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Hello I am very close to purchasing a subaru wrx hatchback not an sti. I have been told lots of horror stories about them and ringlands and bearings etc and I am looking to spend around 5-7k max and have seen a few with 50-70k miles with full service history either subaru oe specialist. Cambelt done etc. Now is this issue exxagerated and if the cars now on 50k plus miles wouldnt the issue have already been fixed if this was the case. 

I mean I came here as a subaru forum seemed like the best place for honest opinion as opposed to everyone else slating the hatch wrx. 

My friend got an rx8 and eveeyone said the same to him he boght one that had a rebuild and its been running fine 2 years now. 

So anyway opinions please as I dont want to spend that money to spend the same again fixing it. I do like the look of them though I have been so tempted to go get one. I want a hatch as opposed to saloon etc. 

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Seen some fail at less than 40k... seen some go at close to 100k... some don't go at all, it's just your luck. But there are more cases of ringland or head gasket issues with the 2.5 compared to the 2.0

Few people on here have experienced this... maybe be an idea to set some money aside if you do go down that route... ye know... just in case!

Welcome to the club! :D

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Maybe I wont go for a scoob then and go for something different. I dont want to fork out 3k plus fixing a car worth only 5 ish. Thats ridiculous. I know its mainly stis that go and not wrx but now im really put off of them so I will stick with othee brands that hold some reliability. I know all cars have issues but not that sort of expensive. 

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Every car has its problems, ringlands with these and the 3sgte engine(found in Celica and MR2's) then there is range rovers with gear box issues in the newer ones and engine issues in the older one's, the 2.0 Subaru's(so I hear) are meant to be incredibly reliable, mines over 100k miles with no huge issues.

 

If common fault scare you off, I'd suggest buying a push bike

 

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This is true but not common faults all cost 3+k to put right. Theyre not the cheapest to maintain as it is but I dont mind that and the occassional little issues and stuff but not engine failure. 

I will have a look over it compared to other cars. Just seems like an expensive common fault for something already expensive. 

 

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I think it's all in the maintenance, if you keep ontop of it there shouldn't be any big issues, if you start skipping services etc then your asking for it imo

 

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I intended to buy one witg full subaru or specualist history. From whar i can gather the wrx isnt at prone to it. I really do want to get one its just a hard decision. 

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1 hour ago, Ben93 said:

I intended to buy one witg full subaru or specualist history. From whar i can gather the wrx isnt at prone to it. I really do want to get one its just a hard decision. 

From what I've seen they are both susceptible... I think the WRX head gasket going is more common thatn ringland failure...

@aucky had a WRX hatch and his HG went... can't remember how many miles it had on it, don't think it was loads?

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wrx and sti's both suffer, neither is any worse than the other. It's pure pot luck whether it goes or not, i know cars that have had 3 engines in less than 10k miles and i know some that have been thrashed yet never failed.

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I personally haven't heard any one have issues with Impreza's, but that's personally, my blobeye has been nothing but a treat to own in the last year or so

 

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Wotcha and welcome - get one which has already had forged pistons put in.

I had an STI with the prodrive package running 330 bhp which later became the 330s model, had no issues. Am looking forward to having another.

 

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