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Hey everyone! As my name suggest I’m a noob to the vr4 and I currently own a 2013PP Taurus SHO. I’ve always loved Japanese sports cars and hated having to sell my Miata when I moved up North but I just remembered that the VR4 exist! I found one being sold by a dealer a few hours away, it’s a 91 with 92k miles (less than my SHO) of course I have to have something that gets around in this northern weather and I was thinking about straight across trading. My only worry is running cost (SHO is stupid expensive on parts and maintenance) what should I look out for on this car? Is it reliable? This would be my only car and daily driver so I can’t be stuck on the side of the road and out of work once a month I really need something that’ll hold up. What are the weak parts of this car? I just replaced the SHO transmission and don’t wanna replace another one in another car here in 20000 miles lmao what are your guys suggestions? Should I just keep the SHO for now and enjoy my heated and cooled alcantara seats and 700 dollar passenger mirrors or will the vr4 be a reliable little tank? Also is 10888 a reasonable price?
 

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If you cannot afford a performance oriented car do not buy it. I'd never use a VR4 for a DD or any other performance car for that matter as they break and when they break you're down without a vehicle. All VR4's are old, most are going to need some sort of maintenance and they're not going to be without flaws. I'd suggest buy a cheap DD and then worry about a performance oriented car.
 

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A 91 would have to be PERFECT for that price. I doubt it's even anywhere close to perfect.

Don't forget a lot of parts are discontinued by Mitsu, sooo there's that.
 

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10888 is probably double the actual value of the 91 VR4, and that's assuming it's in very good condition with the 120k service done.

Even if your SHO is high mileage the VR4 is almost 30 yo. Many parts are becoming brittle and just falling apart due to age, even if it has been well cared for. Then you have to factor in things like ECS struts no longer being available. Regular maintenance is going to start adding up fast as the few remaining OEM parts continue to dry up.
 

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Yea, get a WRX so you can blow headgaskets and pistons and gearboxes, lol.
 

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Umm... there are Imprezas that are not WRXs...

Dude is looking for a winter DD for the north country... VR4 is not the ticket in my opinion. I DD an A4, which itself is not very maintenance friendly.

A shitty little AWD Impreza base model, will be a low maintenance "little tank".
Lol. I didn't know ANY Subaru was reliable....much less a tank.

Winter country DD? Just get a 4x4 Nissan Frontier. Far more useful than any car would be anyway and nearly the same size. That's a little tank.
 

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Clearly we can't agree on what constitutes a "little tank" dd.

Can we at least agree that a VR4 is not one?
 

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Clearly we can't agree on what constitutes a "little tank" dd.

Can we at least agree that a VR4 is not one?
I've said that since the beginning. VR4 is a tank, not an army tank...with a hole in it that's floating in a lake...it's going to sink eventually.
 

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Clearly we can't agree on what constitutes a "little tank" dd.

Can we at least agree that a VR4 is not one?
Nope, we can't. My VR4 has been great and it gets me everywhere I want to go in the winter in the Colorado mountains even though its lowered. A decent set of snow tires does wonders.

If they are maintained properly and not beat on all the time, they can be just as reliable as most any other car.
 

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The key is maintenance. If it has a proven, with paperwork, list of maintenance it should do you well. Also, I'd say it shouldn't be modified if you want to keep reliability. For 11k though it better be so mint it came out of a tictac box.

Ask for maintenance documentation. Check and make sure the oil pan isn't dented. Get her up to NOT and make sure there is no smoke, grinding, etc. Personally, I'd trade the SHO straight up for it, and look for a cheap AWD beater as my main transportation.

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