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Finding low mileage used Suburu Foresters

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  • subearusubearu Posts: 3,613
    I know that next owner of my leased '04 F-XT will find that it was well maintained and kept. Same with my previous '00 Outback wagon. Leased or not, I take good care of my vehicles. True, it's not the norm, but it's my way.

    There are gems out there, you just may have to look a bit for 'em. Take an extended test drive, get it inspected, etc.

    -Brian
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Take an extended test drive, get it inspected, etc.

    Sounds like good advice to me.

    I guess the one good thing about shopping for a used Subaru is that a flaw will tend to make itself more obvious. If there are any drivetrain issues you will likely hear it or even feel it.

    A used Subaru with 10k miles that looks clean and drives perfectly smooth will very likely prove to be a good buy.
  • discopetediscopete Posts: 21
    Are there any telltale things to look for with the turbo charger that would be a red flag for future trouble?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    You want to make sure the turbo boost is working nicely (just hit the gas pedal) and listen for the BOV go "psst" right when you shift.

    Again, a flaw should make itself obvious (loss of boost mostly).
  • discopetediscopete Posts: 21
    Sounds easy to check. A WRX went past my house the other day with the BOV hissing when he shifted. Cool! :D

    Do turbos with automatic transmissions also have BOVs? It may be sacrilege, but I would not rule out getting one with an AT.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Yes, the engine's still the same.

    The auto takes longer to build boost, consider a newer 2.5T engine if you can afford that if you go with auto. They have less lag due to 25% more displacement plus AVCS valve control.

    Autos do get a more sophisticated AWD system, too.
  • subearusubearu Posts: 3,613
    The turbo spooling on my stock '04 F-XT produces a very subtle "whisper" (as I refer to it). It's a soft whistle I guess, but is really only faintly noticeable as it begins to spool just under 2k rpm. Above that and the boxer grumble is what you hear.

    FWIW, my '04 w/MT has less than 26k miles on it. When I turn it next May, the engine will be just broken it for the next owner.

    -Brian
  • discopetediscopete Posts: 21
    Thank you, Gentlemen. I'll keep your advice in mind as I test drive some XTs. :D
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Actually if you hear the pssst, it is likely not a stock car and I'd run from it. Stockers BOVs recirculate back into the intake tube, hence the silent BOV activation.

    Signs I would check are the reserve coolant tank cap, if it isn't full or caked up then coolant may not be flowing through the turbo.

    -mike
  • discopetediscopete Posts: 21
    Signs I would check are the reserve coolant tank cap, if it isn't full or caked up then coolant may not be flowing through the turbo.

    Mike, I want to be sure I understand this - Are you saying that the coolant overflow tank from the radiator should be close to full and there should be crud on the underside of the cap? And this indicates good turbo cooling. :confuse: Could you please elaborate on this?

    Thank you. :)
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Sorry, there should be a resivoir on top of the engine that should be full. The cap should not be caked with anything either. :)

    -mike
  • mb789mb789 Posts: 89
    You can find them -- I just saw your message, so it's probably too late. I have a 2006 Forester X, with just over 13,000 miles. I would really prefer to go back to a Jeep. I am in Dayton, OH, and I am thinking of putting it up for sale. Do you think it will be difficult to sell? It's in good to above average condition and has been serviced regularly.
  • kavoomkavoom Posts: 181
    You can get a good price for that. Very good. Check out local dealers and see what they are doing for roughly equivalent (probably more mileage)and come in at what they are asking with less miles and you will be in like Flint. Also check out the value here at Edmunds for used that will give you your range.

    The big problem with used Suby's is that you can get new for not a whole lot more than used and with 4.9 APR, it can get difficult to sell as Suby's hold their value. YOu do have a lot of warranty left though and that is very good.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Auto or manual?

    Those are about $19k new, so yours would probably be $17k retail at a dealer. I bet you can get $16k for it, perhaps more if it is an auto.
  • mb789mb789 Posts: 89
    Yes, it's an auto. I wanted to set the price a little over $17,000.

    I'm really thinking of putting up a few For Sale ads and maybe putting it on some car selling web sites.

    Is there a forum here about selling your own car? I'm concerned about legal (test drive questions) and financial issues -- like do you take care of the sale at a bank -- I don't want someone to try to give me a check and it would turn out to be fake, etc. Years ago I sold a Jeep I had, and we did the transaction at his credit union, which worked out fine.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    With auto maybe ask $17,500 and be prepared to haggle down to $16,999. I think you'll get it fairly quickly.

    The catch is it's a bit of money and probably will require a loan. That may work against you.

    The Jeep dealer is gonna low-ball you on trade, maybe $15k. You can ask in the Real-world Trade-in values thread right here on Edmunds.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    This discussion might be helpful: Questions about Private Sale Transactions. And here's a link to the discussion juice mentioned: Real-World Trade-In Values.

    You may want to cruise the list of all the Smart Shopper discussions. There may be others you'll find helpful as well. :)
  • bigfrank3bigfrank3 Posts: 426
    My wife and I just don't put a lot of mileage on vehicles anymore. My wife does about 9K a year, and I do about 6K to 7K split between my 2 personal vehicles. I need 2 vehicles like a hole in the head, but can never figure out which one I don't want/need so I stay with 2.

    My wife's 05 LLBean Forester has about 27K on it at the moment, my 06 Forester Premium has 5K, and my 03 Tundra has 13K. When I was still working folks used to put their orders in for our cars ahead of time because they know I am a maintenance fanatic, including Mobil 1. We almost never traded in a vehicle, but now that I am early-retired I have lost my audience.

    When my wife sold her 01 Premium Forester to buy her Bean the dealer wanted it very much, said it was the first used car that they had seen that they wouldn't have to do a thing to it, just drive it out front and put it into the row. She sold it to my sister-in-law, who still has it and loves it, to the dealer's chagrin. When I traded my 02 Forester L for my 06 it had 17K on it, and the dealer REALLY wanted it, so I made them happy. :)
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