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Old 11-22-2019, 04:12 PM   #1
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Hi All,

First off noob post here and forgive me if this seems all conflicted and drawn out. I'll leave a TL;DR at the end.

First some backstory:

I currently daily drive a 2010 Lancer ES (not the Evo X, didn't have the $$$ at the time ... ) that was bought new back in 09'. It's got around 176k miles on it and quite frankly I'm starting to get bored of it as I feel like I really no longer care for it as much as I used to.

It has been pretty reliable and I have not yet had any major issues with it (knock on wood), but right now it just feels so... dull to me.

I have a project car (99' Miata) that I boosted last Summer (2018) and finally got to drive it for most of this Summer (2019). It also really only gets driven during the Spring/Summer months then goes into storage for the Fall/Winter. My boosted Miata is the first turbocharged car I have ever owned and currently is the fastest/most HP car I have ever owned. I think this is what is sort of contributing to the "dull" factor of my N/A Lancer, is that I've become addicted to boost .

Growing up as a kid, the STi was one of my favorite cars (throwback to them Gran Turismo days on the PS1). When they first came stateside in 04, I was in High School and obviously could not afford to have one, let alone even a WRX.

Matter at hand:

For the record I live in Colorado and Subaru prices here I think can be quite ridiculous/inflated ("Subie Tax"). Ultimately my goal for the car is to have a "reliable" daily that is fun to drive. The plan is to currently leave it as stock as possible and just enjoy the car (but sometimes we know how that turns out). It'll never see a track and currently I only drive about 10 miles round trip to and from work (although it could change to around 30 miles round trip in the future).

I definitely have a soft spot for the either the Bugeye WRX or Blobeye STi, but usually trying to find one that hasn't been modified or abused is like finding a unicorn. I'm not entirely new to the "car scene" and understand I should stay away from modded (maybe even lightly modded) ones and that when inspecting one, look for the OEM turbo heat shield as an indicator that it may have been modded at one point. That one should get a PPI, compression/leakdown check, etc.

I've been leaning towards Blobeye STi and I have been eyeing a 2005 that has been posted on and off on Craigslist since this past Summer (maybe even Spring?).

https://denver.craigslist.org/cto/d/...016237172.html

I know mileage isn't everything, but ~127k miles for an 05 I think is relatively low and it looks pretty clean, relatively stock (aside from the K&N drop in) and unmolested.

But sometimes when I look at the price, I wonder if I'm better of saving some $$$ and buying a stock/clean Bugeye WRX for about half the price.

Or if I should get a "grown up" WRX and buy a 05-08 Legacy GT? Or for the same price as the one in the Craigslist ad, should I look to get an 09+ WRX?

I know everything in here is subjective about value and worth and in the end it's my $$$ and my personal decision and that the price in the ad is just his asking price (it's been reduced a couple hundred since this Summer) But I'm maybe hoping to get other people's (random internet strangers) opinions.

Thanks ahead of time and for those who may have read the entire post.

TL;DR: I'm conflicted about replacing my daily (2010 Lancer ES) with a WRX or STi or maybe even a Legacy GT or do I go buy an Evo or do I do nothing and keep my daily. I'm looking for feedback, opinions, thoughts on the STi in the ad, etc... or maybe someone to push me off the ledge towards a purchase...
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Old 11-22-2019, 05:11 PM   #2
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If you want a daily I'd advise you to buy new. The cost of purchasing, fixing up and maintaining an '05 STi, for example, could quickly exceed a new one. Personally I would never buy a used Subie "performance car."

What you might be willing to spend would make a nice down payment on a new WRX, which by the way comes warrantied for several years, especially in your light of keeping it stock. You can sell it a couple years down the line and it won't lose a ton of value. That's the "Subie Tax" working in your favor.

Good luck, and I would advise you to drive several WRX's to get a feel for them, and especially take a spin in a new one.

Good luck finding what you want!
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Old 11-22-2019, 05:47 PM   #3
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If you want a daily I'd advise you to buy new. The cost of purchasing, fixing up and maintaining an '05 STi, for example, could quickly exceed a new one. Personally I would never buy a used Subie "performance car."

