On 2-26-16 I purchased a 1999 Subaru Legacy Outback wagon. 131,000 miles. I bought it at a garage that specializes in oil changes. They usually have a couple used cars on hand for sale. A search of the VIN shows it is an ltd edition. It looked great inside and out. The guy who runs the garage assured me it was a nice car, but when he tried to start it, it wouldn't start. He had to put a booster on it. He insisted it had started ok a few hours earlier and that most likely one of the doors was not closed tight. Maybe I should have taken that as a warning, but my only other car died and I needed transportation. It started quickly and was very quiet running.
I bought it for $2,600. For the first day I started it every few hours to make sure the battery
stayed charged. Then I let it set for a little over 24 hours without starting it. When I tried to start it, it would not start. It started ok with a boost. I took it to another garage and the alternator and battery checked out ok. I was told it could be a short.
For the next few days, as long as I started it every few hours, it started ok, but if it sat for a day, it would not start. I called the garage I bought it from and he sent someone here to give me a boost. Again the car started ok and ran ok. I drove it back to the garage where I bought it and he said he thought the battery terminals were very dirty, so cleaned them.
When I went out Saturday morning I noticed the "Check Engine" light was on. I did an internet search about that and found that Autozone will do a test when the "Check Engine" light comes on and I planned on taking the car to the local Autozone today.
This afternoon the car started, but not as easily as before. I shut it off until I was ready to go to Autozone and when I tried to start it again, it wouldn't do anything. Wouldn't even turn over. Before when what I presumed was the battery, there was a clicking when I tried to start it. Today when I turned the key, there was no sound at all.
Did I get sold a clunker? Have I lost $2,600?
I'm going to call the garage again tomorrow for another boost. He has insisted he will make good on the sale and make sure it is repaired. Hopefully his word is good.