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    New to the forums, don't have a car yet..

    Hi all. I came from the 'other' big site that features subarus and was rudely shutdown on my first post by a seemingly know-it-all mod. I just wanted to know what I was getting into with subies as a first time buyer so hopefully i can find a place that will share some knowlege with me as i ask stupid questions :-p

    I don't have a subie yet, but I am looking at the WRX as my first at the moment.
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    Thanks for the welcome everyone! Much better than that other place so far.

    Unfortunately, I'm limited by budget and trade-in.. So probably no Evo for me
    I'm looking at the wrx used because, well...more money for mods, honestly. And I don't mind used cars. My biggest questions are:

    Should I bother going automatic since it's difficult to find manual gearboxes (at least so far it has been in my area)
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    What year should I be trying to avoid? Is there a range I should look at more closely than the rest due to potential problems of any kind?

    Mainly, this vehicle will be a daily, but I do want to get up to 300hp at some point. I've never owned anything more than 200 and frankly, I don't know what I'm missing. I'd like to. It will also be used to haul small k-9's and possibly children in it's lifetime, so a hatch is definitely a welcome thing for the utter convenience of it all.

    My budget is 14k or under. I don't know if that's reasonable or not...I'd be ok spending a little more if the car is just perfect, but we all know they never come that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by invalidusername View Post
    Thanks for the welcome everyone! Much better than that other place so far.

    Unfortunately, I'm limited by budget and trade-in.. So probably no Evo for me
    I'm looking at the wrx used because, well...more money for mods, honestly. And I don't mind used cars. My biggest questions are:

    Should I bother going automatic since it's difficult to find manual gearboxes (at least so far it has been in my area)
    And
    What year should I be trying to avoid? Is there a range I should look at more closely than the rest due to potential problems of any kind?

    Mainly, this vehicle will be a daily, but I do want to get up to 300hp at some point. I've never owned anything more than 200 and frankly, I don't know what I'm missing. I'd like to. It will also be used to haul small k-9's and possibly children in it's lifetime, so a hatch is definitely a welcome thing for the utter convenience of it all.

    My budget is 14k or under. I don't know if that's reasonable or not...I'd be ok spending a little more if the car is just perfect, but we all know they never come that way.
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    For that budget I would try and find an 02-07 Wagon with lower mileage (70k or less).
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    I found a hatch in red with legitimate BBS's in an auto for 11k....but auto. Thing is I think it has pretty high mileage
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    +1 stay away from 08

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    Cool, thanks. I head the 08's were dogs and the 09+'s are much better.
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    Whale cum to the site. + 100 on the 09 WRX. The only thing that I have run into with the 09+ is the stock clutch seems to go out pretty fast but other then that everything else seems tight.

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    What is it with that clutch, is it made of glass or something?
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    I hate to break it to you but your budget of $14k and under kind of cuts out 09+

    Will it be possible to find one for that price, yes. Are you likely to want to buy an 09+ that is that cheap, no.

    My suggestion is as I said before. Try to find a nice 02-07 Wagon with lower mileage and a good service history. Otherwise you will need to bring a higher budget to the table.
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