What you might be willing to spend would make a nice down payment on a new WRX, which by the way comes warrantied for several years, especially in your light of keeping it stock. You can sell it a couple years down the line and it won't lose a ton of value. That's the "Subie Tax" working in your favor.

Good luck, and I would advise you to drive several WRX's to get a feel for them, and especially take a spin in a new one.

Good luck finding what you want!
Thanks for your input! I'm not opposed to doing some of the work myself (aside from catastrophic engine failure) and ultimately it may only be driven during the Winter months and when I need to tote the family around if we're not taking the Wifeys car.

True that for the price I am possibly half way on a down payment for a new WRX and you're right about the warranty. But I'm just conflicted on how much I would want to finance in one go. Assuming one checked out "okay" could it be reasonable that the cost of maintenance could be spread out?

Or as I mentioned, do I do the complete opposite and get a cheaper bugeye WRX just for the heck of it as a daily/beater.
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Old 11-23-2019, 01:03 PM   #4
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256 views... no other opinions to help a Subie noob out?
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Old 11-23-2019, 02:48 PM   #5
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I am an old timer , so you might expect coming from that position I have a preference for economy over sheer performance it it's going to be a daily commute. I have previously owned a STI and several WRX's. Right now gas is cheap, but you cant expect that to last for ever. I would suggest a regular WRX Impreza with a manual transmission. It's fun and well suited for Colorado weather. With a few mods, like nicer wheels it can look nice to. I personally would stay away from the STI. Right out of the chute in Colorado , the STI would need new tires.
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Old 11-23-2019, 05:55 PM   #6
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I don't know what was in the deleted craigslist ad, so maybe fill us in. Some cars, especially in some areas are simply not good purchases used. WRX/STi in Colorado or the northwest would be included there. A new base model WRX is going to avoid potential catastrophic failures of a used car. There are threads here every day where people bought a great Subaru at a great price and just after a 4 hour drive home with no problems at all, sounds of knocking in the engine started or there was no oil in the car after stopping for gas or a supposed JDM STi engine is actually a NA USDM engine that had all the turbo stuff just bolted on. There are good cars out there. They are hard to find. But Subaru owners are legendary for "putting back to stock" after beating the ever loving piss out of them for years.

I'd recommend what Peter Egan used to say in Road and Track. Buy the best car you can afford. For Subarus, I'd add to buy a new one if it's at all possible.
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Old 11-23-2019, 08:36 PM   #7
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Buy new if it's an STI/WRX that you want unless you personally know the person you're buying used from.
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Old 11-24-2019, 12:09 AM   #8
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Sounds like you may be looking for a project car. If you enjoy that sort of thing, itís very rewarding. I have 3 GD cars, 2 perfect running 05 wagons and a project sedan. I purchased all my cars with broken engines. The jdm supply of engines makes it very convenient to drop a replacement motor in. You can have a wrx for low money. An STi swap is easy and still not so expensive. I love my old cars. Itís just not cheap to rebuild a car and still not a new car. If you donít enjoy wrenching Iíd suggest a new car and leave stockish. You will want to go stage 2. An older car will require replacing worn out parts. Curious what you decide to go with.
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Old 11-24-2019, 10:43 AM   #9
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I've had 5 Subarus as daily drivers over the last 15 years: '05 WRX 5sp, '07 Impreza wagon 5sp, pair of auto '09 Legacys (company cars) and currently a '12 STi hatch.

In my experience even performance Subarus (WRX/STi) are pretty reliable in stock form, even lightly modified if done correctly. My STi is a daily driver that racks up 70-ish miles per day and it's been super reliable aside from normal wear and tear.

I guess it depends on what you want out of a daily driver. The base WRX is a great blend of performance and daily drivability without the price tag of an STi. The STi is a more raw-feeling car. It's a little bit more powerful than a WRX, but in my opinion you buy the STi for everything else (transmission, DCCD, brakes, suspension, etc). Even if all else were equal I might still buy the STi for the transmission alone.

Legacys are great cars, but they're more about creature comforts and general drivability. I'm sure the turbo versions and 3.6Rs are plenty powerful, but the cars themselves feel bigger and definitely not as nimble and fun to drive.

