I'm planning to buy a 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon (YEEAAAAH!) 5-speed with 65,000 miles. It has an aftermarket catback exhaust (which is louder than I'd like) and 17" aftermarket wheels (looks good, though). It's had one owner: a guy in his 30's who thought it would be cool to go back to the "boy racer" scene. Then he decided on something more practical: An Acura MDX.
Anyway... I'm curious as to how expensive repairs are on these cars. I've found stage 1 performance clutches on various sites for around $500. How many hours of labor do they charge since it's an AWD system? Also... reliability! I currently own a 2002 VW Passat which has caused me problems since day one. Had it for a year and just now getting rid of it. I don't need another car I'm going to drop $2,000 in repairs in the first few months. I'd like to wait at least two years before something major.
I don't like to drive hard, but will play occasionally and if provoked hard enough, play hard. I shift low (no higher than 2,500 RPM for daily driving) and 90% of my driving is setting the cruise control at 65 MPH just to give you an idea of my driving habits.
So... yeah. All information will be HIGHLY appreciated. I'm looking to get 250K out of this car by the time I'm done (and that's not a big deal since it's all highway).