My son has saved his money and has found a 2002 WRX 2.0 turbo here local in Gulfport, MS. However, I know nothing about them, neither does he? I am very mechanically inclined and have built many cars. The current owner of the car says it has a blown head gasket, not a real big deal unless it has a melted piston when the head is pulled.
I just would like advice on what else to look for on these WRX's. Looks like I can pick the car up for $1500, so he has me interested. Thanks in advance for any help. Here is the Craigslist add for the car. Waiting on him to send me the VIN# so I can run it for any hits. Thanks, Chad
Thank pzr2874. I always told him if he paid for it, he can buy anything he wants..lol Kinda bite me in the butt here. Current owner says it shifted fine, but I don't believe anything from car sellers. He said it blew a head gasket from overboost, but I am gonna do a compression check to see if any pistons may have melted down.
Your budget is not high enough for a high mileage WRX with a dead engine. That's not enough for a new engine (san labor of course since I'm assuming you're doing it), nor the other things here and there that it's going to need.
What you're looking at is a $1000 money pit. Your son has probably never broken down on the side of the road or had to explain repeated car trouble as a reason for missing important things. If he's got his heart set on that particular pile of junk and you want to make it work, I would say you should let him buy it with his money and also buy him a used chevy aveo or somesuch. Register the Cheavy with the insurance company, cheaper anyway. Let him save up for parts and do most of the work himself. Learn the hard way what a broken down old sports car is all about. Plus, the Aveo will remind him every time he embarrassingly drives off to buy parts for "his car" what the implications of his decisions are.
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