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I been searching for awhile now and found one with 78k miles. While that averages to around 6k a year, is this an issue with these kind of miles. I know it’s hard to find a lower mile one. My question is will this need a lot of upcoming maintenance? The car is one owner, all stock, clean car fax. Thank you for your input.


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All these questions can probably be answered by the owner them self if you have access to who they still are (given this is a private sale). It all depends on how well the owner kept up with the car and the kind of maintenance they did on it. With that said the only high dollar maintenance that you have coming up is timing belt/water pump/valve cover gasket.
 

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All these questions can probably be answered by the owner them self if you have access to who they still are (given this is a private sale). It all depends on how well the owner kept up with the car and the kind of maintenance they did on it. With that said the only high dollar maintenance that you have coming up is timing belt/water pump/valve cover gasket.

Sorry to say, but in my experience, BWAHAAHHA.


The car is 12 years old. Do all of the maintenance items listed for up to 120K miles because a lot of those are aging out and not just mileage related. And then expect radiator/tanks, hoses, PS pump soon, so IMO do them at the same time, cheaper while it's apart. And then follow that within a couple of years by the head gaskets. My 06 was a similarly low mileage car, with the notable exception that it was autocrossed so was guaranteed to have been beaten on for five to ten minutes per month.


And at 110K then it cracked two piston lands, meaning the head gasket money from the previous year was pissed away. And no, it's not significantly boosted.



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I been searching for awhile now and found one with 78k miles. While that averages to around 6k a year, is this an issue with these kind of miles. I know it’s hard to find a lower mile one. My question is will this need a lot of upcoming maintenance? The car is one owner, all stock, clean car fax. Thank you for your input.


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Maybe, maybe not it depends on how well it was maintained and how it was driven. For its age the miles aren't that bad imo. The fact its stock and has clean carfax is a good sign. Ask questions, be skeptical and pay to get it checked out by a professional. If you do go through with it, I would keep a close eye on its oil consumption (check it multiple times a week if not every day) for the first couple months and verify its really stock. I would highly suggest an AOS as well as replacing the oil pickup asap as they were prone to failing that year (one of the worst iirc). I hope it goes well for you and you learn from my mistakes lol.
 

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I mean like stated above you an probably get answers to alot of these questions from the owner. You can also check the subaru service manual to see what is coming up in terms of service. If you're really dead set on this car, i would suggest you pay and have it professionally inspected by a shop to see what it needs. You should also consider having a compression leak down test done prior to purchase so you can verify engine health.
 

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Anything can happen. I wouldn't worry about a radiator or head gaskets. But in time it will need brakes, a timing belt, and maybe struts. When you buy a used STI you never know what condition the clutch is in unless you know it needs replacement. I

I've DD two turbo Subies to app 200K before they became financially unadvisable and I like my 05 STI enough to say so what and I rebuilt it into my dream car - and it is my 500mi/wk DD approaching 250K.

This is a better thred:

Is the 04/05 STi a good choice?
 
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