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Help Needed - STI

Postby Zee » October 2nd, 2017, 10:08 am

Good day fellow 2nrs,

I am presently in a position to afford a used STI. I was seriously considering taking the plunge but needed some advice from more experienced persons.

So I am looking at a 2003 model (Peanut eye). It's basically stock except for a metal radiator, a blow off valve and an upgraded exhaust. It also has coil overs. It is for sale here on 2nr as well.

The car has some minor issues to be addressed as told by the owner - the hose for the IC sprayer is not working. It does not have a windscreen washer fluid bottle. A hose is loose which is causing loss of boost (not sure about this one). The Boost gauge is not going into boost - it is remaining in vacuum. The oil light is on due to him using aftermarket gauges to monitor temp and pressure. Brake pads need changing.

I want to use the car as a daily driver as I work about 15 mins away from home. I've been told that the car can be tuned to run on super. Is this possible and would it do any damage?

I am a normal driver and this is my first boosted car. I do not plan to launch or race or drive excessively hard for any prolonged period. So the effect on performance won't bother me if there is power loss.

Outside of that, what can you guys guide me on before I take this step.

I look forward to the feedback, thanks!

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Re: Help Needed - STI

Postby brakefluid » October 3rd, 2017, 5:06 pm

Firstly you always have little fixing to do. High performance cars need attention. From brakes to fuses to just about anything. Does not mean that something is wrong with the car but high performance requires high attention.

If the car not going into boost it could be as simple as fixing the vacuum line which is a 1 minute fix i cant see why he didnt fix it right away (unless there is more tothe problem ). The car could be tuned to run on super as well. If the oil pressure gauge is working then is no worries just the annoying oil light in the panel but it should be fixed.

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Re: Help Needed - STI

Postby Aaron 2NR » October 3rd, 2017, 6:57 pm

I'd get a competent mechanic to check those issues out first...

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Re: Help Needed - STI

Postby branbran » October 3rd, 2017, 7:11 pm

Hey Get someone who knows about Subarus to check it sounds like a headache to me also check to see if the gasket blow there are a few ways to check this so get a mechanic to go with you. Don't rush and buy any car before you check it out inside out. Depends on the price of you getting a good deal and would have extra cash to sort it out then it's cool.

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Re: Help Needed - STI

Postby Zee » October 3rd, 2017, 7:26 pm

Thanks for the feedback guys. No longer going with that vehicle. Open to options right now

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Re: Help Needed - STI

Postby racedriverpro » October 3rd, 2017, 7:42 pm

There are easier ways to get an STI...most cost alot to manage.

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Re: Help Needed - STI

Postby Zee » October 3rd, 2017, 9:04 pm

racedriverpro wrote:There are easier ways to get an STI...most cost alot to manage.

You mean to do a conversion?

I'm actually thinking WRX now.. maybe less stress?

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Re: Help Needed - STI

Postby racedriverpro » October 4th, 2017, 8:17 am

Zee wrote:
racedriverpro wrote:There are easier ways to get an STI...most cost alot to manage.

You mean to do a conversion?

I'm actually thinking WRX now.. maybe less stress?
Lol...nah thats not what I was saying.

Budget and ability to maintain is everything with these cars.

Imo good mechanics are few and far apart wrt to skills etc. Working on Subarus is time consuming most times, which mechanics usually charge a premium price for. More downtime at the mechanic in some cases due to the workload of the few 'specialist' mechanics around.

What are ur reasons for wanting a WRX/STi? I suspect peformance that u would not get wit a Honda.

Oh yeah doh waste time and money with conversion. Can be 'fun' if u doing the work.

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Re: Help Needed - STI

Postby air wick » October 5th, 2017, 9:11 am

Make sure the chassis code is GDB (legit STi)

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Re: Help Needed - STI

Postby Zee » October 5th, 2017, 1:20 pm

racedriverpro wrote:
Zee wrote:
racedriverpro wrote:There are easier ways to get an STI...most cost alot to manage.

You mean to do a conversion?

I'm actually thinking WRX now.. maybe less stress?
Lol...nah thats not what I was saying.

Budget and ability to maintain is everything with these cars.

Imo good mechanics are few and far apart wrt to skills etc. Working on Subarus is time consuming most times, which mechanics usually charge a premium price for. More downtime at the mechanic in some cases due to the workload of the few 'specialist' mechanics around.

What are ur reasons for wanting a WRX/STi? I suspect peformance that u would not get wit a Honda.

Oh yeah doh waste time and money with conversion. Can be 'fun' if u doing the work.


lol, ok..

I should be able to maintain it, once parts are easy to come by

I agree about the mechanic situation - but I have friends who are versed and can assist.

I always wanted a STI, and now I can afford it. I present have a 2016 Civic, and it is about the best car I've owned to date.

I dont want a conversion or even a modded STI, the more original - the better.

thanks for the comments tho

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Re: Help Needed - STI

Postby Zee » October 5th, 2017, 1:21 pm

air wick wrote:Make sure the chassis code is GDB (legit STi)


I got that info yesterday. Saw the plate and firewall and cert copy. Looks legit.

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Re: Help Needed - STI

Postby racedriverpro » October 5th, 2017, 1:39 pm

Zee wrote:
racedriverpro wrote:
Zee wrote:
racedriverpro wrote:There are easier ways to get an STI...most cost alot to manage.

You mean to do a conversion?

I'm actually thinking WRX now.. maybe less stress?
Lol...nah thats not what I was saying.

Budget and ability to maintain is everything with these cars.

Imo good mechanics are few and far apart wrt to skills etc. Working on Subarus is time consuming most times, which mechanics usually charge a premium price for. More downtime at the mechanic in some cases due to the workload of the few 'specialist' mechanics around.

What are ur reasons for wanting a WRX/STi? I suspect peformance that u would not get wit a Honda.

Oh yeah doh waste time and money with conversion. Can be 'fun' if u doing the work.


lol, ok..

I should be able to maintain it, once parts are easy to come by

I agree about the mechanic situation - but I have friends who are versed and can assist.

I always wanted a STI, and now I can afford it. I present have a 2016 Civic, and it is about the best car I've owned to date.

I dont want a conversion or even a modded STI, the more original - the better.

thanks for the comments tho
No scn...there are additional things to check for with regards to engine health etc.

1. Observe engine noises upon cold start and run. Some indicators of bad bearing, wrist pin, rods etc are not always noticeable when engine is warm.

2. Observe exhaust during cold start...look for idicators of buring oil due to turbo or valves....never heara of issues with valves tho.

3. Ohhhhh and always pull a learning view from the ecu to check for evidence of knock/deton through reduced timing and IAM.

4. I wouldn't buy if owner used/uses super.

5. Ask if car was tuned and by whom...

6. Do a full suspension and undercarriage check.

Subaru community isnt that close knit but some really good Subaru guys around and we try to assist in any way that we can...

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Re: Help Needed - STI

Postby 16 cycles » October 11th, 2017, 9:39 am

viewtopic.php?f=34&t=229229&p=3178299&hilit=gdb#p3178299

^ take a read....


oil light on is a major concern....to me at least...

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Re: Help Needed - STI

Postby crazybalhead » October 11th, 2017, 9:59 am

I strongly disagree with "performance cars always have issues" only when people neglect or do nonsense. That oil light on is a worry. No boost, big worry. The sprayer bottle missing means accident and then a shoddy repair in my opinion. I would not buy that car. Just my 2c. Especially not for a daily driver.

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Re: Help Needed - STI

Postby Aaron 2NR » October 15th, 2017, 11:12 am

Exactly

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