I had been looking for a good deal on a safe and reliable used car for my 16 year old daughter. By chance, I found an awesome deal on a '05 Legacy Wagon Limited. It was a one owner (an 84 year old lady) who had the oil changed every 3 months at the dealer (carfax proves this), with 103k miles. She was only asking $3500 for the car. Apparently, that is what another dealer offered her in trade, so she said she would sell it to me for that. Obviously, I jumped on it.
Since then, I have had almost 2k worth of work done to it to make it as perfect as I can. I had both front axels replaced (it had a torn boot), both front struts replaced (one was making a thumping noise), replaced the timing belt, had a power window motor replaced, replaced a worn stabilizer bar, and a few other odds and ends. Even with a total of almost $5500 in the car, I still think I got a steal.
I made my daughter pay 20% of the car so that she would have more of a sense of ownership, etc. She loves that car and takes great car of it - washing it all the time, all that stuff. But, I do not think she is crazy about the "looks" of the wagon. She jokes that it looks like a "grandma" car and even named the car "Grandma".
Well, she just took the ACT test and did fantastic. I think she did well enough that she should be in line for a few nice scholarships. As a reward, I wanted to do something to make the wagon more "cool", but I am having a hard time coming up with ideas. I thought maybe I could have a light tint put on the windows? She would love it if she could connect her ipod to the stereo, but I'm not sure that's possible except maybe with a RF transmitter. So, what do you guys think? How can I make an 05 Wagon cooler?