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Old 07-03-2019, 07:40 PM   #1
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Hello everyone,

I'm looking into buying a 07 Sti limited with 80k miles. all stock. The car is one owner and it's been serviced at his local Subaru dealership since day one.

One issue that has been bothering me about the car is that it has a brand new motor that was put it in when the car had 76k miles. The service was done at the Subaru dealership.
I usually don't like buying cars with a new motor or rebuilt motor in them, but being that the car is a one-owner and the work was done at a Subaru dealership I figure nothing would possibly go wrong in the future. He was able to send me the full-service history of what was done at the Subaru dealership.

What do you guys think? Should I worry about anything? Is there anything else i should be looking for ?

I provided some pictures of what was done throughout the years that stood out to me.












The car will be my daily. And only mod I plan on doing is just a catback.
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Old 07-04-2019, 12:54 AM   #2
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First how Much, are you knowledge about cars? Bec if you need to fix it and from the service records some concerns. Drive the car, have another shop take a look at the work or a NASIOC buddy and act lost lol. Gl with the car and love that year in white ❤️🤙🏽
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Old 07-06-2019, 02:01 PM   #3
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First how Much, are you knowledge about cars? Bec if you need to fix it and from the service records some concerns. Drive the car, have another shop take a look at the work or a NASIOC buddy and act lost lol. Gl with the car and love that year in white ❤️🤙🏽
I know a bit.. the service records show that the car was fixed. So the car drives perfectly fine states the owner. He wants about $22000 but he said the price is neg. I will see the car tomorrow and get a better view of the car. I was just questioning the service records because i see he had a few problems with the car so im not sure if those problems were really concerning if he got all the work done at the subaru dealership.
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Old 07-07-2019, 11:34 PM   #4
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This is also my favorite body style, but for $22,000 I feel like Iíd rather siend another $10k and get into a new STI.

Maybe Iím in the minority but I would spend that kind of money on a 12 year old car
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Old 07-08-2019, 12:16 AM   #5
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22000?

Hard pass. Solid 15k car at best
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Old 07-08-2019, 07:17 AM   #6
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Dealers don't have magical techs. Just because work was done at a dealer doesn't mean it was done well. I've had warranty work done at 3 different dealers. One appears to have done great work, second didn't find the issue but didn't charge me. Third left me a car with a dead battery, a dent where someone hit the car in their lot and 2 CV boots split after replacing head gaskets. So I give zero extra points to a car that a dealer worked on.

You must bring the car to a Subaru specialty mechanic and have a thorough pre-purchase inspection done.

The price is stupid high. A friend of my son bought an 07 white STi with 80k miles on it right before WBM last summer for $16k. That's pretty much the going rate for a 1 owner car of this year and miles. Anything over $20k is a dream price for the seller.
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Old 07-08-2019, 05:17 PM   #7
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Dealers don't have magical techs. Just because work was done at a dealer doesn't mean it was done well. I've had warranty work done at 3 different dealers. One appears to have done great work, second didn't find the issue but didn't charge me. Third left me a car with a dead battery, a dent where someone hit the car in their lot and 2 CV boots split after replacing head gaskets. So I give zero extra points to a car that a dealer worked on.

You must bring the car to a Subaru specialty mechanic and have a thorough pre-purchase inspection done.

The price is stupid high. A friend of my son bought an 07 white STi with 80k miles on it right before WBM last summer for $16k. That's pretty much the going rate for a 1 owner car of this year and miles. Anything over $20k is a dream price for the seller.
Thanks for the info. Appreciate it.

So I checked out the car this past weekend and the car runs smooth. No problems at all from the 20 minutes of driving I did.
I Pulled up the auto-check of the car and there was two minor accidents on the report: which the owner did mention. 1. The right side of the car was resprayed because he went off the road and scratched the railings due to a deer on the road.
2. He was bumped on a stop sign and caused him to hit the car in front of him which ended up cracking his front lower part of the front bumper a bit. which he did not fix.
Some other things that bothered me were the paint that was resprayed, i could feel the bumpy paint feeling of the spray. if that makes any sense. compared to the original paint that it has a smooth feeling.

Kbb has the car valued at $16-19500.
Since the two accidents do show up on the car report I believe it automatically devalues the car?
Struts/ springs and the clutch is still all original. The motor was replaced when the car had 76000 miles and the current motor now has about 4000 miles. Is about $18000 a good price for this limited sti in white?
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Old 07-08-2019, 05:41 PM   #8
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I find it crazy when people are paying upwards of 18k for a 12 year old car... I get it it's an 07 STI, but you can get a 19 base STI with all the creature comforts you need for 34k. a 19 WRX can be had for about 28k. If you really want the car, I would base it of KBB and the **** spray paint job he did, to knock off a couple grand. So like others said around 15-16k.
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Old 07-11-2019, 11:07 PM   #9
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Guy is willing to let go for 17k.. thinking about getting it. Chances of finding another white one limited are pretty low.
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Old 07-11-2019, 11:25 PM   #10
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Guy is willing to let go for 17k.. thinking about getting it. Chances of finding another white one limited are pretty low.


