I'm looking to buy a older WRX and have 2 choices currently available via Suub Hong Kong dealer. Both WRX's are trade-in vehicles.
The first is a 2004 2.0-litre WRX, silver colour (see pic). Its done 48,000 miles (77,000Km's) with 2 owners. Its a UK specification car. Suub service centre have a history up to 2008 when the car was sold to its second owner. From 2008 it appears to have been regularly serviced but no subsequent maintenance history is available. I had the car inspected at our Suub service centre. To get into safe working condition, it needs new rear shocks, rear brake discs (rotors) and pads and a few other bits. The gear shifter is a bit loose so needs new bushes. Due to no recent service history, we assume the camb belt and water pump should be replaced. That and a major service is needed. While the car is in overall un-molested good condition, it does need about US$3,500 spending on it.
The second is a 2005 2.5-litre WRX, blue colour (see pic) with similar mileage. Its also had 2 owners and doesn't have a recent service history. It might also be a UK-EU specification car. But it does belong to a Hong Kong Suub club owner who hopefully can give me more info when the Suub service centre inspects this car next Wednesday. I do know this car due for a camb-belt and water pump change so these costs will need to be factored in.
The silver 2004 car around US$7,700
The blue 2005 car around US$12,500
Negotiation on these prices is available. I'm in Hong Kong where all car prices are high due to high government taxation. Please use the prices for comparison between to 2 cars, and not go off-topic with debate about pricing compared to other places.
I'm a mechanical engineer and already own a 2014 Forester XT, so the WRX will be my weekend car for pleasure and driving fun.
Having never owned a WRX, I'm not familiar with these car's quirks. Any "what to look for" advice and opinions on which car is the better drive, is most welcome!