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Old 04-21-2013, 01:22 AM   #1
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Default Found a gem. 2003 SY WRX. ALL LOOK AT LAST POST!!:)

If anyone is following, I've uploaded the 2003 SY WRX that I'll be purchasing. The other vehicles didn't pass inspection or meet expectations in my opinion.


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Also, NOBODY PURCHASE THE 2003 SONIC YELLOW WRX FROM NISSAN TEMPE or THE 2003 SILVER WRX WAGON FROM MINI OF TEMPE!!
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:38 AM   #2
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Check to see if there is a sticker on the core support that says the timing belt has been done. If there isn't plan on doing it ASAP $500+ depending on where you go.
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:46 AM   #3
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ok will do. Im not new to the subie world so I did a thorough check and all looked great., but I think all was done when I looked at the 1 owner carfax report and documents. Ill be back looking tomorrow though
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:08 PM   #4
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Check to see if the cruise control actually works. Many times when you swap the string wheels people don't do the necessary things for cruse control.

Also, it has lowering springs on it.
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:40 PM   #5
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12k for a 03 with 115k miles??
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:43 PM   #6
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12k for a 03 with 115k miles??

^ This.
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Old 04-21-2013, 02:18 PM   #7
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Yes it has lowering springs and some more I didnt mention. But I talked them down about the price. I'm also looking at two others that are cheaper with many more miles and one with 85k.
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Old 04-21-2013, 02:45 PM   #8
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FWIW, I saw a couple on auto trader that may be worth looking at, less miles and better price. Good luck with whatever you purchase.
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:01 PM   #9
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I think it belonged to turbo_me on AZAWD? He mentioned it in "the meh thread" http://www.azawd.org/forums/viewtopi...eb&start=54765

apparently it had 2 accidents early on, one left the vehicle undriveable

Anyways, that price is way too high for an 03 with 115k. I'd be willing to pay a dealer maybe..9.5k for one if it didn't have those accidents.

Looks like it's got the 04 STi steering wheel, a cheap intake and a yellow inlet. WTF. Also looks like it's been lowered. I'd keep checking around, 12k is way too high unless it has a warranty.
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:53 PM   #10
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I agree. Lots of money for that car. As rare as yellow is, I'd keep looking unless you are made of money.
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Old 04-21-2013, 11:01 PM   #11
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Yman can you send me the exact link to the thread on that forum. The one you posted isn't working. Also the car fax came up at one accident. Hit a curb. Less then $500 damages. Not serious. All vins match also and no damage otherwise. But please give me a better link. We're i don't have to have an account to login.
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:44 AM   #12
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You have to have an account to see anything in azawd.
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:55 AM   #13
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I registered and researching through all the threads by him. Thanks for that valuable info.
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:41 AM   #14
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Don't do it.
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Old 04-22-2013, 09:25 AM   #15
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Interested in my stock 2005, 89,500 miles for $12K? Silver Wagon.

Dealer is offering me $10K so I'd save almost $1000 on taxes netting me $11,000 fir my trade.
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Old 04-22-2013, 08:09 PM   #16
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He said he needs financing. That's why he's going the dealer route. I was just at Brown and Brown chevy in mesa and they have an 05 black STI that may be limited or just wingless for $22,500. About $10,000 more but I thought I would let you know I think it has 90k miles?
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Old 04-22-2013, 08:17 PM   #17
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He said he needs financing. That's why he's going the dealer route. I was just at Brown and Brown chevy in mesa and they have an 05 black STI that may be limited or just wingless for $22,500. About $10,000 more but I thought I would let you know I think it has 90k miles?
Thanks for that above. I do need financing. Not private owner.

I also found the original owner on azawd. I read through over 300 posts he had and all the threads. The motor is new with 20k and tranny is new. Both replaced at the same time. Clutch is new and shifts awesome. He was having a boost problem, the dealership replaced all head gaskets and valve cover gaskets and I have all receipts. I've thoroughly inspected the car and having two others (Subaru and another shop). Just to be sure. No boozing issues at all. The previous accidents were minor (hit curb) and not an issue. All under $1000. I also talked the dealership down drastically and payment is good.

The STI is good price but I really like and prefer the EJ205 then 257. That's my opinion for what it's worth.

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Old 04-22-2013, 08:25 PM   #18
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The previous owner seemed not to know much about the car and kept having issues after issues. But if he would have paid more attention to the car then the issues would have been solved and not continuous. It's not always about the car but the owner and driver being vigilant of the overall function/operation of the vehicle. Also he had a subwoofer and amp that the dealer removed. Put all new carpet, spare tire, tools, etc...it pretty much looks all brand new. The only thing I hate is the deck in the car. It has tv, DVD, mp3, Bluetooth, GPS and a bunch more but I rather have stock to be honest.

Another inspection tomorrow or Wednesday.
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Old 04-22-2013, 08:36 PM   #19
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I think you're talking yourself into this purchase. Why would you buy an overpriced bugeye that has been crashed twice, one of which was serious, and has been through a couple of motors, AND currently has known mechanical issues?

Sounds like a recipe for disaster.
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Old 04-22-2013, 08:37 PM   #20
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Congrats! Way cool to know the history of it. Rare color too! Enjoy it!
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Old 04-22-2013, 08:48 PM   #21
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I think you're talking yourself into this purchase. Why would you buy an overpriced bugeye that has been crashed twice, one of which was serious, and has been through a couple of motors, AND currently has known mechanical issues?

