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    Newbie needs advice with purcahse of a used '08 STi

    I've wanted an STi for some time. I found an '08 for a good price at a dealer. The engine has been replaced. Price seems good at $28k.

    Much of the chatter involves looking at the build date, but because this STi has the rebuilt engine I need different advice....

    What advice can I get from those who have had theirs rebuilt?? How can I get more comfortable with proceeding with the purchase.. BTW: I would plan to use it as a daily driver - with use on track days and autocross with a local club (unless I'm being stupid to buy one with a replacement engine).

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    Well to me a newer car like that, with a replaced engine already tells me stay away. But I havent looked into 08 sti at all so i dont know if there was a problem with 08 engines. I would talk to the dealer and ask why it was replaced. Also I would want to have someone look at the car other then the dealer to make sure there is nothing else wrong.

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    There was an engine recall with the 08 STi with an early manufacture date (note sure what time frame though) similar to the issues that the 09 WRX's are having. so, that being said, get a vehicle history to see when the engine was replaced. More than likey it was due to the recall nd not due to the driver. Although, STi's weren't made to be driven like a rolls royce and you can gaurantee that any used STi, modded or not, was driven hard at some point.

    I've bought a used 05 STi before and had zero issues with it. You should be in the clear cause the car still has the manfacturers warranty. Rememeber though, late last year the 08 STi's (non BBS and without navi) sold for $28K brand new off the lots.
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    Thanks for the info..

    I'm surprised STi's were selling for $28K new in 08... was that the impact of the economic disaster or the engine issues or the combo?? And do you think an "08 with a replacement engine is a bad deal??

    Also, do you know the real prices for new '09s? thanks again!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by car_guy View Post
    I'm surprised STi's were selling for $28K new in 08... was that the impact of the economic disaster or the engine issues or the combo?? And do you think an "08 with a replacement engine is a bad deal??

    Also, do you know the real prices for new '09s? thanks again!!
    If you want to purchase a new 09 STi do not pay a cent more than $34,000. Seriously that leaves them about a five hundred dollar profit off the sale at that price and they are not going to give the car away for free. But thats assuming you get the STi without BBS or Navi
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    Quote Originally Posted by car_guy View Post
    I'm surprised STi's were selling for $28K new in 08... was that the impact of the economic disaster or the engine issues or the combo?? And do you think an "08 with a replacement engine is a bad deal??

    Also, do you know the real prices for new '09s? thanks again!!

    I think it was more or less the fact that the new body style was hated, and it didn't have the performance feel that the pre-08's had. Pus the 09's comming on the lot.

    I'm sure the economy had a little something to do with it but not as much as other reasons.

    I don't think that an 08 with a replacement engine is bad at all. Hell, it's a new engine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cj05 View Post
    i think it was more or less the fact that the new body style was hated, and it didn't have the performance feel that the pre-08's had. Pus the 09's comming on the lot.

    I'm sure the economy had a little something to do with it but not as much as other reasons.

    I don't think that an 08 with a replacement engine is bad at all. Hell, it's a new engine.
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    Long block vs. short block as the replacement engine

    Thanks to Fly'n Brian and CJ05!!!

    I've scouring the web to find more about the engine issues... Many comments to those having to get the engine replaced is: Make sure you get the long block as a replacement..
    Does anyone know how critical an issue this is?? And why??

    As a newbie, this Forum has been very helpful in a short period of time... I don't want to let my STi get away.. if it makes sense to buy it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by car_guy View Post
    I've wanted an STi for some time. I found an '08 for a good price at a dealer. The engine has been replaced. Price seems good at $28k.

    I don't know where you are located, but check out this guys STi if you are on the east coast. He's a cool guy, and he needs to buy a house. His STi is in awesome condition, stock (except the rally armor mudflaps he installed), has BBS rims and NAVI and only has 10k miles on it. He's asking 27,500. It is located in MA. I'd buy it if I could, but I couldn't get a private party loan for it.

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    Foxfire... thanks.. I am on the East Coast.. Westchester County,NY. I'll look closer.

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    Are you financing? Or paying cash? I would take a look at a brand new car. You might be able to land the same monthly payment for a new car since the finance rate would be a lot lower.

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