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    How Reliable?

    I have a truck and im getting sick of paying for gas, so i have been looking at some wrx's like 02-03 How reliable are these cars? whats some of the problems that they Have? and how friendly are they to higher milage?
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    As long as you don't beat on the car, it'll be quite reliable - buying used is always a gamble, because you don't know how the previous owner [ab]used the car. If you can find one that has never been modified, I would say jump on the opportunity
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    What are some of the common problems that these cars have? and is it safe to buy them in the 70-80,000 mile range and still put a few miles on them with out to much trouble? thanks

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    cars should put on an average of 12k miles per year


    an 02 should have about 72k and an 03 should have about 60. i would definitely try to find one without that many miles though. not saying that its bad... you can just find better.

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    I've said it a million times:

    The WRX is an awesome car - I wouldn't trade mine for the world, BUT:

    Its not the most economical thing going. I personally average about 19-20MPG in mine, and considering that's all premium fuel, so I would figure about the same cost as a car/truck averaging 16MPG or so.

    Also, the word "Turbo" really seems to excite the insurance companies, so look at that before you buy a WRX hoping for something more economical than you are driving.


    Don't let me discourage you - the WRX is an awesome vehicle - but don't expect it to save you much money. Its a great car if you like spirited driving, appreciate AWD, like reliability, enjoy the ocmmunity, etc... but economical is not the strongest suit (other than the relatively low initial cost for the performance/reliability you're getting).

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    Quote Originally Posted by rayfound View Post
    I've said it a million times:

    The WRX is an awesome car - I wouldn't trade mine for the world, BUT:

    Its not the most economical thing going. I personally average about 19-20MPG in mine, and considering that's all premium fuel, so I would figure about the same cost as a car/truck averaging 16MPG or so.

    Also, the word "Turbo" really seems to excite the insurance companies, so look at that before you buy a WRX hoping for something more economical than you are driving.


    Don't let me discourage you - the WRX is an awesome vehicle - but don't expect it to save you much money. Its a great car if you like spirited driving, appreciate AWD, like reliability, enjoy the ocmmunity, etc... but economical is not the strongest suit (other than the relatively low initial cost for the performance/reliability you're getting).
    Pretty much dead spot on. 20-21 mpg here. Insurance will rape you depending on age, driving record, location, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 04.SPT.WRX View Post
    Pretty much dead spot on. 20-21 mpg here. Insurance will rape you depending on age, driving record, location, etc.
    Insurance does suck I pay $197 with one accident, I live in cali so that doesn't help either. I get around 20mpg with mainly city driving with short drives on the high way thrown in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wrxtreme06 View Post
    cars should put on an average of 12k miles per year.
    This depends entirely on the area. Cars that are actually driven put on many more miles/year in my area. In heavily urbanized environments cars are driven even less than 12K (12K/year is nothing here).

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    Thanks for all the replies and i have already checked on insurance and such, but the reason im wanting to get one over my truck is that i have a diesel and diesel is way more than i wana pay so im looking at something that will still be fun to modify and such( i was pretty big into it with my truck) but still not pay an arm and a leg for fuel but get a lil better mileage also.
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