reply to post by Sovtek
A subaru for your first car.. IMO...no chance..
Bad move TBH..
Consider the insurance on that..
Ask yourself also, why did it need the engine to be redone..bet your bottom dollar it's been raced into the ground..all subu's have.. servicing
will cost a packet and spare parts are not cheap..and if anything major goes wrong then you'll be paying mostly for computerised parts..
Whatever car you do decide to get, check that the engine is cold before they start it up.. if it's warm then they pre-started it before you arrived
to look..this is a sign of problems..
Remove oil filler cap and look for a grey/brown sludge inside..this is usually contaminated oil with water and can indicate a blown head gasket or
other problems. If no sludge, look for black, burnt bits inside the oil filler hole too..if you can see lots of black crusty stuff everywhere then
that's a bad sign too.
Check the tyres..see how they are..if it's a new set then ah well, saves you a few quid..if they have tread wear, check to see if it's on the outer
and/or inner edges only.. this can indicate two things.
Driving hard/fast around corners.. or (especially on front wheels) tracking out of alignment.
Although unusual (but not uncommon) is the case of 'clocking' a car (rolling back the miles on the clock), check for steering wheel condition,
drivers seat condition, seat belts, carpets etc etc.. if there is excessive wear but a low mileage (especially on something like a subu, then be
Yes, do try to take someone who knows something about what they are looking at. Yes try to get a test drive and drive it yourself or let your
experience friend do it.
There's loads of other stuff to look for but i feel that's the most important. And my very first car I had for only 3 weeks when another driver
decided to jump the traffic lights and crashed into me...wrote my first car off for me..
I was 18, other driver who caused my first car to die was 52..at first the police didn't believe it wasn't my fault..until a witness showed up
Please do reconsider your thoughts of a subaru though.. they're nice, yes, but swines when they go wrong..