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Hi I would like to get some suggestions on what to look for or what to avoid when looking at used WRX's. Currently im looking at a 2011 Impreza WRX Hatchback with 90k miles, the dealership (Big reputable dealership in my state) wants $17,980 for it at the moment, ill have a link attached. Im seriously considering this car but I am very new to subbies and turbo charged vehicles in general. I am 18 and currently go to college. My current car is a 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS with 65k miles on it, which will be sold if I get a WRX. Any suggestions would be great. 20k is about my budget in terms of a WRX.

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A lot of us are actually probably going to recommend saving your money and just focus on college
That's my personal advice
 

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I own a 2011 WRX with 95k miles. You would be insane to buy that car. Everyone bitches about student loans. Buy a $2k beater and put the WRX payment towards student loan debt now.

Do you have multiple thousands of dollars on hand to repair what could be ready to fail on a 6yo toy that tends to get beat? There are a lot of wear and tear items at 100k to deal with. Suspension, all fluids, timing belt and water pump, accessory belt, most of your seals and gaskets are going to be getting leaky in the intake track and that's quite expensive to replace, and isn't something you can put off. It will blow the engine.



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All of my college is paid for already, all four years, and not by student loans. I have no expenses besides my two credit cards atm, which I am using to build up my credit (690 score)
 

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What about the rest of my questions? I'm currently sitting at my local shop having 2k worth of intake and boost leaks addressed. I've also got another 500-1000 in a timing belt in a few months, my suspension is nearly expired as well and that'll easily be well over 1k.

You've got to think bigger picture when it comes to higher mileage toy cars. The payment may be good but the maintenance and possibility of failure is very high. They get beat to death and isn't an uncommon occurrence to have an engine fail early.

A few things you can do to determine if it's a good price is to have a prepurchase inspection done at a Subaru familiar shop that isn't the one selling you the car. Be sure to have compression and leak down tests completed and have them gather a list of modifications and check for the appropriate ECU map for them.

If you do decide on this negotiate the price lower to account for the timing belt and water pump change that is due in 10k, or have them perform it at that price

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Yeah, I have a friend and he knows these cars inside and out, (hes got a 2011 Hatch with $10,000 worth of work done to it in upgrades, 350hp+~ 370lb-tq+~I have a whole page full of questions to ask them and as long as theres no pending codes, all the 90k~ish miles and all the maintenance history is there, it will be all good. This dealership allows you to take home a car for a whole day and drive it as much as you want so you can be sure of the car. Hell I may not even like how the drive and if I do I will for sure negotiate to as low as they will go. I have time and until I drove one hands on to know for sure, Im positive I want a WRX with the knowledge and experience I have riding and being around these cars. If this one is gone by the time I sell my car, I would be willing to spend $2000-$4000 more for a lower mileage one ($22,000ish for 30k-45k miles).
 

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Well, good luck. Hopefully it all works in your favor and you enjoy what you get.

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SO as long as the maintenance history is good, timing belt, water pump, intake, suspension, gaskets are all good, is it a good car to buy at 90k miles?
 

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SO as long as the maintenance history is good, timing belt, water pump, intake, suspension, gaskets are all good, is it a good car to buy at 90k miles?
I would say 90k miles for 18k is a bit high. I think i would probably try and get one with under 50k. Especially if you can get one around 22k and ahve them bring the price down a bit to maybe 21 or 20k. Although i will say this. I bought two new cars while in college. And while it can be done, i wouldnt recommend it. The first one i did it because i was working so much to pay for school and my job paid a lot so i had a lot of extra cash at the time. But when i quit due to dropping grades i still had a car payment to worry about.


And the second is my wrx but i happen to have a wife who i helped get through college. And now she has her masters and helped me get the wrx while i finish off school. But i wouldnt have gotten a new car while in school otherwise.

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I would avoid it personally at that price. I would target like 15 or less. But people will pay stupid prices for these and they will likely laugh at you.

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Okay thanks for the advice, me and my dad are actually going to check it out later today and we may bring it home for the day.
 

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I would say 90k miles for 18k is a bit high. I think i would probably try and get one with under 50k. Especially if you can get one around 22k and ahve them bring the price down a bit to maybe 21 or 20k. Although i will say this. I bought two new cars while in college. And while it can be done, i wouldnt recommend it. The first one i did it because i was working so much to pay for school and my job paid a lot so i had a lot of extra cash at the time. But when i quit due to dropping grades i still had a car payment to worry about.


And the second is my wrx but i happen to have a wife who i helped get through college. And now she has her masters and helped me get the wrx while i finish off school. But i wouldnt have gotten a new car while in school otherwise.

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Im shooting for 50kish but theres literally only one wrx hatch within 200 miles thats in my price range. They do have a 2012 non hatch wrx with a small lip spoiler, $20,900 with 62k miles. And a 2008 Impreza WRX Hatch (Not a fan of this body style) with 72k miles for $15,000. I have no school to pay for and since this car will be paid in full, I will have no payments unless I decide to do like 12-15k down and finance the rest to help build up my credit. I can afford this car if anything breaks but I just dont want to buy a car that breaks down ever 10k miles or so
 

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I can afford this car if anything breaks but I just dont want to buy a car that breaks down ever 10k miles or so
Then I would not be looking at a WRX with 90k




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It isn't unheard of, but there are more at 130k with new engines than are factory original.

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I mean I dont plan to beat the **** out this car, I plan baby it with the occasional hard pull and small drag racing (me and my friends at red lights, racing up to the speed limit so basically 0-60)
 

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I can take a picture of the two blown pistons sitting on the desk here, one sub 6k miles.

If reliability is a major concern this is likely not the vehicle for you. Drag racing at any level is brutal on the engine and drivetrain. 0-60 pulls is a quick way to end a 90k mile engines.

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Its not full on drag racing im looking to do lol just like a once and a while thing when I cruise with my friends. And I just dont want a car I have to spent more than $1000-$2000 a year on for repiars. If something small breaks then okay no big deal but if something happens to the engine every couple months then thats not what I want.
 
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