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Old 03-08-2008, 03:09 PM   #1
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2002 WRX Sport Wagon
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Default Is it Nearly Time to Sell it?

I have a 2002 WRX Wagon purchased in January '02, that has 160,500 miles on it and has no mods. No real problems with it, been great, fun, reliable transportation. A couple of things are giving signs of trouble ahead and making me think how much life is left, or how much $$ i'll need to put into it:

1. For a couple of years, there's been a real heavy rear end clunk when backing after a long (2 hour plus) freeway ride. It was never that big a problem, and it went away after it "rested" or cooled down, but now it's doing it after 60 minutes at freeway speeds, which i do more often.

2. About 3-4 weeks ago, i started getting an audible whirr, not high pitched, nor real low, but on the low side of the sound spectrum, that changes with the speed of the vehicle (not related to engine speed). The tranny was a little low when i checked it (actually, it took a full quart of gear oil to read full on the dipstick). Adding the oil didn't make the sound disappear.

3. In '04 or so, I was rear-ended hard and pushed into a Tundra, which caused front and rear end damage. The timing belt cover was cracked, so the insurance paid for a new timing belt in the $13k of repairs. That was at around 67-68k miles, so i'm due for another timing belt.

I don't have the $$ for a car payment right now, and I do drive 26,000 miles plus per year, so if i did replace the Subaru, it'd probably be for a 4 banger Toyota or Nissan p/u, or Honda Fit...something not fun, but good cheap transport.

Anyway.....are 1 & 2 major (meaning expensive to fix) problems? Is it worth fixing? If I did get it fixed, i'd probably keep it 2 more years, about 50,000 more miles.

Sorry for the length of this, I figured you all would have some sage advice.
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Old 03-08-2008, 04:46 PM   #2
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you aren't going to get much for value if you sell/trade it in, so instead, put away $200 or so per month and use that for maintenance. If you don't need it, it will make for a great downpayment. (This should be a MUST for anyone that has paid off their vehicle)

#1 and 2 might be the rear diff or possibly a wheel bearing for #2. Both relatively minor, at least compared to a new trans or engine.

anyway, maintaining a vehicle and fixing whatever breaks is almost always cheaper then buying a different vehicle.
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Old 03-08-2008, 09:00 PM   #3
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I had a similar issue with my 07 STI when it hit 30K on the clock. My axel nuts had backed off, making a thud when I went from either reverse to forward, or forward to reverse. The dealer fixed it for free, which was easy. You issue sounds similar, but maybe to a more severe degree. This might be a quick place for you to start.
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