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    Reliability questions

    my step dad is trying to talk me out of buying a wrx (02-03) cuz he thinks subarus are crap and htey always break non stop or something. i like to argue with him and tell him hes wrong cuz its fun.

    anyways do these cars have alot of problems? or do problems only arise when modding it out and making big HP numbers? this car wil be my daily driver, andi only plan to do like an exhaust to get that badass rumble (for now anyways) soo any input would be awsome.

    and also he says that if anything breaks its gonna cost hella money to fix?? is that true do big expensive ass things break?
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    most subie owners that i know that have 100k+ miles on the car still run like a champ.

    my dad has a 1990 legacy. 200k miles still runs. needs a clutch and needs the cv boots replaced. thats it

    but with any car. if you abuse it, it will break.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2SiX
    my step dad is trying to talk me out of buying a wrx (02-03) cuz he thinks subarus are crap and htey always break non stop or something. i like to argue with him and tell him hes wrong cuz its fun.
    So your dad can bad-mouth Subarus, but does he have any recommendations as to what car you SHOULD be buying? I hate when people can talk about nothing but problems instead of offering solutions.
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    he thinks i should get like a 94 toyota v6 pick up "i had one and it ran forever, and i pulled a 5th wheel trailer with it" and im like yea nad it was slow as balls.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Weasel 555
    79,150 miles only issue small leak from rear axle/diff gasket (at 62k miles)
    When I changed my diff fluid I could not find the recommended 3M sealant so I simply used some RTV silicone on just few threads of the drain bolt, then torqued it to spec. So far so good. Others just use the power of prayer and nobody I've seen has reported a leak. It's interesting you got a little out (I assume it was an easy fix regardless).
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    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR
    When I changed my diff fluid I could not find the recommended 3M sealant so I simply used some RTV silicone on just few threads of the drain bolt, then torqued it to spec. So far so good. Others just use the power of prayer and nobody I've seen has reported a leak. It's interesting you got a little out (I assume it was an easy fix regardless).
    yep was easy fix took a scooby tech about a hour to replace new gasket etc
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