Buying Guide for 2005 WRX - Subaru WRX Forum
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#1 Old 06-22-2011, 10:44 PM
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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.

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#2 Old 06-22-2011, 11:07 PM
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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?
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#3 Old 06-23-2011, 06:07 AM
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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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