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Old 07-31-2020, 09:39 AM   #1
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Hi guys, I am considering purchasing an early model WRX to use as a daily driver. I am currently in Pittsburgh so the AWD would be very helpful for the winter. The most promising option currently is a 2005 blob eye WRX with an automatic at a used car dealership with 95k miles and 3 previous owners. From what I can see on the carfax it has been serviced regularly throughout its life. Current price is 8999 and the car is showing no rust on the outside with a bit of light rust on the rad support. I am looking to get at lease 60k more miles out of the car and I am aware that at around 100k the car will need timing belt / water pump but wanted to get a few more opinions on my decision (I am not looking to swap an engine or spend 2-3k within the first year). This car is currently out of state and I will be buying sight unseen for the most part but will most likely hire a mechanic to look over the car before I pull the trigger. I am left with the following questions:

Is the 2005 WRX a viable option For a daily driver at 95k miles with an automatic?
Should I consider a powertrain warranty from a used car dealership?
What would be a good offer on a 2005 WRX with little - no rust?

Any extra advice or information would be very helpful and much appreciated!
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Old 07-31-2020, 10:03 AM   #2
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Hard to say. This falls into a similar category of the "how many miles do STIs last?" type questions. Depends on a lot. If the car is clean and well maintained that's a good sign at least. What you don't know is the driving habits of the past 3 owners. Did they beat the crap out of it? Maybe. Did they baby it or did a grandma drive it? Also maybe.

Is the car modified and/or tuned?

The fact of the matter is some of these cars last 10k miles and others last 250k miles without issue and it has mostly to do with the big 3: proper maintenance, driving habits, and (if applicable) quality and proper modifications.

Auto vs. manual is really your preference I suppose. If you can get a warranty that would be great! My (used) STi came with a 30 day warranty... from a Subaru dealership, with 20k miles.

I think the price is ok. Perhaps a tad on the high side (in my opinion and region) however if it's really clean someone will pay that for sure.
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Old 07-31-2020, 10:09 AM   #3
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Hard to say. This falls into a similar category of the "how many miles do STIs last?" type questions. Depends on a lot. If the car is clean and well maintained that's a good sign at least. What you don't know is the driving habits of the past 3 owners. Did they beat the crap out of it? Maybe. Did they baby it or did a grandma drive it? Also maybe.

Is the car modified and/or tuned?

The fact of the matter is some of these cars last 10k miles and others last 250k miles without issue and it has mostly to do with the big 3: proper maintenance, driving habits, and (if applicable) quality and proper modifications.

Auto vs. manual is really your preference I suppose. If you can get a warranty that would be great! My (used) STi came with a 30 day warranty... from a Subaru dealership, with 20k miles.

I think the price is ok. Perhaps a tad on the high side (in my opinion and region) however if it's really clean someone will pay that for sure.
Thanks for the reply! Ya I feel like there are alot of people that say the EJ205 engine is ok for a daily and is somewhat reliable, others say stay far away. I asked the dealer about modifications and was told there is only an aftermarket radio so I hope that is true.
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Old 07-31-2020, 01:05 PM   #4
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It's good you plan to have a pre-purchase inspection done, this is the most important thing you can do before pulling the trigger. If the dealer gives you a hard time about allowing the inspection that is a red flag right there and you should walk away and keep looking.
The car being auto makes it somewhat less likely that it was modded and beaten on, but it's still possible. Hence the inspection. Make sure whoever does that PPI for you is very familiar with Subarus or they may miss critical signs for things like "modded and returned to stock".
As nice as it may be it's still a 15-year-old car and will need going over and certain services done if you cannot confirm them through records. FYI the timing belt is done based on time as well as mileage so unless you can verify 100% that it has been done within the proper interval (at this age the car should have had at least two timing belts done if it was serviced correctly), plan on doing it immediately after purchase along with any other maintenance items that are due and cannot be verified.
Aftermarket warranties are not worth the paper they are printed on, don't bother.
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Old 07-31-2020, 01:45 PM   #5
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The timing belt is due NOW unless it has recently been done. It's 105k miles or 105 months, just under 9 years. The car's way over that. So assume it hasn't been done and will need $1500 to get it done. The potential problem of not doing it? Belt breaks and your engine is done.
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Old 08-01-2020, 04:15 AM   #6
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Don't buy a car warranty from a use car dealership, mainly if it's a no name independent dealer. They are usually worthless, deny all claims. It's something the dealer pays like $200 for, sells to the customer for $800, most of the cash goes back to the sales team as a commission. If you really want one, buy one yourself, google the companies and look at their ratings.

As for the car, the 2L is a great daily driver. It's simple, cable throttle, no avcs. Fewer parts to go bad and cheaper to fix. Auto trans is fine, they are usually good for 250k+ miles. Just get the fluid and filter changed and don't forget to do the diff also.

I have an auto 2004 wrx wagon now (along with a forester and baja turbo). The wrx is a great car, 26-28mpg, good ride, parts are easy to get. But yes, timing belt is way past due, assuming it hasn't been changed. I paid $3800 for my 04 wagon, 138k miles. I would say an 05 auto with 95k miles (verified) may be worth around 6000 depending on local market conditions.
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Old 08-01-2020, 05:41 PM   #7
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Put the VIN# in google
You will be amazed

No on warranty IMO
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Old 08-02-2020, 07:57 AM   #8
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Thanks for all the good tips/info guys! Ill keep you guys updated with the car. Currently getting a video of the car inside/out and going to set up an appointment for a mechanic to take a look.
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Old 08-06-2020, 04:12 PM   #9
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9k seems high for that, not to mention the dealer fees they're gonna tack on in the end. Might be better off looking for something from a private party to save some money and maybe they'll have some proof that the car was or wasn't properly serviced or modified in its life.
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