I just traded my last love affair with Toyota 13 days ago and I regret it so much right now... Is my regret a mistake?
This is going to be a lot to read but I tried sectioning it off, so if you're a skimmer just skip to the last part.
I've been driving a Geo Prism (AKA Toyota Corolla) for the last 7 years, I purchased it with a salvage title (Smashed in hood that still latched and really bad front struts) for 2,400. For the life of the car I had only replace one wheel bearing (34$ junkyard), a passenger side window (50$ junkyard), one set of front rotors (AutoZone for around 80$), normal brake pad replacements when the squealing just about stopped, and oil changes always way way way to late.
Last month it started dying in reverse at low speeds.
I saw an 01 Legacy GT 5-speed for sale at a local dealership and scheduled a test drive. Loved it, the head gaskets and timing had just been done so I wasn't worried (I don't know much about Subaru's other than the 2.5 was prone to head gasket problems). I finished the drive and was ready to sign when bad news arrived from the bank, I was denied a loan based on the age of the vehicle! The finance guy told me I was in luck because they had another car they think I could get financed and they just traded for it while I was driving the 01 Legacy. I told him no thanks (thinking it'd be even older or just shitty), he convinced me to wait and to my surprise it was an 05 Legacy.
It had all the badges but the Subaru emblems taken off, I get in and it's the 5-speed with black leather (already melting). Start the drive and can't keep it from going sideways... it's the turbo, oh boy!
(should they have more power in the rear?)
I am just overjoyed at the car and made the decision to buy it than (I've never been so impulsive on a car!) They offered me $2,500 for my car bringing the price of the 05 Legacy (after trade) to $7,400.
I received a 4 month warranty on tranny and powertrain n such. As well as a lifetime engine warranty as long as I get my oil changed there and there alone. The only reason I got the warranty is because they had just gotten the car that day and hadn't had a chance to INSPECT ANYTHING. The finance guy seemed angry when I was getting the paperwork ran because this is when he realized it had the 5-speed and turbo (love badglessness).
Anyway, the car had several error codes when I checked it at autozone. Cylinder 2 & 4 misfire, waste gate error, and cat error. I also felt the brakes had some malfunction.
Took it to the dealership and they only reset the error codes saying it wasn't anything to worry about if they don't come back on. They also refinished the rotors and replace the brake pads.
I was delivering pizza the other day and I smelt this burning smell really strong (I had smelt it before and was told it was common in Subaru's) all the sudden I felt like the car lost all power it every gear, if I revved at all above 2,400-3,000 the car wouldn't accelerate at all.
Took it to the dealship and they said I was driving to hard and I should shift sooner, so I told the mechanic to drive it. He seemed pissed and he started driving, after he told me it's the clutch he started to redline the car for about a block at 20 mph. The car started SMOKING and he pulls back into the dealership telling me he did that to break whatever was wrong...
Needles to say I was PO'd to find out I needed a new clutch and flywheel n such. they quoted me at 1,600 to fix it. I freaked out a little on the sales floor and the manager pulled me into his office offering to pay for half the bill. I told him it seemed overpriced to fix (not knowing if what I was saying was true) and he countered saying he'd pay half the bill wherever I got it done, and for whatever Clutch/flywheel I get.
So my question is, what to get. This is my first manual in six years, and I plan on driving mostly in city every day a lot.
Also what else should I have inspected before the 4 month warranty runs out?