I just bought a used 04 wrx wagon with 70k miles on it. It is actually the first car that I have ever owned. I have read a lot about wrx since it was introduced in the united states and when I saw a local one for sale I bought it for 8,000$. My wife was against buying the car because some online reviews stressed the wrx's lack of dependability. Are there any simple things that I can do to help insure that my wrx runs smoothly for a long period of time? How many mile could one expect to get out of their wrx, 100k...150k...200k?
Also one thing I have noticed after driving the car is that the engine ticks after it is used. The engine ticks as the car is cooling down after being used right? The engine on my wrx ticks after being driven for only a couple of miles, is this normal?
Please help me out with any advice, I don't know much about cars.