Join Date: Feb 2012
Car Year: 03
Car Model: Forester X
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
9 Days Away from My First Suburu!!!!
Hello everyone! This is an awesome forum I have enjoyed pouring over posts for the last couple days.
It has come time to buy another vehicle, which is difficult for me because I have horrible credit and always end up in a sub prime loan on some piece of crap, but this time the stars have aligned and I have been approved on a 2003 Forester X Auto Trans with 132000 miles on it.
The dealer informs me that it was a 1 owner car, and they took it in trade from a local family who followed maintenence by the book. The dealer says the Head Gaskets, Timing Belt and Water Pump were all done last year. The tires on it are a matching set that are only about 1/3rd worn. Everything on the car works.
A quick carfax chack indicates there are 23 carfax entries for this car, but in walking around it with a flashlight, I cannot find any body panels with paint shade or texture that dont match the one next to it. I am a former detailer and spent 10 years in the car business and I can spot a body repair right away. Therefore I have to assume that the high number of carfax listings are predominantly services done at a suburu dealer, which would fall in line with what the selling dealer is indicating.
The selling dealer is a mom and pop place and the two owners strike me as honest (I have a very sensitive BS meter) and I walked around the rest of their lot and all the other cars they have for sale seem to have reasonable mileage, be in good condition, and be fairly priced.
In fact, this 03 Fozzy books on NADA for 7200, and they are selling the car to me for 5775 after a very little amount of negotiation.
I am going down this morning to put my (refundable) deposit on the car, and take it for a test drive (which should be good because we just had a dusting of snow overnight and the roads are wet. I am going to listen closely to the engine, test the ABS, do figure 8 turns and listen for wheel bearings and CV noise, and if all goes to plan, I will complete the transaction on March 2nd when I get paid.
I really feel like I am onto a good one here, pending the test drive and seeing the actual carfax which i am going to ask for this morning.
If anyone has any thoughts of what else I should look for or ask about or personally check, please chime in. I am an old road warrior and car business veteran and I have owned everything from Neons to Toyotas to Explorers, so I know my way around a vehicle. This will just be my first time with a Subaru, and I have always wanted a Forester and especially like the bosy style of the 03.
Thanks and keep on truckin!
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