Hello. I just joined so try to bear with me. I know that this website seems to be a lot about technical mods and repairs and I can't wait, but I have a question regarding a purchase. I would post it on ClubWRX.net: Subaru Impreza WRX and WRX STI Online Community and Forums
or something, but their registration page was throwing server errors.
I live in Westerville, Ohio. There are not too many Imprezas around for sale. I am looking for a WRX Sedan within the years 2004-2005 and including any repairs post purchase under $11,000. That's my current budget. I hope that is possible.
This is not my only option, but I wanted to know what to expect if I purchased a car with the potential to have to replace the engine. There is a dealer near me who is selling one that blew out on a test drive. I do not know the severity of the issue yet, but they said that they are considering not selling it. I wanted to know what dealers typically do when this happens and what I should offer for the car if I chose to buy and fix. It was listed just under $12,000 before the issue. The WRXs around here seem to be going for more than the KBB value. Here are the dealers photos
. I put them in a zip file and moved them to my site because I received a malware warning when going to their site. That is why I just did not refer you to the posting. (I also trust you not to steal a good deal. lol) They now want $7,000. I will be hiring a shop to do the engine work.
Here are my questions:
Is it worth the risk? What should I expect? What are the most likely problems I will run into? What is the value of the car and what should I offer? Any other helpful and relevant input?
I'm not asking you to do my car shopping for me, but any help or referrals would be appreciated. Thank you,
EDIT: The reason I say they are considering not selling it and then say they want $7,000 is that halfway through writing the paragraph, I looked the car back up and the listing had been changed to reflect the current condition of the car. That is after talking on the phone with them about the situation.
EDIT: The CarFax
is not pretty ether.