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Subaru Forester, Wagon, SUV
#881 of 3629 BUYING A USED FORESTER - 1999
Nov 15, 2005 (7:01 am)
My husband and I have driven 3 Subaru wagons to their demise - a 1983, a 1987, and just this week our beloved 1992 Legacy wagon. The '92 has lost it's transmission at 140,000 miles - too costly to repair. Now we are searching for a used Forester. I found a 1999 with only 21,000 miles on it. It is at a dealer in St. Paul, MN. The car came to MN from CO in 2002 with 12,000 miles on it so was only driven 8000 miles in 3 years. The dealer told me that Subaru covered the cost to remove the engine and do a piston repair. The car is now all reconditioned and ready to sell for $11,990. In my mind, this could either be a great deal or a lemon. What questions should I ask before taking it for a test drive?
Nov 15, 2005 (7:33 am)
I think that would be a pretty big risk. A car with low miles means it probably sat a lot, and that's almost worse than one with high mileage that was used and taken care of.
You want the lubricants circulating, not sitting, whether it's the engine, tranny, differentials, or even the A/C. Test the A/C to see if it even works.
$12 grand it way too high regardless of the low miles. The 06s are out so that is 8 years old now!
For reference, I bought my Miata used, 8 years old, with 26k miles. I paid $7800, and the Miata cost about $25k new, probably more than that Forester. Book value was $11,400, so I got a good deal, but that Forester ought to be closer to $10-11 grand or so given the age.
And this was a car with no engine repair history, with one pervious owner that had a very short commute.
I just think the price is high.
#883 of 3629 Re: Low miles [ateixeira]
Nov 15, 2005 (8:15 am)
Thanks for the advice. I do plan to negotiate the price down. I see you are in Brazil. AWD cars sell higher in MN because need them in snow. Especially this time of year. I am also looking at used Outbacks.
#884 of 3629 Country of Origin
Nov 15, 2005 (8:40 am)
I'm actually living in the Washington, DC area, but I'm from Brazil so I like to fly the flag.
#885 of 3629 pricing on 04 forester xs
Nov 16, 2005 (6:13 pm)
i'm shoppin for a sub for xs. would like 04. have seen several in so cal for between $20k-$22k. what price should i shoot for if buying from a dealer? mileage will be under 32k.
ps would anyone know if factory warranty standard or extended is transferable? if no, what should i be aware of when buying a warranty from dealer? thanks, dan
#886 of 3629 Re: pricing on 04 forester xs [lowranchero]
Nov 16, 2005 (9:28 pm)
That's way too high... an 04 XS only cost about $22k new!
Factory warranties are fully transfereable as are Subaru extended warranties. If buying from a dealer, only buy one backed by Subaru (anything else isn't worth the paper it's written on).
#887 of 3629 Re: pricing on 04 forester xs [lowranchero]
Nov 17, 2005 (4:37 am)
Try using Autotrader to locate a deal on an XS...you should find several under $20K.
Nov 17, 2005 (7:08 am)
Look for about 20% off the final price of a new model, so I'd want one for about $18k or so.
#889 of 3629 Re: pricing on 04 forester xs [p0926]
Nov 17, 2005 (7:13 am)
That would be for a plain 04 XS I purchased a 04 XS Prem Pack with leather and options MSRP was $27,010 invoice was $24,500 Purchased it for $23,500 with 1.9%. Your right he should be able to pick up a used one for 19,000 or less area depending on options package.
#890 of 3629 Re: 2005 Forester X with 3,100 miles -- $17,900 [ateixeira]
Nov 17, 2005 (2:46 pm)
Hi Juice....thanks for the tips but you would never guess what car we end up getting.
After looking for a new car we end up test driving a Scion xB and myself and wife were sold...$15,195 with automatic transmission and black in color. YES, we're boxed.
We would ratter by a new Forester, but the best quote a could get was around $22,000.
The black box looks funny but to tell you the truth, it's very practical. Probably they missed their age target again, myself 34 and wife 30. he..he..he.