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

    1. Member koston.'s Avatar
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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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    5. 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
      /close

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      03-20-2012 02:27 AM #42
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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.

    11. 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...


      Mike

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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?

    13. 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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