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    Help Shopping for a Used WRX

    I have recently started looking for a rex and I've found this one. I test drove it yesterday and mechanically it seems like it's in a good shape. However, there is a decent size dent on the hood along with a few smaller ones on the front bumper and fender. The AC doesn't work and one of the tires need to be replaced due to a nail inside of it. I like the fact that it's a one owner and he claims to have all of the maintenance records but I wanted your opinion on how much it's worth. I've checked kbb and NADA but I would also like your opinions as well. Thanks

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    I'm sure someone more helpful will jump in too, but aside from the obvious, keep in mind with that mileage that car is going to need a clutch and a timing belt job very soon. Also, make sure all the tires match, brand and tread. AWD cars don't like mis-matched tires. If you can post the vin or pm it to me I'll run a carfax for you. Assuming it is the original clutch and t belt, for that price I'd be looking for a car that needs less work. It sounds like it needs at least 2500 put into it to be a reliable daily driver.
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    I completely forgot about the clutch when talking to him about maintenace but he did say that the timing belt was changed by the dealer at 88k. I will ask for the vin soon.

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    Anyone else?

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    things i like:

    - 1 owner
    - garaged
    - low mileage (for an 04)
    - appears to be stock

    i'd say this could potentially be a great buy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrxtreme06 View Post
    things i like:

    - 1 owner
    - garaged
    - low mileage (for an 04)
    - appears to be stock

    i'd say this could potentially be a great buy.
    I used the Subaru buying list that a member here posted when I was checking the car out. The condition seems reasonable for a 9 year old car but I found recently that my local Subaru dealer does free inspection so I'm thinking of doing that next.

    However, what price do you think seems reasonable for a car like this given the condition it is in?

    Thanks everyone for the replies by the way.

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    I didn't find any aftermarket crap on it and it seemed unmolested but you can never be too sure.

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    it depends. what is wrong with the AC? that could be a cheap fix or a very expensive one. new tires will probably be around $500-$600 (you cant just replace one). i'd try to get him down to $9500 depending on what needs to be done w/ the AC
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    I'm hoping the AC only needs to be re-charged but I will find out after doing the inspection.

    The tires do look like they have a year or two left on them. That is why I was hoping a tire place can just patch it up for now. Only problem is that the hole is on the sidewall of the tire and makes me wonder if the radial load on it will not allow a patch to be used effectively.

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    While I appreciate everyone that has commented so far, I would like input from a few more people before deciding on this car.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frog_Pudding View Post
    I'm hoping the AC only needs to be re-charged but I will find out after doing the inspection.

    The tires do look like they have a year or two left on them. That is why I was hoping a tire place can just patch it up for now. Only problem is that the hole is on the sidewall of the tire and makes me wonder if the radial load on it will not allow a patch to be used effectively.
    the unfortunate truth about that is an A/C system never, NEVER, "just needs a recharge" under normal circumstances it should be full of freon, so if its not. then something caused the freon to escape what would otherwise be a sealed system. therefore if you buy a can and fill it up. whatever was leaking to begin with is still going to leak. (fyi those cans that claim to stop leaks dont really work so dont waste your money)

    its also possible, albeit highly unlikely that its full of freon and something else is wrong. like a worn out compressor clutch or even a burnt out fuse. but i doubt it.

    99% of the time with A/C, if its not working its got a leak and needs to be repaired to work like new. most shops recommend replacing all the major components when fixing an A/C system (evap core, compressor, condenser, hot and cold lines ususally) if a shop recommends this to you their not tryin to get one over on you. they just dont want to patch together an old system with 1 new part and have you come back complaining when your A/C doesn't work again in a month because some other old piece of the system went bad.

    expect at least $1000 to have it done right

    if you can get the price down it seems like a good deal on paper. but without being there to inspect if first hand i cant really say. GL man!
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    Quote Originally Posted by EndlessSea View Post
    the unfortunate truth about that is an A/C system never, NEVER, "just needs a recharge" under normal circumstances it should be full of freon, so if its not. then something caused the freon to escape what would otherwise be a sealed system. therefore if you buy a can and fill it up. whatever was leaking to begin with is still going to leak. (fyi those cans that claim to stop leaks dont really work so dont waste your money)

    its also possible, albeit highly unlikely that its full of freon and something else is wrong. like a worn out compressor clutch or even a burnt out fuse. but i doubt it.

    99% of the time with A/C, if its not working its got a leak and needs to be repaired to work like new. most shops recommend replacing all the major components when fixing an A/C system (evap core, compressor, condenser, hot and cold lines ususally) if a shop recommends this to you their not tryin to get one over on you. they just dont want to patch together an old system with 1 new part and have you come back complaining when your A/C doesn't work again in a month because some other old piece of the system went bad.

    expect at least $1000 to have it done right

    if you can get the price down it seems like a good deal on paper. but without being there to inspect if first hand i cant really say. GL man!
    Thanks for the tip! I just figured that over time it has lost enough freon that the AC doesn't work well. I'm gonna have an inspection done on it next week and will know what is wrong with it for sure and will know what I will be getting myself into before buying it.

    On a side note, does anyone else find it impossible to find a decent used WRX? All the ones that I have seen are either modded/molested or beat up. I can see why a lot of people just buy brand new ones instead of messing with used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frog_Pudding View Post
    Thanks for the tip! I just figured that over time it has lost enough freon that the AC doesn't work well. I'm gonna have an inspection done on it next week and will know what is wrong with it for sure and will know what I will be getting myself into before buying it.

    On a side note, does anyone else find it impossible to find a decent used WRX? All the ones that I have seen are either modded/molested or beat up. I can see why a lot of people just buy brand new ones instead of messing with used.
    In my experience, the wagons on average are cleaner cars than the sedans. They are more likely to be owned by older more mature owners and are more likely to be stock. Hang in there, clean used WRXs are hard to find but they certainly are out there. Best not to be in a rush with a purchase of this magnitude anyway.
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    I have noticed that too and I personally prefer the sedan's look but the wagon would be more useful especially with the 2000 lb towing capacity! Not too long ago there was a 2005 wrx sedan for sale for $10, 000. It was adult driven and it was supper clean but somebody jumped on it after I saw the ad.

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