People used to go to Reno NV to get divorced, but now you can go there to get hitched to today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe Subaru. That is, if you don’t mind the mileage she carries.
It’s an old movie trope that all it takes to turn a nerdy girl into a raging boner-maker is to strip away the trappings of her nerd-dom. Remove the heavy, unflattering glasses; the baggy, ill-fitting clothes; and the unfashionable scrunchy trapping her flowing locks, and suddenly she’s hotter than the sun.
A similar thing has happened in real life to what once were Porsche’s least-loved products in that today they are gaining long overdue appreciation. Unlike those women in the movies whose inner foxiness just needed to be revealed, cars like the 914 and the 924 have always been pretty great, it’s just as though, I guess, no one was looking.
We’re looking now, and we liked what we saw with last Friday’s 1987 Porsche 924S. That car came away carrying a soild 78% Nice Price win, which is laudable, and probably means that within five years there won’t be a single drivable used Porsche available for under twenty grand.
We’ll just have to make do with other fun cars, perhaps from brands whose every single product doesn’t eventually become an aspiration. Maybe in fact, something like this 2000 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS.
Hell, we love these things.
You all most likely know the 2.5 RS as one of Subaru’s stabs at the fat guy in a little coat style of performance car, stuffing the 2.5-litre engine from the Legacy into the smaller Impreza body. Here that’s the 165-bhp/167 lb-ft of torque SOHC EJ25 which is better all around than the DOHC head leakers that came before. A five speed stick and Subaru’s patented AWD play wingmen.
The RS had the show to keep up with the go, featuring a rally-inspired front end and holier than thou hood. Along with that came a spoiler on the boot that doesn’t obstruct your view of cop car light bars.
This one looks immaculate both inside and out. It does have a recent (’14) respray in the factory silver, but is otherwise un-modded on the outside, even down to the factory alloys. The interior is likewise nearly stock, with just the notable exceptions of tinted glass and an aftermarket radio to keep it from a perfect score.
It’s not often that you get a totally non-douchy vibe from a Craigslist ad, but that’s seemingly the case here. The seller notes that he’s the car’s only owner so far and that he’s treated it as well as he could, with regular fluid changes and the keeping of smoking, milkshake-spilling pets out of it.
He also mentions the issues with the car, which include a CEL caused by the cat (fix that, dude!) and that it sucks down a third of a quart of oil every fill-up. Aside from that and a cracked fog light lens, the car is claimed to function every which way but loose. It also comes with an extra set of studded tires if you’re into that sort of thing.
Also, it has 297,000 miles on the clock. Damn right that’s a lot. The seller says he lives out in the boonies and that most of those miles are highway, but still that’s a stretch of highway.
Few people would consider ANY car with that kind of mileage, but then we’re not few people, and this is a pretty rare beast that looks like it’s survived those miles admirably. The question is, are those miles going to be an impediment to the seller getting his $5,500 asking?
How do you feel about it? Would you think someone was crazy for spending $5,500 for this high-mileage, but also highly desirable RS? Or, does that seem like a damn good deal for this car that doesn’t seem to show its age?
H/T to imprezanoturbo for the hookup!
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