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Buying Guide for 2005 WRX
There's a 2005 WRX (non-STI) wagon here in town with 48k miles on it for $14k.
I took it for a test drive and it felt great. The dealership let me call up the previous owner (also the only owner) and he was a 60 year old gentleman who purchased it out in Colorado for the snow. I came away trusting that he took good mechanical care of it.
Are there any mechanical issues typical of the WRX or the '05 specifically that I should look out for when I take it for my second test drive? I want this car to last a minimum of 5 years and I would love it if I could squeeze out 10. I'm looking for moderate performance with solid reliability. I may move back up north into the snow so the AWD is appealing, but I love the way it hugs the road even without the snow :)
What are your thoughts/concerns with my purchase? I'm used to driving Toyota and Honda and I've never had to take a car in for more than tires/breaks/exhaust issues. I'm wondering if the added complexity of the turbo will increase my maintenance costs. Would it be worth driving to an outside mechanic before I buy it?
I appreciate any advice you have before I make this purchase.
Consumer reports lists the 05 WRX as having good reliability except for "Engine Major" Does anyone know anything about that trend? Is there something inherently wrong with 05 WRX engines?
Subies do have a high maintenance cost. But the older owner probably kept up with it all and didn't beat the piss outta her. Might be a good buy except the 14K pricetag. They might do 14K OTD...
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