As a lover of STis I'd recommend scouring the internet to find one that's stock and has low mileage. I looked for 6 months until I found my hatch. Might take you some time, but it would be worth it.
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Also consider if youre willing to pay the price for gas too if youre dailying. What kind of MPG does the Lancer get? Subaru EJ engines are not known for good gas mileage and in today's world, it's horrid for a 4 cylinder.
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Old 11-24-2019, 11:50 AM   #11
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Like others have said, try to buy a new one. You're not really putting that much more into a new WRX nowadays. If it was me, I'd buy a left over, use the money I was going to pay for the used Subie for the down payment and finance the rest with how low rates are nowadays.

From what you do say though, a WRX sounds like it will fit what you want, especially if you are wanting to drive the family around. Coming from your Lancer, either the WRX or STI will feel a lot more lively and fun. I have a NA Impreza as my daily and an STI as my fun car so I understand where you'd be coming from and I do have some experience with the FA WRX motor as my mother has a newer Forester XT(Being in Colorado, if you can find a clean one of these, that could be a fun option for you). I went with the STI as it was a childhood dream car but I have plans to heavily modify it once the warranty is up. If I was going to keep the car stock, I would have went with the WRX for better daily driving, little bit more comfort, much better MPG, easier maintenance and a bit quieter for your ears and families. The only negative I see with the WRX is the how the clutch is but that is personal preference.

You should take a day and go test drive a newer WRX. Go find a clean, used one and take it out so maybe you can get a little longer test drive and see how it feels. Then go to a Subaru dealership and test drive a brand new WRX and an STI. Just don't test drive the STI first.

Just remember, it's your money and car at the end of the day and no one here can tell you what fits best for you. You'll enjoy either and go have fun!
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We had a 2010 Legacy 2.5GT, which had the EJ engine. Nice car, but lacking in shock/strut damping and there was perceptible lag under commonly encountered daily driving situations when you're aware of such things.

We now have a 2019 WRX, which is noticeably better in both of those respects. Under those driving situations hinted at above, which are mainly about feeding in some throttle while you're cornering, it drives a lot more like a NA car, where with the LGT you were always trying to guess where in the corner you were going to be when the power kicked in. That's a good thing even though it probably costs some of the surge-of-power feel you get with a more laggy turbo setup. The FA 2.0 turbo is capable of getting pretty good fuel economy, high 20's on a trip being easier to achieve with it than mid-20's was in the LGT.


I don't track the WRX and probably never will (got a different car for that, and where the sensitivity to throttle tip-in comes from). I'm a bit older than most here (72), but the WRX is still well within ride quality tolerance on a daily level.


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Yes, unfortunately the Ad was taken down yesterday. So either it sold or the owner pulled it back off (as he's done before). It was an 05 STi with ~127k miles, that looked relatively clean and unmodded and he was asking ~$15k for it.

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Not sure if I'm feeling comfortable having to finance one at the moment. Hence looking for one I can maybe have paid for in full and no car payment. I know it's the risk I'm taking with older and used.

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Sounds like you may be looking for a project car. If you enjoy that sort of thing, itís very rewarding. I have 3 GD cars, 2 perfect running 05 wagons and a project sedan. I purchased all my cars with broken engines. The jdm supply of engines makes it very convenient to drop a replacement motor in. You can have a wrx for low money. An STi swap is easy and still not so expensive. I love my old cars. Itís just not cheap to rebuild a car and still not a new car. If you donít enjoy wrenching Iíd suggest a new car and leave stockish. You will want to go stage 2. An older car will require replacing worn out parts. Curious what you decide to go with.
Definitely nooooooo, lol. I definitely don't mind wrenching, but I technically already have a Project Miata and would like to avoid having a 2nd one as much as possible, which I know is completely opposite of what a "daily" should be and the fact that I'm looking at older WRXs/STis.

