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    Help buying used 08 wrx for girlfriend!!!

    Ok, so I own a 2010 wrx sedan. Ever since I got it my gf had wanted one as well.

    Well she's on the hunt and I'm trying to watch out for her best I can, keep her informed and educated. She's found a 2008 wrx sedan.

    95,000 miles. Regular oil changes, synthetic.

    Cobb acessport. Stage 2

    Perrin turbo-back exhaust.

    Aftermarket clutch.

    New tires.

    Asking 14,000 from private party.

    The car seems to be in good shape, drives good. Nothing alarming or noticeably wrong. Paint has a few places here and there. I know the original owner who sold it to get a truck. Now this couple is selling it to further build a supra.

    Now ive become pretty knowledgeable about these cars. But still unfamiliar with the whole wategate deal. They said every so often you had to manually dump the wastegate, I think, or whatever it's referred to as. This was a point of concern since I don't know much about this. My car is stock at the moment, so I've not worked with aftermarket tuning and exhaust.

    So I'm very cautious about buying anything, so I'm helping her best I can. And I don't want her to get in over her head. I also think at nearly 100k miles the timing belt would need to be changed soon.

    Any insight and advice would be greatly appreciated. We are going to hopefully get them down to 13k cash, assuming we followed through with the purchase. Thanks!

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    Super Moderator (Actually a SuperSpy) SD_GR's Avatar
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    I don't envy your position. I refuse to even work on my wife's car, even though I do most of my own stuff on mine. Read the above and go from there.

    The timing belt is due at 105K. It'll cost $200 - $600 in parts alone if you DIY and depending on what else you do, and I'd estimate up to 2.5X that cost if you have a shop do the analogous items. There is a timing belt thread here:


    that contains a number of other links and suggestions that will show you what's involved, how to do it, etc.
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    AND 14K is a bit high... IMHO

    2000 Escort

    Maintenance schedule and poke in the eyes:

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    too many miles. too many mods. too pricey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrxtreme06 View Post
    too many miles. too many mods. too pricey.
    My thoughts exactly

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcdbrendan View Post
    My thoughts exactly
    second that

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