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    2002 Subaru WRX Wagon 112k miles. Is it a good deal?

    I am considering buying a 2002 wrx wagon. It is black 112k miles one owner 5 speed and has the oem wheels and a set of 17 inch wheels. Here is the description:

    Subaru Imprezza WRX with all wheel drive, black on black , wagon body style, eibach springs, whiteline adj. swaybars, 17" techno wheels, 227 horsepower turbo 2.0 boxer four cylinder. Runs and handles great! Owned and driven by 60 year old adult. Includes all stock springs, swaybars, wheels and tires to convert back to stock. Thanks for looking.

    Is it a good deal for $5000? Thanks

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    $5000 seems TOO cheap. My first thought would be "what's wrong with it"

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    I go to church with the people that own the car and money is not a problem for them. I know the car has never been drove hard. My main concern was the turbo. Is there anything I need to watch out for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2002wrxhatch View Post
    I go to church with the people that own the car and money is not a problem for them. I know the car has never been drove hard. My main concern was the turbo. Is there anything I need to watch out for?
    How DO you know it hasn't been driven hard?

    Do the standard carfax check, ask if he has records of service. It should have had the 105k service which includes the biggy: the Timing Belt and peripherals should have been done 7k ago.

    Take it to an independent mechanic to check the car out and do an inspection. Make sure everything is looking good. If the maintenance has been kept up with and the car has been taken care of, no reason why the turbo would be bad. My stock turbo is fine on 126k miles now on my STI. Also, if it's the original suspension, it may be time for replacement struts as they are a wear item and generally need replacing anywhere after 80k or so. But again, have it looked at and make a decision based on what you find.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikie13 View Post
    How DO you know it hasn't been driven hard?

    Do the standard carfax check, ask if he has records of service. It should have had the 105k service which includes the biggy: the Timing Belt and peripherals should have been done 7k ago.

    Take it to an independent mechanic to check the car out and do an inspection. Make sure everything is looking good. If the maintenance has been kept up with and the car has been taken care of, no reason why the turbo would be bad. My stock turbo is fine on 126k miles now on my STI. Also, if it's the original suspension, it may be time for replacement struts as they are a wear item and generally need replacing anywhere after 80k or so. But again, have it looked at and make a decision based on what you find.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wrxtreme06 View Post
    $5000 seems TOO cheap. My first thought would be "what's wrong with it"
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    $5000? Is this real life?

    I can see it being that low if they dont know the value of it seeing as 5,000 is such an even sum. I say take advantage of it and take it to a mechanic just to be sure.

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    Heck thats a great deal! People you know are not going to sell you a junk car.

    On second thought, no you shouldn't buy it. Can I please have their number?

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    I'd hesitate to buy from someone I know.

    The turbo is not expendable. There is no service or replacement interval.

    Follow the how-to-buy threads in the purchasing forum.
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    SD_GR... Yes, I am sure you are correct that even from a friend there is still reason to be cautious.
    It is still typically safer to buy any car from someone that you know. Here are my reasons:
    1.) When people start having problems with a car, they either fix it and keep it, or they sell it or trade it in.
    2.) When people sell a troubled car, they don't sell it to a friend. They get rid of it through a dealer or an ad online or in the paper. People don't want the buyer coming back and giving them a hard time over undisclosed issues.
    3.) You know what kind of driving was done (grocery getter or weekend track events).

    The how-to-buy thread doesn't include one of the most important guidelines that exists... buy from someone you trust.
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