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Also consider if youre willing to pay the price for gas too if youre dailying. What kind of MPG does the Lancer get? Subaru EJ engines are not known for good gas mileage and in today's world, it's horrid for a 4 cylinder.
Yes. I cannot say for sure what it gets city/hwy, but based on the internal MPG calculator on the car it can be anywhere between high 20s (city) and low to mid 30s (hwy). I'm already paying for 91 here in CO for my turbo Miata and my wifes FX35 with the VQ35.

Also, while it's not a guarantee. Right now to and from work is a 10 mile round trip, but it could change to a 20-30 mile round trip in the future and most of the time when it's the family, we're taking the FX.

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Like others have said, try to buy a new one. You're not really putting that much more into a new WRX nowadays. If it was me, I'd buy a left over, use the money I was going to pay for the used Subie for the down payment and finance the rest with how low rates are nowadays.

From what you do say though, a WRX sounds like it will fit what you want, especially if you are wanting to drive the family around. Coming from your Lancer, either the WRX or STI will feel a lot more lively and fun. I have a NA Impreza as my daily and an STI as my fun car so I understand where you'd be coming from and I do have some experience with the FA WRX motor as my mother has a newer Forester XT(Being in Colorado, if you can find a clean one of these, that could be a fun option for you). I went with the STI as it was a childhood dream car but I have plans to heavily modify it once the warranty is up. If I was going to keep the car stock, I would have went with the WRX for better daily driving, little bit more comfort, much better MPG, easier maintenance and a bit quieter for your ears and families. The only negative I see with the WRX is the how the clutch is but that is personal preference.

You should take a day and go test drive a newer WRX. Go find a clean, used one and take it out so maybe you can get a little longer test drive and see how it feels. Then go to a Subaru dealership and test drive a brand new WRX and an STI. Just don't test drive the STI first.

Just remember, it's your money and car at the end of the day and no one here can tell you what fits best for you. You'll enjoy either and go have fun!
The STi is definitely a dream car for me as well and I know what I am asking for is very subjective based on priorities, financials, wants, needs, opinions, etc and that at the end of my dad it is my choice.

I just don't know if I'm making an impulsive decision or not as this I think may be more of a psychological/financial reason than anything.

Thanks everyone else for their inputs or those I didn't quote and respond to!
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Also if I had to ask. What is everyone's opinion about this bugeye that I just came across? I do have a soft spot for the bugeyes as well, maybe just the nostalgia feeling. Post doesn't have any pictures, since I'm assuming it's a car they just received in and haven't had time to upload pictures so I cannot tell how it looks or if it is "stock."

But post does contain a link to the carfax as well. So would any one provide their thoughts?

https://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-...ckType=listing
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if I had 15k and a do over ...ide search all over craigslist IAG as my keyword not wrx, ide buy somethin someone already put an Iag block in that runs! take it straight to local dyno for a inspection and tune!
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I've owned my bugeye for 11 years now and I love the thing, but these old turbo Subarus are not "set it and forget it" cars. I would steer clear if you're not looking for another project car. It takes a lot of tinkering to keep these things running and driving well, but the bright side is that they are simple to work on once you understand them. Do your research and be careful what you buy.

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Never buy a used wrx or sti if you do not know the previous owner(s) or the history of the car. At one point or another, the car would already have been abused and modified. You are just going to buy into someone else's problem. Buy a new car instead. Payment might be higher, but you have peace of mind that the car has warranty and will run everytime you turn that key. No more of that "what the fuk broke this time." Buying a used subie is like gambling. You either win big or lose big.
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Buy new if you can. If not then i would go for a Honda instead...like an older SI. Way better when it comes to reliability.

I got my WRX because my choices were a legacy or a regular impreza. at the end of the day it made more sense to go with the WRX.

If I had to buy used, it will not be a "performance" Subaru...those poor cars get abused like no other car.
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15k for that many miles is highway robbery. I feel like if you have that much money to fork over on a car you can easily drop 10k down on a down payment and your payments would be nil
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I've owned my bugeye for 11 years now and I love the thing, but these old turbo Subarus are not "set it and forget it" cars. I would steer clear if you're not looking for another project car. It takes a lot of tinkering to keep these things running and driving well, but the bright side is that they are simple to work on once you understand them. Do your research and be careful what you buy.
Thanks for the feedback. Couldn't you say most cars are a not "set it and forget it?" Sure maybe some cars require more attention then others. I mean I could say the same for my Lancer. It's at 176k miles and while it's been mostly headache free, it's still on the OEM clutch and even though it uses a timing chain and I have maintained it religiously with Mobil 1 Synthetic. Part of me worries if it's a ticking time bomb and something is bound to go wrong at some point.

