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Long story short; Looking for a new car to buy when I'm 20 next year (January). Recently caught my eye was the WRX, in particular the bugeye but I'm not picky. My budget is around £5000 but whether this is higher or lower by next year I dont know yet. I would like to keep it as stock as possible although the catback exhaust systems I've seen that achieve that nice low rumble gets me going would be something I'd look into when or if I get one.

Any advice on buying and keeping it running would be great and I'd like to hear what you love and hate about your own WRX!
 

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Are you taking bets about how long the MOT sheet will be?

The major problem with the cars is the owners. They're "enthusiasts" and "tuners" so the cars are a mess. You're unlikely to find a clean one in good nick for decent money. Mine is stock and bought new in 2002 but I'm keeping it... Those who have sold theirs have done so to people who modify the cars or use them to knock down lamp posts etc.

There are a couple of how-to-buy threads on this forum but they're all theoretical now because the car you want is extirpated.
 

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Are you taking bets about how long the MOT sheet will be?

The major problem with the cars is the owners. They're "enthusiasts" and "tuners" so the cars are a mess. You're unlikely to find a clean one in good nick for decent money. Mine is stock and bought new in 2002 but I'm keeping it... Those who have sold theirs have done so to people who modify the cars or use them to knock down lamp posts etc.

There are a couple of how-to-buy threads on this forum but they're all theoretical now because the car you want is extirpated.
So basically what you're saying is I'm hopeless? Unless I get super lucky or buy new?
 

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Not hopeless. Hope dies last.

Salk said “Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality.”

Anyway, about the car: good luck...

You could get lucky. I’d rather be lucky than good any day. Be patient.
 

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Time is a predator that hunts us...

You’re welcome! FSH and papers are vital, and take it to a specialist for inspection — a must.
 

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At your price range there is quite a bit to be concerned about. Bugeyes are all older than about 15 years. With that comes a lot of wear. Some things can be fixed, other things can not. When looking for used, nearly vintage, performance cars geared at kids you see a lot of potential issues.

You can buy one rust free and clean. Just be prepared for the eventuality of repairs needing made and parts being harder to find or expensive. You may get another 4 or 5 years out of it, you may get another 4 or 5 minutes. Just know that.

My suggestion, as a person who enjoys buying trouble vehicles, sometimes you need deep pockets and desires may not fit in with the depth of the pocket book
 
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