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Old 01-17-2018, 10:06 PM   #1
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Default Best Model WRX for Under 14k?

I'm about to go to college in the fall, and I was looking for a dependable Subaru that I could drive to and from college for under $14,000. But here's the thing : I want something I can mod. Something I can have fun with. And the final kicker : I'd prefer it to be under 100,000 miles. I'll be thankful for any suggestions you all might have.
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Old 01-18-2018, 02:37 AM   #2
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Find yourself a bugeye and spend the rest of your budget and the next year fixing it up to your standards. You could take your chances and buy the most car for your money, but you have no overhead left to fix it if it breaks. Plus you'll know the car inside and out by the time you're off to college, and the more work you put into maintaining the car the easier it will be when you modify it later.

Edit: I'm not suggesting you buy a beater or someone's project. But in my opinion a high mile WRX in good shape will be the most bang for your buck.
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Old 01-18-2018, 04:16 AM   #3
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Find yourself a bugeye and spend the rest of your budget and the next year fixing it up to your standards. You could take your chances and buy the most car for your money, but you have no overhead left to fix it if it breaks. Plus you'll know the car inside and out by the time you're off to college, and the more work you put into maintaining the car the easier it will be when you modify it later.

Edit: I'm not suggesting you buy a beater or someone's project. But in my opinion a high mile WRX in good shape will be the most bang for your buck.
+1

wish i had not bought my 08 in 2010, as i spent most of my budget and down the line have major regrets about the purchase. although, i do still have the car and will run it until it rusts through.
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Old 01-18-2018, 10:53 AM   #4
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Find yourself a bugeye and spend the rest of your budget and the next year fixing it up to your standards. You could take your chances and buy the most car for your money, but you have no overhead left to fix it if it breaks. Plus you'll know the car inside and out by the time you're off to college, and the more work you put into maintaining the car the easier it will be when you modify it later.

Edit: I'm not suggesting you buy a beater or someone's project. But in my opinion a high mile WRX in good shape will be the most bang for your buck.
While I agree, I've been seeing Blobeyes going for less than Bugeyes lately so it might be worth looking there as well.

Honestly, a 200k well maintained WRX (no matter the year) is going to probably be a better buy than one with 100k but has no service records.
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Old 01-18-2018, 01:44 PM   #5
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You might get lucky and find an 06-07 on the cheap. They have the 2.5 liter which, with the addition of a VF39-48, a downpipe and a tune, give STi horsepower. Brakes are better, too.
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Old 01-18-2018, 02:29 PM   #6
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While I agree, I've been seeing Blobeyes going for less than Bugeyes lately so it might be worth looking there as well.

Honestly, a 200k well maintained WRX (no matter the year) is going to probably be a better buy than one with 100k but has no service records.
Rare to find a well maintained 200k wrx given the demographic for this car
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Old 01-18-2018, 02:31 PM   #7
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Find yourself a bugeye and spend the rest of your budget and the next year fixing it up to your standards. You could take your chances and buy the most car for your money, but you have no overhead left to fix it if it breaks. Plus you'll know the car inside and out by the time you're off to college, and the more work you put into maintaining the car the easier it will be when you modify it later.

Edit: I'm not suggesting you buy a beater or someone's project. But in my opinion a high mile WRX in good shape will be the most bang for your buck.
Thanks for the reply. I'm now planning on getting either a cheaper WRX or a 2013 2.0i. All of these replies helped a lot.
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Old 01-21-2018, 08:08 AM   #8
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Go with the 2.0i. There’s no way I would recommend any used turbo car to a young buck just starting out. You will have enough to work on without a wore out Subaru in your life.
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Old 01-22-2018, 10:11 AM   #9
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Subaru, Modifications, Dependable......Pick 2, its hard to have all 3. And honestly if you modify, you will really need a place you can potentially keep your car on jacks for 2 days to complete the task. Keep that in mind as you move to college.
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Old 01-23-2018, 09:57 PM   #10
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yeah man def be reasonable.. saying from experience. I'd go for the 2.0
when I was 19 (6 yrs ago.. jesus) I bought my 06 sti for 18k which I thought was a good deal, ended up going car poor. Popped my motor within a few weeks.. actually building my 3rd one for it now and haven't even put 60k on it.. at 111k sitting in my garage and bought at 68k Thing fkin drained me of all my money that I coulda been smart and invested with but nope I wanted to be cool and get a racecar. Now that I'm making more money than I was back then I'm doing a full build and can afford to go big turbo and whole deal while dailying a newer car but I DEFINITELY wouldn't of bought a turbocharged subie back then if I had to do it all over again.
Def been a lotta fun though... lol
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