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Old 07 Apr 2009, 06:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hi all, as you can see from my thread count i'm a bit new to the subaru scene.

I am currrently in the process of buying an impreza 2000 turbo estate 1994 and would appreciate some advice on what to look for when viewing the car, i've already won the auction on ebay and i am viewing the car on saturday i am totaly going to be buying the car blind as i dont know anything about subaru's (and i mean nothing) so HELP please lol.
Here's the link on ebay.

Subaru Impreza Turbo 'M' Reg UK Car on eBay, also, Subaru, Cars, Cars, Parts Vehicles (end time 05-Apr-09 20:00:00 BST)
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Old 07 Apr 2009, 07:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Subaru Impreza - Buying Checklist have a look at that fella

definitely ask for receipts about the new engine, find out if its a recon or not. I'd be very wary about the new engine and "thousands spent". Also don't beleive its pushing 300 without proof. Remember, don't buy if you are not 100% happy. Take a friend or family member along to be a sensible voice. There are plenty wagons out there.
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Old 07 Apr 2009, 08:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Subaru Impreza - Buying Checklist have a look at that fella

definitely ask for receipts about the new engine, find out if its a recon or not. I'd be very wary about the new engine and "thousands spent". Also don't beleive its pushing 300 without proof. Remember, don't buy if you are not 100% happy. Take a friend or family member along to be a sensible voice. There are plenty wagons out there.
Thanks for the reply and the guy who's selling the car says he has receipts for the work done on the engine so i'm hoping that wont be a problem and i am taking my brother-in-law along whos a semi qualified mechanic plus the wife so hopefully i wont be lead astray lol.

How reliable is the subaru engine in general as like i say i dont have a clue? Is there anything i should look for to avoid also are there any parts of the body that are prone to rust?

I own a series2 rs turbo aswell and i dont want to go down the the rust road again that keeps me busy in that department lol

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first question i'd ask is is it mapped for the new engine/turbo etc?

had a quick look at the link and it looks tidgy enough, not bad for 1500 lol do you know who built and fitted the engine?
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Like said above be wary and bring a good mechanic to check it out for you
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Old 08 Apr 2009, 05:14 PM   #6 (permalink)
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first question i'd ask is is it mapped for the new engine/turbo etc?

had a quick look at the link and it looks tidgy enough, not bad for 1500 lol do you know who built and fitted the engine?
I'm not sure who built and fitted the engine but the guy did say the fueling has been set up as before it was running loads of boost but the fuelling was incorrect which is why the original engine went pop, when/if i buy the car i'm going to find a decent tuner/rolling road and have it set up for piece of mind, which leads me on to my next question anyone know of any decent scooby tuners down here in kent because that will be my first port of call.

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Old 08 Apr 2009, 05:27 PM   #7 (permalink)
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South East London...

www.slowboy-racing.co.uk - Offline

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Xtreme Scoobies - Tel: 01245 363623

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Mocom Racing - Performance car and trackday products

Not sure of any in Kent though.

Find out where the engine came from and why it was taking out in the first place. It has 2,000 miles on, can he prove that? what were the 2,000 miles, has he driven it since the new engine. If he can't answer those (which if its the real deal, he should) stay away.

Its cheap, so expect something to up with it, don't go thinking its perfect and you'll never have to spend a penny on it. Then you won't be disappointed.

Scoobs sound completely different to any other car when idlling, almost misfiring sound.

Ask about oil changes and servicing, what fuel he has been using.
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cheers strat i will bear you advice in mind and i am expecting there to be some minor faults for the price i will have to see what happens on saturday mate.
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just let us know...and remember....its easy to buy but if its duff its not easy to sell on! and there are enough around to find a perfect one. You might find that for 2K you get a great one
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just let us know...and remember....its easy to buy but if its duff its not easy to sell on! and there are enough around to find a perfect one. You might find that for 2K you get a great one
i'll keep you posted mate.
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Any more valued advice greatly received.
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