So, a bit of background.. Right now, im driving a 2008 dodge caliber that i bought brand new back in 2008. I was in the market for a cheap, new car, to replace an old ford focus that was starting to get to the point where it needed a LOT of repairs. So, ive been driving the caliber for the past 3+ years now, and its been a rocky ride to say the least.
I bought a brand new car so i would have something reliable to drive daily, and its proven far from. Right now, the car has just a hair under 29k miles, and i have already had the rear defroster wiring repaired after it stopped working after 5k miles, oil leak fixed, tie rods, control arms, struts, endlinks, steering wheel lock, motor mount, seat molding replaced x3, seat reupholstered, shift knob replaced, and right now, am dealing with the car not starting intermittently, almost seems like its not reading the key anymore.
ANYWAY.. Im starting to look HARD for a used wrx to replace the caliber. My problem right now, is that i still owe for another two 1/2 years on the caliber, and the trade in value is less than awesome. Ive been looking around for quite some time now, and wanted a wrx for a LONG time. I looked at an older bugeye a few months ago, but as i need to finance, and really dont have anything substantial to put down, with the mileage it had, wouldnt have worked.
Recently, i came across two wrx's that im considering, the ONLY problem being that both of them are 4EAT's. I REALLY would like a MTX, but as my caliber is starting to get worse, i would settle for a 4EAT for the time being, until i pay that off and can afford to spend more money on a "big boy" wrx.
So, the first one i found is a 2005, 94k miles, sedan, 4EAT, and in great shape. I have a friend that works for a subie dealer(out of state) and was able to run the history, and said it came back clean with no major problems at all. The dealer its at is only a few miles from my house, and they are only asking 9200 bucks for it. So, given that its an automatic, and in good shape, thats a pretty good price.
The second, is an 05, wagon, 71k miles, 4EAT, shows an accident on record, so i would need to check that one over pretty good, and they are asking 13,9k for it. Service history was good on that one as well.
Both are silver.
So, tomorrow im going to go check out and drive the sedan, as ive never driven an ATX wrx before, and see how i like it. I have been warned that they do suffer from a bit of lag off the line(but have been lurking on here and reading that an up+down pipe, along with tuning, and maybe a beefier tq converter would help that out a lot.
As of right now, im not TOO concerned with building a crazy high HP car, i just want something that starts every day.
Now, as far as financing, anyone have any suggestions? I know financing an older car with higher miles is VERY hard to do. If i can get a 35 month loan, with decent interest, and can keep the payments UNDER 340 a month, i can do it. I also need to call the insurance company before i go to even look at the car to see how much higher it will go, if at all.
So, sorry for SUCH a long intro, and if you read through all that, you get an e-cookie
Any advice or help is MUCH appreciated. Ill also post up the pics of both the cars from the dealers site in a few minutes