Subaru WRX STI For Sale

June 10, 2011. Author:

Here's how to find the perfect Subaru WRX STI for sale.

Notes on the Subaru WRX STI

The STI is a high performance turbocharged model, produces easily in excess of 300 HP, and is both rally inspired and capable. If you would like the extra power of a turbocharged vehicle, but the STI is taking things a little too far for you, then finding a Subaru Impreza WRX for sale might be more to your liking.

Introduction to buying a Subaru WRX STI

First you'll need to decide whether you are looking to purchase a new vehicle, or used vehicle. If you are looking to purchase a new Subaru WRX STI, then you will likely be looking to the dealer to provide this vehicle. Sometimes, you can get a cheap Subaru WRX STI at an end of model year clearance or through other special promotions. These promotions often vary by region, so ask particular about them.

How to find a used Subaru WRX STI for sale

Perhaps you will decide purchasing a used vehicle fits more in line with your needs. And many people do, because the cost is lower than purchasing new since the previous owners have absorbed much of the initial depreciation. Here's how to find the right Subaru STI for sale for your requirements.

Finding I use Subaru WRX STI for sale by owner is one option. You can check standard location such as eBay and Craigslist. Also local newspapers often have used vehicle listings and classified section listing a cheap Subaru WRX STI for sale. Note, however that the Subaru WRX STI caters to a somewhat niche audience, and while this vehicle certainly is available used, you may have to expand your search radius of bit, maybe even into neighboring states, in order to find the vehicle you are looking for.

Another option for finding a used Subaru WRX STI for sale is through the certified preowned program. Dealers can give you more information on this program. Generally, the dealer may not have this type of used Subaru in its stock, but can get one transferred from another dealer as desired.

What to look for when seeking to buy a used Subaru WRX STI for sale

First, it is important to note that this is a high-performance vehicle. As such, it has a high potential for abuse. For example, if the previous owner like to read the engine and then let the clutch out quickly, it may have damaged the drivetrain. It is not uncommon for the differential hypoid gear teeth to become cracked or chipped from this type of activity. Dumping clutch simply applies a massive amount of torque to the drivetrain components and, while these components are durable, they are not intended to handle this type of abuse.

Make sure all the tires match

A common trait of all-wheel-drive vehicles is that the tires need to match. For Subaru vehicles the tires should match ideally within 1/4 inch circumference. The Subaru WRX STI generally has a DCCD, or driver controlled center differential which may be more robust than that in the standard vehicle so may be more resistant to damage from running mismatched tires.

For example, if you find a 2005 Subaru WRX STI for sale, and the vehicle got a flat tire and only one tire was replaced while the other three were warned this could result in running tires were not all the circumferences match within the given tolerance. Moreover if the vehicle was ever toed improperly, such as with the front wheels off the ground but the rear wheels on the ground it could the cause damage as well.

Check the maintenance records

when buying any used vehicle, maintenance records can be a good thing to look at. The main point of interest when buying a used Subaru WRX STI for sale by owner is the timing belt. The replacement interval may be as short as 60 months or 60,000 miles on this vehicle because it often uses a low stretch Kevlar timing belt. If the spell breaks, it may result in engine damage. It is an interference design engine, so the pistons may hit the valves if the timing belt breaks.

We say this only to caution you to check the maintenance records, and if the timing belt was not replaced on the Subaru WRX STI for sale, to be prepared for the expense shortly after purchase. It can also make a good negotiating point with the seller.


Finding the perfect Subaru WRX STI for sale for you can be a great day. This vehicle is sure to give years of driving pleasure.

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