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    Thread: School me - buy or not buy? (be HONEST!!!)

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      03-19-2012 03:49 PM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by Bias_Ply View Post
      Here's more honesty: you seem to only be replying to people who agree with what you already want to do.
      well then - please do enlighten me, because as of this very moment - i didn't know i wanted to do anything specific other than purchase my next vehicle by winter -


      i will be patiently waiting your response, Miss Cleo.

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      03-19-2012 04:00 PM #27
      so you really didn't want me to be HONEST!!! then? I'm confused.

      old subaru threads go one of two ways here-

      1. HEAD GASKETS!!!! (shouted from the hilltops by people who don't own, and have never worked on, a Subaru)

      2. Its ALL WHEEL DRIVE so there is NO COMPETITION! ()

      Enjoy your thread though and please do post back if you get it, it doesn't sound like a bad deal.


      Since you asked:

      You want us all to tell you that having someone who will give you a stack for the Jetta is outstanding, You need all wheel drive for those treacherous CT winters, you'll probably even be able to take up some new extreme sport hobbies since all your money won't be going into repairs, and better fuel economy to boot!



      Don't take this too seriously, take it as one VW owner to another, talking cars. Also, don't hurt your elbow patting yourself on the back over this.
      The good news: I gave up on being one of the cool kids!

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      03-19-2012 04:06 PM #28
      meanwhile......back to the topic at hand minus a clown who has to swing his internet dck around to make himself feel better about the fact that he just turned out...simply...a loser...don't be mad bro, Mineke is hiring.


      Thanks to all for replying, i appreciate the input and will take it with me on my journey to finding a new car!

      and oh - bias - just so you don't waste anymore of MY time (not yours, you have oodles to waste apparently) i will not be replying to your comments. Anyone else with some decent input/previous or current Suby owners - i appreciate your help in advance!

    4. 03-19-2012 04:11 PM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by WakusPakus View Post
      meanwhile......back to the topic at hand minus a clown who has to swing his internet dck around to make himself feel better about the fact that he just turned out...simply...a loser...don't be mad bro, Mineke is hiring.


      Thanks to all for replying, i appreciate the input and will take it with me on my journey to finding a new car!

      and oh - bias - just so you don't waste anymore of MY time (not yours, you have oodles to waste apparently) i will not be replying to your comments. Anyone else with some decent input/previous or current Suby owners - i appreciate your help in advance!
      WTF is your problem man? The other poster was quite funny and spot on the money with his advice.

      At first I was all like good for you, but now I kinda hope your car breaks down on the way to the subaru and it sells before you get there now, you don't sound like a nice guy at all.

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      03-19-2012 04:13 PM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by RussWheeler View Post
      WTF is your problem man? The other poster was quite funny and spot on the money with his advice.

      At first I was all like good for you, but now I kinda hope your car breaks down on the way to the subaru and it sells before you get there now, you don't sound like a nice guy at all.


      not taking it there.

      and go head, wish away my friend, cash is king.

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      03-19-2012 04:16 PM #31
      I was in almost the exact same spot two years ago, and jumped on a manual 2003 Outback. 162K, $4000. Very little rust, interior was mint, exterior was clean, it only needed the driveshaft replaced (due to failed driveshaft center support bushing).

      Head gaskets on these are external leaks, so if they do start leaking (which they will do, unless the P.O. has replaced them with the updated design already), you can keep it running for quite a while -- 40K miles, in my case, before I took care of them.

      I'd take it for a PPI if you're able, but for that price with those miles, I'd jump on it. They're great, practical, reliable cars. I have 225K on mine and get a consistent 25+ MPG. My next car will be a Subaru.

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      03-19-2012 04:23 PM #32
      My advice still stands, it sounds like you have your heart set on this car. You'll be a lot better off researching model specific problems using consumerguide rather thank asking random people.

      http://consumerguideauto.howstuffwor...-outback-2.htm

      I told you not to take it seriously. peace.
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      03-19-2012 04:26 PM #33
      honda accord, maybe its not as TCL approved but it better have horrible weather not to buy something generic and trust able like that

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      03-19-2012 04:34 PM #34
      we all slip sometimes, it is what it is.



      i used to have an accord, it was definitely less than par when it came to winter mode...problem is it's so random up here...last year i had over 4' of snow, this year......0 snow and 12 days running my house on my generator.

      figured AWD would work best - if i need it's there. drove a few audis, love them, but the parts prices kill me.

    10. 03-19-2012 04:34 PM #35
      if the ca'r's maintenace records are up-to date, it's probably a good bet

      as always, get an experian autocheck to compare against carfax and a pre-purchase inspection

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      03-19-2012 06:36 PM #36
      Do it.

      Still have my 227k mile MKIII... new tranny, clutch, heater core a few years ago... fixed some bad wires this year on the 02 sensor... can't bear to sell it; can't wait to sell it.

