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Old 02-15-2007, 12:13 AM   #1
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Default ???Buying a wrx with 100,000 miles or more????

I'm looking at buying a wrx and my price range is right around $9,000-10k and since I'm a college student I can't really afford anything more than that. I live in ND and can really use the awd in the snow. My main question is what should I look for when buying a subaru with over 100k on the clock? Is there an internal clock that makes the tranny and engine selfdestruct after a certain mileage? I know most would suggest waiting longer but I need something to replace my 92' prelude with 165k on the ticker. Here are the mods of the car I'm looking at, anything to be concerned about here?

UP, Greddy TBE, APS turbo inlet, and Pulley, factory short shifter and boost gauge, as well as a Viper 791xv paging alarm systems with remote start

The car supposedly has the stock clutch so it couldn't have been abused. Also what color is Prairie Satin Metallic??

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Old 02-15-2007, 12:20 AM   #2
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With any car with over 100K its pretty much a crap shoot. For your price range I bet you could find a 2.5 RS in much better condition or perhaps an older impreza GC8.

Here's my 2 cents on purchasing cars that have been modded. It it ain't stock don't buy it. The mods that are on this car shouldn't have damaged the engine or turbo or anything like that, but maybe this guy pulled off the mods that may have. People that modify there cars drive them hard. I should know I'm one of those guys. Nobody puts performance parts on a car and drives it like a little old lady.
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Old 02-15-2007, 12:20 AM   #3
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No abuse is subjective. 100k is nothing for a subuaru that was loved. Since this one has been modified for fun, it might have been beaten on a little. Drive it, have a compression test done. My old 'ru still ran great with 267k on the clock. Be careful and you won't get burned. I am sure there are guys here that have all kind of abuse check points. Check the brake fluid. If it looks burned, the car might have been raced, stuff like that.
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Old 02-15-2007, 12:26 AM   #4
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I'm looking at buying a wrx and my price range is right around $9,000-10k and since I'm a college student I can't really afford anything more than that. I live in ND and can really use the awd in the snow. My main question is what should I look for when buying a subaru with over 100k on the clock? Is there an internal clock that makes the tranny and engine selfdestruct after a certain mileage.....UP, Greddy TBE, APS turbo inlet, and Pulley, factory short shifter and boost gauge, as well as a Viper 791xv paging alarm systems with remote start

The car supposedly has the stock clutch so it couldn't have been abused.
Well, my son bought a wrx with 80k on it a couple of years back. It has 120K now, still running well(stock clutch). We had to change out some struts and brake pads. We knew the original owners, an older couple that used it for a long commute, and never modded the car.

On the car you're talking about: if it has a turbo inlet, it quite possibly had a bigger turbo and other mods... it just depends on how it was used/abused. If the clutch is really the original one, that is a very good sign, but it's hard to verify.

It is risky to buy a modded wrx with high miles, assuming it will not need any expensive repairs. It could work out, but it might not. I would recommend a compression check. Good luck.
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Old 02-15-2007, 07:50 AM   #5
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Quote-There was some more stuff that i missed that the car has.The car is lowered with Progress springs, has Whiteline steering rack bushings, STi hood scoop, and an STi trans brace. The car is on a stock clutch, and stock transmission. I have never onced taken this car to the drags, or launched the car above 2k. The car does have a check engine light on. It is on due to a gas cap CEL, I purchased the car like this. Checked it with a code reader and cleared the code. It came back after a week. The car has never leaked gas, and gets on avg 26mpg on the highway.-Quote


