Last post on Oct 03, 2011 at 12:55 PM
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Subaru Impreza, Sedan, Wagon
#35 of 44 Re: used impreza [mdawg25]
Jul 29, 2008 (3:52 am)
I'd go for an Impreza L 97-01 which comes with a 2.2L engine which is nearly bullit proof. You cannot get anywhere near the performance of the turbo motors but the L is a great car to learn to drive with. I suggest an MT trans on it as well. Don't let folks tell you that you need a turbo or even need near-turbo performance. I road raced a 95 Impreza L w/AT as well as auto-xed it and it's a perfect car to really learn to drive w/o the aid of power that usually masks a poor drivers skills due to the power overcoming their lack of skills.
Learn to drive a slow car fast and then you can drive a fast car, even faster!
Jul 29, 2008 (8:11 pm)
That's what I needed to hear. I was under the impression that without the turbo it was underpowered. I thought i'd be fine without it all along, i just needed reassurance. Plus, i need all the insurance breaks i can get. Thanks for your help
#38 of 44 2.5L engine
Jul 30, 2008 (11:15 am)
Are there more problems with the 2.5 engine than just the head gasket? The only cars i can find within that year range have the 2.5 engine. What about the 2003 model year? there are a lot more of those around here that the older ones and they are still in my price range.
#39 of 44 Re: 2002 Subaru Transmission Problems [paisan]
Jul 31, 2008 (6:24 am)
The OE gears are made to handle 227hp and he's pushing 300hp, so the new gearset is solid advice.
#40 of 44 Re: 2.5L engine [mdawg25]
Jul 31, 2008 (6:25 am)
Right around 2003 they revised the gasket material and we noticed a dramatic drop in head gasket failures here on Edmunds. Even Consumer Reports reflects this improvement in their detailed reliability scores.
Just get an 03 or newer (inspect for oil leaks to be safe), or any 2.2l.
#41 of 44 Re: 2002 Subaru Transmission Problems [paisan]
Jul 31, 2008 (5:25 pm)
Does anyone have any idea how much hp an RA gearset can handle with no problem. Would my subi at about 300 put it on the edge.
#42 of 44 Re: 2002 Subaru Transmission Problems [dsubi]
Jul 31, 2008 (5:38 pm)
The RA gearset can handle a lot of power, probably 500 crank, maybe more.
It isn't cheap, IIRC it's around $1900 + labor (which can be $2-3k maybe more) so you are looking at roughly about $5-7k for the trans.
#43 of 44 wheel bearings 02 WRX
Oct 03, 2011 (12:23 pm)
Anyone had to replace wheel bearings on their WRX? Mine is '02 wagon with about 134K miles, driven in hot arizona for the past 3 years. Dealer service says "it's the heat and dust here that kills 'em." Cost for 2 front $1100 (only one is making noise now).
#44 of 44 Re: wheel bearings 02 WRX [02wrxaz]
Oct 03, 2011 (12:55 pm)
Price seems way high to me. Get a 2nd price estimate from another shop.