Conundrum

subaru
used
impreza

#1

All things being equal, what would you recommend?



2006 Subaru Impreza 2.5i Station Wagon / $13K / 39K miles / Certified Pre-Owned /Carfax 1 owner

or

2007 Subaru Impreza Sedan $12K / 49K miles / Certified Pre-Owned / Dealer lifetime warranty


#2

If this is comparing apples to apples, then I’d choose the one with the warranty.


#3

“Lifetime” warranty?

10K miles is a drop in the bucket, unless you are talking about 500 versus 10,500. If the warranty is legit I would go with it too.


#4

I wonder what the dealer’s lifetime is?


#5

If you don’t need a wagon it’s a complete no brainer. Longer warranty, newer car, NOT a wagon are all positives. Carfax is irrelevant.


#6

and what it covers. . . It’s probably a lifetime warranty on something very unlikely to give out, like the oil pan or the sun visor.


#7
 [b] Dealer lifetime warranty [/b]  Yea, how old is the dealer?  Get his medical records before you put any value on that one.

#8

What does “certified pre-owned” mean anyways?? That some one can prove or authenticate it’s a used car? That shouldn’t be too hard the car is 4 years old and has 39k miles, yep it’s used!


#9

When you say CPO, that should mean that they are certified by Subaru. Make sure of that. If not, don’t buy it. I have no idea what a dealer lifetime warranty is. Read the document carefully, and decide if it means anything. As some of the other guys said, the lifetime warranty is almost certainly not a bumper-to-bumper warranty. And the warranty probably does not cover wear and tear. As a car ages, most repairs will be wear and tear, and I question the value of the lifetime warranty because of that.


#10

“Certified pre-owned” is a marketing term invented by car manufacturers to justify charging more for a used car sold at the dealership than the same used car would cost on another dealer’s lot or a private sale. Usually it means some kind of inspection and warranty. Different car makers are different so be sure to get whatever promises and claims they are making in writing.


#11

I would not buy either one; the warranty will exclude many things, as pointed out. Both cars, if not maintained meticulously since new, have the potential for expensive problems before 100,000 miles. We have a very large number of posts to back that up.

If you want a wagon, a used Ford Focus can be had for next to nothing, and you can replace many things on that before you reach the Subaru price tag. A used Toyota Matrix is a good buy as well.


#12

It’s still just another used car.