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2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Purchase


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#1 gmmolina

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 08:24 AM

Hello all. I would like to tap the experts here on the following scenario. I have an opportunity to purchase a 2010 Legacy 2.5i that has 60,000 highway miles. It is currently a lease vehicle that was only owned by a family member since 0 miles. The car is in excellent mechanical condition with all services completed at dealership and no problems. Interior is in excellent condition and exterior is in fair condition with no body damage but small paint chips from highway driving. Car is white with beige interior and alloy wheels, sunroof, and fog lights (these appear to be upgrades not included in base model?). The price is $12,500. The price appears to be a great deal when I look at Certified Preowned Legacys from Subaru, Carmax, and KBB values. 
 
What are your thoughts on this deal and the car itself (comfort, reliability, etc...? My current car is a 1997 Honda Civic with 225,000 miles. The Subaru would be a replacement car for the Civic. I drive about 17,000 miles a year on highway. 
 
Thank you for your input and I look forward to hearing back.


#2 mikec03

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 09:54 AM

The 2010 engine has the updated MLS head gasket, so it would be one of the few used subarus that I would consider.  The price seems very good to me.

 

Check the CV joints [4] and the tie rod boots [2] to see if they are ripped.  Unlikely at that milage, but possible.  Also pull the spark plug wires to see if there is any oil on them.  The valve cover and spark plug tube gaskets can start to leak at 60K.  Replacement is a minor cost if you do it yourself, but can be a few hundred dollars if paying a stealership.



#3 gmmolina

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 02:58 PM

The 2010 engine has the updated MLS head gasket, so it would be one of the few used subarus that I would consider.  The price seems very good to me.

 

Check the CV joints [4] and the tie rod boots [2] to see if they are ripped.  Unlikely at that milage, but possible.  Also pull the spark plug wires to see if there is any oil on them.  The valve cover and spark plug tube gaskets can start to leak at 60K.  Replacement is a minor cost if you do it yourself, but can be a few hundred dollars if paying a stealership.

Great, thanks for your input. I am leaning towards purchasing this car and will look into those items you mentioned.



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Posted 15 February 2013 - 05:33 PM

Well I found out that it is actually the 2.5i Premium. Hence the wheels, sunroof, etc... So that is good to hear as the sale price is more discounted than I originally thought.






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