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Old 02-08-2013, 05:10 PM   #1
Columbia1991
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Bought my daughter (sophomore in college) a one owner 2002 RS 2.5 bugeye. I've always loved the bugeye. Car has high mileage but the single owner was meticulous and even after eleven years. The interior and exterior look new! We live in Charlotte and bought it off eBay and flew to Birmingham and drive it back.

The Bad - Took it to AAA car care (I trust this crew, they have been working on my S Class and Escalade for years, and with better results than a dealer!). Oil leak turned out to be from a bad head gasket and valve cover gasket. No smoke so caught it early. The front left axle was coming apart and the check engine light came on during the drive home. They are flushing the fuel system and replacing the plugs to see if that fixes it in lieu of replacement a cat. All this with new timing belt. Water pump and some hoses will cost $3,300. All the work is warranties for two years.

The Good - Although the total cost for the car and all repairs is $7,000 (as long as I don't have to replace one of the cats). At least all the major things that go wrong with this vehicle is repaired, replaced and covered under warranty.

The Best - My little darling gets a safe, now reliable and fun to drive AWD vehicle. I just hope she doesn't crash it like she did her last 2005 Peanut Eye!
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Old 02-08-2013, 05:19 PM   #2
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I buy $2 replacement cell phone chargers and other petty stuff on eBay. If it doesn't last, no big deal. Buying a car on eBay seems really risky.
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Old 02-08-2013, 05:26 PM   #3
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Well it's good that you got it all fixed for her but it seems you fell in love with the car being next to mint looks wise. You should have checked it out from underneath before purchasing especially since non turbo subaru's are very prone to leaking headgaskets.

As far as the cat goes changing some things might be able to buy you just a little time or no time at all. Contrary to many peoples belief on here if you're popping a P0420 you're going to need the cat replaced. I work for a dealer and replace them all the time. Once they pop there is no turning back.
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Old 02-08-2013, 05:46 PM   #4
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Around here, and within a 100 mile radius, RS and WRX models are very hard to find, especially one owner vehicles that have zero mods. Even the abused ones are going for 6K and above for a RS. That being said, $7K for an aesthetically pristine RS with major mechanics fixes isn't bad.

At least that's what I'll tell myself for the next 40 years!

In 2010 I bought this same daughter a 2005 RS with 80K miles and $8,700. It was a local buy so I had the Subaru dealer check it out. It needed brakes and an AC compressor. A year later we had to replace a cat (the expensive one), water pump, timing belt, etc. head gasket didn't blow but you never know. Bottom line, you can't beat an RS for a college car. Love the boxer engine, AWD, functional passenger capacity for four and it's a Subaru!
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Old 02-09-2013, 03:58 PM   #5
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Cat confirmed, rattling - needs to be replaced. Total is up to $4,000. Good thing she's a straight A student.

Also ordered Subaru rally fog lights, SPT coils, WRX Wing, Factory option carbon fiber dash trim pieces, Subaru floor mats. Living vicariously...
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Old 02-09-2013, 06:45 PM   #6
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Is it just me our are these numbers obsurd...
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Old 02-09-2013, 06:57 PM   #7
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Cat confirmed, rattling - needs to be replaced. Total is up to $4,000. Good thing she's a straight A student.

Also ordered Subaru rally fog lights, SPT coils, WRX Wing, Factory option carbon fiber dash trim pieces, Subaru floor mats. Living vicariously...
..huh? That stuff..on there?...for her?..or you? lol
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Old 02-09-2013, 07:02 PM   #8
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Is it just me our are these numbers obsurd...
I must agree!?!?

IMO head gaskets with valve cover gaskets even with all new head bolts and valve cover hard ware. Along with the full timing system should have been under $1000 with labor. New cat and install $200-300 and that's a Meineke or Midas exhaust job
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Old 02-09-2013, 07:04 PM   #9
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I must agree!?!?

IMO head gaskets with valve cover gaskets even with all new head bolts and valve cover hard ware. Along with the full timing system should have been under $1000 with labor. New cat and install $200-300 and that's a Meineke or Midas exhaust job
Under $1000? You do realize they have to pull the motor to do the head gaskets? The parts alone are probably $500.

It does seem a little high to me though. The head gasket, timing belt, water pump job costs $2400 at a local Subaru specialist around here using all new Subaru parts. $3200 or so for everything seems a lot more reasonable to me.

I've seen much worse when I worked at a parts store in college. Some shops really stick it to people.
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Old 02-09-2013, 07:06 PM   #10
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Sounds like me and my 02 TS lol. Guy said all it needed was a o2 sensor. Worked great for a few days and next thing you know Its $5,000 total to get it going on the road again. Everything from new plugs to a new clutch was needed. Only good thing is at 207k it practically has a new engine with warranty on the work they did. So I know it will last and eventually pay it self off.
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Old 02-09-2013, 07:09 PM   #11
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Must be a high end auto service place thats why the numbes seem absurd to some. Its just preference thats all.
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Old 03-05-2013, 03:51 PM   #12
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Update


Gaskets, timing belt, water pump, hoses, belts, all fluids and plugs $3,700 at AAA with 2 year warranty.

Left axle, wiper motor and catalytic converter $1,200 at Subaru

AC compressor $1,100 at AAA

Batter $120 at AAA

What the hell next?
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Old 03-05-2013, 04:27 PM   #13
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This thread is missing a picture of the daughter car.


















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Old 03-05-2013, 06:10 PM   #14
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Gaskets, timing belt, water pump, hoses, belts, all fluids and plugs $3,700 at AAA with 2 year warranty.

Left axle, wiper motor and catalytic converter $1,200 at Subaru

AC compressor $1,100 at AAA

Batter $120 at AAA

What the hell next?
You sir, are a salesman's dream.

I need more suckers like you coming into my shop.

$3,700 for an HG job with timing components? I sell NEW (used block, everything else NEW) engines installed with a 3 year 36k warranty for $3500. Knock a grand off for a rebuilt engine. $1200 for an HG job with OEM spec timing kit.

I guess it's only money to some people, but this AAA shop is giving it to you dry.
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Old 03-05-2013, 07:35 PM   #15
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Please don't tell me you are ruining drilling a wingless trunk to install a WRX wing!!

Amazing how much money a person can spend fixing a car when they have no idea how to shop!
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