I was on this site a few months back asking a few questions about the 06/07 wrx's. Got what I needed but parents shot my idea right down. Now the idea is coming back to the top . I have been having loads of trouble with my current car. A VW Passat Tons of problems and little things just keep building up. So my question is, if I buy a used un-modified wrx how reliable would it be in a way of buying from somewhat a conservative driver. I am looking for an 04-07. I would look for earlier years but the bug eyes aren't for me. My car I would be lucky to get $8,000 for it and most 04 and newer WRX's are around 16-17. I no longer have a job and most of the money from that has gone into my car. Not from modifications, but maintenance. I've had trouble getting a job lately since school conflicts with everything and people only need full time employees. So I'm thinking if I work something out to get the extra money to get a wrx with my parents, how could I be sure not to buy into a car thats going to need maintenance. Like what major maintenance repairs are common and around what mileage. I'm looking at subarus because I'm moving up north in the fall and want the awd from hills and snow. My dad is somewhat partial to the wagons, they're not bad but I prefer the sedans.
TL;DR: How do I not get ripped off and what major maintenance repairs are required and around what mileage.