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Old 07 Jan 2010, 03:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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WRX with STi badging?

hey all, yesterday i was having a look at a 97 impreza the owner is selling as an STi. it was convincing that it was indeed an STi because of all the badging and work (kit, seats, lights) and everything that's been done to it.

however, on getting home i have been online and have a few questions. does the 97 STi:

- come with the DCCD or is it on later models?
- have the water spray for the intercooler?

please help before i buy a WRX thinking it's an STi
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Old 07 Jan 2010, 08:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: WRX with STi badging?

I would say to check the V5 or get the chasis number and call Subaru
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however, on getting home i have been online and have a few questions. does the 97 STi:

- come with the DCCD or is it on later models?
- have the water spray for the intercooler?

please help before i buy a WRX thinking it's an STi
If it has the DCCD and water spray then it is an STi, and the best sort to boot; an STi Type RA.

If you can post up the applied model code (if you know it) or pics will be able to tell you what it is. Did it have a roof vent?
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Old 07 Jan 2010, 09:30 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: WRX with STi badging?

isn't red stitching on the gear knob, handbrake and steering wheel a good giveaway on an sti. However, the best way would be to post up the 'applied model code' on the vin plate under the bonnet, and i'm sure we can work it out.
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Old 07 Jan 2010, 09:45 AM   #5 (permalink)
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isn't red stitching on the gear knob, handbrake and steering wheel a good giveaway on an sti. However, the best way would be to post up the 'applied model code' on the vin plate under the bonnet, and i'm sure we can work it out.
Stitching on my gear knob and handbrake has worn away and is now black. Biggest giveaways will be manifold (painted red), front strut brace will be carbon STi, suspension (pink struts) and brakes (4 pot fronts). if it has the standard muffler on will be a single pipe with STi embossed on it. Also front seats should have STi stitching in red on them, and you say the car has these.

By the way, non RA STi's DON'T have the DCCD or I/C water spray. Only the new age cars came with those on the base model STi.

Apllied mode code would be the easiest way to identify the car though.
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Old 07 Jan 2010, 09:47 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Re: WRX with STi badging?

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By the way, non RA STi's DON'T have the DCCD or I/C water spray. Only the new age cars came with those on the base model STi.

Apllied mode code would be the easiest way to identify the car though.
Didnt know that
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