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Old 09 Apr 2004, 05:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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WRX noob question (hi all)

How do everyone,
I'm looking for WRX estates, the other half having decided they are Sensible Transport. Quite right too.
But I'm a bit confused about some basics, even after lots of web scouring...
I take it these are all grey imports or (personal imports)?
I assume the main dealers would get sniffy about servicing if so, and servicing needs to be done by someone clued up on turbos etc.
We're looking at 94/95 ones in the main. I'm confused about the power of these - is it 215-ish or 260-ish (as someone has told me).
Are they Ok to run on normal unleaded, or do they need super?
Looked at a nice low mileage one today, but it had a bit of oil sitting on top of the engine - sounded very sweet, but... I guess I shouldn't touch it ?

Sorry to ask so many qq's all at once. Any guidance much appreciated, & thanx for reading this far!!
Cheers all,
Bill
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Old 10 Apr 2004, 03:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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How it going bill? sorry for the late reply - i think alot of the drivers are out and about for easter

However, i've just got back from a 60'000 mile service :shock: but i'm chuffed to say is all is well

In answer to your question the impreza was introduced into the uk from 94 (initially as estate / 5 door hatch)... Unsure if these were WRX (could have been import)

I believe that the 5 door wrx knocked out power of around 220 mark.

I found one on auto trader 1995 SUBARU IMPREZA WRX, 1995, M
reg. 60000 miles, 5 dr, Mica Black, full electric pack, PAS, ABS, Aircon, performance exhaust, CD player, new cam belt, very good condition. 5,850 . ono.
Tel: 07881 828439


Dont worry about asking too many questions - we were all in the same boat at one point, all asking questions and looking for help :wink:

Hope that answers some of your questions...
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Old 10 Apr 2004, 03:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi m8, cheers for that. Nice car btw :wink:
Saw an OK one yesterday, saw a nice clean one today & trying to get to one tomorrow.
Todays had nice Scooby 17" on but Wanli tyres... WTF?? Never heard of them. but reviews seem to say theyre about OK
It also had what I now realise is an STI badge which must I assume be a spot of fakery
Dead keen now. And the other half is OK with it cos its an estate. Lordy!

Only other question is, servicing - does it need the hands of a specialist? Turbo or hot car places?
And the petrol thing as before

I am a tad nervous coming from 2 wheels & a dinosaur (1970 mustang) but so looking forward to it!!
cheers again,
Bill
Nice site too m8, it deserves to grow & get busy,,,
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Old 10 Apr 2004, 04:53 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hello Bill, Petrol - its always advised to put in the better stuff into the tank (as with any turbo) the better the petrol the less chance there is to clog the fileters etc. But there are no premium leaded petrol sellers around where i live and getting premium petrol would costs half a tank! - so i use normal unleaded --- and its fine.. Just dont put diesel in :shock: --- or refering to another topic Cooking Oil http://www.subaru-impreza.org/subaru...topic.php?t=20 8)

I never forget one comment i saw about a chap that used to run a Honda Type R - his missus said he needed to get rid of it becuase its not sensible - so he bought an STI ~(and she was ok with it) :? :?

Trust me you will love the car - especially if your are keen on bikes!
The mustang sounds interesting too.

The servicing is another question - would you take it to a subaru dealer? like if you bought a car with full subaru serivce history would you continue? Subaru are expensive compared to others but at least they know what they are doing

Thanks for your comments about the site and fingers crossed it will grow to be a useful resource oneday! - we'll see

All the best
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Old 10 Apr 2004, 05:38 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Cheers again... The cooking oil thing is tops isn't it. I saw that post, saw a thing on Top Gear i think as well. Dead good.
Petrol - sounds good - i did read that there were a couple of instances of engines going pop on 95RON. I'll use super unleaded whenever possible i think.
I guess I should get hold of a decent manual and check out what the services entail. Then I can decide whether my usual place can do it or if I need to go somewhere a bit posher :shock: We have a bloke who's dead good & cheap too for yer everyday cars, but i dunno if he's clued up about turbos, or if WRXs need special skills for that matter.
Mustang - i've got a a few pages here Such a different animal from the Scoob. Fun of an older (& much cruder) kind.
Really looking forward to the WRX, even if its an estate - i'm dead lucky to get the chance at all 8)

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Old 11 Apr 2004, 06:31 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Ok I had a MY93 WRX albeit a Saloon.

The Wagons as Gareth says are arbout 220BHP and run with the TD04 Turbo like the UK Imprezas do. The Saloon WRX's run with the TD05 Turbo which is bigger, gives more power but with it gives slightly more Lag. I had not problems with servigin the car although I must admit that I sat down and learnt a lot of it myself. Belive me when I say its not as scary as what people make out. I carried out Oil changes every 3K miles, Plug changes every 10-15K miles I also changed all the sensors on the car, Fuel filter, thermostat, Gerabox Oil, Fitted an Induction Kit (which was later removed), cleaned various pipes, I/C, maf sensor, I have changed the I/C.....and the list goes on.

I alsways ran the WRX on minimum of Super Unleaded (SUL) because the Import cars unless they have been remapped need 100 Ron Fuel. Average SUL is about 97 RON and Optimax is 98.2 but with this I also added a shot of Octane Booster and in my year and a half of ownership, never had any problems. I would not recommend putting Standard Unleaded fuel into an import motor as this can lead to serious engine problems !! The Uk Turbos are mapped for a lower grade of fuel (hence the reason they are lower powered than their Jap Import cousins). This means you can get away with running UK's on Normal Unleaded although again with the Scooby being such a performance motor I would run them on Superunleaded.

The thing to remember with a Jap Import is you also get a good number of extras that you don't get with the UK models, i.e Climate control, Styling, map Lightss, Tints etc.

As for Main Dealers it is very much down to your particular local dealer. Some will allow you to purchase parts from them other won't and again IIRC most dealers will not service Imports either. There are however plenty of good Scooby Tuners dotted around the country and a wealth of 'Parts' sites on the web.

I do have the original Scooby workshop manuals on a cd - which includes everything from the dimensions of you Scoob to the wiring layout - to changing a cambelt etc etc. if you are interested ?

I hope this helps ?

As Gareth says - buy one you will not be disappointed
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Old 11 Apr 2004, 07:46 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Hi Nelson,
Thanks for that, it was useful indeed. Yes, I would like that manual, sending a PM.
Cheers,
Bill
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Old 11 Apr 2004, 10:23 PM   #8 (permalink)
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