I am new to subarus and am in the market for an early to mid 2000's WRX. I live in Michigan and what I am see a lot is that a lot of them are saying nee axles. Is this a common thing to go bad in these? I can remember what the guy said he put in it but, some specific catalytic converter because the stock ones were notorious for falling apart and ruining the turbo?? Also, I heard that the center differential bearing was a common issue.
I guess what I am asking is their any truth to any of these and while out looking for a car what are some things I should be aware of and look for? I currently have a 2012 kia, but I decided I want something fun and no car payment. But whatever I get needs to be reliable and decent gas milage because I drive a lot for work (depending on the week up around 1000 miles every two weeks). Any input would be great. I am kind of just starting to look, but if I get a car I want to try and make sure to find a reliable car.