Would you buy a modified Forester XT?
Conventional wisdom says they've been beat on more than a stock car. But given the forester demographic I'd hazard a guess that they've also been taken better care of than say a modded WRX or STI.
And then there's the fact that you'll get say an 04/05 XT with 70K miles with WRX suspension, brakes, VFXX turbo and STI inter-cooler bla bla.. about 5K + in mods for about $11-13K.
In other words you get one hell of a fast AWD car for cheap, but do you think it's too big of a gamble?
04 FXT 5sp MT with "H6" Brake upgrade