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Old 07-15-2013, 05:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, looking to buy a subaru forester XT, the guy is asking 6K for this machine. It has 95,000 miles on it. I'm hoping that it had the timing belt changed. What do you guys think about this? Should I offer him 5K cash?
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Depends on the condition of the vehicle, but 6k is a good price...well below book.
Timing belt job can cost a little bit, but even with the added cost of getting it done, you are still getting a good deal. If you are ok with a wrench you could even do it yourself...it's a pretty easy job, actually.
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Depends on the condition of the vehicle, but 6k is a good price...well below book.
Timing belt job can cost a little bit, but even with the added cost of getting it done, you are still getting a good deal. If you are ok with a wrench you could even do it yourself...it's a pretty easy job, actually.
Yeah, what else should I look for? Do the head gaskets go in the 2004s? I'm a diesel mechanic and I've done quite a bit of timing belts in subarus for some strange reason! The wife and I are looking for something that can haul a bit of junk when we go on vacation. It's a three hour drive from us so I'm hoping to get there and test drive it. If I make the trip I'll have good reason for buying it if it's in good shape. From the pictures it looks very clean.
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That's a steal unless it's beat. I'm guessing beat. Look over it with a fine tooth comb and be sure you take it on the highway.

A good XT is usually sold before it hits the lot in my neck of the woods.
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Check for leaks, give a good listen to the transmission and wheel bearings. I know the rears can be prone to go around 100k'ish
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Yeah, I'll let everyone know. Working with my bank to get the money and then I'm going to test drive it. I'm not to worried about parts, subaru has a awesome after market.
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biggest concerns around that mileage: gasket leaking, radiator cracking, almost time for 120k maint (spark plugs & belts, oils which are pretty pricey), rear bearings, turbo seal failing, banjo bolt filter starving turbo, drivers/passenger window gasket failing

those are things i looked out for when i picked up my forester. you have a REALLY good price. i got my 117k forester for 7k and i was pretty happy about it already

goodluck!
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Hello, looking to buy a subaru forester XT, the guy is asking 6K for this machine. It has 95,000 miles on it. I'm hoping that it had the timing belt changed. What do you guys think about this? Should I offer him 5K cash?
no matter what you pay, have it inspected by a mechanic before you buy. $100-$200 for a mechanical inspection could save you $1000's. always have a used car checked out before purchase.

but 6k sounds like a deal. may as well try to haggle for 5k if he'll deal.
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I would recommend a compression and leakdown test before purchase of any XT around 100k miles or over.
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Old 07-17-2013, 02:41 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Deal fell through.. so my search continues. We looked at it and had a good communication with the seller just to find out they already were in an agreement with someone else(two days later). Wife isn't to happy because she was really excited about it. Oh well.. moving on.
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