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Old 07-01-2016, 04:37 PM   #1
Scooby Newbie
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2000 Impreza 2.5RS

Default Possibly more than a Blown turbo(05 Legacy 2.5GT)?

Ok so I'm not new to turbos as I own a 1993 Talon TSi as well as my 2000 2.5RS. But i'm by no means an expert so I'm here to ask for some information on a 2005 Legacy 2.5GT.

I'm looking at purchasing this 05 2.5GT (132k miles) from a dealership for CHEAP and he says he got his mechanic to do a full inspection of the car after he got it from an auction sale which later resulted in him finding out the turbo was bad and is 100% confident that's all that is the issue.

But I want to know if there could be any other signs I would need to look for to make SURE its ONLY the turbo.
I started the car and let it idle for a few minutes. The car started perfect, no issues, the motor (from what i could hear) sounded pretty quite and on tune (no sound of misfire, no ticking or knocking). The turbo did have a bit of chattering funking noise coming from it. Then I rev'ed it a few times to see how it sounded and felt and it started bellowing clouds of white or grey smoke and didn't stop smoking till i shut it off. I wanted to take it for a test drive but it was parked behind a few other cars and I showed up randomly 15mins before the place closed so I didn't ask to drive it.

I know some of these are also signs of coolant burning off, but I didn't check the oil to see if there was any coolant in the oil, i'd like to pull the plugs and see what the inside and spark plugs look like (if its a turbo seal then it would be burning in the downpipe so no oil should be on the plugs) but certainly did have time for that.

What do you all think? Any suggestion on what else to look for?
The car has a CLEAN CarFax with 2 previous owners, the first did regular maintenance on it at a Subaru Dealership, the second owner did maintenance at a local Mercedes Dealership for the first year or so then started taking it to a Subaru Dealer for regular maintenance.

Thank you in advance,

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Old 07-02-2016, 11:45 PM   #2
Patrick Olsen
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I imagine you'd get more feedback in the Factory 2.5L Turbo Powertrain forum, as what you're asking is just an EJ255/EJ257 question, not a Legacy question. Lots more people browsing the Turbo forum than this one, so more people will see your thread.
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