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    08-09 wrx engine failures?

    I've been looking into getting an 08-09 wrx (yes I know the 09's are better) but I have seen quite a few things saying that these years are notorious for engine failures. Is this true??
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    Quote Originally Posted by RySTI View Post
    Stop being so paranoid and buy a car
    Worst advice ever. When buying a used car you should always do your homework. 07 and 08s had lean stock tunes and were notorious for blowing up. If you buy a used one and they never bothered to fix that issue, and they beat on the car, it's not a smart buy. If you're going to give "advice" you should probably do your homework.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RySTI View Post
    ur so negative all the time. its really cool.
    Sometimes reality isn't what you want to hear. The fact of the matter is, between 07 and 09 Subaru was having more ringland failures than normal. OP is asking if they had issues with engine failure during those years. They did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drews
    Sometimes reality isn't what you want to hear. The fact of the matter is, between 07 and 09 Subaru was having more ringland failures than normal. OP is asking if they had issues with engine failure during those years. They did.
    They still do, but not quite to the extreme that 07-09 did
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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257 View Post
    They still do, but not quite to the extreme that 07-09 did
    You're not going to find a manufacturer that mass produces cars for the general public that doesn't have issues. But that's what I was getting at.
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    thanks for the info, you guys are very helpful. I'm not dropping upwards of 18k on a car I'll drive for the next 4 years if I don't know exactly what I'm getting myself into, I'm a poor 19 yr old college student at the moment I can't comfortably afford an engine rebuild ... are there certain build dates to watch for?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GODMODE View Post
    thanks for the info, you guys are very helpful. I'm not dropping upwards of 18k on a car I'll drive for the next 4 years if I don't know exactly what I'm getting myself into, I'm a poor 19 yr old college student at the moment I can't comfortably afford an engine rebuild ... are there certain build dates to watch for?
    You know your insurance will likely sky rocket if you're on your own policy, right? I'd get quotes for insurance before I'd even consider buying a WRX.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GODMODE View Post
    thanks for the info, you guys are very helpful. I'm not dropping upwards of 18k on a car I'll drive for the next 4 years if I don't know exactly what I'm getting myself into, I'm a poor 19 yr old college student at the moment I can't comfortably afford an engine rebuild ... are there certain build dates to watch for?
    You shouldn't be dropping upwards of 18k on a car anyway if you're a poor 19 year old college student. Buy something that's a beater to get you to and from where you need to go, and when you graduate and can afford an $18k car, go for it. Best thing I ever did...
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    My parents let me register my cars in their name for insurance, I have a pretty stable job where I make about $20k a year even with school, and I'm putting 8k down on whatever car I buy (I sold a motorcycle and I'm trying to sell my Jeep) and I'm paying cash for taxes and registration. So all in all I'll pay $260 a month for payments and insurance. Plus gas. But I spend over $350 a month in gas for my lifted Jeep... it gets 13mpg on a good day. So if I get 20 mpg combined, I'll save over a hundred a month anyhow, and only be paying another $150 a month maybe a little bit more. I've thought it out and it's worth it in the end for me, especially since Jeeps aren't cheap to insure either, and they go through parts like nobodys business.
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    13 MpG - I had a '96 GC with the 5.2L V8, got 14.5 MpG, city. You're likely to get less than 20 combined, especially if your JP only gets 13... (leads me to think it might be driving style related). The WRX will be better than 13 any day, however. But the idea of a beater car just to get the real deal later is something to think about...
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    get a civic

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    I agree with all that a WRX is not the cheapest car to have, especially for a poor college student. Gas isn't cheap (gotta get premium), mileage isn't great compared to other cars, and other things you wouldn't think about too (for example if one tire goes, you typically have to buy 4 new ones if the tire can't be repaired, which is due to all wheel drive)...That being said, if you can afford it and all the various expenses that come with it, then hell...Buy it and have a blast in it!

    As with any used car, ask for maintenance records to ensure it has been properly cared for. Have it looked over by a knowledgeable mechanic (very close look). If it has good records, hasn't been totalled in the past, passes the mechanic inspection ok, hasn't been heavily modded in the past, and you like the car...Go for it.

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    my Jeep is all wheel, and I run premium in it otherwise it runs worse so I'm already used to that part
    Current ride: 01 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.7 limited, Ironrockoffroad 6.5 premium long arm lift, 3.73 gears with varilock, 33 procomp mt's and rockcrawler wheels.
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    I drive it fairly hard, and 33 inch mud tires and steel wheels on stock size gears don't help at all! (in reply to Ingo)
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