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#1 2020-03-03 10:45:47

maljason
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05 9-2x Linear Automatic - Good deal?

I'm looking for a new car and am intrigued by a 9-2x, 2005 Linear, Automatic, 96k miles.

They're asking 4k - is this a decent price? And if I get it, what should I expect as a new owner? Future maintenance/repair costs reasonable? Any advice is helpful.

Thanks all!

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#2 2020-03-03 12:42:19

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Re: 05 9-2x Linear Automatic - Good deal?

Timing belt needs to get changed at 100k, has it had this service? Typical cost for a timing belt change is $1k+

If you live in a place where it snows you should check for rust - rear shock towers have a known problem with rusting bbaadd. Search around on this forum for some fantastic pictures of rusty shock towers


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#3 2020-03-03 13:09:38

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Re: 05 9-2x Linear Automatic - Good deal?

Not sure if this is the car or not:

https://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/deta … /overview/

But that it is in Florida bodes well for the condition of the strut towers if it is.

However, $4k for a Linear seems steep to me, even with the low mileage. As stated above, the timing belt is 7 years OR 105k miles. If it hasn't been done yet, it's 5+ years overdue...

However, I'd buy this all day long for $500 over a Linear:
https://www.truecar.com/used-cars-for-s … utotempest

EDIT: as info, I sold my from-Vermont-and-rusty-crusty 2005 Aero in November 2016 for $3500. Stupid price? Sure. But I put 35 Franklins in my pocket for it with no strings attached...

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#4 2020-03-03 14:27:35

maljason
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Re: 05 9-2x Linear Automatic - Good deal?

Thanks for these responses! I went and looked at it but didn't make the purchase (yet, at least). Runs and drives really solid, and I saw no rust anywhere. But there were a couple of dings and one fairly significant dent, and even in excellent condition the KBB value tops out at about 3900. So I offered 3,400 (owner of the used car lot wasn't there, so left my offer with someone else). We'll see if they call back.

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#5 2020-03-03 15:31:27

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Re: 05 9-2x Linear Automatic - Good deal?

i would confirm that the shock tower have no rust....this is very very important.... if the car spent ANY time in the northern part of north america it will have rust...its  just a question of how bad and if the car is salvageable....not trying to scare

if its a southern car you will probably be fine...but fold down the rear seats and look for ANY rust on the seat latch on the towers..... oh and do a quick search on the forum for rusty shock towers....


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#6 2020-03-03 19:15:20

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Re: 05 9-2x Linear Automatic - Good deal?

jixaw wrote:

but fold down the rear seats and look for ANY rust on the seat latch on the towers.....

This won't show anything, nor will popping the covers off the strut towers. If you can't tear the interior apart (which is understandable), get a strong flashlight and inspect the wheel wells behind the seat latches, ideally with the rear wheels off the car.

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#7 2020-03-13 23:37:00

Hexomnia
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Re: 05 9-2x Linear Automatic - Good deal?

maljason wrote:

I'm looking for a new car and am intrigued by a 9-2x, 2005 Linear, Automatic, 96k miles.

They're asking 4k - is this a decent price? And if I get it, what should I expect as a new owner? Future maintenance/repair costs reasonable? Any advice is helpful.

Thanks all!

It depends. 4k for the car itself is a bit much. But to an owner's perspective, it's worth quite a bit. Also, you should take into account the rarity of this car. And maintenance will be hell. It's hard to find parts for the 9-2x nowadays. But it's still a good buy nonetheless.

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#8 2020-03-14 08:09:46

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Re: 05 9-2x Linear Automatic - Good deal?

thejameshimself wrote:

Timing belt needs to get changed at 100k, has it had this service? Typical cost for a timing belt change is $1k+

If you live in a place where it snows you should check for rust - rear shock towers have a known problem with rusting bbaadd. Search around on this forum for some fantastic pictures of rusty shock towers

Timing belt change interval is not only based on mileage.  It is also based on time.  Belt change would be way overdue (based on time) if it has not been performed.

105K miles or 105 months IIRC


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#9 2020-03-14 14:41:20

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Re: 05 9-2x Linear Automatic - Good deal?

Hexomnia wrote:

And maintenance will be hell. It's hard to find parts for the 9-2x nowadays. But it's still a good buy nonetheless.

Are you insane, or trying to discourage him from picking up the car so you can get it?

Maintenance on these cars is and always has been as easy as a same-year WRX. Damned near every part is the same and most of the ones that aren't identical (struts, springs) are at least still functionally equivalent and a bolt-in swap.

Collision repair is a different story, with some different panels and light housings, but if you're resourcefrul (car-part.com, fleabay, forums) it's still doable.

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