Dwizzle Posted July 22, 2017 Share Posted July 22, 2017 Hi All - In life, you win some, you lose some. I just completed the VW buyback of my 2010 Jetta TDI where I made out like a bandit. Since I work remotely I wanted to take my time finding the next new car but my wife said it was impractical to have one car when she has to shuffle the kids around. I wanted to get a $4K Ranger as a temp car but she said that was impractical because what if I needed to take one of the kids? With the buyback date approaching I needed to make a decision quickly, and I have always loved the look of a Subaru Legacy wagon. I founded a one owner 06 Legacy GT Auto with 135K miles that appeared to be good condition at a small used car dealer. One owner Carfax with one small fender bender. They serviced it at the dealer for the most part so everything was in the the carfax including with 6-8K OCI (I know now!), 40K power steering pump, 60K maintenance, 3 drive belt changes. It wasn't the perfect maintenance record but the car wasn't neglected. Test drove sounded and felt find and the interior/exterior was spotless for as many miles as it had. OK, I checked the typical spots in a car for leaks and vibrations. No mechanic check before purchase, I thought it was good. $8K OTD cash. So, today I found a Subie only indie repair shop because I wanted to change everything out (including timing belt, because that wasn't on the Carfax and was the only big risk I saw). Drove it there, head guy took a look at it and said - its a really clean car but thats a brand new turbo :-/. Ok, planned to bring it back in Monday for the service. I shit you not, I pulled a right on the main road and CEL and blink Cruise come on (omen), turn it around, they ran the code, and a vacuum hose came loose so put that back on and did a code reset. In speaking with the head mechanic while I waited the 20 mins he informed me of my ill fate. He told me to leave it there and let him work tomorrow to see if the timing belt actually needed to be changed. He told me 80% of the engines he has seen don't last after turbo blows up. Why do a timing belt change when engine could go at anytime and you'll need a new timing belt then? So here is the predicament - 1) Just drive it with min maintenance until the turbo or engine goes, deal with it then ... 2) go ahead and spend $4 - 5 K on a new engine ... drive it for as many miles as I can on the new engine in an old car 3) Go ahead and sell private party to some poor sucker now for $1 - 3K loss (how can someone who took it to the dealer most of the life of the car not have that dealer log the turbo replacement in Carfax?) What should I do? I love the look and drive of the car and would not mind keeping it for quite a while. But I did not budget a new engine and I'm pissed at myself for getting ripped off. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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