Used Subaru Wrx

June 10, 2011. Author:

Here are some things to watch out for when buying a used Subaru WRX.

Introduction to a Used Subaru WRX

This vehicle is quite popular, since it is a small sporty car with a turbocharger. The turbocharger gives it a little extra kick in the pants that many drivers find lacking in normally aspirated vehicles. Moreover, it is all wheel drive, which makes it a lot of fun in snow and other low traction situations. If you are looking for even more power and performance, then finding the more powerful, more agile Subaru STI for sale might be your choice.

However, there are some caveats to watch out for when purchasing a used Subaru WRX.

Where to buy a used Subaru WRX

This vehicle is fairly common on the used market, although not quite as much so as a standard Subaru Impreza for sale. Checking local publications that have classified sections for used vehicles can be one source. Otherwise, there are various online sites available with this type of listing.

Some people prefer to purchase their used Subaru WRX through the certified preowned program at a dealer. Sometimes people prefer the extra assurance they get with this method.

Otherwise, people may seek to buy a used Subaru WRX for sale by owner. This method often saves money versus purchasing a dealer since you're not paying for the showroom space, advertising and so on. However, the purchase must be considered carefully as we will see below.

What to look at when buying a used Subaru WRX

First, since this vehicle is turbocharged, previous owners may have abused it somewhat. That is true of any used vehicle, but sporty cars tend to draw that type of driving out of drivers. For example, if a previous owner enjoyed revving engine and then quickly releasing the clutch, they can result in damage to the drivetrain components.

Ideally when looking at a used Subaru WRX sale, the maintenance records should be observed. Some owners to not do a very good job of keeping track of these records. However other owners will have a file folder with all this documentation in it. Preferably the vehicle received regular oil changes, because otherwise it can result in oil coking in the turbo and other issues.

Moreover, sometimes maintenance items such as timing belt replacement has not yet been performed on the vehicle. If it is near the timing belt replacement interval as outlined in the owners manual, it can be a good bargaining point with the owner.

Also, be sure to examine the tires on the used Subaru WRX carefully. Since this vehicle has AWD (all wheel drive), the tires all need to match and be the same distance around (circumference). Otherwise, it can result in what is known as torque bind, where it will feel as if the brakes are being applied during slow speed turns. Also this condition can occur if the vehicle was toadying correctly, or driven on a soft flat tire for a period of time.

In conclusion, it is possible to find a cheap used Subaru WRX through careful research and preparation. Many people enjoy the performance this vehicle offers and find the driving experience to be quite pleasurable.

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