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      03-19-2012 07:02 PM #37
      Good car.

      Just keep in mind that if the PO can't produce a hard copy of a bill from a reputable garage for a proper and complete head gasket job, just factor the cost of the job into the purchase price as you WILL be doing them. Probably soon.
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      03-19-2012 07:30 PM #38
      I would.

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      03-19-2012 07:38 PM #39
      Called dude and left a VM...never got a call back, oh well!

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      Quote Originally Posted by nicoli View Post
      Wow... Who says Hondas have no torque?

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    15. 03-19-2012 08:55 PM #40
      Quote Originally Posted by RussWheeler View Post
      WTF is your problem man? The other poster was quite funny and spot on the money with his advice.

      At first I was all like good for you, but now I kinda hope your car breaks down on the way to the subaru and it sells before you get there now, you don't sound like a nice guy at all.
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      03-19-2012 08:57 PM #41
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      Quote Originally Posted by nicoli View Post
      Wow... Who says Hondas have no torque?

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      03-20-2012 02:27 AM #42
      Quote Originally Posted by WakusPakus View Post
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      No call back or did he sell it? Either way... sad. If it checked out and was clean, that was a great deal. Best of luck finding another one

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      03-20-2012 07:58 AM #43
      Quote Originally Posted by CSFiend View Post
      No call back or did he sell it? Either way... sad. If it checked out and was clean, that was a great deal. Best of luck finding another one
      i called to say i was home and ready to come see it, he never responded...and today i left my phone @ the house

      oh well, prob not meant to be! Next up: 2001 A4 1.8T, 68,000 miles (yes, 68,000). 6K OBO, going to see it tomorrow.

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      03-20-2012 08:20 AM #44
      Quote Originally Posted by WakusPakus View Post

      i'm done. Germans are great, but too much $ to buy parts.
      And Subaru is on your short list? You've obviously never bought Subaru parts...

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      03-20-2012 08:32 AM #45
      Quote Originally Posted by blue70beetle View Post
      And Subaru is on your short list? You've obviously never bought Subaru parts...
      never owned one - have only had an accord with a H22 'Lude swap and this MK3 jetta....and my truck...i just want something i can drive err day for ~2 years without anything SERIOUSLY wrong...so i can then flip it and get what i really want.

    21. 03-20-2012 08:33 AM #46
      Quote Originally Posted by WakusPakus View Post
      ...2001 A4 1.8T, 68,000 miles (yes, 68,000). 6K OBO, going to see it tomorrow.

      take a brand new set of coilpacks with you when you go, install them before you ever drive the car, and then have a PPI done on the car.



      ...and make sure the timing belt and water pump have been done on it as well. If not, factor those two things into the cost of the car when considering purchasing...


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      03-20-2012 09:00 AM #47
      Quote Originally Posted by Blk95VR6 View Post
      take a brand new set of coilpacks with you when you go, install them before you ever drive the car, and then have a PPI done on the car.



      ...and make sure the timing belt and water pump have been done on it as well. If not, factor those two things into the cost of the car when considering purchasing...


      Mike
      won't be able to get a set that quick...

      i will ask him about the T-belt/WP - do the packs normally fail around 70K? good to know!! how much do they run for a set?

    23. 03-20-2012 11:58 AM #48
      Quote Originally Posted by WakusPakus View Post
      won't be able to get a set that quick...

      i will ask him about the T-belt/WP - do the packs normally fail around 70K? good to know!! how much do they run for a set?
      I've seen coilpacks bad right out of the box. Look in the 1.8T forum and search around on them a little, you'll be surprised at how badly they are designed. VW and Audi did a recall on them, and last time I checked a set was less than 100.00. The last set I replaced on a customer's car was a 3.0 Audi and he had 4 of his 6 bad, the car was sputtering so much that it barely made it into my garage to change them out. The guy had lived with them for a month though, he just thought it was bad gas, and was driving it still! I just and replaced them for him, he bought what I recommended, it was from a local FLAPS, and they've been good for the last two months, no CEL on his A6, so we're both happy...

      Mike

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      03-20-2012 12:45 PM #49
      Quote Originally Posted by blue70beetle View Post
      And Subaru is on your short list? You've obviously never bought Subaru parts...
      Nonsense, Subarus never break down... They're Japanese! And they're so easy to service!

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      03-20-2012 05:04 PM #50
      Ummmm...yeah. Replaced the clutch in our old WRX a little over a year ago. It was, by far, the most difficult clutch job I've ever done, and the absolute best price I could find on a clutch was $250. Even AutoZone gets almost $400 for a clutch!

      Loved that car, though; when my wife bought her SRX, I sold it instead of the Jeep because it was worth more and also was a bigger liability, due to parts cost.

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