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    Couple Questions..

    So...
    Am about to turn 18 and am looking for a new car,
    (currently drive a limited 04 crossfire 6spd.) Looking for
    a more performance type car and figured I'd give Subaru a go. Am looking at a later 02-04 wrx sedan with decent milage (around 80-90k) in which I can build it up how I want it.

    I'm asking you guys if there is anything I should look for in buying one of these cars?? How reliable are they, what parts would need replaced around 80k miles, any certain year I should stay away from, etc..

    I'll be spending plenty of time on this forum learning as much as I can, but It'd be great to get some tips from the pro's..

    Thanks,
    Taylor L

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    whats up i am also an 18 year old. i just bought an 03 what kind of power are you looking for?
    and i would go with a wrx i love, but if your looking like 04 you could go for and sti

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    I am 19 and bought an 03 a few months ago. First off I would buy from a reputable dealer. Next, I would be careful with the 02's because they are known to have glass tranny's. Also i would buy a wrx that is almost completely stock, because if not stock you have no idea how bad the car was driven or raced. make sure the engine clean and not muddy, i say this so you can see oil leaks or other issues. Make sure you get a carfax not a autocheck. Thats all i can think of right now...
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    carfax is a must if they wont provide one i would walk away. and take your time looking dont just jump on the first one. took me 4 tries before i found the one i just bought and i couldnt agree more with stock find something that has low miles and you will be a happy person

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    Thanks for the quick replies.
    Right now I'm just starting to get an idea of what kind I would want. (preferably an (03-04) model.

    My price range max would be around 11k or so after I sold my xfire. And I agree, I'd like to start off bone stock and go from there. As far as power goes, 250-300 range would be more than enough for me.
    Is 11k a realistic price for the year and milage I'm looking for?
    Are they pretty reliable after 100k miles?

    Thanks for the help

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    carfax is a must but dont rely on it. carfax is only as good as the information put in.
    These cars a dependable, but dont think of buying one to do donuts and stuff like that, unless you like buying new parts...
    With 80,000 miles check the maintenance like this.Subaru maintenance schedules and new car break-in period

    you would be paying too much if you spent 11k for 80,000 miles. For that much you could find lower miles, especially if it is stock.
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    12 grand would get you one with anywhere from 50-80k miles as far as i have seen. and for upgrades you will wanna get rid up your up-pipe first, then catback w/ stage one flash, the a downpipe w/ stage 2. and suspension and braking

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hammtheman View Post
    12 grand would get you one with anywhere from 50-80k miles as far as i have seen. and for upgrades you will wanna get rid up your up-pipe first, then catback w/ stage one flash, the a downpipe w/ stage 2. and suspension and braking
    Or you could go with a TBE and a up-pipe and go to stage 2 at one time.

    I do think 12k is a lot though for a stock 03-04 wrx with low miles.
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    I agree. The truck I traded had been wrecked, but the carfax on it was clean.

    Quote Originally Posted by yamaha_rider619 View Post
    carfax is a must but dont rely on it. carfax is only as good as the information put in.
    These cars a dependable, but dont think of buying one to do donuts and stuff like that, unless you like buying new parts...
    With 80,000 miles check the maintenance like this.Subaru maintenance schedules and new car break-in period

    you would be paying too much if you spent 11k for 80,000 miles. For that much you could find lower miles, especially if it is stock.
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    Alright sweet,
    That makes things all the more assuring.
    I'm paying for all of this, only thing I'm worried about is how much insurance will be.. I should be getting a price drop once I turn 18 though.

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    i pay 180 a month full coverage with an accident so its terrible

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tha_dude34 View Post
    Alright sweet,
    That makes things all the more assuring.
    I'm paying for all of this, only thing I'm worried about is how much insurance will be.. I should be getting a price drop once I turn 18 though.
    good look with the price drop sorry but it wont be much because turbo cars cost more, plus guys cost more. Im still on my parents insurance, and they own the title so i pay a little less than $200 a month. oh i have a ticket too.
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    Haha, I shouldn't be the one laughing but for my crossfire it's 270 a month.. Sucks because I'm 17 in which makes me "an inexperienced driver', carrying full coverage, paying for it with my own money.. But that's saved my butt once before; so I won't go without it. Hopefully the price difference won't be too much.

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    It really depends so much on how the car has been treated. One of the other mods (timber) has 250K on a stage II and just recently did his first clutch IIRC. You'll have a minor service at 90K (or just do that all when you get it if you don't have a history). Timing belt at 105K will be a bit more. I'd expect all the basics to last until ~150K at least. The transmission is the weak spot but is fine unless abused.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tha_dude34
    I should be getting a price drop once I turn 18 though.
    My first price drop in insurance was @ 21 (but it was 40% - $19XX/year to $11XX/year). In NY, you've been driving for 5 years. The next one for me is @ 25.
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