Now it doesn't make much sense I suppose and maybe I'm just trading one ticking time bomb for another...

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Never buy a used wrx or sti if you do not know the previous owner(s) or the history of the car. At one point or another, the car would already have been abused and modified. You are just going to buy into someone else's problem. Buy a new car instead. Payment might be higher, but you have peace of mind that the car has warranty and will run everytime you turn that key. No more of that "what the fuk broke this time." Buying a used subie is like gambling. You either win big or lose big.
I understand it's a gamble and I'm definitely trying to find one that's been unmodded although that is no guarantee of not being abused. I am definitely going to be keeping my eye out for ones that have been modded and returned to stock, especially looking out for the OEM turbo heat shields being present. But I know that is still not a guarantee.

Although the bugeye I am now eyeing, the carfax listed the 2nd owner as having it for 14 years or so and only put about ~4,000 miles per year on it. Seems that it wasn't driven much, so maybe it wasn't "abused" as much. I think it may be worth just to go check it out in person and maybe get a PPI on it.
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Buy new if you can. If not then i would go for a Honda instead...like an older SI. Way better when it comes to reliability.

I got my WRX because my choices were a legacy or a regular impreza. at the end of the day it made more sense to go with the WRX.

If I had to buy used, it will not be a "performance" Subaru...those poor cars get abused like no other car.
Understood that these cars are abused, which makes the pickings very slim in terms of good used Subarus. I had considered the SI, but I'm wanting something AWD (for snow) and boosted, which doesn't leave many options.

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15k for that many miles is highway robbery. I feel like if you have that much money to fork over on a car you can easily drop 10k down on a down payment and your payments would be nil
Welp, the ad is gone so I'm no longer considering the STi. But a few post above I've linked to a bugeye WRX I am interested in.

Also, Subaru pricing in CO is definitely ridiculous and may differ from other markets. 15K for an STi that didn't look modded and with ~127k miles was on the lower end here.
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Also, Subaru pricing in CO is definitely ridiculous and may differ from other markets. 15K for an STi that didn't look modded and with ~127k miles was on the lower end here.
You have to go with what they go for locally. I know 2 people who each bought 2007 STi's with around 80k miles in the last year. Both of them paid $16k. One was white and needed paintwork on bumper from North Carolina. Other was silver in perfect shape from Florida.
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There's another consideration -- roominess. The newer WRXs have much better legroom in the rear compared to my '06, for example. For taking family trips with the kids it's worth a family test drive. My '06 was good until my oldest got to be about 10. Then we bought an '08 Jeep Liberty (which we needed as a tow vehicle as well). Even teens would be comfortable in the back of a new WRX.
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Thanks for the feedback. Couldn't you say most cars are a not "set it and forget it?" Sure maybe some cars require more attention then others. I mean I could say the same for my Lancer. It's at 176k miles and while it's been mostly headache free, it's still on the OEM clutch and even though it uses a timing chain and I have maintained it religiously with Mobil 1 Synthetic. Part of me worries if it's a ticking time bomb and something is bound to go wrong at some point.
You're right that all used cars require maintenance. But not all used cars have all wheel drive and turbochargers. WRXs require a lot of system maintenance. Once every few weeks I'm under the hood adjusting something, tracking down a new leak, tightening belts, troubleshooting noises.

Occasionally something bigger happens like the center differential seizing or the parking brake falling apart. Right now my big headache are the bushings, every single one of them needs replacing and the car drives like **** because of it.

I have a lot more mechanical sympathy compared to a lot of WRX owners so on top of the general age associated issues I've listed, you're going to inherit whatever problems they've created as well.

Of course you can just feed it with oil/fluids and it'll run for a long time, but it's not going to be the fun car you're hoping for.

