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Old 07-25-2002, 01:49 PM   #1
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Question buying a 2.5 RS--questions

Hey everyone..

I am looking at a 1999 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS, and it looks like it`s in decent condition. The guy probably drives it moderately hard, and it has some dents and the brakes squeal. Also, the parking brake warning light is always stuck on (does that mean anything?). It has 55,000 miles on it, 2nd set of tires, and second pair of brakes; the clutch is original. My question is this:

Are there any Subie experts out there that can tell me what the compression, etc, on a car like this should be at 55,000 miles? Also, are there any spots I should look out for, and does what I`ve said sound reasonable or should I avoid this particular car?

I am looking for a car that will last me a long time, because I am in school and don`t have much money to spend.

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Old 07-25-2002, 04:58 PM   #2
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Just a few things, the 99s are known to have a MAF problem.
They cant always handle the turbulance from a cold air intake
and are known to blow. There is a recall on them but I dont
know for certain if the new ones are more durable. I have also
been warned about the clutches, but haven't had any problems
with mine. Factory compression is 10:1 if that helps.

Sounds like he didn't take care of it to me. Scoobys can get
expensive if your waaranty is up and you need work done on it.
If your short on cash I'd look for another one maybe a 2000.
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Old 07-25-2002, 05:11 PM   #3
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Interesting info about the MAF. I looked around on the forum and found some posts saying that the MAF blew and there was a recall, etc, but I don`t know what an MAF is (some type of fuse, I assume?). The car I looked at had no cold-air intake, so that`s probably ok, but I might see some others in the future, and I`ll make sure to ask about that. What happens when the MAF blows, does it damage the engine, and is it very expensive to replace?

Thanks,
Andy
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Old 07-25-2002, 05:18 PM   #4
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The brake light can come on if there is a problem with the brakes. That is probably the case. Maybe a bad proportioning valve or something. Unless you are getting a stellar deal (under $10K with decent mileage) I would take a pass on that one unless he will let you take it to a mechanic first.

As for the MAF, I just had my recall sensor put in last week and promptly modded my intake, so we shall see how durable it is. When the MAF blows, the car will not run properly until you disconnect the sensor under the hood. The car will then drive in limp-home mode where you cannot go over 3500 RPM. The new MAF costs $50.00 from the dealer and is easy to install if you have safety torx bits. A blown MAF should not damage the engine. FWIW, I have had my car since July of 1999 and it had the origional MAF when the recall happened. I have never blown one and I had a K&N filter in the stock airbox, with a gasket in the secondary airbox.

Good luck!
Fred

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Old 07-25-2002, 06:10 PM   #5
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MAF for $50? They cost a tad more than that.

MAF is not a fuse, it is the Mass Airflow Sensor, used to monitor air intake into the engine to determine amount of fuel necessary. If it ain't broke it's fine.

Key question - how much is the car? A bit of wear and tear could be compensated for by a lower than average price.
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Old 07-25-2002, 06:12 PM   #6
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He is asking 14 000 OBO, but there is no way I will pay that. I am thinking of offering him somewhere in the neighborhood of 9800 if I can take it to a mechanic. Thanks for your help so far guys, it`s been very helpful.
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Old 07-25-2002, 07:17 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally posted by jabrams
Just a few things, the 99s are known to have a MAF problem.
They cant always handle the turbulance from a cold air intake
and are known to blow. There is a recall on them but I dont
know for certain if the new ones are more durable. I have also
been warned about the clutches, but haven't had any problems
with mine. Factory compression is 10:1 if that helps.

Sounds like he didn't take care of it to me. Scoobys can get
expensive if your waaranty is up and you need work done on it.
If your short on cash I'd look for another one maybe a 2000.
I was under the impression that the 99's had a lower compresion and it wasn't untill MY00 that the compresion was 10:1. Please correct me if i am wrong.

I'd say 14g's is quite high, your price seems more resonable, but i understand why they'd ask so much, i love my car too
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Old 07-25-2002, 07:48 PM   #8
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MAF sensors only cost 49.00 from Subaru.....
This is the new updated price....

check it out
its for the sensor only not the whole plastic housing.

-Terry
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Old 07-25-2002, 07:57 PM   #9
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Quote:
Originally posted by tmaler13
MAF sensors only cost 49.00 from Subaru.....
This is the new updated price....

check it out
its for the sensor only not the whole plastic housing.

-Terry
Exactly. It seems SOA has decided to stop ripping people off for $300 for the MAF "assembly" like they have been for years. Let's see...$50 for the sensor. That would mean that plastic tubular housing should be $250!!!
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Old 07-26-2002, 08:39 AM   #10
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I was under the impression that the 99's had a lower compresion and it wasn't untill MY00 that the compresion was 10:1. Please correct me if i am wrong.


I thought they started 10:1 compression with the Phase II
in 99 but I could be wrong. Anyone know for sure?
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Old 07-26-2002, 09:36 AM   #11
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I do not know where you are located. I am thinking about selling mine.
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...hreadid=200394
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Old 07-26-2002, 04:57 PM   #12
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I`m in Pasadena, CA. Probably a little too far, but nice car.

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Old 07-26-2002, 11:25 PM   #13
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The brake light could be on because of low brake fluid, either the master cylinder resivour is low or the brake pads are worn way down ( they have to travel further to contact the rotor, so more brake fluid is needed to fill the lines.)

if adding brake fluid doesnt make the light go out, then you probably have a stuck/bad proportioning valve.
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Old 07-27-2002, 12:39 AM   #14
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Originally posted by jabrams




I thought they started 10:1 compression with the Phase II
in 99 but I could be wrong. Anyone know for sure?
99 = 9.7:1 compression
00 = 10.0:1 compression

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