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Old 23 Jan 2012, 06:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2002 WRX STI High Mileage.... Need some advice!

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Im new here, and ive signed up because im looking at a 2002 WRX STI but it has 121k miles on the clock. 1 owner from new, full subaru history, and an asking price of just over the 4k mark. It's for sale with a main dealer too.

Firstly, should the high mileage worry me? What are things to look out for/ask in terms of the high mileage?

Basically i know nothing about scoobies as i've always had Audis & BMW's, so im looking for some advice from people in the know. The high mileage does worry me, but with the full subaru history & 1 owner, im not sure it should?

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Old 23 Jan 2012, 08:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 2002 WRX STI High Mileage.... Need some advice!

121k for that age is about right in terms of average mileage. My bug of the same year has 70k but then I dont travel that far. How is the overall condition of the car? Any pics or links may help us to give some other feedback? Where are u based as a specialist for 75 may be willing to give the car a once over. The service intervals should show every year/10k at the max, at that mileage Im sure the cambelt should of been done twice also (check if tensioner and water pump also have been changed). Fully documented history and invoices is going to be the key, if its been well maintained then its a lot of car for the money. If its sketchy, walk away as you dont wanna be buying a lemon as you ll pay the same again to sort the motor. If the dealer is putting their name to this car then it does give you more confidence, but see how they feel about an inspection. Their is a wealth of knowledge on here and Im sure others with a million times more knowledge will give their input.
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Old 24 Jan 2012, 09:39 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 2002 WRX STI High Mileage.... Need some advice!

if it has as you say full history and one owner,there shouldn't be anything to worry about,price is about right for a bug of that year..

this may help you out.. Subaru Impreza - Buying Checklist
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Old 24 Jan 2012, 10:56 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: 2002 WRX STI High Mileage.... Need some advice!

I wouldnt be worrying about mileage on these cars a guy I know has a wrx bugeye with 170k miles the only issues he had really was starter motor, alternator, fuse blown for the rad fan made it overheat once, rocker cover gaskets, oil seals in gearbox and rear diff, wheel bearings, clutch, ARB bushes front and back and links apart from normal wear and tear brake pads and so on but apart from that thats it really, he gets it serviced every 8mths or 6k miles but engine sounds as healthy as ever pretty bulletproof ONCE they looked after
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Old 31 Jan 2012, 08:02 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Re: 2002 WRX STI High Mileage.... Need some advice!

as a newbie to imprezzas i would recommend, i have just a bought an 02 bugeye with 104k for 1800, which i thought was a steal and it appears to be, its also got FSH and all the receipts and mots from new.

must have been a lucky day, 4 months in and only issue is the engine management light which i understand is the lambda (?spelling?) playing up as it goes away
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