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Should I buy a used Subaru?

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Apr 25, 2017, 6:29 PM

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I'm new to Subarus, but I'm thinking of buying used one. They seem light weight and perfect for getting through the ice and snow. I'm a single person with no kids and normally buy used subcompact Toyotas to save money. I'm moving to a colder climate with more ice and snow than I'm used to, and I think I should have all-wheel drive.

Do many smaller Subarus have the ability to take down the back seat? I'd like to put cross-country skiis in my car, but if I couldn't put my skiis in the car, that's not a deal breaker. Storage capacity is not that big of a deal.

Do Subarus have a little higher suspension than other sedans? I'm concerned about getting through the snow.

My current car would get nothing as a used car if I sold it. But it is a reliable car, so I wonder if I should just plan around the weather and stay in a great deal during the winter. After two or three years, the car will be easy to discard (e.g., it will need $2,000 of repairs).

Will I have to get an alignment after I get my tires rotated with Subarus?

I could spend $12,000 cash. I'd rather postpone it or pay less than that. I like fuel efficiency and low cost maintenance. I just like reliable cars to get me from point A to point B. Any recommendations?

Tom Greenleaf
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Apr 26, 2017, 12:22 AM

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Buy the best cared for used car you can and have it checked out. AWD means nothing extra except getting out of a parking space or up an untreated road or hill during a problem when it may not be you rather the line up of stuck vehicles in front of you when you shouldn't be out at all.

Subaru and others do this AWD thing - beware it super complicates the drivetrain and you almost never need more than good tires on any car. AWD if you blow one part worn tire you could likely need new all four to match again! Think of that expense. I live the total snow belt - also heavily populated so don't count on the car to bail you out. Most sit so low they can't go over or thru snow anyway tearing off expensive plastic fake bumpers and or underside parts.

The harsher climates for snow and ice are also usually the most capable of cleaning it up the best and fast so it isn't a problem.

Check out anything used independently prior to purchase to know better what you are getting. Used is used. Prior care and history counts more IMO,


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