I am in a band, we are going on tour this summer and have been looking around at Subarus and other wagons. The other day, we were avoiding some Philadelphia traffic and came upon a gas/service station with a 2001 Subaru Outback out front. It would be perfect. There is a picture of it below.
There’s one thing - the engine was rebuilt. The lady who owned it busted a water hose, kept going, and over heated the engine. She didn’t have money to fix it so the mechanic bought it from her, rebuilt the engine - replaced the heads, gaskets, thermostat - “completely” he said - and is just sort of trying to get his money back. He said the engine block was level when he checked and that it wasn’t a “bad” burn-up, if that even applies.
My dad knows plenty about cars but lives a ways away so can’t come see it. He is extra skeptical. He told me that once an engine overheats, it will never be the same. That you can never quit check everything that could be effected by a scorching. Like, even the metal of the engine will be susceptible to serious problems in the future, stuff will wear faster, and that it’s not worth the risk.
so basically, my question is - is this car a potential good deal or a ticking time bomb money hole??
It has 131,000 miles on it, new tires, and has been taken care of. We drove it twice and it seemed to run nice both times - responded well and sounded good. we cut what i think is a great deal with him for $3000 cash and the trade-in of our 1993 Nissan Sentra. I put down a deposit so that he would hold it for us into this week.
Would appreciate any advice! thank you much,