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Old 18 Apr 2004, 09:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Some advice on buying used scooby

Hi guys n gals,

Ok, the time has come in my young life where i can finally afford to buy (and insure) and lovely Subaru Impreza...woohoo - i cant wait.

I'm looking in the second hand market, circa 10k and wondered what sort of things i should be looking for before i buy. I have recently looked at a standard V reg (2000) 2.0 Turbo, that looked very nice in blue. No obvious problems, paintwork good etc, but it has had 4 owners in the past 4 years. This does seem quite high, and i wondered if there were any standard problems that occur with this car.

Cheers for any info/advice you can offer on this topic. As much as i want to rush in and buy the first scooby i see, i really should make sure that i'm not throwing my cash away (if thats possible buying an impreza!)

Cheers again,

Pete
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Old 19 Apr 2004, 05:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hello there, - can i firstly welcome you to the forums...

Secondly and more importantly the car! - I'm currently driving 1999 turbo (pictures can be seen in the gallery) and i am the forth owner.... I suppose the owner bit doesnt really matter too much as long as the car sounds like its in good condition with a full service history....

Has the car got full uk subaru service ?

How many miles on the clock?

Let us know the outcome.

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Old 19 Apr 2004, 09:23 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi, thanks for the warm welcome :-)

The car seems to be in good condition. It has full subaru service history and lots of receipts etc.

I have been told to listen out for any knocking coming from the engine, and make sure the idol speed stays bang on the mark and doesnt fluctuate. Also, give it a good go through all the gears throughout the rev range to make sure no g/box or clutch wear etc.

Also, an HPI check to make sure there will be no nasty surpirses in the near future.

Apart from that, most people seem very happy that these cars are pretty solid!

It is a 2000/V with just a shade under 41k miles on the clock. Its a standard 2.0 turbo in dark metalic blue. Has a slight stratch down the rear off-side. New tyres, regular servicing. 16 inch silver alloy wheels. The guy is asking 10,500 and said he would take 10,000. I dont think its worth that much(?) and the parkers online guide reckons 9,500 for a good condition one. What do you think? (obviously without seeing it! hehe)

Actually, this is probably off topic, and should be in a new thread, but whats the difference between a 2.0 turbo and the wrx model and the wrx sti?? The guy reckons this is a wrx, but the insurance company and reg paper work dont mention wrx anywhere!

Cheers for all your help and lovely warm welcome.

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Old 19 Apr 2004, 09:30 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forum m8


If it is a uk car more than likely it is not a wrx as these are japanese models

a wrx has from 240-260 bhp
sti has 280bhp
uk car 215bhp

check out this http://www.sidc.co.uk/faq.htm
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Old 19 Apr 2004, 11:05 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Hello,

the cost does seem ok, especially at that mileage... Parkers does state that i know but if you looked on subaru.co.uk used car site something like that is still selling for 12'000... so overall not too bad..

It all depends on what people are prepared to pay for them and a the minute it seems like the prices are good (for the seller _)

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Old 19 Apr 2004, 02:02 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Hey guys, thanks for all your input.

Well, i think i have decided that, after an HPI check and a good test drive/check over i'll hopefully be joining you guys soon in the wonderful world of scooby. It'll be a gentle introduction, as i cant quite aford an all singing all dancing wrx sti just yet, but reckon that jumping from my 1.4 golf CL to a 2.0 turbo impreza should keep me happy until i can afford the next upgrade ;-)

Cheer again for you help, i'll keep you posted on my progress and hopefully be participating lots more on this discussion board.

Pete
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Old 19 Apr 2004, 02:23 PM   #7 (permalink)
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hope you get a scoob soon
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Old 19 Apr 2004, 02:46 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forum Pete

You won't be disappointed. I had a test drive in mine and bought it straight away You'll be grinnin' from ear to ear
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