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Old 03-14-2018, 12:22 AM   #1
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Default 2006 Impreza WRX (Engine Rebuild)

Hello all, I am brand new to the forums and hopefully looking to buy my first Subaru. It is a 2006 with 93k on the chassis. It has had two owners. Upon inspection it is near mint condition with only one worrisome fact. The engine has been rebuilt. The new one has 2,500 miles on it.

The seller of this car has said that the reason the engine got rebuilt is due to a lube tech putting the wrong type of oil in it which he actually said was his fault due to not telling them specifically. He has full receipts for all the work done and all of it is still under warranty for another 6 months. How weary of this should I be? Any and all insight would be seriously appreciated.

Mint Condition
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Premium edition with heated leather seats.
Stage 2+ Cobb
Chassis has 93k
Rebuild is still under warranty and has full documentation of all of it.
SPT intake.
Nvidia Turboback
3 port boost control
Cobb Tuner.

He is asking $12,500

I am hoping to buy for 11,500-12,000$ if this is an appropriate price.
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Old 03-14-2018, 08:31 AM   #2
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Will the current Owner provide you with a copy of all the engine work done, and who performed the work? If yes, then get a copy of that and call up whoever did the work and talk to them about the rebuild.

Having a car with a rebuilt motor, in itself, should not be an issue.
Why the motor was rebuilt is not really the issue.
The real issue for you is how was the motor rebuilt, what type of parts were used, and who built it.

For all you know, the Seller is being truthful.

If you fill in your profile, then we can tell where you live and then someone could recommend a good shop for you to have the car checked over.
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Old 03-14-2018, 02:23 PM   #3
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He has full proof of the engine rebuild and it is still under warranty. I have access of all the information. Should I contact the Subaru dealership about the engine rebuild to get all the specifics??

Also guys, I live in Boise, Idaho. So if someone could recommend the shop to have mechanics look it over that would be so great. Guys this is my dream car, Iíve wanted one for as long as Iíve been alive basically, but I am just so scared of getting a bad car and making a very bad decision
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Old 03-14-2018, 02:38 PM   #4
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Making a bad decision is better than making no decision at all.

From what you have said, it looks like it could be a good car buy.
- Did the Dealer do the engine work?
- Do you have a copy of the Dealer paperwork for the engine rebuild?

If it was me and I was interested in this car, this is what I would do:
1. Read over all paperwork
2. Talk to Dealer about the engine re-build
3. Ask Dealer if they normally serviced this car
4. Ask Seller who normally serviced this car
5. Find an good independent Subaru performance shop to give the car the once over so you know what is what.
- You can have the Dealer go over the car instead. For a price ( an hour's labor? ), they will do a 90,000 mile Service Check and give you a detailed list of everything they find with a Dealer price for each item repair

The Seller should have no issue having someone go over the car.

The only other thing to consider is who tuned the car for these mods you listed?
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Old 03-14-2018, 09:05 PM   #5
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Well guys I was able to talk a friend of mine that has been working as a mechanic for over twenty years to come take a look at it. I was really fortunate for that because had that not happened I would have paid a dealership to inspect like you guys have mentioned, and I truly appreciate all the advise given.

He is saying to stay away from the car due to the mods looking poorly done and most likely done by him(really poor wiring and other "rigged" together components on the turbo). I am so unbelievably bummed because it was love at first sight ha.. Would have been super compulsive and most likely a strain on the wallet at times.. sigh... ****ing seriously bummed, but it's for the best. I will continue my search I guess.

Thank you for the responses.
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Old 03-15-2018, 01:30 AM   #6
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Does your mechanic work with subies much?

What kind of poor wiring? What 'rigged' components on the turbo?

I'm not saying he's wrong, but just want to know what he is talking about. There are plenty of hacked WRXs out there that you would be wise to avoid. But also modded subies that are well done.

I have rigged components on my 93 turbo legacy because parts are no longer available for it. But that doesn't mean that my setup is not functionally correct.
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Old 03-15-2018, 09:23 AM   #7
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Does your mechanic work with subies much?

What kind of poor wiring? What 'rigged' components on the turbo?
I agree with the above.
Does this friend know Subarus and know turbos? It makes a difference.

As was said, not saying he's wrong but not enough to know what he is saying. If you trust this guy without question, then take his advice.

It just sounds like you made this car sound like a great buy, and the engine still has another 6 months warranty on the rebuild.

This is why I asked who actually serviced the car?
These would be the people to talk to.
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Old 03-15-2018, 09:38 PM   #8
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Ok guys, little update here for ya.

I had THE guru of Subbies in my town of Boise Idaho inspect the car. He has also worked on this car and installed some of the mods. He believed it was a way clean car then, and still does. He told me he himself would pay 12k for this car so that's what I will offer.

I am beyond thrilled and the deal will happen Saturday. I just hope my guy takes my offer of 12k, or maybe even 11.5k!!!

I will let you guys know and hopefully be posting pictures of my 06' WRX on Saturday.. **** I can't wait guys, I am beyond excited.. This is my dream car I just am praying she is good to me if I am good to her.

WISH ME LUCK!
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Old 03-16-2018, 12:26 AM   #9
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Also, you guys are correct. My mechanic friend does not know subbies hardly at all and doesn't have much experience around modded cars in general, which he made me aware of from the start.

One thing I do know is, he knows much more than me and I was really just trying to gather as much information on this car as I possibly can. He did the say the car was clean just that there were a few things that maybe could possibly be red flags.
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Old 03-16-2018, 12:49 AM   #10
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12grand god DAMN
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Old 03-16-2018, 09:12 AM   #11
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I am beyond thrilled and the deal will happen Saturday. I just hope my guy takes my offer of 12k, or maybe even 11.5k!!!
Unless of course he is reading this thread and now wants $15K because of your over-enthusiasm!

Good Luck and hope you get the car for your price
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Old 03-16-2018, 02:27 PM   #12
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Ha yea Iím way excited but I wonít go over 12. Is 12 a good price for this?!
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12grand god DAMN
Is it a good deal man?
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Old 03-17-2018, 04:02 PM   #14
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Ha yea Iím way excited but I wonít go over 12. Is 12 a good price for this?!
That's hard to say since no one has seen hr car but you and your mechanic(s).
If you local "Subaru God" says he would pay $12K for it, then it is probably worth it.

To satisfy yourself that you are making the right decision for you, you should do a little research on the price for a 2006 WRX in your area.
1. What does Kelly's Blue Book say?
2. What are they going for in your local area papers?
3. Other advice on pricing, like that of your local Subaru god.
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Old 03-18-2018, 12:28 PM   #15
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Ha yea Iím way excited but I wonít go over 12. Is 12 a good price for this?!
I'd be immediately concerned about the "lube tech used wrong lube" line. How wrong does that lube have to be to warrant a rebuilt engine? Like, wrong for every oil change ever performed? Or did Jiffy Lube accidentally pump in Crisco or something? My guess is that "lube tech used wrong lube" is code for "I didn't change the oil and it burnt up."

That said, even if the engine blew up at 93k, I might be OK with a new rebuilt engine for $12k. I'd want a trustworthy engine tech to give a thumbs up first though.
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Old 03-18-2018, 04:52 PM   #16
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I just purchased a 2006 WRX with intake and exhaust for 3900. I think 12k is a little high?
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