Author Topic: ADVICE PLEASE! Is Buying a 10 Year-old Forester a good idea?  (Read 97 times)

April 12, 2019, 12:17:44 PM
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andrew.warneke

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Hi guys!

So I'm really keen to become a Forester owner. The best one I've found in my budget is a 2009 Forester 2.5XT auto (tuned by Chett) with 202 000km (or so) on the clock. It's been super well looked after and serviced up-to-date, and seems like a great deal. The owner seems like a legit dude, too.

I've done a bunch of reading on the subject (as much as I can find), but I guess my question is "Is it a good idea to buy a 10 year-old Forester (considering that it's in great shape)?"

I'd love to hear what you all think.

Hope to become part of the 'family' soon.

April 12, 2019, 01:32:51 PM
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Speedy

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If itís been looked after and well cared for it should be fine.
I would rather buy an older one for less money that has had all the common faults corrected than a newer model and the inevitable repairs need to happen.
Most of us on here drive older 10year plus Scoobyís.
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April 12, 2019, 01:45:17 PM
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andrew.warneke

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If itís been looked after and well cared for it should be fine.
I would rather buy an older one for less money that has had all the common faults corrected than a newer model and the inevitable repairs need to happen.
Most of us on here drive older 10year plus Scoobyís.
Just run in [emoji3]

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Thanks, man. Yeah, one of my considerations has been that the car has had its belt replaced and a major service last year, so I should have some years of good motoring to come, rather than buying one that needs all that work to still be done in a year's time.

April 12, 2019, 01:49:36 PM
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Speedy

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Exactly, definitely factor in a new radiator into the budget as well.


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April 13, 2019, 12:41:05 PM
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andrew.warneke

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Exactly, definitely factor in a new radiator into the budget as well.


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Great. Thanks for your input. What does a radiator cost (more or less)?

April 13, 2019, 12:52:20 PM
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Depends on the car, new aluminum rad about 5, Mishimoto 7-8k. You can re do the end tanks in aluminum for around 3ish.
All prices are estimates as I havenít priced and in a while.


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