View Full Version : Used Infiniti I30 or Subaru Forester (both '98)?


John Mikejones
08-07-2009, 12:22 AM
I've got a tough decision coming up right now. I'm about to buy my first car ('I'm 17). Both have four doors. Both have 183,000 miles and are the 1998 model. Here's what I know about the two cars:
Suburu:
Book value: $1,500
Selling for $2,500
Good in the snow, 4 wheel drive. Front breaks didn't work well but the dealer said he fixed them. Radio/speakers may not work.
I have read reviews, and they are in the middle. Some say it's the best car they've had, others say to never buy a Suburu after the experiences they've had. The clock doesn't work anymore as well, which is usual for the '98 Forester. I live in NH, so it's always good to have a car with good handling in crappy conditions. Since we would be paying $1,000 more than the book value is, I'm skeptical... Looks kinda gay.
It sold for around $22,000.
It is inspected and has a sticker on it.

Infiniti:
Book value:$8,000
Selling for $2,000
Rated consumer report's #1 used car. Very reliable. Best looking car I've probably ever seen, it's my dream car. It has front wheel drive. It was $30,000 new and rated one of '98's best sudans. Has all power options, including sunroof!! All reviews I read praised this car on all aspects.
It is not inspected and it does not have a sticker. (I'm sure it would pass with flying colors, looks beautiful.

Which one should I choose and why? Thank you and sources would be much appreciated. I have researched both cars for hours on end, just wondering what you people are thinking!
I lied the Infiniti was actually $31,500 new.

Otto
08-07-2009, 12:23 AM
I am curious why if the Infiniti "books" for $8000 it is priced at $2000. Something doesn't add up there.

Mason
08-07-2009, 12:26 AM
I prefer the Infiniti, and it has good overall quality. The cabin is nice and luxurious, and my aunts '98 is still going strong. The Subaru is nice, but you get more for your money with the Infiniti.