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#1 Old 03-26-2009, 07:14 PM
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Is it worth it?

I am interested in a 2005 subaru wrx I found over in my neck of the woods . The car has 70,000 miles and the dealership has an asking price of $15,990. I was wondering how many miles a typical wrx will last and if this is a good price? I would like to be able to hit 150,000 miles without any major issues. Is this possible with an 05 wrx?

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#2 Old 03-26-2009, 08:07 PM
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I got my 03 wagon for 13K with 57000 on the clock. The asking price seems high to me.
The car will last as long as it has not been beat to death. You will need to look for the signs that it was modded, missing bolts and heat shields is a good give away.
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The heatshield around the turbocharger? I know Hondas, but I'm a real wrx N00B haha. The only mod I noticed was a K&N drop in air filter. I think the price is kind of high too. It's higher then the KBB price. I saw and test drove the car before it was taken into the shop. It was dirty and had a really dusty engine bay. There was a slight sqeak coming from the left front wheel when I turned to the left. The dealer said that would be taken car of.

Is insurance normally really high for a wrx?
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The downpipe heat shield is the one that i would look at., the bolt normally break off. Just look for missing things.
Ask for a carfax, there are many recalls for the subarus.
I can't really tell about the insurance. I am 42 years old with a clean driving record and 3 cars. But it will be higher than civic.
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70k on an 05 is probably close to normal, considering normal driving will put a vehicle at around 12k miles per year, but that asking price seems high to me as well, but you must also realize that Subarus hold value pretty well.

As far as the heat shield, when standing at the front of the car looking at the engine bay, to the left of the top mounted intercooler and down about six inches is your turbo, it will probably be a rusty cast iron snail under the heat shield, if all bolts are in place, then you should be good to go, many people break a bolt on the right hand hand side of the heat shield(when looking from the front of the vehicle) when trying to remove it.

Check all vacuum lines, they are going to black and about 5mm in diameter(give or take a few mm), and will be all over the place, look for anywhere that may appear shorter than what may hav been stock, they should not be stretched or in awkward positions.

A used WRX always has some inherent risk, but any mildy quick import will have an equal amount, hopefully this is a good deal for you!

Wow, it can turn well too?
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05 WRX with 70k miles in EXCELLENT condition (which that one might not be): $14,845

That's a very high price. I would expect to be able to pick it up for less than that. Certainly 16k is a ripoff.

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mine has salvaged title but i helped the guy i bought it from repair the car so im not worried but mine was 04 with 54k miles for 10,000
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Ok since we are throwing out miles and prices...My 2005 (automatic w/ moonroof and heated seats) had 44,4xx and we got it for $18,xxx. But your deal seems raw, I would keep looking if I were you.

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Price seems high. I got my 05 last year with 45000 miles on it for 16.5K. It was lightly modded--had a HKS UP/HKS catless exhaust, Invidia DP, Accessport, was lowered with Perrin springs and had 17" aftermarket rims and was in great shape.....
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i would not go for that deal whatsoever.. i got my 06 w/ 12k from a dealer for 20k and now that i am a lot more knowledgeable about subarus i really consider myself stupid for paying so much
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