Caveat emptor. Buyer beware. That's what the $150 is for. You're getting a deal on Forester so I think it would be prudent to get it checked out. It doesn't have to be a Subie dealer but any independent shop that has serviced Subies. The mechanic can check the fluid levels, put it on a hoist, and locate the source of the leak. He/She will also be able to tell you if there is something wrong with the car and save you from making a mistake.
The shop I was going to take it to is a general Japanese Motors shop. There is a Subaru shop also (not a dealer shop) and they wanted about the same for a 2 hour rather then 3 hour inspection.
But those are my feelings exactly.
I think that maybe The Husband feels that I may be jumping the gun on buying the Forester (I haven't even put my Honda up on craigslist yet.) and that I should wait until I see a few other cars (Rovers, I'm sure!) before I drop too much on an inspection. 143,000 is a lot of miles on a vehicle, but I don't think he really gets that ALL the Subarus in our price range have this many or MORE on them. I'm not sure why all the Rovers we've looked at have so few. (90,000 and 110,000)
So I'm going to wait it out, get to work on selling the Honda and have some buyers interested before I work more towards getting the Subie. Hopefully I won't be without a car for any period of time.
He feels that a Rover would suit better because he has all the sweet hook-ups and an honest garage lined up for them, which is a very valid arguement in my opinion.
However the Rovers are gigantic and eat gas like crazy and I really don't think that we could comfortably afford gas for two.
I have been longing for a Subaru for years. I don't want that to cloud my judgement.
You all have been great. I would never have been so confident without all of you helping.