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Old 08-23-2013, 07:33 PM   #1
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Default 08' or 12'

Hey guys so I have an option now to purchase either a 2012 hatch 5-speed 2.0i sport or the 2008 impreza outback sport manual and I had a few questions. First the most obvious one is if anyone has owned both and have any feedback?

The 2008 one I am looking at has 62k miles on it and costs $12k and the 2012 has 15k miles costing $17,500 with some minor scratches.

I test drove the 2012 and the only downside that really got to me was the lack of power.. on the other hand the fuel economy is amazing.

I live in the mountains and get heavy winter snow but I also go on long road trips multiple times a year.

I heard that the 08 and other years with the same engine, have head gasket problems and was told that at around 100k miles they are guaranteed to go. Is this true and how expensive is it to replace?

Are there some ways to increase the power enough for me to notice a difference on the 12, like ecu flash and catback or headers?

And with the 08, how much better fuel economy can I get with access port? And what are some mpg numbers I could expect with an 08?

Any feedback helps, thanks guys
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Old 08-24-2013, 01:31 AM   #2
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