We here at TFLcar are big proponents of buying used cars. Many times, buying used can provide you with a great value for money, as well as a reliable platform. However, one must be quite careful when searching for a used car at risk of buying a piece of junk. Given our experience with a wide variety of vehicles over a long period of time, we have made a list of the top 10 used vehicles to avoid when searching for a used car. So not to give away the whole video, I will only focus on a couple of the cars mentioned.
Up first is the 2008 Subaru WRX. Often called the narrow body, this specific year of WRX came without any of the flares and body styling that made the WRX look so aggressive in the first place. The stock body panels made the car look a bit too much like a Camry and to boot, the car came with less power, only 224 in stock format. Of course it is still a WRX and there was plenty of fun to be had, but why not go for the updated version of this generation which came with significantly more power and much more aggressive styling. Why buy a WRX that looks like a Camry and goes like one too?
Next on our list of vehicles to avoid is the 1998-2004 Land Rover Discovery. While it is one of the most capable off road vehicles of its time, this generation of Discovery was a pain when it came to maintenance. Both Nathan and I have had personal experience with this vehicle and we will both say that when it was running, it was fantastic. However it was always in the shop. The car was plagued with issues ranging from bad seals on the driver window, to issues with the crank case as well as a laundry list of other problems. My dad joked that he had the cleanest Discovery in Seattle. This was due to the fact that the dealership would always wash it after a service and the fact that the car was in the shop almost every month. Furthermore, that was when the car was new! Now that it is over 10 years old, the problems will only be more frequent and severe.
To see what other cars should be avoided like Nathan after he eats some Mexican food, be sure to watch the full video above.