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Old 07-28-2020, 12:38 PM   #1
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Hi I currently have a 2016 Impreza Hatchback that I bought used a year ago. I wanted to add some modifications to gain power but it seems like itís smarter to just buy a WRX. I was looking at the 2013 Impreza WRX hatchback because itís a hatchback and less expensive than my current Impreza. Is that a good idea though reliability wise? My Impreza has been perfect, would three years make much of a difference?
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Old 07-28-2020, 01:39 PM   #2
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Hi I currently have a 2016 Impreza Hatchback that I bought used a year ago. I wanted to add some modifications to gain power but it seems like it’s smarter to just buy a WRX. I was looking at the 2013 Impreza WRX hatchback because it’s a hatchback and less expensive than my current Impreza. Is that a good idea though reliability wise? My Impreza has been perfect, would three years make much of a difference?
Your idea about buying a WRX instead of throwing money at the Impreza is good. The problem with buying a used WRX is you don't know the history and these cars are notorious for being beaten and returned to stock for sale.

Getting a CPO one with a warranty and having a PPI would be helpful.
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Old 07-28-2020, 04:20 PM   #3
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Yah that makes sense, I’ll look into that thank you!
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Old 07-28-2020, 09:24 PM   #4
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Your idea about buying a WRX instead of throwing money at the Impreza is good. The problem with buying a used WRX is you don't know the history and these cars are notorious for being beaten and returned to stock for sale.

Getting a CPO one with a warranty and having a PPI would be helpful.
Will a PPI tell if the car was ever tuned?
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Old 07-29-2020, 08:55 AM   #5
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Will a PPI tell if the car was ever tuned?
It depends where you bring it. A generic Subaru mechanic won't likely even look. A tuner will if you ask them. Ask them also to check to see if the car appears to have been modified and returned to stock. If they're looking for this, they can figure it out.
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Old 07-29-2020, 10:35 AM   #6
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It depends where you bring it. A generic Subaru mechanic won't likely even look. A tuner will if you ask them. Ask them also to check to see if the car appears to have been modified and returned to stock. If they're looking for this, they can figure it out.
Got it thanks. Just curious. A younger me would do a tune, but I plan on keeping stock. Not sure how it all worked.
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Old 07-29-2020, 05:53 PM   #7
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I was considering doing the very same thing... But in all honesty, I think it's getting a little late for that now. Those cars are getting older, where the lowest mileage I find is around 60-70K miles. And then trying to find one that is actually stock will whittle that down further.

On top of this, the used car market is shot right now, and I know my 2017 Impreza is worth about 3-4K less than what I could get for it before the pandemic. So unless you've paid off your car completely and are buying from a private party, the above conditions will only get worse the more you wait for the market to improve.

Personally, I've moved on. I don't think Subaru will come out with another wrx hatch, and if they do, there won't be any guarantee it'll be as good/tasteful as the older models. Now you might be able to convince me on the Hyundai cars, but I don't know if I'll want to give up my AWD any time soon, so for now I will be content with my 2017 Impreza Sport.
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