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    Thinking about switching to a WRX...

    Hey guys! New here and just as the title says, I'm looking at possibly getting a WRX sometime soon. I currently have a Focus SVT that I love. Not the quickest car, but the 6 speed is a blast around the twisties. But I want AWD and turbo and a WRX seems to me the best choice. I also love the wagons for their practicality with my bike and board but sedans are not out of the question.

    So here's what I've been looking at...

    2005 Subaru WRX wagon 5-speed

    The "rebuilt title" worries me but I'm requesting a VIN for car fax so hopefully it helps a bit. He tells me it was just some slight rear end damage with not damage to the frame, we'll see...I'm gonna try to test drive it once I get the carfax done.

    I don't need a car right away so if its not in great shape, I'm not buying...so what do you guys think?

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    Compression/leakdown tests - get them done
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    Thanks! But I'm trying to figure out logistically/tactfully how to pull something like that off before I even own the car...looks like I can pick up a leakdown tester for like 60 bucks but he would need an air compressor as well. Is it just plug and play or can I get it checked at a mechanic for cheap?

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    "Due to insurance claim" = ??? (accident?)

    I'd be careful about that one... Just like EJ257 said get a compression/leakdown test on it. Have a mechanic look at it.

    It looks nice but that doesn't always mean anything..

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    yeah the carfax shows an accident from the first owner. Salvage title given to the second who fixed it up and sold to the current guy with the rebuilt title. I'm definitely being cautious about it, but it could also be a great find. I'm going to leave work early sometime this week to check it out.

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    Thanks! But I'm trying to figure out logistically/tactfully how to pull something like that off before I even own the car...looks like I can pick up a leakdown tester for like 60 bucks but he would need an air compressor as well. Is it just plug and play or can I get it checked at a mechanic for cheap?
    Compression tests are easy. Leakdown tests are tricky. You'll have to manually rotate the crank to allow each valve to fully open/close. I'd recommend allowing a mechanic to do the test...
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    Welcome... like the others have said, have it inspected by a mechanic... the tests will be about $300ish not too bad for the peace of mind... 10K for a wrx with under 50K is really good... post some pictures of you Ford...
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    only crappy old pic I could find of it

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    Well I just pulled the trigger and am a new WRX owner!! Car looked in very good condition, great fitment where the damage occurred and everything was in good shape. Might need to get some better tires but overall I'm effing happy! Gave him a deposit and will stop by this weekend to pick it up. Cant wait!

    I'll post pics when I can.
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