So my advice is to either prepare yourself to do a lot of wrenching, or save up and buy a newer car.
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You have to go with what they go for locally. I know 2 people who each bought 2007 STi's with around 80k miles in the last year. Both of them paid $16k. One was white and needed paintwork on bumper from North Carolina. Other was silver in perfect shape from Florida.
Yes, true. I will say that at least what I have seen. The blobeye's command more $$$ here than the hawkeyes. I have seen some hawkeyes asking for around $11k - $12k, but they are usually heavily modded.

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There's another consideration -- roominess. The newer WRXs have much better legroom in the rear compared to my '06, for example. For taking family trips with the kids it's worth a family test drive. My '06 was good until my oldest got to be about 10. Then we bought an '08 Jeep Liberty (which we needed as a tow vehicle as well). Even teens would be comfortable in the back of a new WRX.
Well... It's a good thing I only have one at the moment and that he's only 6 and we're short Asian people so maybe based on genetics he may not grow to be that tall... But here's to hoping!

And don't get me started on the Jeep Liberty... Had an 07 a few years back for like 8-10 months and was one of the biggest pile of turds I've ever had to deal with... Forgive the long post in advance, but I'm gonna rant.

3-4 months after ownership, battery died. Used cars are used, so ish happens... Replaced battery. Roughly 2-3 months after that it overheated... No coolant in radiator. WTF did all the coolant go? No drops, no leaks... nothing on the garage floor, topped off coolant. Few months later, car doesn't start and leaves wifey stranded at work. Get there and turns out there's no "resistance" in the key when trying to start. Online research points to cheap die cast part in the ignition that connects to the actual switch/actuator is prone to crumbling apart because... die cast. Replaced, car now starts. Few months later starts developing misfire code. Swap coil packs, swap spark plugs. Doesn't change cylinder, thinking maybe fuel injector. Try to run fuel cleaner in as first attempt. End up running compression test, notice coolant on end of compression tester fearing I have a head gasket problem now. Buy and run test for coolant to see if I'm getting exhaust gases into coolant. Test fluid changes colors confirming head gasket problem.

Now here is probably some fault on my part, but don't have time on hand at the time to do job myself. So I take it to dealership to do figuring I may pay more but maybe they'll do the job right. Maybe I should have spoken up and had them inspect/change both head gaskets, but they only do one side. $3,000 later after needing a new cylinder head, things seem "fine." A month or so later, another misfire code on the other side of the engine... develops same symptoms as before so I'm fearing that fixing one side of the headgasket has now blown the other side.

Also at this point finally found out where my coolant was "going" as traces and a slight puddle started to form. Turns out there was a pinhole leak/crack in the neck of the radiator fill and wasn't visible as it's "shrouded" by some kind of rubber that you had to peel back in order to check it. Turns out this is a very common problem for the Jeep Liberty... I'm thinking at the first overheating all of the coolant was probably boiling out at this point leaving no trace before so I couldn't spot it.

Granted it was this issue with the radiator that first that caused the overheating that probably warped the head and gaskets. But it wasn't so obvious at first glance and I'm not sure all of this could've been avoided. Either way ended up being issues compounding upon other issues and at that point I dumped the Liberty.

Never again Jeep.... /end rant.

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You're right that all used cars require maintenance. But not all used cars have all wheel drive and turbochargers. WRXs require a lot of system maintenance. Once every few weeks I'm under the hood adjusting something, tracking down a new leak, tightening belts, troubleshooting noises.

Occasionally something bigger happens like the center differential seizing or the parking brake falling apart. Right now my big headache are the bushings, every single one of them needs replacing and the car drives like **** because of it.

I have a lot more mechanical sympathy compared to a lot of WRX owners so on top of the general age associated issues I've listed, you're going to inherit whatever problems they've created as well.

Of course you can just feed it with oil/fluids and it'll run for a long time, but it's not going to be the fun car you're hoping for.

So my advice is to either prepare yourself to do a lot of wrenching, or save up and buy a newer car.

Duly noted. I just want something with a little bit more power and AWD to deal with snowy days here in CO. Not that I can't manage in FWD, but it's just a nice to have I suppose.
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