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Old 02-13-2018, 04:27 PM   #1
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Default How long do you keep your Subi ? when do you trade up

How do you guys decide when to trade in your Subaru?
Do you base by 10yr/age?
Do you base on how much yearly maintenance cost?
Do you base off from reports of issues for your yr and model?
Do you base it from it is accelerating in decreased value/resale?

On the fence on trading in my 08 WRX hatch with lots of mods including just added new clutch and STI R180 rearend.

Is the 2013 STI Hatch a good idea?

Only want Hatch which are seldom to find, while lots of sedans are available.


Failures after 100k miles approaching 10yr :
engine at 55K (warranty) spun #4 main bearing , had plenty of synthetic oil.
Clutch at 65k
Firewall/pedal Assembly at 70k (SOA) covered
Radiator leak at 85k
3rd gear at 83k
Rack and pinion at 92k
rear R160 diff gears at 100k

Thanks for your advise cheers.
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Old 02-13-2018, 04:51 PM   #2
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I base it on the fact that Subaru does not offer a WRX wagon. If they ever come out with one again, I'll buy it. But I don't think I'll ever get rid of my '06.

May be forced to buy an Audi someday.

Edit: with those mods, including the R-180, why not drive it a while longer and have some fun while you make your final decision?
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Old 02-13-2018, 04:58 PM   #3
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For me, if it becomes unreliable, it's gone. If it's a ticking time bomb (CVT over 100k miles or FA/FB over 100k miles), it's gone. If it's an ancient antique, it'll likely stick around until something catastrophic happens (we have an 04 outback that falls into this category).
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Old 02-13-2018, 05:23 PM   #4
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4 others Subis go after 3 year lease.I don t worry about salt/snow etc... The WRX was a buy so not sure how long I ll keep it as a second car.
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Old 02-13-2018, 05:45 PM   #5
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ive a terrible track record of keeping cars. I usually get rid of them within 2-3 years.

I plan to keep my Subaru for awhile though.

1. I cant find anything else in the price range that i enjoy so much.
2. It's my project car and I still enjoy modding
3. The only issue I have had is #4 ringland at 53k. Could be attributed to a bad tune, coule be attributed to Flat foot shifting and Launch control at the strip? who knows. I had it tuned and it was a pay to play deal.

I do plan to have it paid off in a couple years and then I'll buy a truck to haul around the car.
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Old 02-13-2018, 06:13 PM   #6
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For me, if it becomes unreliable, it's gone. If it's a ticking time bomb (CVT over 100k miles or FA/FB over 100k miles), it's gone.
I'm curious why you say that FA/FB engines are ticking time bombs over 100k miles? To me that sounds like incredibly low mileage, I was expect any new-ish engine to last at least 250k miles, if not >300k.

Maybe there's something that I don't know about these engines, but I expect to keep my FA20DIT going well past 200k miles.
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Old 02-13-2018, 07:00 PM   #7
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For me I usually keep it till someone writes it off for me in a crash!!!
Usually about every 2-3 years

I usually base the next one on price and what I need it for (usually a wagon)
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Old 02-13-2018, 07:56 PM   #8
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I've had my 2002 WRX for 10 years now with no plans to get rid of it. We do have 3 cars though so I'm not depending on it to run all the time and I can let it sit until I can afford to fix whatever breaks. That said, she runs like a top with 209,000 miles on her and I drive it every day.
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Old 02-14-2018, 06:19 AM   #9
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Failures after 100k miles approaching 10yr :
engine at 55K (warranty) spun #4 main bearing , had plenty of synthetic oil.
Clutch at 65k
Firewall/pedal Assembly at 70k (SOA) covered
Radiator leak at 85k
3rd gear at 83k
Rack and pinion at 92k
rear R160 diff gears at 100k

Thanks for your advise cheers.
^so this is your list of failures on your car?

man, if you've had that many major issues pre 100k you must beat the crap out of the thing
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Old 02-14-2018, 09:33 AM   #10
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I'm curious why you say that FA/FB engines are ticking time bombs over 100k miles? To me that sounds like incredibly low mileage, I was expect any new-ish engine to last at least 250k miles, if not >300k.

Maybe there's something that I don't know about these engines, but I expect to keep my FA20DIT going well past 200k miles.
Agreed, I had not heard about the newer engines having issues above 100k. Maybe Jack is saying that there isn't enough long-term data on those engines yet.

I can say I have 292k on my EJ-Legacy currently and will only be getting rid of it because of the rust (bought another EJ-equipped car to replace it). I would hope the FA/FB can get there too.
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Old 02-14-2018, 10:49 AM   #11
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For me, if it becomes unreliable, it's gone. If it's a ticking time bomb (CVT over 100k miles or FA/FB over 100k miles), it's gone. If it's an ancient antique, it'll likely stick around until something catastrophic happens (we have an 04 outback that falls into this category).
I just replace the motor about every 50k miles.
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Old 02-14-2018, 11:42 AM   #12
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-If it's a ticking time bomb (- FA/FB over 100k miles), it's gone. -
So do you like have any actual proof of this... or just spouting crap?
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Old 02-14-2018, 12:19 PM   #13
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On my first car, so first Subaru. Getting a new one (to me) here soon, mainly due to mine having some high repair costs. My trade in is roughly $1900, and in 2017 and so far in 2018 spent probably $6kish on non routine maintenance stuff. Still going to keep it when I get my other Subaru so I always have at least one function car, but the '02 won't be driven much.
I guess my policy is kinda main. costs, and having the savings/credit to get a new one. If I have a good car that drives well, see no reason to get rid of it for something a bit newer.
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Old 02-14-2018, 02:52 PM   #14
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Thank You all. interesting various feed back.

the most popular is keep until it just doesnt hold up or meets needs.
2nd biggest reason is it cost to much.

I think my car being 08 just not built well. certainly the pedal assembly was a joke. Subaru installed an updated assembly that was thicker metal and thus stronger, but the structure design still sucks which could easily be remedied with a 5" x 4: thin gauge of steel to the dash cross beam.
Also I think my needs require a more advanced car like the STI.

My previous 3 autos were Toyota trucks and they last a long time. still have a 33 yr old truck thats great.

Maybe I will trade in this year or Next.

Any other views apreciated
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Old 02-14-2018, 03:34 PM   #15
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I keep my cars until I feel like writing a 5 figure check, yet again, for another car that loses value every day I own it
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