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Old 01-20-2008, 06:50 PM   #26
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I'm also planning on buying soon. I found an 02 for $7000 with 125k miles on it. I think that's a damn good deal. However, I can see that the previous owner has modified it, so I'm a bit hesitant seeing that he could have abused the car. Think I should buy it?
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Old 01-21-2008, 05:46 AM   #27
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At that price, kinda hard not too.....
Do you have cash on hand to fix/replace an engine/trans if it would go out?? (worst case senario)

Mileage isn't as big of a factor imo as most people say. I put more stock in maintenance and care.
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Old 01-21-2008, 08:47 AM   #28
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find an sti drivetrain and put it in a cheap impreza.
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Old 01-21-2008, 05:24 PM   #29
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Mine has 125,000 on it been at stg 2 for a while, basic maintence and mobil 1 oil changes.

Doesn't use a drop of oil- hell I still have the original clutch and 75% of my driving is city.

Only had 1 mechanical issue and that was a bad injector.

I always had gm cars before this which meant constant little repairs- water pumps, ball joints, tie rods, yada yada. None of that with the wrx.

Great car.
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Old 01-21-2008, 05:26 PM   #30
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stage2
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Old 01-21-2008, 06:26 PM   #31
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02 WRX wagon with 148k mi
Mods: MBC @ 16lbs, K&N drop in filter, 3" dp w/factory STI exhaust

It's my first Suby, I've owned the car for a year now. Great daily driver, haven't had any issues minus I just blew 2nd gear on Friday lol. Other than that its been a great car and I really enjoy driving it. I plan on swapping in a RA gearset so that won't happen again.
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Old 01-22-2008, 11:29 AM   #32
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04 with 93k
Stg4 since 5k
Compression is good; doesn't burn oil.
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Old 01-22-2008, 12:49 PM   #33
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stage 4 with 120k . no issues at all. its been stage 2 since 50k went stage 4 at 85k. recently replaced clutch on own accord, stock still had plenty of life left. use royal purple fluids, no burning. I have not had to replace or repair anything due to failure, and the car sees redline a few times a day
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Old 01-22-2008, 01:22 PM   #34
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I've been debating starting to mod mine fairly heavily because of the milage too, but from what it sounds like I have nothing to worry about haha, I'm only at 70k.
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Old 01-22-2008, 01:48 PM   #35
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My '02 has ~128k miles.

- VF34
- pink injectors
- STi TMIC
- etc etc etc..

...and the motor is solid.


Just don't run needlessly thin oil in it... e.g. Mobil1 5W30. Something like German Castrol 0W30 or Redline 5W30 are both much better choices, as they both offer better protection at high operating temperatures.

Also, be sure to prime the oil pump after an oil change.
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Old 01-22-2008, 02:04 PM   #36
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310awhp with 117k miles. No issues internally with the engine. My tuner said it seemed healthy. Even on the stock transmission with an ACT clutch/flywheel combo. Beyond just normal wear and tear I've replaced the radiator...and uhmmm...that's about it. My front passenger axle boot is torn and so is the front passenger steering column boot...but who knows how that happend.

If you're shopping for a high mileage WRX, just look for one that's in good shape and not modded. And if it is modded, make sure it was tastefully done and not a AEM-intake-manual-boost-controller-with-no-tuning nightmare.
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Old 01-22-2008, 02:11 PM   #37
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All I can say is the following:

I beat, abuse, love, cherish, floor, do girls in, take road trips with, go to school with my 05 wrx, running stage 2 practically since 5 or 6k miles, and I've NEVER owned a car in my life that has given me so few problems that all I need to do is an oil change every 3k miles. I'm at 41k miles now, 0 problems, 0 hesitation, 0 signs of aging.

I really would stay away from modding though. I don't consider stage 2 modding, since that's how subaru's should come standard in my opinion. But once you hit that I suggest you stop, cause then you're just throwing money away.
what does " doin girls " in ur car have to do with reliability , LMAO
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Old 01-22-2008, 03:25 PM   #38
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what does " doin girls " in ur car have to do with reliability , LMAO
Apparently the suspension and seats are durable?
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Old 01-22-2008, 03:38 PM   #39
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Apparently the suspension and seats are durable?
and stain resistant.
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Old 01-22-2008, 04:30 PM   #40
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make sure you buy 06+... I have an 05 and heard the extra .5L really helps the low end torque. 05- owners... how many extra whp do you get after going stage2 from stock?
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Old 01-22-2008, 04:31 PM   #41
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and stain resistant.
my seats are black and im the only one who knows where the stains were
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Old 01-28-2008, 10:31 PM   #42
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02wrx here here stg4 since 30k made it to 106k before a bucket in the road bent the my oil pan and blocked my pick up tube. Spun a bearing. But im weird my stock trans and clutch are still in one piece some how.
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Old 01-30-2008, 03:40 PM   #43
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I'm in the same boat as the OP. I'm hoping to save up enough to get a 100-120k WRX wagon for around $8k in March. If one is stock at that mileage, what grade synthetic is best to switch to? I saw one post earlier about 0W-40 - would it be good to switch with a different grade in winter/summer?

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Old 01-30-2008, 04:14 PM   #44
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If you put in 0W-40 you are good for winter and summer, no need for any different oil at all, for any temperatures it would normally get to, in winter or summer...
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Old 01-30-2008, 04:22 PM   #45
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Thanks ^

What is the timing belt interval for the WRX? 90K like the 2.5L?
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Old 01-30-2008, 10:55 PM   #46
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Technically, it's due at 100,000, but most people change it at something closer to 90,000.
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Old 01-31-2008, 07:21 PM   #47
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A bunch of reasons why a used Subie is a low risk prop:

I came to subaru after a crap 3 years with a 1.8t GTI. That car wouldnt even start if the weather wasnt perfect... and I never got over 48k miles on it. I'm at 88k with a Cobb AP since 45k. I just keep Mobil 1 and Purolator Pure One filters on it and there havent been any problems. I did cause a front axle to spew lube (at 75k) after a bonzai 100mph run from Miami to Orlando, but chalk that up to a hot turbo wearing out a rubber seal... no big deal.

I'll admit the only weakness of the car is that the interior plastics dont SEEM as nice as the VWs, but in reality they are way more durable. Most older Audi/VWs parts will start to fall off, rubber coatings will wear... not so in a Subaru. Only my floormats show any aging. Oh, I had a Honda Si for 36k and that thing was blowing smoke by 33k on full RPM upshifts... unacceptable on a car that makes max (111lbs/ft? max? you gotta be joking) torque at 7600 RPM.

The final kicker, and this one is prolly the best part... unlike VW/Audi snobs Subaru guys (and girls!) are easily the most chill, fun and happy group of enthusiasts you could ever meet. Ive sold 4 friends on WRX/Saabaru wagons, and theyve met even more great friends through their rides -- and made converts! So you will always have support and friends willing to lend a hand. Its all about the people...
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Old 01-31-2008, 09:36 PM   #48
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Also, be sure to prime the oil pump after an oil change.
How is that done?
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Old 01-31-2008, 10:34 PM   #49
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157,000 miles aps sr-30 turbo no tranny issues no engine issues and pulls like nobodys business
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Old 02-01-2008, 12:55 AM   #50
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102k miles on mine
uppipe/TBE + MBC cranked up to 16.5psi for 30k miles
never been in the shop except for routine maintenance, and I beat on it pretty good.
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