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Old 04-14-2007, 05:40 PM   #1
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Default how reliable would a 99 rs w/ 110K miles be?

Thinking of making an offer on it, it was always dealer serviced. opinions?
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Old 04-14-2007, 05:50 PM   #2
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if the timing belt & headgaskets were done it should go for a very long time..
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Old 04-14-2007, 05:59 PM   #3
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As reliable as a 20 year old dog?
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Old 04-14-2007, 06:10 PM   #4
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Yea, you have to look into the acquaintance more, but timing belt & headgaskets are a good start... You might be able to find one with lower miles if you look a little harder
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Old 04-14-2007, 07:19 PM   #5
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Full mechanical inspection would be needed, including the compression test.
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Old 04-14-2007, 07:21 PM   #6
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depends on the price.
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Old 04-14-2007, 07:33 PM   #7
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As long as it's in good condition, there are plenty of miles to go on it.
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Old 04-14-2007, 07:52 PM   #8
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yea whats the price?
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Old 04-14-2007, 09:20 PM   #9
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I paid $6K for a 2000 RS with 121K miles. Never regret the decision one day.
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Old 04-14-2007, 09:45 PM   #10
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did the '99 RS have the DOHC or SOHC 2.5? check which engine it has because alot of the DOHC 2.5's had headgasket problems and front crank seal oil leaks, check wheel bearings too.
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Old 04-15-2007, 01:14 AM   #11
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...if the body is good......do a swap and fergetaboutit
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Old 04-15-2007, 01:30 AM   #12
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at that age making sure it is straight and rust free is more important than anything. mechanical work is easy. body work is not.

if it isnt leaking oil too much and has a new timing belt it should be fine.

and if it is leaking a bit and needs a belt make an offer that reflects that and buy it anyway. timing belt and the front seals is about 300 at least to pay someone else to do it. and while you are in there put in a new water pump and make sure the oil pump isnt leaking. and if you are slighlty mechanically inclined, or have a good friend who is, the job isnt that tough to do yourself.
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Old 04-15-2007, 03:08 AM   #13
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the 99 should be SOHC.
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Old 04-16-2007, 10:35 AM   #14
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the 99 should be SOHC.
Yes, it is. That means it's less likely to have the headgasket problems experienced on the DOHC EJ25s.

Go for it!
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Old 04-16-2007, 10:55 AM   #15
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Buy it You will never regret you decision
These cars are Classics and have you seen the 08??
That will make the GC worth even more
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Old 04-16-2007, 11:24 AM   #16
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highway or city miles?

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Old 04-16-2007, 11:27 AM   #17
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i payed $7479 for a 01 RS with 113k miles on it fro the original owner.

the car will last you long enough to swap it.

you can get swaps pretty cheap(unless you want a 04+ STi swap)
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Old 04-16-2007, 11:53 AM   #18
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i own two 99 rs's
170k miles on auto, 100k on manual
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Old 04-16-2007, 12:30 PM   #19
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108k miles on mine, i kinda overpaid for it but everytime i drive it i forget about over paying it, i love it.
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Old 04-16-2007, 02:05 PM   #20
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if the timing belt & headgaskets were done it should go for a very long time..
Add wheel bearings, valve cover gaskets, radiator and the clutch...
and it'll do another 110K
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Old 04-16-2007, 02:49 PM   #21
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Add wheel bearings, valve cover gaskets, radiator and the clutch...
and it'll do another 110K
And I'm still on my original radiator, valve cover gaskets, wheels bearings, and I just replaced the clutch @ 186,000...don't make the guy paranoid.
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Old 04-16-2007, 04:21 PM   #22
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dooooo eeeeeet!
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Old 04-16-2007, 04:52 PM   #23
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drop in a ej22t block or ej22 n/a block with ej22t pistons and turbo it!
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Old 04-16-2007, 05:17 PM   #24
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If they have good service records and the price is resonable I say go for it. I purchased mine off a second owner for $7k, it had 120k on the clock at the time. He had records all the way back from the first oil change, and the paint & body are cherry, a few rock chips though (that's the price you pay living in Colo. though, but never any rust). A bottle of touch up paint and I was back in business. By far the best automotive purchase I have ever made. Now does anyone have an EJ207 they would like to donate to the cause?
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Old 04-16-2007, 05:25 PM   #25
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And I'm still on my original radiator, valve cover gaskets, wheels bearings, and I just replaced the clutch @ 186,000...don't make the guy paranoid.
My last suby had 325k mi on the clock and I still had the original radiator, valve cover gaskets, clutch, and only replaced one front wheel bearing, and one set of brake pads, although I had to double clutch to downshift I'm sold on Subaru's for life.
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