Show em 15k cash...
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Old 07-12-2019, 01:18 AM   #11
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Agree and walk away. Be firm and he will say ok ok deal lol. 🤙🏽
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Old 07-12-2019, 08:42 AM   #12
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So when you paid a subaru specialist mechanic to do a pre-purchase inspection, what did they say? How'd hydrocarbons look in the coolant? What was the distribution of compression across the cylinders? How'd the leak down test turn out? Did he find any wanky wiring or rusting of the structure anywhere? How old does he think the bushings are all around the car and does he see nice tight ball joints and tie rod ends?

If you can't answer every single one of these questions, you know nothing about the car. Or should you open up a thread right now that is titled "I bought a great STi and on the way home, I got noises that sound like the rod bearings".
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Old 07-12-2019, 09:07 AM   #13
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The daggone problem is that people keep overpaying for these daggone cars. They almost all regret it, but at that point it doesn't matter... the market has been inflated.
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Old 07-12-2019, 11:45 AM   #14
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The daggone problem is that people keep overpaying for these daggone cars. They almost all regret it, but at that point it doesn't matter... the market has been inflated.
^for real

my god 22k for a 12 year old car is beyond laughable. I can't believe that guy could keep a straight face.

If I went to sell my 16' today with 88k miles on it, one owner and zero issues what so ever I'd price it around $25k. Now that would be a zero negotiation price but still.

$22k and a laundry list of issues AND a new motor.
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Old 07-12-2019, 11:56 AM   #15
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Guy is willing to let go for 17k.. thinking about getting it. Chances of finding another white one limited are pretty low.
$17K for a 2 accident car with orange peel respray, damaged front bumper and it's second motor.... You can't be serious. Sounds like a solid 13-15K car to me.
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Old 07-12-2019, 12:23 PM   #16
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$17K for a 2 accident car with orange peel respray, damaged front bumper and it's second motor.... You can't be serious. Sounds like a solid 13-15K car to me.
didn't you read the other comments?

It's white dude, WHITE! How else is he going to find a white car other than paying whatever this guy is asking for his white car.

Fun Fact: I just looked up the fair value of my 16 and it shows 17-19k

So $17k for the same car 10 years older, but in white. . . .SCORE.
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Old 07-12-2019, 12:48 PM   #17
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How is nobody considering the fact that itís still 12 year old original suspension? Bushings will need replaced and bolts tend to seize after that much time. Those are the items that will nickel and dime a $17k purchase and make you wish that you only paid what everyone else is recommending ~$15k. Hope and pray that the engine work was done correctly. There are three Subaru stealerships around my area and one does awful mechanical work, one is competent if itís not too involved, and the one thatís trustworthy has its own slew of problems(way too high priced labor rates, over an hour away from here, and they are overbooked). Just my 2 cents.
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Old 07-12-2019, 12:52 PM   #18
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I only paid a couple thousand more for a 1 owner 2011 sti with 40,000 miles. It was a special order car that was cleaner than most new ones on the lot. It had zero mods and you can tell it HAD never been touched at all. Welp so much for that!!!
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Old 07-12-2019, 12:58 PM   #19
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Clearly the GD STis have become collectors items. It now extends into the Hawkeyes. What was that song -- Why Do Fools Fall In Love?
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Old 07-12-2019, 07:32 PM   #20
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Clearly the GD STis have become collectors items. It now extends into the Hawkeyes. What was that song -- Why Do Fools Fall In Love?
I have just been looking for a sti limited for almost a year now with no luck in finding one. I guess I'm just jumping the gun on this because it is limited.


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didn't you read the other comments?

It's white dude, WHITE! How else is he going to find a white car other than paying whatever this guy is asking for his white car.

Fun Fact: I just looked up the fair value of my 16 and it shows 17-19k

So $17k for the same car 10 years older, but in white. . . .SCORE.
Yes because it is WHITE, obviously these only came in two colors and clearly white ones pretty rare to find. Im just assuming you didnt know there are only about 300 white ones out there.
and no other sti IMO compare to the 05/07 model.


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So when you paid a subaru specialist mechanic to do a pre-purchase inspection, what did they say? How'd hydrocarbons look in the coolant? What was the distribution of compression across the cylinders? How'd the leak down test turn out? Did he find any wanky wiring or rusting of the structure anywhere? How old does he think the bushings are all around the car and does he see nice tight ball joints and tie rod ends?

If you can't answer every single one of these questions, you know nothing about the car. Or should you open up a thread right now that is titled "I bought a great STi and on the way home, I got noises that sound like the rod bearings".
He does live in the middle of nowhere so I still haven't been able to find someone to come out and check out the car. Might just have to pass on it unless I get someone to check out the car and takes the 15k. lol

Thank you all for responding
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Old 07-12-2019, 09:58 PM   #21
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I sold my UGM 07 Limited to an out of state buyer this time last year for $22k. It was immaculate and had about 60,000 miles on it. If I hadn't upgraded to something else arguably more fun I'd be more upset about it but I do miss it.
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