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Old 22 Mar 2010, 02:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2004 WRX Sti buying advice required

After years of yearning and dreaming of owning my own Impreza I have finally decided to the the plunge and get one (rather the wife has said I can...lol).

I have owned some pretty powerful cars in the past (Seat Leon Cupra R and Vectra 3.2 GSi) but this is the first time I am going to go for a top end but affordably realistic sports car.

Can anyone give me some advice on what I should look out for when viewing some cars. Basically I don't really know a lot on Impreza problems and want to know as much as I can as I don't want to get a dud car.

I have heard that Impreza's go through brakes and tyres a lot regardless of how you drive it, but my biggest worry is that they go through clutches a lot too. Can anyone tell me if this is true.

Also what are the servicing schedules for an Sti.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 22 Mar 2010, 04:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 2004 WRX Sti buying advice required

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Hope the links help.

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Link: 2 Subaru Impreza - Buying Checklist

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Old 23 Mar 2010, 07:58 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 2004 WRX Sti buying advice required

I had a leon turbo and vectra gsi before my first impreza.

I bought a bug eye sti and ..

- the tyres lasted 20,000 (proper geometry set up helps prolong them)
- the clutch did all the way to 70,000 until i sold the car
- brakes were ok and lasted about the same as the tyres.
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Old 23 Mar 2010, 11:09 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: 2004 WRX Sti buying advice required

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- the tyres lasted 20,000 (proper geometry set up helps prolong them)
- the clutch did all the way to 70,000 until i sold the car
- brakes were ok and lasted about the same as the tyres.
As above really.

Still on the original Subaru clutch after 90,000 miles which is pretty astonishing really .
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Old 23 Mar 2010, 12:05 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Re: 2004 WRX Sti buying advice required

Just reading your post above Dynamix. was wondering about correct settings for an 03 wrx. I've heard and got a copy of the so called 'prodrive' setings but wonder are these for a classic or do they cover all scoobys - blob eye and all?
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Re: 2004 WRX Sti buying advice required

The main thing is to get all the settings even side to side. Most geometry places have a huge margin for error so stand with them and say how precise you want them - ie precise !!

Prodrive settings will be fine for your year.
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Old 23 Mar 2010, 02:50 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Re: 2004 WRX Sti buying advice required

thanks dynamix - have a mate who sets up rally cars. Know he will do a good job!
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