Alright guys, I just got my first subie, an 05 STI. I'm sure I'm gonna get flamed for this, but I bought it without checking a carfax or anything, just kindof got a visual, drove it (everything seemed great), and bought it.
So I drive it home, using cruise at 75 on the freeway, and the cruise all of a sudden shuts off. The light is blinking and the check engine light is triggered. The previous owner mentioned this happens every once in a while, and it's still under warranty, so I figure no big deal. I schedule an appointment with the local Subaru dealership (it takes 2 weeks to get it in). In the meantime I start noticing an antifreeze smell and locate a leak from the heater hoses under the intercooler. Same thing, I figure no big deal, should be fixed under warranty. I take the car in......and find out what I should have investigated in the first place. The car has been wrecked.
At this point I figure it's almost pointless to take it back to the previous owner and yell. Total damages: bent subframe, leaking hoses (fixed), car is still throwing the code, and I have my rear struts clunking like crazy. I guess my questions are: How easy are those repairs to do myself? (no automotive experience, but I have access to a lift since I work at a tire store). What should I do about the code (local subaru dealership sucks, I feel screwed every time I leave there)? And does anyone know anyplace that I can get some stock STI decals? The grill appears to be a typical impreza grill and the fog light decals and door decals are missing.
Thanks for any help guys. I feel like a moron, but better to fix it and move on and have a car that I love.