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Old 14 Feb 2009, 03:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Looking at my first subaru, 03 WRX Wagon

First time poster here!
I am looking at an 03 WRX Wagon, what are the general toughts anout this car? I already know everyone thinks Subaru's are great, I am more interested in the weaknesses in this particular car, as well as the things that tend to go bad.
Also what are some basic mods that everyone recomends, besides intake and exahust, I need to maintain my reliablity and fuel milage as I drive to Colorado, about 400 miles each way, 1-2 times a month. I want a car that is a bit more spirited to drive then stock!

Thanks for the suggestions and information and I look forward to being a part of the comunity!
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Old 14 Feb 2009, 01:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Looking at my first subaru, 03 WRX Wagon

Hi mate and welcome to the site!

Used to own a wagon myself, classic though. Great motor. Was functional when you needed it to be but was also capable of putting a grin a mile wide on my face when i wanted that too.

For basic mods, take a look at this link:


As for problems with and '03 not too sure as I've only ever owned classics I'm afraid. I will say though ensure you change engine oil regularly (with a good quality fully synth) and stick to the service schedules. All common sense but even more important with cars like these than your average run around. Car should then see you right for a good while.
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Old 14 Feb 2009, 04:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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03 - 06 STis had known issues. "rear strut clunk" this is commonly attributed to the rear top hat (the piece below the hard plastic piece with the three bolts sticking out)/ springs, and can be lessened with aftermarket suspension struts, or aftermarket springs.

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Re: Looking at my first subaru, 03 WRX Wagon

Regarding fuel on a run find scoobys pretty good-keep them off boost in top gear(basing this on my classic shape uk turbo)at around 70-80mph an i reckon i get around 30 miles to the gallon possibly a few more/local runnings poor at around 18mpg and with a heavy right foot can get down to single figures if i try.
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Old 14 Feb 2009, 06:34 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Looking at my first subaru, 03 WRX Wagon

Engine wise listen out for knocking in engine on cold could indicate bottom end bearing damage then when shutting down the engine the turbo should spool down straight away if it takes longer than 12-13seconds could have a problem with the turbo make sure they no crunching between the gear changes check for knocks from suspension and as Wayne said service it at the proper intervals
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