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This is for an out of state sale that I'm interested in and just want some advice.

I've got a 2015 WRB limited WRX for sale, only one owner, and it looks like a great vehicle for $20,000 but I was able to get that for a bit lower...No mods except for an engine cover, a carbonfiber hood, and a performance exhaust. My issue is, the driver said that it had engine knock in cylinder 3 around 3X,XXX miles and had the clutch replaced along with the entire motor under Subaru warranty, he also hit a deer with no frame damage whatsoever but it trashed the hood, bumper, headlights/foglights, and radiator with rockers, all of which was covered under insurance with a clean title with the receipts shown. The new motor and clutch currently have 16,000 miles on them and it currently sits at 54,000 on the body. With everything done at the dealer, would you all say it sounds like a pretty solid car to take a look at if I live 7 hours away from it? Anybody else done the same? I'm just a bit nervous because I've never bought a used car from a person before lol
 

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You can buy a new one for a little more money
I can't afford to buy a 27,000 car. Has anybody else got experience with buying one with a new motor and clutch with all of the paperwork with it done by subaru? The paperowrk says the engine knock was caused by a recal, not abuse to the engine.
 

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With interest rates new vs used and incentives, it's not that much different if you get a loan.

I wouldn't humor a car that's been blown up
 

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But you run the risk of having it blown anyway with that recall if it's not taken care of.
You'll have a warranty. That's pretty sweet.

Also, that recall was 3 years ago. No new car will be without the reflash from Subaru

Either way. A car that had been blown up, crashed and had a "performance exhaust" on it isn't worth 20k.
 

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You'll have a warranty. That's pretty sweet.

Also, that recall was 3 years ago. No new car will be without the reflash from Subaru

Either way. A car that had been blown up, crashed and had a "performance exhaust" on it isn't worth 20k.
I got it down to 18,500 ;)
 

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You are hell bent on this car. It's a terrible idea to buy it you won't hear a yes from me so do as you wish.
 

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You'll have a warranty. That's pretty sweet.

Also, that recall was 3 years ago. No new car will be without the reflash from Subaru

Either way. A car that had been blown up, crashed and had a "performance exhaust" on it isn't worth 20k.
Also, this car wouldn't have it either if it was reflashed...And it's several thousand cheaper. Win Win.
 

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No one is going to convince you otherwise, we will be here when you have a problem
 

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You are buying a car with a questionable story. 30k miles the engine was replaced under a recall. The recall happened years prior so either maintenance was not being done on the vehicle or that person put 30k on it in a year. I would lean toward the former.

Burning out a clutch in that time is also clear signs of abuse.

You are betting on a car known for catastrophic failure, that has suffered catastrophic failure, to not have it in the future. That's a bad bet to take man. I'm not in your pockets, but for my money no way. I've been down this path with my wrx. It gets really expensive really quick and an engine replacement alone nears 10k.

You need to honestly think about it, I have no skin in the game besides wanting to see happy owners here on the forum. I can only suggest strongly you reconsider. A vehicle with zero issues sells for the same asking price. You would be a fool to pay that for one with the history you've mentioned.
 

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The car is really expensive.

A new one costs a bit more but is a lot cheaper.
 

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You are buying a car with a questionable story. 30k miles the engine was replaced under a recall. The recall happened years prior so either maintenance was not being done on the vehicle or that person put 30k on it in a year. I would lean toward the former.

Burning out a clutch in that time is also clear signs of abuse.

You are betting on a car known for catastrophic failure, that has suffered catastrophic failure, to not have it in the future. That's a bad bet to take man. I'm not in your pockets, but for my money no way. I've been down this path with my wrx. It gets really expensive really quick and an engine replacement alone nears 10k.

You need to honestly think about it, I have no skin in the game besides wanting to see happy owners here on the forum. I can only suggest strongly you reconsider. A vehicle with zero issues sells for the same asking price. You would be a fool to pay that for one with the history you've mentioned.
Subarus in general are catastrophic cars, specifically the WRX/STI...I'm taking a huge risk just by getting one.

He didn't burn the clutch up,they offered to replace it since they had already taken the motor out and it was part of the longblock assembly. The maintenance was done but the recall didn't happen until a year and a half after he got the car. I have all of the preventative care stuff on hand so he took very good care of it. He says he didn't get it taken care of right away because nothing was obviously wrong with it at the time. I'm gonna talk to the tech who did the work tomorrow and see his verdict, the paperwork says the motor issue was directly the cause

The car is really expensive.

A new one costs a bit more but is a lot cheaper.
Are you talking this one or just limiteds in general?
 

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That car is really expensive.

Subaru of America will not just replace a clutch for free on an unrelated recall. The clutch is not part of the long block assembly, it is part of the transmission.
 

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I was nervous to buy a used WRX/STi too. Only reason I did was because it was under lease return by a guy who worked at the dealership and it had only 11k on it. Yeah, it was $30k before everything was said and done (only $50 more than my previous loan I was already paying), but it’s piece of mind that I have a 100k warranty and a car fax that showed the guy babied the car (had it in for oil changes, etc).

I personally would question the person saying they ‘only’ put the aftermarket exhaust on the car.

If you really want to take a risk on the car, go to the dealership he got the work done at, with him, have them run the computer code to show if it ever had a flash done to it. These cars are very easily ragged on and people try to pass off damage to their car by trying to put the stock computer program back on it (which Subaru told me that on their performance cars with warranty service calls, that’s the first thing they check and the last number in the code changes every time you flash the computer). I wouldn’t trust one used with this many issues and that low of mileage.

Just my 2 cents.
 

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This thread is pretty old, but I'm LMAO if he's driving around this car. He basically posted here hoping that someone would reinforce his bad decision.
 

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I hope he didn't buy it and spent 10 minutes looking. At the distance that car is from him there are going to be hundreds available to him in better condition.
 

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Just giving an opinion is not trolling. Depending on which definition you use, you’re trolling us for advice on a vehicle you want. Please remember, you’re asking a melting pot of folks from different backgrounds for opinions to answer a very specific request. Don’t be so sensitive please.
 
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