts. I'm sure if you look a few threads down you'll see the guy who bought a WRX with a bad transmission. Or you can look for any of the other threads. There are probably at least 10 a month where people buy a car and find out it needs major repairs.

There are good ones out there. However, for every good one there are 5 ticking time bombs. Just be thorough and do your research so you buy the good one.
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