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Old 01-18-2008, 12:28 PM   #1
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Default High Mileage WRX Longevity

Been in the Audi world for a bit now and the modding seems so much more realistic of a scooby than on a 1.8t or even an S4. Right now i am trying to sell my Audi and buy a Scooby eventually. Since right now I cannot afford 13-15k WRX i will be looking into ones more around the price range of 10k give or take. In finding WRX's in that price range they obv have more mileage on them. If all proper maint. have been done to a WRX with around 110-130k on the clock, what is the longevity of the motor. If i can find a WRX with that many miles is it "unsafe" to go to a Stage 2 with protune? How much more an i dangering the engine with that many miles vs a motor with 60-80k?

Sorry if this is a common question but iv been reading the FAQ and lurking the forums for a while, thanks in advance
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Old 01-18-2008, 12:54 PM   #2
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It's basically an unanswerable Question... It all depends on maintenance, what has been done to it modding wise, and how badly it has been beaten up on ( abused or not ). My car has over 194,000 miles on it and still going strong. Been stage 2 for over 3 years stage 1 for 1 1/2 years and a MBC on it practically since I had it. And yet I have read about other cars blowing up their engine with only a few thousand miles on them...

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Old 01-18-2008, 01:13 PM   #3
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spun a rod bearing on my 100% stock with 106k. my buddy's 280whp car has more miles and no issues.

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Old 01-18-2008, 02:05 PM   #4
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Seems like its a hit or miss deal, with all sort of variables effecting engine longevity? Maint. records are always good as well...besides the trannys, is there anything engine wise that are prone to breaking, or need replacing?
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Old 01-18-2008, 02:28 PM   #5
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All I can say is the following:

I beat, abuse, love, cherish, floor, do girls in, take road trips with, go to school with my 05 wrx, running stage 2 practically since 5 or 6k miles, and I've NEVER owned a car in my life that has given me so few problems that all I need to do is an oil change every 3k miles. I'm at 41k miles now, 0 problems, 0 hesitation, 0 signs of aging.

I really would stay away from modding though. I don't consider stage 2 modding, since that's how subaru's should come standard in my opinion. But once you hit that I suggest you stop, cause then you're just throwing money away.
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Old 01-18-2008, 03:59 PM   #6
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Just another though, to me it seems if somebody wants a wrx and for sure want to mod it up to stage 2, it might be good to safe a lil more and consider a STI with the stronger transmission and more power standard.
Myself is more than satisfied with the stock WRX power but I would love the STI to have the peice of mind of not breaking the tranny someday.. oh well :S

But back to WRX its like most cars, its a gamble as theres a 120 K miles gap that you dont really know how the car was treated, but if you can test drive one and it sounds mechanicaly good its probably as good as you can go. I bought mine with 78 K and the car was boooooooone stock and everything sounded fine, I had the buying papers and it was a girl who bought it new, so I assume it wasnt redlined during the engine break period.

It takes a while to find the good one!

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Old 01-18-2008, 04:04 PM   #7
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stage 3 80k still ticking
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Old 01-18-2008, 04:16 PM   #8
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stage 3 80k still ticking
the engine has 80k of stage 3? or currently has 80k with stage 3?
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Old 01-18-2008, 04:22 PM   #9
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All I can say is the following:

I beat, abuse, love, cherish, floor, do girls in, take road trips with, go to school with my 05 wrx, running stage 2 practically since 5 or 6k miles, and I've NEVER owned a car in my life that has given me so few problems that all I need to do is an oil change every 3k miles. I'm at 41k miles now, 0 problems, 0 hesitation, 0 signs of aging.

I really would stay away from modding though. I don't consider stage 2 modding, since that's how subaru's should come standard in my opinion. But once you hit that I suggest you stop, cause then you're just throwing money away.
wow 40,000 miles..
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Old 01-18-2008, 04:32 PM   #10
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ive got 80k on my stage 4 and 50k have been stage 4 and zero problems.
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Old 01-18-2008, 04:33 PM   #11
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Wow the scooby world is A LOT different from the Audi world a 1.8t with those kind of mods would need everyhting under the sun replaced..thanks guys
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Old 01-18-2008, 04:48 PM   #12
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130k and still kicking a**, stock internals and stock tranny, lots of boltons..
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Old 01-18-2008, 04:55 PM   #13
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56k and stage 2

