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Old 11-28-2012, 10:48 AM   #1
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Default Major undercarriage issues-plz help

I purchased my 2002 wrx back in April 2012 from a dealer with 102k. I wasnt crazy about the price but mechanically the car was all there, clean carfax and the dealer fixed the minor issues like the a/c and brakes before I drove it home. Recently I brought my car into a Subaru dealership for the lower control arm recall. The service manager brought to my attention the profound amounts of rust and rot on the rocker panels and the "engine cradle" was rotted out. The next day I had my service manager put the car up on the lift at my dealership for closer examination and I was shocked at what I saw. The exhaust from the cat back was a weld rig, not properly bolted on, the gas tank bracket was hanging down and is currently dragging, the power steering no longer works properly, and the subframe showed massive amounts of rot and rust and also an old welding pin along with a piece of metal they attempted to "fix" it with. A gauze pad sitting between the frame and the bottom of the strut seemingly to reduce the clunking noise in the suspension. I assume half the responsibility because I never looked it over in depth, but it was a certified dealership and I know they must do a thorough inspection before selling the car, so I entrusted them. The dealers shortcuts and cheap "fixes" have slowly been falling apart. I plan on taking the car back to the dealership on thursday. I took out a loan for the car and since I just got it in April I still owe a good amount. I believe the dealership knows that they "over-looked" these major issues. If anyone has any insight or advice please feel free. Thanks alot guys....
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:01 PM   #2
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:10 PM   #3
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:15 PM   #4
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Old 11-28-2012, 01:19 PM   #5
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You've had it for almost 8 months now? dude, you're SOL.
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:15 AM   #6
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OK buy Nates beans


buy a cheap beater and part the car out.....ya might make the interest on the loan

or try to fix what HAS to be fixed using boneyard parts and cheap used parts....
find another car that needs engine/trans for cheap and do a swap

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Old 11-29-2012, 02:04 AM   #7
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All that stuff 100% needs to be checked before buying a used car. Not that it helps any now...
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