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Old 05-15-2013, 10:27 AM   #1
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I need some advice here guys. Please take the time to hear me out and give an honest opinion.

I am a young airman in the Air Force. I don't make alot... but I am doing alright for myself.

A few months ago I bought a 2004 STi that was all stock minus an s203 swap interior, and advan rs wheels. I dewinged it, and added a Cobb tuner.

The car KBB value is 17500 private party or 20000 retail. It has 117800 miles and is daily driven. I paid 12500 for the car and owe 7500 on it.

My question is, will this car last? Should I sell it? I could sell it for a profit and buy a newer car... Or just keep it and drive it until its shot. However I don't know how long that will actually take. What kind of life expectancy do these cars have?

I really need some direction here guys, I would appreciate some help.

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Old 05-15-2013, 10:30 AM   #2
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As long as the car is maintained as it should be and you don't beat the ever living piss out of it, it should last quite a long time.
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:30 AM   #3
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if u take good care of it fluids, inspections and all other aspects it could last for a years.
u could also do a motor swap. make it last even longer
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:31 AM   #4
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:33 AM   #5
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You are asking a question that is impossible to answer . Think about it. You are asking to predict the future.
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:38 AM   #6
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You are asking a question that is impossible to answer . Think about it. You are asking to predict the future.
Actually I think he was asking for high mileage STI owners to chime in and give him their experience with the car.
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:19 AM   #7
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I wouldn't rely on KBB for the value. It's only worth what someone will pay and that's a 9 yr old car over 100k mileage. I'd consider if you were getting deployed or stationed over seas for a while to sell it, but other than that hold on to it.
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:25 AM   #8
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Thank you all for the fast responses!! I will be driving the car close to 50 miles a day if that matters.
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:25 AM   #9
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Also, as far as deploying I will not reply for 2 years then I am heading to Korea for 6 months.
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:28 AM   #10
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If there still is a Korea in 2 years...
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:29 AM   #11
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Sweet Jesus... does someone post an STi reliability thread weekly?

I'm curious why reliability is an issue a few months after making this purchase. Personally, if you don't want to deal with/can't afford the potential problems down the line, you may want to reconsider owning that particular STi.

Peace of mind is very valuable, and it doesn't seem like you have it right now. There's nothing worse than owning a car that you're afraid to drive due to potential problems. Well, there are plenty of things worse, but it really sucks to have spent so much on something and question its reliability so soon after purchasing it.

In my subjective opinion I think you should sell it. Even if you break even or lose a bit of money in the transaction, it's better than pretending there is an egg between your foot and the gas pedal.
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:42 AM   #12
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Actually I think he was asking for high mileage STI owners to chime in and give him their experience with the car.
And my answer still stands. A lot of variables involved. I wouldn't consider 117k exactly high mileage.
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:43 AM   #13
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Research THEN buy.

We cannot answer your question. As long as the previous owner did some maintenance, and you are continuing maintenance as need be there is no reason why the car couldn't last forever.
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Old 05-15-2013, 12:06 PM   #14
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I am not asking purely about reliability but about my particular situation. Financially what the better decision would be because of the age, miles, value, and amount owed.

The car is a two owner with all maintainable records for the last 60k miles.
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Old 05-15-2013, 12:10 PM   #15
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It has 117800 miles and is daily driven. I paid 12500 for the car and owe 7500 on it.

My question is, will this car last? Should I sell it? I could sell it for a profit and buy a newer car... Or just keep it and drive it until its shot. However I don't know how long that will actually take. What kind of life expectancy do these cars have?
If the timing belt is original, then you're driving on borrowed time. On the other hand, if the timing belt was replaced within the last 15K miles, I'd keep the car.
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Old 05-15-2013, 12:15 PM   #16
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Change the timing belt....more time....problem solved
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Old 05-15-2013, 12:40 PM   #17
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I am not asking purely about reliability but about my particular situation. Financially what the better decision would be because of the age, miles, value, and amount owed.

The car is a two owner with all maintainable records for the last 60k miles.
No body can answer this.

If all maintenance has been done, including the timing belt, then according to the internets it should be fine. 1XX,XXX miles on a car is nothing these days. Your car doesn't fall apart at XXX,XXX miles. Age isn't even that old. And amount owed means jack squat.

There are FAR too many airmen like you that don't think. Keep the damn thing and save your money you'd waste on another car.
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Old 05-15-2013, 02:02 PM   #18
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Change the timing belt....more time....problem solved
I see what you did there

Sell it and buy a Hyundai. 100k mile warranty bruh
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Old 05-15-2013, 02:13 PM   #19
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Chair force!


Really though do you like driving the car? Can you live without it?

Financially there is always a better route, but what do you think?

/therapist
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Old 05-15-2013, 02:15 PM   #20
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its hit and miss. my friend had a 2008 STI that died at just over 100K miles. she's more of a forester person - dogs/kayaking/etc so she doesnt track or anything else with the car. that's one story but i can give u another of a friend with a toyota rav4 that burst into flames at 60K miles while my brother's rav4 is reaching 100K sooooooo it's all hit and miss and much like others said: cant predict the future.

if anything, u can look at maintenance cost and fuel efficiency to determine your needs
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Old 05-15-2013, 02:15 PM   #21
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"There are FAR too many airmen like you that don't think."
You know, a lot of people throw insults around here, but lobbing one at a member of our armed forces doesn't sit well with me. Perhaps you can keep that in mind? Go ahead and throw some my way if you feel the need.
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Old 05-15-2013, 02:17 PM   #22
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You know, a lot of people throw insults around here, but lobbing one at a member of our armed forces doesn't sit well with me. Perhaps you can keep that in mind? Go ahead and throw some my way if you feel the need.
Can we at least poke fun at semen?
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Old 05-15-2013, 02:39 PM   #23
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Can we at least poke fun at semen?


Just kidding

I was never in the Navy.
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Old 05-15-2013, 02:39 PM   #24
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Follow maintenance and don't drive like a stupid kid and it will last long.
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Old 05-15-2013, 03:08 PM   #25
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When will I die?


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