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    Looking to buy a used WRX and have a few questions

    Hey all- I'm looking to trade in my 2006 Mazda RX8 on a used 2008 WRX. The RX8 has been wonderful for me, but I bought a new home on top of a steep hill last December, and even with good tires it had no shot of making it up when covered by snow. Basically I decided to find something sporty/fun to drive that could make it up the hill easily in winter, and the WRX seemed ideal. With that out of the way, a few questions:


    1. I'm correct in assuming the WRX is good in snow, right? Having tripped all over myself climbing that hill a half dozen times last winter, I don't care to repeat the experience.

    2. Warranty- I have two cars I'm looking at at local dealers. Both are 2008s, one with 15k miles and the other with 30k. Will the 3 year / 36k mile factory warranty will still be good on those?

    3. Premium package- The listings for the two cars are below. I don't think either has the premium package because neither mentions heated seats/premium audio, but I'd like to double check.

    http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.js...standard=false

    http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.js...standard=false

    4. Are there any specific issues (mechanical or whatnot) with the WRX that I should check out before buying?

    5. Any ideas on price? I know this one will probably be impossible to answer, and I've done the usual comparative research (different listings, Edmunds, etc.), but I figured it couldn't hurt to ask.

    Many thanks!

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    Aside from the fact that it's always generally better to get the later years in another 'generation' of a car, the 2008 did not get the 265hp engine that the 09+ are fitted with.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tenament View Post
    Aside from the fact that it's always generally better to get the later years in another 'generation' of a car, the 2008 did not get the 265hp engine that the 09+ are fitted with.


    IMO its either '02-'07 or '09+...
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    If your gonna do it try to get a 2009.

    And yes they do ok in the snow since they are AWD. Although I can't speak for people who live in places that get serious snow. Seattle snow is whimpy. I took mine up to the slopes last winter and had no problems, though.

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    I did the exact same thing you are thinking about doing, only a little different (does that make sense?). I had a 2004 RX8 GT and they are pretty much the worst thing ever in the snow until you learn how to drive them, then they still suck. I started calling around looking for used WRX's (06 and 07's, preferably an STi), the dealers said they were almost impossible to find (though I think they may have been lying.). One dealer asked if I was interested in a 2010 and after I found out the price and financing options and looking at pictures, I was hooked. The 09/10's are comparable in performance (1/4 mile and 0-60 times) as the 05-07 STi's. Although the STi's out perform the standard WRX in almost every other category.

    Anyway, long story short, listen to everyone below me and go for the 09/10/11's. I did it and couldn't be happier. Although I now want a 2011, so I suppose I could be happier.

    Good luck with the purchase, it's worth it.
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    As previously mentioned, definitely go for either 06/07 or 09+, I'm getting a 2011 STI pretty soon, hopefully. Every last one here in Alberta has been called for though...Grr!! and with the new prices SOC has on the WRX/STI's you can't go wrong.

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    that being said, get a blobeye (04/05) STi and spend the rest on suspension mods. You'll have a snow eatin' machine .
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