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Old 03-30-2010, 10:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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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?
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Absolutely! -> linky see post #5

Mind you, do your due dilligence and evaluate your risks properly!
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I don't think it's a gamble, you get to save huge over building it yourself.
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Old 03-30-2010, 10:21 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Absolutely! -> linky see post #5

Mind you, do your due dilligence and evaluate your risks properly!
Thanks for the link. You've got what I want and it puts out some nice numbers!
However I don't think a 08 XT sport is in my future. I'll be looking a basicly what I already have 04 XT MT, but with the mods.

I would be less concerned if I was in the market for something with <30K miles.

BTW I feel your pain with the cost of cars in Canada. I'm an Aussie (now living in CO) and the cost of cars back home in INSANE.
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I don't think it's a gamble, you get to save huge over building it yourself.
Well any used car out of warranty can have problems, that's just the risk you take to save big over a new car. Subaru's are pretty solid it seems.

But like you said, you save a lot. I have a pretty stock 04 XT MT now, but I don't see going past an up pipe/down pipe, tune and swift springs.

Plus I can't do the work myself so I also have the cost of labor for the install.
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IMO it's a personal choice. As much as I love MODding, when I was looking for an XT, I wanted very low miles & it had to be completely "stock".

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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?
I know I would!
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I was a little afraid at first. But I know where the guy made his mod and I know the shop by reputation. Just get it inspected and if everything turns out fine. Enjoy the boost in power and/or luxury from you’re new ride!
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I would. Saves money.
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Thanks for all the replies guys. Hopefully the right car turns up when it's time to make the plunge.

@skullmurdoc congrats on the Silver 04 XT. My wife's 04 XT is silver as well and it stays cool and hides the dirt nicely.
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snoshado would.
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^lol

I would if it's what you want, I like the idea of taking something everyone else has and making it work for me..
usually not a huge undertaking, just some basic tweaks. But if I were looking for a fire breathing turbo monster to jump in way over my head with then maybe I'd go a different route.
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<woosh> ...I think that just went over my head.
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I would if it's what you want, I like the idea of taking something everyone else has and making it work for me..
usually not a huge undertaking, just some basic tweaks. But if I were looking for a fire breathing turbo monster to jump in way over my head with then maybe I'd go a different route.
It 's a great idea. it is better for U and me as well!
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Yeah, I would! I'll let you know in a month if I made the right decision!
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If it's a modified car from someone I don't know.......NEVER.

If it's a modified car from someone that I know and TRUST......maybe.

But my gut is always no, nope, never.
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