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Old 09-06-2010, 06:03 PM   #1
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Well since NASIOC oozes threads with issues, problems, headaches, and worries, I thought I'd go against the tide and post about a 2003 OBS which just crossed 150 000 km (93 000 miles) and had NO significant issues whatsoever. Oil changed @ 4000 miles, Redline 75w90ns in the tranny, recent timing belt and pulleys service, and it runs as it always should. The only supplemental repair involved rear shocks. Obviously rattles are omnipresent, and the spontaneous rear clunk pisses me off once in a while....

...now I'm just waiting for the HG to blow



Jan 2011 update: it blew!
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Old 09-06-2010, 09:06 PM   #2
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Good deal, my friend at work had a 97 OBS wagon with over 200K and no major issues. The car still ran fine when he sold it, I think the main seal went but drove just fine.
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Old 09-06-2010, 09:26 PM   #3
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170k miles and the engine is top notch, rebuilt the tranny and the front wheel bearings though
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Old 09-06-2010, 09:27 PM   #4
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Funny how it's the older N/As that don't have HG issues....
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Old 09-06-2010, 09:38 PM   #5
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2005 OBS with 92,000 miles and no issues either. Getting ready to change the timing belt, etc.
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Old 09-07-2010, 12:13 PM   #6
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2006 2.5i with 87K....asside from mods and new spark plug tube seals all i've had to do was put oil and gas in it so far. suspension is still solid, clutch still holding strong, and no alignment issues. all after 4 years of snow drifting, light off road, spirited onramp/offramp merges, and some auto-x.
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Old 09-07-2010, 02:41 PM   #7
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Well since NASIOC oozes threads with issues, problems, headaches, and worries, I thought I'd go against the tide and post about a 2003 OBS which just crossed 150 000 km (93 000 miles) and had NO significant issues whatsoever. Oil changed @ 4000 miles, Redline 75w90ns in the tranny, recent timing belt and pulleys service, and it runs as it always should. The only supplemental repair involved rear shocks. Obviously rattles are omnipresent, and the spontaneous rear clunk pisses me off once in a while....

...now I'm just waiting for the HG to blow

my headgaskets went at about 75k...just went over 100k this weekend. gave the car a nice wash and wax afterwards...now to find out where this oil consumption is coming from...
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Old 09-07-2010, 02:46 PM   #8
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Hooray for nothing breaking in 62k here!
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Old 09-07-2010, 03:11 PM   #9
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finally got around to looking @ the SO's OBS, 168K on it and it is in better mechanical shape than my lego (no cold morning piston slap...)
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Old 09-07-2010, 03:11 PM   #10
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I had an 05 RS with over 90k on it when i got rid of it. Other then a valve cover gasket going out i had no issues at all. (with the exception of ones i caused) Believe me this car was driven hard!

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Old 09-07-2010, 04:26 PM   #11
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I had an 05 RS with over 90k on it when i got rid of it. Other then a valve cover gasket going out i had no issues at all. (with the exception of ones i caused) Believe me this car was driven hard!

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That could include pretty much any part of the car which moves, rotates, twists, dampens, compresses, seals, and sends electronic signals...Not much left!
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Old 09-07-2010, 04:56 PM   #12
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These cars have surprisingly low maintenance. I beat the crap out of my car, and it takes it like a champ. Any real damage is a direct result of the excessive abuse. So far I'm at just over 100k and have only replaced wear items or swapped parts with upgraded parts (ex. suspension).

Head gaskets have pretty much been my only issue. The fix is the newer style gaskets they now use or tossing on STI gaskets. Basically the issue has been fixed as long as the actual gaskets are replaced. When I took mine in the first time at around 50k, they didn't actually replace the gaskets. I think they just used stopleak (their "conditioner"). At 100k, they're leaking again. I'm running thicker oil now (engine wear from heavy use) and that has reduced it quite a bit, enough so that only one side leaks minimally and the other side stopped.

