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Old 01-07-2009, 10:45 PM   #1
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I bought used 2005 sti back in march 2008.
But when I'm driving at low speed, I hear clunk noise from back of the car. Also, I recently heard this from front of the car,
but when I start the engine during cold days, I hear a popping noise from front of the car, but the popping noise doesn't occur when the engine is warmed up.
When I shift from 1st to 2nd gear, the gear doesn't shift smoothly, but I feel something clicking during the shift.
The car runs good, but I just don't know if these problems are normal with 2005 sti.
Any good advice/opinions are welcome
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Old 01-07-2009, 10:51 PM   #2
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Pretty normal if you ask me.

I also bought a 05 STI during the summer of the year. I was also surprised to have many of the "problems" that you are having as the temperature got colder and as I drove the car more.

The rear shocks on the STIs make a clunk noise. This has to do with the strut/shock design and is hard to fix. The best thing you can do is either grease the shocks periodically or replace them which is $$$. There are many threads about this problem on this forum.
The rear diff makes a noise during hard shifting because it hits the floor of the car and also causes a lot of driveline shudder etc because of its large amount of movement. This can be fixed with the rear diff bushings and diff outrigger bushings that are sold by TiC, perrin etc.
The front suspension seems to make noise periodically in mine depending on the terrain and temperature. I consider this to be normal.
The transmission is hard to shift in cold temperatures before the car is warmed but especially in 1st and 2nd gear. Changing to a different oil in the transmission from OEM is said to fix this problem.
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Old 01-07-2009, 11:22 PM   #3
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motul or redline are both very good tranny fluids. also the higher end subaru fluid (can't remember the name) is also supposed to be very good.

i don't have an STI but i get lots of fun clunks and weird noises from my WRX so i would consider it normal.
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Old 01-07-2009, 11:27 PM   #4
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I would refer to the Transmission and driveline thread before doing any of this.
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Old 01-08-2009, 01:01 AM   #5
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like this guy once told me, sport cars are suppose to be noisy and uncomfotable. i can agree with the choppy tranny. i drove my friends 06 sti and it was pretty frightening, i though i broke the damn thing.
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Old 01-08-2009, 01:18 AM   #6
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My rear shocks clunk, but I'm not worried about it. When someone asks me what it is, I just say it's a Subaru, it's what it does
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Old 01-08-2009, 01:25 AM   #7
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My rear shocks clunk, but I'm not worried about it. When someone asks me what it is, I just say it's a Subaru, it's what it does
thats exactly what i have to tell my girlfriend..... her response " i hate your car"....... my response "good, she hates you"
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Old 01-08-2009, 01:27 AM   #8
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motul or redline are both very good tranny fluids. also the higher end subaru fluid (can't remember the name) is also supposed to be very good.

i don't have an STI but i get lots of fun clunks and weird noises from my WRX so i would consider it normal.
I have changed my tranny oil to motul, and it shifted smoothly for a while, but now it feels same as before I changed it.
I had 4eat wrx before, and I didn't hear any noises from that car, so I was worried about the noises.
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Old 01-08-2009, 08:02 PM   #9
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My 05 does the same thing so I let it run for 10 min in the winter and does just fine but I drive every day if I let her sit she run rough so I sack her around the block hard and she perks right up.
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Old 01-08-2009, 08:07 PM   #10
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My rear shocks clunk, but I'm not worried about it. When someone asks me what it is, I just say it's a Subaru, it's what it does
That not good my cars rear strut went a 30,000k I have an extra diver rear if interested in getting rid of extra noise it got to me
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Old 01-09-2009, 12:56 AM   #11
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thats exactly what i have to tell my girlfriend..... her response " i hate your car"....... my response "good, she hates you"
haha that response is friggin awsome
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