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Old 08-18-2005, 04:08 AM   #1
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Default Geting the '04 STi tomorow.Meeting at Bank's dors:) !Any precautions,things to look..

(ESL-student...)
Ok, deceided to get the '04 STi. Has 21,400mi on it, agreed on $25,000, is that a good price, or should i go lower... Something like that. Its a second owner car, which bugs me! Isnt that strange at that low milage, especially, when the 2nd owner has it for like 300-400miles !!! Im like WHAAT!!? The guy is 42 y.o. He sais, that he has too many cars, and that this car was bought for fun-drive, but he never can get to it since he has an Accord to drive to/from work... bla-bla-bla... Kinda suspicious... The car looks pretty clean...
The only things i've noticed are:
- THE engine OIL, is somewhy above the limit(upper point, but it was measured after we drove like 7mi in a kinda spirited manner). Does that really matter? Also, than i noticed that the whole engine was cleaned and waxed, BUT, there were wome oily, maybe not OILy(he said, that the dealer said.... its the wax, protective screen for the parts under the hood). Also the "OILy-WAX" didnt really smell like OIL. It was colorless... Any ideas?..suggestions?
- Has 2 or 3 small almost unvisible scuffs on the trunk, already touched-up.
- 1 small dent on drivers back fender, above back left wheel

Also has the JVC cd-player , not really sure MP3 or not. Its the nice one, that changes colors... Has big pixels thou... The one u can download ur pictures in, i think... I was gonna buy it about 1.5 yrs ago...w/e...

We wonna take it to a mechanic tomorrow to check it out, someone knows of a good one in Chicago, near Cicero, MIlwaukee and Irving Park? Or is it better to bring in to the Subaru Dealership, for them to diagnost it or something..?

Also......suspicious is that he has a 4gauge wire running from the battery to the trunk. This means that there were at least 2*12subs !!
BTW, how do i check if the car was on a track? Maybe some specific things to look at?

Guys, any help would be appretiated! TIA







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CARFAX searched more than 3 billion records from over 5,300 sources and found 5 record(s) for this 2004 SUBARU IMPREZA WRX STI (JF1GD70634L512202).

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08/11/2003 Illinois
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Vernon Hills, IL
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personal vehicle


09/04/2003 12 Illinois
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Vernon Hills, IL
Title #T3247664591
Title issued or updated
First owner reported
Loan or lien reported


05/03/2005 20,803 Dealer Inventory
Winnetka, IL
Vehicle offered for sale


06/08/2005 20,873 Illinois
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Gurnee, IL
Title #X5159190043
Title issued or updated
New owner reported


08/17/2005 Subaru of America No recalls open for repair
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Old 08-18-2005, 04:23 AM   #2
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Get a PPI done before you hand over the cash, don't forget a leakdown test, and at least a compression test.
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Old 08-18-2005, 11:03 AM   #3
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Where are you located? Maybe one of our more knowledgable subaru peoples could go with you to check out the car too.
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Old 08-18-2005, 11:59 AM   #4
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Chicago, IL. Is that really possible??! Im about to go thou... 12:00 moving out of house. If something just give me a call or something. My cell is (773)750-5248.

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Old 08-18-2005, 12:03 PM   #5
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Whats a PPI ??

Guys, thats like my 7th time using the Impreza board. Still many things to find out here... Im usually on the Audi board, know more stuff there, still npt all terms(ESPECIALLY)...

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Old 08-18-2005, 02:12 PM   #6
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+1 for opening with ESL student.
-1 for posting in the wrong forum.

Eh not bad you break even.
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Old 08-18-2005, 03:41 PM   #7
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+1 for opening with ESL student.
-1 for posting in the wrong forum.

Eh not bad you break even.
+1 for the +1 -1
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Old 08-18-2005, 04:02 PM   #8
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My 02 has 35K miles, now that's low mileage. 21K miles in 1 year is a lot of miles. That's not a low mileage car...

You're rather articulate for ESL. Also, when you see the mechanic, just ask for a leakdown or comrpession test. ppi = pre-purchase inspection.

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Old 08-18-2005, 04:34 PM   #9
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I'd be very careful here. I also think the price is too high. Check Kbb.com for a frame of ref. Consider just above trade-in value.

As for track, autox, check for excessive outer edge wear on the tires. Could just be spirited backroad driving, but it's an indication of how it was treated. Cleaned and polished engines always make me suspicious. Be wary.
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