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Hey, I'm a lllooonnnggg time wrx fan finally thinking about pulling the trigger on my dream car :) I've lurked here for a bit trying to soak up as much knowledge as I can while I look for a reasonably priced, and not beat to pieces wrx. I may have finally found what I've been after in a 2004 sedan. 57k mi, 1 owner, all stock etc. Carfax/autocheck came back clean but they have very little service history on the car. Anyways glad to be here, and wish me luck!


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2004 Subaru Impreza WRX - Cars For Sale Rochester, NY
 

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Looks like a very nice clean car and a great deal! I'm trying to find a nice WRX myself, but I just don't know yet because I don't really want to sell my jeep yet. I'd have to sell it to get a WRX, but I've got a long time to decide. Hope you get it because it looks really nice!!
 

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Welcome and good luck with the purchase, from rochester?
 

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Welcome :)

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Buy it! You will not find a WRX with that mileage for that price again. I have been hunting for a while now and have yet to find any 04-05 WRX with less than 60k below $15,000.
 

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Thanks for the welcomes! Jamir, yup I'm a Rochester native. I've driven the car twice now and it feels excellent. Still worried because the dealer knows zilch about the car's history or anything about wrx's in general. Decisions decisions.
 

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Hello and welcome to the Club! :wave:

Best of luck with the 2004. The one I bought new has been mostly excellent.
 

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Thanks for the welcomes! Jamir, yup I'm a Rochester native. I've driven the car twice now and it feels excellent. Still worried because the dealer knows zilch about the car's history or anything about wrx's in general. Decisions decisions.
Just take it (or have them take it) to a mechanic you trust and have them do a used car inspection. Most mechanics do this for around $50-$100 depending on what they look at.
 

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Just take it (or have them take it) to a mechanic you trust and have them do a used car inspection. Most mechanics do this for around $50-$100 depending on what they look at.
I think that's going to be the next step. Pardon the noobish question here but I was reading the "used car buying thread"(exact title escapes me) and I really want to get a compression/leakdown test before purchase along with having an oil sample taken. Question is, are these things a Subaru dealer can do or would I need to find a specialist?
 

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Pretty much any decent mechanic can do a compression/leakdown test. As for the oil sample you're gonna have to find a specialist. I would just ask the mechanic you take it to if they can or know someone who can.
 

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Well bad news and good news. I couldn't pull the trigger on the '04. After looking at my finances I just couldn't justify the increase in car loan. I did however find a very nice '02 sedan. 90k on it but all stock and 1 owner. Wish me luck there's still a chance for me yet lol.
 

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Well bad news and good news. I couldn't pull the trigger on the '04. After looking at my finances I just couldn't justify the increase in car loan. I did however find a very nice '02 sedan. 90k on it but all stock and 1 owner. Wish me luck there's still a chance for me yet lol.
Good decision with your finances. I saved for years before I bought my car. At least then I could pay cash.

Any link to the bugeye? I would especially look at the gearbox condition and maint. records, since the '02s have weaker gears than later models, and are more prone to gear failure. However, this is a very general statement, and may or may not ever be an issue, just something to be mindfull of. All stock and one owner is a great sign though!

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Hi everyone. I know I disappeared from here for quite some time but my wrx search has continued! I was too busy with renovating and other moving projects to devote much time to the search the past few months but I've recently stepped it up again. Another prospect is one the horizon, a bit more in my price range this time :) It's an auto, but at this point I'm not going to be too picky about it. Hopefully going out this weekend to drive it again and maybe talk turkey. Until then I'll continue to lurk here!
 

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Hey everyone, still in the hunt for a wrx (I'm very picky lol). Question for you experts. My latest hopeful is a 2002 wagon with 91k on it. Everything is stock etc. It's located a couple hours away from me so I've been talking with the dealer quite a bit. Eventually I brought up having compression and leakdown tests down and he didn't go for it, anything beyond inspecting normal wear items would have to be done out of my pocket. My question is how important are these tests? The car is a great deal otherwise but I don't really want to shell out $200 (his price for the tests), nor do I want to buy a ticking time bomb.

Do I suck it up and pay for the tests or buy it and do them myself later on with fingers crossed?
 

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Hey everyone, still in the hunt for a wrx (I'm very picky lol). Question for you experts. My latest hopeful is a 2002 wagon with 91k on it. Everything is stock etc. It's located a couple hours away from me so I've been talking with the dealer quite a bit. Eventually I brought up having compression and leakdown tests down and he didn't go for it, anything beyond inspecting normal wear items would have to be done out of my pocket. My question is how important are these tests? The car is a great deal otherwise but I don't really want to shell out $200 (his price for the tests), nor do I want to buy a ticking time bomb.

Do I suck it up and pay for the tests or buy it and do them myself later on with fingers crossed?
Very important. IMO, it's better to shell out the money for the tests because if the car ends up being a dud, you're only 200 bucks in the hole rather than thousands. If it's at a dealership I'd would work hard to get them to do the tests for free. If they don't find another place to go. $200 bucks to satisfy a customer is a minimal cost and will only cut into the comission of the sales person. If they don't want to do it for buyer peace of mind, go elsewhere, you'll get better service. I'd also ask about the timing belt and when the last dealer service was completed.
 

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Thanks for the input. I was thinking that would be the consensus, I'm just getting tired of looking and a little desperate lol. I think their issue was that the car is only $7900 And I don't think they want to bother with it for such a cheap car. Still I agree that they should be willing for my peace of mind.
 

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Eh, even if it's a "cheap" car they should still provide good customer service. A compression test will really help you determine the health of the engine. That being said, a stock bugeye with relatively low miles on it is also not something to throw away lightly. I would maybe offer to pay for half of the test cost and see if they go for that. Otherwise it'll come down to just how tired you are of searching. You may have found a winner, and as Drews said that would certainly be worth the $200.
 
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