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Old 06-11-2010, 03:05 PM   #1
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Default Impreza Engine Swap?

I was talking to a friend and he mentioned swapping out the stock 2010 impreza engine with the turbo model from the WRX. is there any truth in this? could it be done? im new to all this and am just trying to get all my questions answered from people who know a little more than i do.
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Old 06-11-2010, 04:10 PM   #2
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yes it can be done.
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Old 06-11-2010, 05:14 PM   #3
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would it be worth it?
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Old 06-11-2010, 05:19 PM   #4
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For the previous years (08 and down), it seems to make more sense, but the new WRXs have better suspension and summer tires now. The WRXs of my generation, for example, weren't much different than the 2.5RS, except for, you know, the turbo.
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Old 06-11-2010, 05:23 PM   #5
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so i would have to get a new suspension along with the engine swap if i decided to do it?
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Old 06-11-2010, 05:39 PM   #6
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You'd have to be quite stupid to swap out a brand new engine for an older one with tons of miles on it.
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Old 06-11-2010, 06:40 PM   #7
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so i would have to get a new suspension along with the engine swap if i decided to do it?
You wouldn't have to, I'm just trying to say the WRX is a better car all around to start out with because it does have the upgraded suspension and the better tires right off the bat.

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You'd have to be quite stupid to swap out a brand new engine for an older one with tons of miles on it.
This, too.
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Old 06-11-2010, 06:48 PM   #8
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omg dude there is a whole section dedicated to this and there is litteraly tons of information your asking a super basic question
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Old 06-11-2010, 07:47 PM   #9
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You are the same guy that asked about more HP too.. NO, it does not make ANY sense to swap engines on a 2010 car. As mentioned there are about 300 threads on this. Basically any model year that has a WRX in US production, so 2002- present would be dumb to not just buy the WRX. For what it will cost you to swap the engine on the 2010 it would have been cheaper to just buy a WRX by a decent amount.. Not to mention turboing a 2.5 adds no value.

There is 3 options 1) enjoy the car for what it is.. 2) sell it and buy a WRX 3) engine swap on older RS coupe that does not have a WRX us variant for one sick ride..

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Old 06-11-2010, 08:02 PM   #10
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just drive it for what it is and save your money.
work on improving the handling of the car.

most of the people on this forum will be annoyed at posts like this.
When I first joined all my questions were answered by reading previous posts.
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Old 06-14-2010, 10:29 AM   #11
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You are the same guy that asked about more HP too.. NO, it does not make ANY sense to swap engines on a 2010 car. As mentioned there are about 300 threads on this. Basically any model year that has a WRX in US production, so 2002- present would be dumb to not just buy the WRX. For what it will cost you to swap the engine on the 2010 it would have been cheaper to just buy a WRX by a decent amount.. Not to mention turboing a 2.5 adds no value.

There is 3 options 1) enjoy the car for what it is.. 2) sell it and buy a WRX 3) engine swap on older RS coupe that does not have a WRX us variant for one sick ride..

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I'd agree with you but if you've already enjoyed the car and spent a decent amount of $$ on suspension mods and other "little" things then an engine swap is def the better route then selling your modified car for less then it is worth, no one wants to pay for something someone else modified unless they are lazy, to buy a car you'd have to re-spend the money on redoing it's suspension because the WRX for those years (2002-2007) really was not that much better then the base Impreza...that being said if you still had all the stock parts then you could swap them back in, sell the car, and move those parts to the "new" WRX :\

just throwing my $.02 into that
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Old 06-14-2010, 11:57 AM   #12
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I'd agree with you but if you've already enjoyed the car and spent a decent amount of $$ on suspension mods and other "little" things then an engine swap is def the better route then selling your modified car for less then it is worth, no one wants to pay for something someone else modified unless they are lazy, to buy a car you'd have to re-spend the money on redoing it's suspension because the WRX for those years (2002-2007) really was not that much better then the base Impreza...that being said if you still had all the stock parts then you could swap them back in, sell the car, and move those parts to the "new" WRX :\

just throwing my $.02 into that
Most suspension upgrades will swap between the WRX and the 2.5i too.

Simple answer to the OPs question: Yes you can swap a turbo'ed engine into the car.

What OP is implicitly asking: Is it worth it? To me - with the amount of money you will spend, I would save for the WRX. To make your 2.5i into a WRX mecahnically (not even talking cosmetics) would cost you a lot more than it would to just buy the WRX from the start. Clearly, many others here agree.

At this point, if you can't afford a WRX and are thinking about a couple of years down the line, maybe it is worth it to you. What you might want to consider though, is keeping your 2.5i stock. Saving up all that money thatyou would have spent on mods (as well as whatver else you can scrounge) and then trading the 2.5i in on a 2012-2013 WRX.

Perhaps a better question: Is it worth it to you? Only you can answer that.
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Old 06-14-2010, 12:03 PM   #13
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so i would have to get a new suspension along with the engine swap if i decided to do it?
Would you HAVE to...no. But if you don't, you will not have a car that will perform like a WRX. Beyond hugging the corners, suspension plays a big role in getting power to the road, and controlling it once it's on the road.
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I'd agree with you but if you've already enjoyed the car and spent a decent amount of $$ on suspension mods and other "little" things then an engine swap is def the better route then selling your modified car for less then it is worth, no one wants to pay for something someone else modified unless they are lazy, to buy a car you'd have to re-spend the money on redoing it's suspension because the WRX for those years (2002-2007) really was not that much better then the base Impreza...that being said if you still had all the stock parts then you could swap them back in, sell the car, and move those parts to the "new" WRX :\

just throwing my $.02 into that
That still doesn't make any sense or justify at all to take a brand new 2010 car, take out the engine and replace it with a used one.. void the entire warranty.. etc for a few cheap mods.. Do you have any idea what costs are associated with swapping the engine? Do you understand that exactly as you said, the thousands of dollars spent will never be got back when it is sold or in an accident. I have driven a 2002 WRX and I have to say that there is nothing wrong with how it handled. In fact if you look at motor trend from that year, the 2002 WRX was top of the heap in that class even schooling the $45K S4. There is no valid argument to swap a motor in one of these new cars, period.
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Old 06-14-2010, 03:00 PM   #15
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my question is why would you swap a brand new car and completely void any warranty you had?

sell the car if you don't like it
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Swaps can run in the thousands of dollars, $4000-$5000 at least depending on the installer, etc. Don't forget you would need the ECU and have to do alot of rewiring and such.

You would be better off just getting a wrx and start from their.

You can make an NA a very fun car, just focus on suspension mods, springs, sways, end links and such. Throw on some tints and wheels and bam, nice DD that handles great.

You can then focus on braking upgrades as well.

You could always then throw on UEL's, HFC, catback, etc etc. There is so much info on that I won't put anything more on this topic.
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Old 06-14-2010, 04:18 PM   #17
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Could it be done?
Yes.
Is it worth it?
No.
Will it be safe and reliable?
No.
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Old 06-14-2010, 04:53 PM   #18
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lock this thread and beat up anybody that asks about it LOL you bought a IMPREZA 2.5i DEAL WITH IT!

NO IT CAN NOT BE DONE


but it can be
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Old 06-14-2010, 05:21 PM   #19
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there are literally 100+ threads in N/A about turboing the 2.5xx










Ok, I looked into it for 5 mins when I got my first one 7 years ago...
until a local shop told my dumb teen a$$ how involved it was to strap a wrx turbo on my RS
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