last wrx i had was an 02 and the tranny blew at 52k...only had an uppipe and turbo inlet hose
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Old 01-18-2008, 05:09 PM   #14
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about 40k stage 3 the rest was at stage 2
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Old 01-18-2008, 05:26 PM   #15
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Just FYI, If I were you I would have a mechanic, you trust, look over the car you are going to purchase. Also, if time/money permits, I would have a compression test done as well. Finally, if the person you are buying the car from is really cool and in no rush I would even suggest an oil analysis but that is probably overkill. Anyways, make sure you do not test drive only before you buy the car.
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Old 01-18-2008, 06:32 PM   #16
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I bought a 04 WRX with 100k on it for 10k but thinking of selling it since I plan on moving to Europe soon. It is a PSM WRX with STI trunk and scoop. I also have 04 STI Wheels sitting in my room that I will sell with the car. Also have New OEM Rotors and Breaks that are in box waiting for me to get time to install them. Looking to get around 11k or so for it. If your interested let me know. I have all the mechanical records. Its had its timing belt done already and runs great. The car has been on stage two for about a month now and pulls really good. I will be starting a thread in the FS section once i get some pictures.

I bought the car on this forum from Speed. Here is the link with more info on the car. http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1253995
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Old 01-19-2008, 01:37 AM   #17
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My 02 WRX wagon has 182,000 miles. I practically stole it from the previous owner - bought it 2 years ago - 115,000 miles for $8k.

Since I've owned it the only thing I've done to it is switch over to Mobil1 synthetic w/ 5k mile change intervals, replaced all the fluids with synthetics twice, replaced a couple of belts and had to put in a new air intake flow sensor.

I've been running a Cobb stage 1 tune with Prodrive axleback muffler and blitz replacement panel filter in the stock airbox.

The car shows signs of aging, but otherwise has been rock-solid and perfectly reliable. As you can tell I drive tons of miles for work and reliability is a huge issue for me. I highly recommend the car.
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Old 01-19-2008, 01:38 AM   #18
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bought used 32k miles
stg1 45k? miles
stg2 54k? miles
16g 145ish'k miles
currently 157k miles and still running
oh yeah i beat her like the slut she is


the only things other than normal wear items have been stock turbo ($175 used, and A/F sensor)
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Old 01-19-2008, 03:21 AM   #19
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2002 wrx with 72k miles
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still running stong as hell and i beat her almost daily
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Old 01-19-2008, 04:10 AM   #20
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02 with 80k+ km..

vf30 ecutek tuned + supporting mods for ~20k km..

10+ track days.. still running great w/ regular oil changes..
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Old 01-19-2008, 08:34 AM   #21
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I've got 147,000 miles on mine. I was stage 1 before I hit 1,000 miles. I've been stage 2 for the last few years and I run 19psi daily (since I started using enginuity 1 1/2 years ago) and 21psi when I race. I put in the 6mt at around 120,000 miles but my 5mt hadn't broken yet. I always use Mobile 1 0-40 and my last compression test was fine.

You can try to find one that was babied for $10,000 but I think that's the wrong approach. You'll most likely end up with a high mileage 2002 and those have the weakest transmissions. In the long run I think you'll be better off finding one that's at a lower price. Used STi's are still pricey, but you can get a base model Impreza for a lot less than a WRX. Personally, I would find a cheap Impreza with a clean body and interior and do a swap. You'll have cheaper insurance and you can put a low mileage drivetrain in it. You can do a full STi swap, or you can do a lower-cost WRX swap. I'd bet you could piece together an Impreza with a low mileage WRX engine and a 6MT for under $10,000.

Here's a perfect candidate:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2003-...em110215906266

It's already got a lot of the WRX items on it like the spoiler, fogs, and rims.

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Old 01-19-2008, 09:08 AM   #22
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you can probably find a 100k mileage wrx for around 8000-10000. the problem is it's almost hard to find a wrx that hasn't been modded these days. i would always get a leakdown and compression test first to check the condition of the motor. scooby's are pretty reliable, as long as the owners keep up with maintenance. should the engine be toast down the road, 2.5L shortblocks can be had for pretty cheap. A 2.5L "hybrid" swap is getting more and more popular these days.
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Old 01-19-2008, 11:26 AM   #23
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Spun a bearing with stage 2 at 140k.
Trans grinds too.

building/swaping hybrid motor.

06 sti trans in the futor.
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Old 01-19-2008, 06:26 PM   #24
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Spun a bearing with stage 2 at 140k.
Trans grinds too.

building/swaping hybrid motor.

06 sti trans in the futor.
Exactly my point. If it's gonna need a new motor and trans in 30,000-50,000 miles, why not save some money and just plan the swap from the start. You can even sell the original parts to recoup some of the cost.
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Old 01-19-2008, 06:36 PM   #25
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Stage2,80k miles...70k modded at stage 2...runs very strong still...
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