Good cars. They last a while being abused. They last forever driven normally.
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Old 09-07-2010, 07:11 PM   #13
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2006 2.5i with 87K....asside from mods and new spark plug tube seals all i've had to do was put oil and gas in it so far. suspension is still solid, clutch still holding strong, and no alignment issues. all after 4 years of snow drifting, light off road, spirited onramp/offramp merges, and some auto-x.
You are way behind on regular maintenance. Cooling system flush(twice), plugs (twice, your gaps are literally 1/4" by now), brake fluid, power steering, transmission, center diff and rear diff fluid (twice for all 3 of these), chassis lube, tire rotation... you get the point.

It's easy to wait 'til something goes wrong and then fix it, but 99% of the time it's much more inconvenient and expensive too.
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Old 09-07-2010, 07:43 PM   #14
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I'm starting to think N/A is the way to go. I was just starting to get happy because I was going on 3 months without a major problem...then my car started eating coolant again
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Old 09-07-2010, 07:49 PM   #15
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2006 2.5i with 87K....asside from mods and new spark plug tube seals all i've had to do was put oil and gas in it so far. suspension is still solid, clutch still holding strong, and no alignment issues. all after 4 years of snow drifting, light off road, spirited onramp/offramp merges, and some auto-x.
good to hear since i have the same car and seems like i drive it the same way! mine only has 25,xxx on the clock but i have no worries of it ever going bad.. my 97 obs had 250,xxx and was an animal on original everything!
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Old 09-07-2010, 07:55 PM   #16
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I've had absolutely no problems with my 2.2L. Granted, it's a 2001 and it's only got 85k on it. Only issue I'm having is squeaky pulleys or belt (acc).

Suspension bits are still 100% functional, even after all the potholes and cracks in this city.
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Old 09-07-2010, 10:27 PM   #17
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The 2.2 seems to be a heck of a workhorse, AND without HG issues...
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Old 09-08-2010, 09:06 AM   #18
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You are way behind on regular maintenance. Cooling system flush(twice), plugs (twice, your gaps are literally 1/4" by now), brake fluid, power steering, transmission, center diff and rear diff fluid (twice for all 3 of these), chassis lube, tire rotation... you get the point.

It's easy to wait 'til something goes wrong and then fix it, but 99% of the time it's much more inconvenient and expensive too.

you mean all the preventitive maintance i do anyway when im tinkering on the weekend?
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Old 09-08-2010, 04:03 PM   #19
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07 with 20,6xx... and I guess I don't have much room to say anything. Though I do need to get my alignment checked. Car tracks straight down the road but the steering wheel has to be turned by 15 degrees or so in order for it to do so.
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Old 09-08-2010, 04:06 PM   #20
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Well since NASIOC oozes threads with issues, problems, headaches, and worries...

That's always the case! People are much more inclined to complain when something goes wrong than update as nothing happens.
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Old 09-08-2010, 04:24 PM   #21
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closing in on 45k on mine. besides it being awfully slow its held up fine to my daily abuse.
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Old 01-11-2011, 09:46 AM   #22
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POS. HG diagnosed yesterday.

Asides from all the seals, bells and whistles, anything else I should consider? Engine will be out, so I'll get the clutch done if needed, I've also read about replacing the oil backing plate (?) Resealing the water pump? Timing belt and tensioners were done recently, so no need to change them.

Edit: found this... answers my questions. http://www.rs25.com/forums/f190/t141...ad-gasket.html

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Old 01-11-2011, 11:15 AM   #23
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Still on the original clutch.

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Old 01-11-2011, 11:50 AM   #24
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99RS, 138,000 miles.

The only non-maintenance items were all the wheel bearings. I know the first owner flogged it.

Oh, and a new clutch slave cylinder and MAF. Needs a new knock sensor.

Other than that, good to go.
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Old 01-11-2011, 07:46 PM   #25
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Zero problems at 57,000 miles. I do my oil every 3000 miles did the diffs, tranny, and power steering flush at 40,000 miles. Mines an 2008 Impreza N/A. I have a hybrid intake, Snowflake rims off a wrecked 99 Legacy, Flowmaster muffler with tip, and Lathewerks shift knob, Rallitek front and rear swaybars and end links, I also have rallitek lowering springs but i've got the stockers on now...I thought there would be snow here but i guess not lol.
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