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Subaru Outback, Wagon, SUV
#656 of 3393 Used 2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i Wagon
Aug 30, 2005 (9:38 am)
Am thinking of purchasing a used (placed into service in July 2004) 2005 Subaru Outback (base model) wagon. It has 22,000 miles and was used as a rental in Connecticut. I'm purchasing it at a dealership in Ohio. I am able to purchase it for $18,600. It has a lot of miles for a car that's been in service less than a year; however, the price seems decent. Is it? Your thoughts?
Also, it's white and I've never considered a white car before. Is it hard to keep clean? Other thoughts on color?
Regarding the Subaru Gold Plus extended warranty - how much room for negotiation is there? Is there such a thing as "dealer cost"? How does one find out?
Have enjoyed and learned a great deal from the exchange of information on this exchange.
Aug 30, 2005 (9:40 am)
Seems good, he new ones are in the low 20s.
People usually pay $700-1500 for a warranty depending upon the length of the term and the deductible.
Keep in mind you get full roadside assistance with Subaru Gold, that made it a good value for us.
#658 of 3393 room
Aug 30, 2005 (2:10 pm)
I saw someone paid $425 for extended warranty classic plan on this site.
When my dealer said theirs was $525, I mentioned I had seen it on here for $425, they said they could do that.
So there is room for negotiation .
#659 of 3393 Is this a good deal? 2001 Outback, 71K miles
Sep 01, 2005 (5:53 pm)
Found a Base Outback tonight at my local, family owned dealer. It's a 2001, Green with cream trim, looks to be the base, but has the security system and new tires. Miles are 71K. Squeak in brakes, ding in door, small rip in passenger side door cloth. Carfax is clean and interior is in good shape except for the rip. The dealer is going to fix the brakes and the rip. Priced at $11.8K, I was quoted $10.8K. Drove like a dream. I'm looking to replace my 2001 Jeep with a more gas efficient vehicle that fits my dad and my dog. Both were comfy in the Subie. I fell in love with the Forester, but it won't work for the family.
They did have a 2002 Limited with 45K miles for $15K. I'm tempted to get that instead. Is it a better deal?
Advice please and thank you? I'd like to get it on Saturday (when the works done).
Sep 02, 2005 (6:36 am)
Is a better deal, IMO. You'd pay almost 50% more for a little extra equipment a something a year newer. It's worth 20% more, not 50%.
#661 of 3393 Re: 2001 [ateixeira]
Sep 02, 2005 (7:20 am)
Thanks for the reply. My dad is worried about the mileage. The Jeep only has 30K miles on it, but is a gas hog and isn't comfortable for the family. He's convinced that trading something with 30K miles for something with 70K miles is stupid. I see some of the logic, but I also know that the Subaru will last me a LOT longer than the Jeep.
I did talk to the salesman this morning - he's going to check the lot and let me know best prices on his other Outbacks, so the 2002 or 2003 models may come down in price.
They were MOBBED last night when I went there - 2 people were in a bidding war
Sep 02, 2005 (7:56 am)
Don't put him in that situation, the trade-in value on the Jeep will already be bad enough.
#663 of 3393 Re: wild [ateixeira]
Sep 02, 2005 (10:10 am)
Jeep trade in value is $8200. Some teenager will be happy with it, I'm sure, I just don't want the hassle of trying to sell on my own. If my son was a little older, I'd keep it for him, but paying for 2 cars makes no sense in a 1 driver household, when both are fine for snow, rain, etc.
The price on the 2002 with 35K miles is 15K. Warranty coming with it is 2 years, 24K miles. They said they did about $500 worth of work to the brakes.
If I bought the extended warranty on the 2001, it would be $800 for 2 years. It's guaranteed for 30 days, 1,000 miles.
The bidding war was on a Forester. One man was coming in with a deposit and already had the paperwork filled out, the lady was sitting in a chair ready to take it in case he didn't show. It was pretty funny!
Thanks again for the fast reply. I'm lucky to have found these forums!
#664 of 3393 Re: price in DC area [astrophil]
Sep 03, 2005 (7:17 am)
Which dealership did you go to? I'm loooking for the same vehicle (except auto...) and I live in DC. Any troubles or complaints on the car yet?
#665 of 3393 Bought the 2001 Outback
Sep 03, 2005 (11:40 am)
The squeal I heard was from the rear brakes - they replaced them. I looked at the 2002 again today, but you could tell the previous owners had children - the back seat was trashed - broken cup holders and stains.
Bought the extended 2 year, bumper to bumper Classic Warranty for $1000. Paid cash on it so I didn't have to add it over the life of the loan.
Juice - thanks again for your help - I was almost tempted to go up a model year, but even the dealer said that the 2001 was the better deal. Plus, I financed for 4 years instead of 5 (or even 6 for a new vehicle). It saved a ton! Payments are only $20 more per month than the Jeep was and I'll save triple that in gas and insurance.