I would be a little worried as more info comes out later in the add. More info will probably come out closer to the sale.
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Old 02-15-2007, 09:18 AM   #6
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I have an '02 wrx with 140 on it. Thing still runs great stock clutch and all. It all depends on how the previous owners take care of it......but mccall is right, people dont mod their cars to drive them slow.......
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Old 02-15-2007, 09:34 AM   #7
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you should be able to get a lower mileage car with that price range. Hell, the cars are worth alot more up here and you could probally find one if your lucky, so I know you can find one down there.
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Old 02-15-2007, 09:39 AM   #8
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I bought my car with 79K on the odometer... at 91K now and still going strong. Definitely get a compression check though. My cyl #3 was low compression...but was able to fix under 30 day dealer warranty luckily. The only real issue i've had was my power steering pump went out... due to old age and mainly abuse ( snow drifting lately ). Pick the right car and be happy. My car was not modded when i bought it.
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Old 02-15-2007, 09:50 AM   #9
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I'm looking at buying a wrx and my price range is right around $9,000-10k and since I'm a college student I can't really afford anything more than that. I live in ND

I would highly not recommend a car with mods at that many miles... If you are in the bismarck area and find a car locally let me know, i'll help 'ya look at it!
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Old 02-15-2007, 10:01 AM   #10
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just be prepared financially for repairs, this should be expected with any used car..
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Old 02-15-2007, 10:09 AM   #11
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Mine has 96,XXX now and still runs like new, stock clutch and all. Check the maint records as if it hasn't been done replace the timing belt as a precaution. The compression check is a must. See if the dealership with offer you a 30 day 1200 mile warranty or something for piece of mind.
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Old 02-15-2007, 12:08 PM   #12
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Mine has 140k running Cobb Stage 2. Only burnt an exhaust valve.

As long as your not abusive, you can still drive it plenty fast and it will last.
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Old 02-15-2007, 12:33 PM   #13
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Mine has 140k running Cobb Stage 2. Only burnt an exhaust valve.

As long as your not abusive, you can still drive it plenty fast and it will last.
Agreed.

I have 101K on my '04. I'm at Cobb STG 1 (for the last 55K miles). I only got the Access Port to cure the problems from the factory. (hesitation, detonation, etc.)

Still the original clutch. All maint done by the book & by the dealer where I bought it.
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Old 02-15-2007, 01:18 PM   #14
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+1 for finding a RS or so w/ less milage for around your price range
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Old 02-15-2007, 01:48 PM   #15
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prairie sun metallic?
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Old 02-15-2007, 02:04 PM   #16
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150,000+ on my '02. Stock clutch, stock motor. Other than one failed alternator it's run like a champ.
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Old 02-15-2007, 02:22 PM   #17
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111k on my MY02 WRX! I've been running stage 2 (250WHP) since about 30,XXX and im still on stock clutch.
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Old 02-15-2007, 03:47 PM   #18
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111k on my MY02 WRX! I've been running stage 2 (250WHP) since about 30,XXX and im still on stock clutch.
Wow ! you musta done speed upgrades for those few times you actually need it. How do you not abuse it ?!
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Old 02-15-2007, 04:26 PM   #19
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How do you not abuse it ?!
Don't do 5k rpm clutch dumps, check oil levels, do all scheduled maintenance tasks on time and just don't abuse it. It's not some mythical creature this "abuse". You know when you are doing it!
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Old 02-15-2007, 04:51 PM   #20
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don't worry about inlets on '02 and '03s. they probably just had it done when they had the fuel issue dealt with.
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Old 02-15-2007, 09:34 PM   #21
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don't worry about inlets on '02 and '03s. they probably just had it done when they had the fuel issue dealt with.

huh? Can you explain further on this?
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Old 02-16-2007, 11:16 AM   #22
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around that mileage a lot of things need to be changed like belts which can be costly.
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Old 02-16-2007, 12:10 PM   #23
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huh? Can you explain further on this?
02's and 03's leak lots of raw fuel when they age and the hoses get old. one of the ones that leaks requires the manifold to be removed.
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around that mileage a lot of things need to be changed like belts which can be costly.
Timing belt should cost you around $350-400 at most competent indy shops.
It's not very expensive considering how many miles they last you.

I would be more worried about fuel leaks, since it was a recall/known problem under warranty, if it was ignored; a lot more probably did too.


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just be prepared financially for repairs, this should be expected with any used car..
That being said, either look for one with lower mileage, or get a new one.
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