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alostsok 02-22-2013 08:33 AM

'05 LGT Wagon w/ 89k - What to do?
 
I might get torched for this, but I need some advice, so here goes

I got my '05 LGT 5MT Wagon 3.5 years ago with 35k on the odo. I have 89k on the odo now, and I still owe $7k (I rolled in some $ from a previous car).

Car has been obviously great, but now I feel like I've come to pivot -- Either I sell now (while the miles still make it attractive to another buyer), or I keep it for the long haul (and not expect to get anything for it later).

Part of me wants something new, but there isn't anything out there matching exactly what I want (manual wagon that's not a turd), and the other stuff is much more expensive.

So, do I dig in for the long haul and, if so, what am I facing in terms of maintenance/repairs? And if I keep it for the long haul, do I finally spend the $500 to get an AP (I never wanted before in case I was going to sell the car -- I wanted to sell it as being "stock")? Or should I avoid adding one at this point?

Or do I sell it now, shed the $7k, and look for something newer?

I can live paying down the $7k to keep this car, I'm just afraid that I'll start incurring substantial repair and maintenance bills. I'm starting to see some small issues here and there, and I am afraid it's coming. Also, should I steer clear of the AP if I'm afraid of added repair costs?

Thanks.

lgt_nube 02-22-2013 08:41 AM

I can only offer one data point, my 2005 LGT Wagon (5EAT) with almost 150k miles. Essentially no repairs except for replacing the front control arm bushings.

StoplightAssassin 02-22-2013 08:53 AM

Keep the car. You have a manual wagon. Keep it in good shape. Do all the maintenance, Keep all of the records. Get a APv2 and flash stg 1. You'll have a renewed joy for your car.

In a few years after you've paid off the car, it WILL be worth something considering you've kept it in good condition.

As you've discovered, performance manual wagons have gone the way of the Dodo. Maybe by the time you're finally ready to sell, CTS-V wagons will be in your price range.

Shello007 02-22-2013 02:11 PM

I would have given my left Pecan for a 5MT Wagon. You have no Idea what a unique gem you have. They are so rare.

12sechatch 02-22-2013 02:22 PM

"they are so rare", and yet, lots of people on this site have them. meh

silvaman61 02-22-2013 02:32 PM

You should sell it









To me

BoozeRS05 02-22-2013 02:42 PM

Keep it, and add some mods. Stay on your maintenance in the meantime, because 89k miles isn't much, bought my LGT 5mt wagon last year with 106k miles.

JDM rear sway bar and some mild lowering springs, Cobb AP, UP and DP. You'll basically have a new car.

BoozeRS05 02-22-2013 02:45 PM

What color is it? There were only 86 of my exact model made in the entire N. America.

Max Capacity 02-22-2013 02:50 PM

What color is your's, mine one of 108 made in black.

Keep it get Cobb AP v2 and flash to stage 1. Where did I read that before...

Keep an eye on the oil level, top it off as needed.

Save up for a turbo just in case. Learn how the turbo sounds. If the sound changes ask us about it. Mine whined for about a 1000 miles before it whistled one morning when leaving the house. I parked it and replaced the turbo, with no engine damage.

Mine has been on a stage 1 or better tune since 8000 miles.

Read on here and find out more about the car and become a active member.

alostsok 02-22-2013 02:57 PM

thanks for all the responses.

It's RGP.

Don't get me wrong, it's been a great car, and I don't know what else I would even get (unless I was in a position to spend a lot more).

I've been debating getting the AP to convince myself just to keep it (I'm sure it will do the trick in that regard), but I'm concerned about having to spend an additional couple of grand on maintenance/repairs (either with or without the AP) in the next year or two just to decide it's no longer worth keeping it after I'm at 110k+ mi. and with an AP, making it all the less desirable for someone else, you know?

It seems like the choice is: sell it now or drive it another 60k miles.

I'm stupid

Max Capacity 02-22-2013 03:03 PM

Did you have the timing belt changed at 105,000 miles ?

These cars are better when they are not on the OEM tune. Get the car off of that.

Save your money and keep the car. Put some money aside for repairs.

At least you know what you got and not someone problem they sold...

alostsok 02-22-2013 03:20 PM

i'm at 89k mi. now, so not yet.

Max Capacity 02-22-2013 03:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by alostsok (Post 4307051)
i'm at 89k mi. now, so not yet.

Then what was this, "I'm at 110k+ mi. and with an AP,"

12sechatch 02-22-2013 03:33 PM

^you have to read the whole sentence. If you just read the bolded, you'll get confused ;)

"but I'm concerned about having to spend an additional couple of grand on maintenance/repairs in the next year or two just to decide it's no longer worth keeping it after I'm at 110k+ mi. and with an AP, making it all the less desirable for someone else, you know?"

ttnio 02-22-2013 03:51 PM

Indeed!!!They are rare. This is the place to shop for those rarities. Go with your gusto young man ...

Quote:

Originally Posted by 12sechatch (Post 4306959)
"they are so rare", and yet, lots of people on this site have them. meh



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