Sounds like a recipe for disaster.
Read the post again. Hence the third inspection from subaru or one of the local shops (fullrace or FAT when I get call back). Its passed two inspections that I took the car to already and myself. Serious? There was no frame damage and he hit a curb, needing the car towed to subaru in 08 or 09 (I forgot the exact date and year) less then $500 in damages. Its had two rebuilds that he did himself and then he took it to subaru to have an entire block replaced along with all else ( by subaru) which he paid a $1000 deductable and the warranty covered the rest. Mechanical issues? None whatsoever. They have been fixed with the motor and at the subaru dealership. All gaskets have been done and all work is documented. No body panels/parts replaced. All VINS good. Also, Im not paying near what they asked for it.

I have also till wednesday evening to bring it back if it doesn't pass the inspection tomorrow or morning wednesday.
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Old 04-22-2013, 09:44 PM   #22
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Also, the dealership included the cost of adding full warranty and gap insurance for the loan. The warranty has $100 deductible and covers entire motor (gaskets, seal, nut bolts and all) , tranny ( everything) all suspension, all electrical, all Air conditioning components, all brake components except the pads (even includes rotors, lines, cylinders etc). Gave me some reassurance with the car.

Tomorrow I have an appointment at FAT at 1530 to have tests done.
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Old 04-22-2013, 09:48 PM   #23
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I think it belonged to turbo_me on AZAWD? He mentioned it in "the meh thread" http://www.azawd.org/forums/viewtopi...eb&start=54765

apparently it had 2 accidents early on, one left the vehicle undriveable

Anyways, that price is way too high for an 03 with 115k. I'd be willing to pay a dealer maybe..9.5k for one if it didn't have those accidents.

Looks like it's got the 04 STi steering wheel, a cheap intake and a yellow inlet. WTF. Also looks like it's been lowered. I'd keep checking around, 12k is way too high unless it has a warranty.
For the price you'd pay Got close to it, with full bumper to bumper warranty and Gap. 04 sti steering wheel, Springs and struts done (have to get a better look at what type), yellow inlet he bought from a member on azawd and AEM intake. He got the yellow to match the SY color of car.
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Old 04-22-2013, 09:49 PM   #24
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This is not a great idea. This car will likely be nothing but trouble. Why in hell would you have the dealer pull the motor, tear it down, and replace the head gaskets for no reason? I'll bet my paycheck that they will screw something up along the way leaving you with more headache. Any it will be awesome if they end up using some ****ty aftermarket headgasket. Because those work great in these cars.
Or they may do nothing and hold the car for a day and send you on your way. Used car sales places are the worst. They prey on guys JUST LIKE YOU. In love with a car and desperate for financing.

Also, there's nothing like adding financing charges to an overpriced car. One that has a spotty past, is in questionable condition, and was admittedly a trouble for the previous owner.

But yeah, good luck. We may all be wrong. But I personally would be VERY sure you're not talking yourself into this thing. I would make sure you have enough money set aside for SIGNIFICANT repairs when they come (think $2K+). I hope you talked them down to $8000 or so. Tops. And you better learn to do repairs on your own. These cars, especially with that past and age, will need it.
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Old 04-22-2013, 09:59 PM   #25
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Also, the dealership included the cost of adding full warranty and gap insurance for the loan. The warranty has $100 deductible and covers entire motor (gaskets, seal, nut bolts and all) , tranny ( everything) all suspension, all electrical, all Air conditioning components, all brake components except the pads (even includes rotors, lines, cylinders etc). Gave me some reassurance with the car.

Tomorrow I have an appointment at FAT at 1530 to have tests done.

Aftermarket, used car warranties, from ANYWHERE but a factory are junk. They will fight you 100% of the way on any claim you make. They almost all have coverage limits that are well below the cost of the repair. They use junk parts or used parts as a matter of policy, not exception. Read the fine print and you'll find out.

Look at it this way: these companies that offer these warranties have to be making money right? How? I can assure you it's not by paying out for every broken 10+ year old POS car they "cover". Warrantying a 10+ year old car is a straight up money losing proposition (if they actually pay). I am not wrong in this.

Short story: I went to school with a guy who fell in love with a 2000 Mustang GT and bought it in 2007. He bought an aftermarket warranty for something like $2000 (in payments with the car, of course). He took a road trip from MI to WV and while down there, the motor blew on it. Catastrophic failure, entire motor was toast. First they wouldn't cover towing to a nearby shop. After he paid that, they fought over cause of the failure and true cost of the repair (is a new motor REALLY needed?). Then they argued over the shop the car was at. Meanwhile he had to RENT A CAR with his own money to finish the trip and drive back to Michigan. Then he got to pay to ship the car back to MI. And the best part? They paid $2000 towards the motor and he paid the rest. Nice. So basically he paid $2000 into a "savings account" but the warranty company got to make the interest on his money. Sweet. Good deal.

I hope the car gets a clean bill of health from FAT. I'm sure they will look it over well, but remember, they can't see everything so be careful. When it's good, go back to the dealer and get rid of all the junk they are sticking on the loan. Especially that warranty. Negotiate it off the price and put it in an account for when a repair is needed.
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