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Old 02-25-2010, 06:21 PM   #1
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I was looking at a 2004 WRX and it has 160,000 miles on it. I know that seems like a lot but i was wondering when things start to go wrong. If anyone could help that would be great!
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Old 02-25-2010, 06:38 PM   #2
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It depends on how much your looking to pay and it all depends on how the car was treated.
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Old 02-25-2010, 07:39 PM   #3
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It depends on how much your looking to pay and it all depends on how the car was treated.
It is around $6500 and it looks perfect but i am not sure about the internals or anything.
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Old 02-25-2010, 09:32 PM   #4
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You should save a little more, or if $$ isn't an issue, look for something with lower miles.
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Old 02-25-2010, 09:33 PM   #5
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not sure about the internals and whatnot?
Take it to a mechanic to check out.
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Old 02-25-2010, 09:47 PM   #6
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It's VERY hard to tell when things start going wrong in a certain car. That comes down to...
- Uniqueness of engine
- Previous owner keeping up with Maintenance
- How hard the car was used
- Any aftermarket parts

I bought an '04 WRX (Stock) 8 months ago with 80,000 miles for $12,000, car works great and as soon as I got it I got the fluids changed, had a mechanic take a look. Your best bet it just to get a mechanic under the hood and see what he says. Hope this helps!
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Old 02-26-2010, 09:56 AM   #7
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I personally would avoid buying a WRX with that high of mileage, especially when you could get one with less miles for a couple thousand more. You have no idea how it was driven. If you are looking to buy now, for roughly the same price, look at a bugeye. I personally like the bugeye look better than the "blob eye."
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Old 02-26-2010, 11:49 AM   #8
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this is just my opinion but if you think about it the only way an '04 could rack up 160,000 miles is by driving on the highway alot so it's entirely possible that this car is actually in perfectly good shape and could have less wear and tear than a car with 80,000 miles driven mostly in the city.
high mileage can actually be a good thing. it means that the car was actually driven and never sat for a long period of time, it was probably well maintained because it had to be for long commutes, and highway driving is alot easier on the engine than constant stop and go driving.
my WRX has 160k and the engine is rock solid. the car has never sat for more than a week, alot of highway driving and well maintained, i don't know why everybody is so obsessed with low mileage cars. someone please explain it to me. unless the car is a future collectible, i don't see the point in keeping the miles low on any car.
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Old 02-26-2010, 11:57 AM   #9
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this is just my opinion but if you think about it the only way an '04 could rack up 160,000 miles is by driving on the highway alot so it's entirely possible that this car is actually in perfectly good shape and could have less wear and tear than a car with 80,000 miles driven mostly in the city.
high mileage can actually be a good thing. it means that the car was actually driven and never sat for a long period of time, it was probably well maintained because it had to be for long commutes, and highway driving is alot easier on the engine than constant stop and go driving.
my WRX has 160k and the engine is rock solid. the car has never sat for more than a week, alot of highway driving and well maintained, i don't know why everybody is so obsessed with low mileage cars. someone please explain it to me. unless the car is a future collectible, i don't see the point in keeping the miles low on any car.
You make valid points, but not everyone takes care of a car as well as you...or me. Certainly the previous owner(s) may have been religious about maintenance, but there is the chance they were not.

I tend to keep low miles on the car because I work less than a mile from my house and I do not take a lot of trips. Also, a low mileage car is great when trading in, as I tend to do every year or so.
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Old 02-26-2010, 12:36 PM   #10
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You make valid points, but not everyone takes care of a car as well as you...or me. Certainly the previous owner(s) may have been religious about maintenance, but there is the chance they were not.

I tend to keep low miles on the car because I work less than a mile from my house and I do not take a lot of trips. Also, a low mileage car is great when trading in, as I tend to do every year or so.
good point, low mileage is good if you don't keep your car for a long time, better re-sale value. i forgot about that because i don't really change cars too often. anyway i think the OP should have the car looked at by a good mechanic and go for it if everything checks out.
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not sure about the internals and whatnot?
Take it to a mechanic to check out.
that would be one ridiculously expensive pre-purchase check over!!

At that mileage small things will go and need to be replaced, ie. thermostat, water pump, battery, alternator.... So, it depends on what you're, OP, willing to put into it.
I'd get some more money together and find a lower mileage car. You could take your $6500 and use it for a down payment on a nicer car.
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Old 02-26-2010, 11:42 PM   #12
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Get a compression check for sure. I would consider this deal myself, but I got through cars more then most people go through shoes, so I'd try to talk them down a bit for the resale value.
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Old 02-27-2010, 11:13 AM   #13
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hey thanks for the input... i think im just going to try and find one with less miles... i just took a look at it in person today and the engine and underneath the car were beat the hell up. i guess thats why the seller neglect to show those pictures.
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Old 02-27-2010, 12:58 PM   #14
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wow, thats alot of miles
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Old 02-28-2010, 12:47 PM   #15
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160k is nothing, get back to me when you have over 225k, then we'll talk.
<~~~proud owner of an 02 bugeye with more than 226k miles.
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:25 PM   #16
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im personally looking at a bugeye sedan thats the rare red and has 160k miles
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:31 PM   #17
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Nobody knows.

My wife's outback self destructed at 81k miles. Head gasket, rear wheel bearings, front cv axles, shocks shot, battery gone. I always did the maint better than the schedule. Heck, I'm one of the few who did coolant changes every 30k with Subaru coolant and conditioner and cvs distilled water. Lotta good that did me.

My own Legacy GT went 91k miles with same good maint. Needed a clutch when I sold it (disclosed to new owner, who wrote it up on nasioc). It's still going great and is probably at 115k at this point.
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2004 STi at 285,000 on original turbo and block. Still gets 24 mpg!
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