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    Question 2002 wrx sedan good buy?

    Hi im new to this forum, i hope to soon own a wrx. Im currently looking at one that belongs to the 60yr old female librarian at my school. The car belonged to her son before he left for college a year and a half ago, she only drives it a few times per week to work to keep it good running condition. Shes looking for $6500 OBO because shes been driving it longer then she wants to and wants to get rid of it.. The car is silver,5 spd, it has 108,000 miles,a racing clutch(not sure what brand), a slip on axle-back with a 5 inch muffler, a turbo timer, tinted windows, new battery and new firestone tires with warranty, the interior is in good shape,. Now for the bad, her son crashed the car and did damage to the front but it was repaired, the grill and hood were replaced with fake carbon fiber parts, and it has unique headlights(ebay?lol).The car has minor surface rust around the wheel wells and under the doors that has been painted over, minor dings dents throughout paint(its a subarau who cares), and im sure it was driven hard since it previously belonged to a highschool kid like myself. . Now im obviously going to make sure that the frame is straight and everything before i buy the car, but to me this seems like a good deal for a running wrx with under 110k miles.I will post pics tomorrow. Does this seem like a good deal? If not, what should i offer?
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    2002 wrx sedan good buy?

    There is no frame.

    This is not an ideal first WRX.

    I'd find one stock with full service history.

    See the how to buy threads in the purchasing forum.

    Example: if the timing belt has not been done you can DIY for $400+ in parts or hire it out for twice that, and so on.
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    I wouldn't buy a modified Subaru. Especially one that's been in an accident.

    You want to find one that is stock. You'll want something reliable especially if you are young and in high school. I'm sure the last thing you want is a headache/money pit

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    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR View Post
    There is no frame.

    This is not an ideal first WRX.

    I'd find one stock with full service history.

    See the how to buy threads in the purchasing forum.

    Example: if the timing belt has not been done you can DIY for $400+ in parts or hire it out for twice that, and so on.
    Im not sure where your seeing $400 for a timing belt kit i found it on multiple sites for $260 with free shipping, is this something that should be done as soon as i got the car?

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    I'll add to the "bad idea" crowd. Doesn't sound like a good purchase as there are a lot of issues going on, and any time a turbo timer is mentioned I know that the owner didn't know what they were doing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TurboJoe View Post
    Im not sure where your seeing $400 for a timing belt kit i found it on multiple sites for $260 with free shipping, is this something that should be done as soon as i got the car?
    The belt itself is just one of the items that you should be purchasing when doing that service.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wrxtreme06 View Post
    I wouldn't buy a modified Subaru. Especially one that's been in an accident.

    You want to find one that is stock. You'll want something reliable especially if you are young and in high school. I'm sure the last thing you want is a headache/money pit
    I understand where your coming from, but i have personally done some work to this car(routine maintenance) over the past year and a half because i go to a technical high school for automotive, and i know the car has had know issues in that time. One rear strut is leaking fluid so we ordered 2 new ones and are replacing them. I would never usually be one to buy a car that is previously modified and look for the opposite, but this deal just seems too sweet to pass up. I live in the Philadelphia Suburbs and the only way your getting a WRX for close to $6,500 is if it has 150,000 miles+ or has a reconstructed title. I only would plan on keeping the car to around 150,000 miles. i plan on tackling the body work within the first year of owning it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrxtreme06 View Post
    I wouldn't buy a modified Subaru. Especially one that's been in an accident.

    You want to find one that is stock. You'll want something reliable especially if you are young and in high school. I'm sure the last thing you want is a headache/money pit
    I understand where your coming from, but i have personally done some work to this car(routine maintenance) over the past year and a half because i go to a technical high school for automotive, and i know the car has had no issues in that time. One rear strut is leaking fluid so we ordered 2 new ones and are replacing them. I would never usually be one to buy a car that is previously modified and look for the opposite, but this deal just seems too sweet to pass up. I live in the Philadelphia Suburbs and the only way your getting a WRX for close to $6,500 is if it has 150,000 miles+ or has a reconstructed title. I only would plan on keeping the car to around 150,000 miles. i plan on tackling the body work within the first year of owning it.
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    Im aware, i looked up the complete replacement kit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calvinball View Post
    I'll add to the "bad idea" crowd. Doesn't sound like a good purchase as there are a lot of issues going on, and any time a turbo timer is mentioned I know that the owner didn't know what they were doing.
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    By the way, she said to make her an offer, i didnt plan on paying $6500. I was going to offer $5500.

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    Sounds to me like you'd already made up your mind before you made this thread. If you feel comfortable with this vehicle, then do what you want!

    Just do us a favor and start a thread to chronicle the restoration
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    im just saying these cars are highly sought after in my area and ive never seen one this cheap in running driving condition. philadelphia cars & trucks - all classifieds "2002 wrx" - craigslist

    I know the main reason shes asking so little is because shes tired of having the car around, its not very practical for her lol. i will post pics shortly.

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    i know i know, ill get better pictures of the rust spots tomorrow at school. i was too excited to think about that when i took these .

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