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Hey guys, well, lately i've been looking around real hard to find something to replace my truck with. These gas prices are really getting my down. At 13 MPG avg. well, that's taking it's toll. This is kinda what i've been looking at. I test drove this one today, and i really like it. I've never owned a subaru but heard they were great cars. I like the wagon b/c i can fold downt he back seat and put my 2 dogs in the back as well as put all my gear from work. What do you guys think is a good price for this car? It's a 2004 with 47,000 miles on it and they are asking 13,800.









 

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No, it's not the STI. Don't think i need 300 HP. It's plenty quick enough for me as it is. Yeah, i know it's a big jump from a full size 4x4. I'd like to keep the truck but it's killing me in gas. I'm kind of leary of the turbo part of the car. I've never owned a turbo car...what sort of special maintenace/upkeep is required on one? I also have read that those tend to have tranny issues..can anyone shed some light on that?
 

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Id like to think the only problem with a turbo car and the tranny is if you push the car often, but daily normal gas saving driving shouldnt put too much strain on it. I wish I had the money or I would probably get a WRX wagon (i dont know what it is, but I have a slight affinity for import wagons.)
 

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guys why there are so much subaru? cause it is cheap car like golf?.....

lol :p

i love subaru's .. thats a nice car, always wanted a turbo charged 4wd car .
 

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Id like to think the only problem with a turbo car and the tranny is if you push the car often, but daily normal gas saving driving shouldnt put too much strain on it. I wish I had the money or I would probably get a WRX wagon (i dont know what it is, but I have a slight affinity for import wagons.)
Yeah, well, knowing me i'd probably push the car. Seems to be quite a bit of turbo lag under 4K RPM. In the higher RPM ranges though it picks up quite nicely. Just wanted to get a few more opinions though. I have little to no knowledge about these cars. Not sure yet i'm evening going to sell the truck. I'm so upside down in it i have to take out a home equity loan to pay it down so i can sell it and pay it off. Any thoughts on that? Maybe some better ideas?
 

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i just got a 5 speed Forester XS, i love it. Subarus are great cars, with good upkeep they will last forever! they are pretty user friendly to work on(the interior at least).

PS, if you get any new sway bars or anything, pretty much any suspension parts or parts in general off your car, i would like to have them, as our cars have interchangeable parts :D
 

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'04 at 47K miles, I think that's a fair price... the Mrs and I got this for our eldest son two Christmas ago; as a graduation gift for completing "Auto Mechanic Program" at UTI.

Yes, earlier models (bug eye) are know to have all kinds of tranny issues; other than that, these cars are great :thumbsup: ...and @237hp is plenty to boot; for me at least :mhihi:

Oh, one more thing guyad <=might NOT apply to you Wyatt... changing them sparkplugs on these cars are a PITA!

I say go for it... and best of luck ;)
 

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Well, i think this might be what i get (maybe not this exact one, but one like it) if things work out with paying down the loan on my truck so that i can sell it or trade it in. The pres. of my bank wont be back till monday, so i'll have to wait till then to talk to him. If things work out I'll definately post pics of the new whip. Might not be that exact car, but definately will be something like what you see above.
 

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Good choice, but then again, I'm biased.

You may want to get it checked out. The trannys on the 5 speeds are known to be problematic at times.

They are reliable otherwise and your mpg will be pretty good too. I see you get the free STi hood scoop as well.
 

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Good choice, but then again, I'm biased.

You may want to get it checked out. The trannys on the 5 speeds are known to be problematic at times.

They are reliable otherwise and your mpg will be pretty good too. I see you get the free STi hood scoop as well.
That's what i had read. Maybe if everything goes through on my loan to pay down my truck if they still have it i'll take it to a transmission specialist.
It says STI on the top of the shifter as well. At first i thought it was an STI(just didn't say it on the car). When i looked under the hood i knew it wasn't an STI
 

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Well, i thought i'd come back and just say. Well, after looking HARD and looking at ALL my possible options, i've decided to keep my truck. Yep, i'm gonna keep the gas guzzler. BUT...I'm going to start fixing up on my 5 speed G1 Coupe. :D Right now it has a weak clutch, so that will be the first thing on the list of things to do. That's it for now just so i can get it on the road. one quick picture of the blue coupe.
 

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/\ good choice!! get taht G1 fixed up, although the scubby is nice, my boss (not the boss with the Legend, his dad) has a 07 imprezza, auto but i like it. it drives well, good in the snow and rain. $13k is a good price too
 

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guys why there are so much subaru? cause it is cheap car like golf?
HAHAHA, I got ya. Dramatic reading FTW

Oh, one more thing guyad <=might NOT apply to you Wyatt... changing them sparkplugs on these cars are a PITA!
+99999999999. It's the equivalent of getting our exhaust manifolds off.
Yes, It will apply to Wyatt too.

BUT...I'm going to start fixing up on my 5 speed G1 Coupe. :D
Good choice! G1 coupe > WRX Wagon
 

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Yeah, well, knowing me i'd probably push the car. Seems to be quite a bit of turbo lag under 4K RPM. In the higher RPM ranges though it picks up quite nicely. Just wanted to get a few more opinions though. I have little to no knowledge about these cars. Not sure yet i'm evening going to sell the truck. I'm so upside down in it i have to take out a home equity loan to pay it down so i can sell it and pay it off. Any thoughts on that? Maybe some better ideas?
If that is indeed the case, keep the truck for now. Take the HE loan, use a little bit to get the G1 up to par as a DD and invest the rest in petrochemicals, clean tech and military contract suppliers (get an adviser if necessary). Use the interest generated to make payments on the truck until you're caught up (not entirely paid off, but not upside down either). Then switch the interest over to making payments on the loan/mortgage and make it your goal to have the principal in your possession (which should hopefully be about the same time the truck gets fully paid off which could be between 4-6 years depending on the numbers) and you'll have two assets (truck + principal) that would be fully paid off, not to mention the home itself. GL!
 

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Thanks for the advice samblaze. I'll put some of that to good use. My father actually works with citi as a financial advisor. I'm already investing in a roth. I also own 2 rental houses. One which is getting fixed up right now and I already have a man that wants to rent it when it's finished. That will give me another $400/month of positive cash flow to do something with. Possibly put a portion of it in a well diversified mutual fund.
 
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