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Old 11-14-2010, 01:28 AM   #1
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A 2003 WRX with the 5MT I am looking at purchasing next week has 3 of the same tires with one which is different. I just read a thread about this and a 1/4 inch is SOA max difference recommendation.

My question is: if this has been exceeded how can I tell if there has been damage and where should I look first? Any other valuable input with a situation such as this would be welcome.
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Old 11-14-2010, 02:46 AM   #2
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I wouldn't buy it as not only is that a risk, but because it's an indicator of how well it treated in other regards as well.
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Old 11-14-2010, 08:29 AM   #3
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Considering it's a 2003, the viscous diffs are probably toast anyway, however byzantium has a point - that's a good indicator of how the rest of the car was treated.


If it's clearly a good car beyond that fault, I wouldn't worry about it.
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Old 11-14-2010, 08:45 AM   #4
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These are the list of repairs I need to make, the car has 108k miles.

Shifter bushing must be replaced it is totally gone.
Passenger side steering rack boot torn
Timing belt change

The owner has done quite a number of things such as:
Turbo replacement
New battery
New alternator

He was a student on a visa and now is returning to Columbia. The list of a few things fixed shows he did not neglect the car when there was an issue. The car has a salvage title. I did a thorough shakedown and found it to be in very good condition other than the few things stated above.

I know this car appears to be a risk, but if this tire issue could be causing major damage or cost me even more $$$ to make right I won't be buying this car.

Please give me your thoughts.
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Old 11-14-2010, 08:46 AM   #5
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Considering it's a 2003, the viscous diffs are probably toast anyway, however byzantium has a point - that's a good indicator of how the rest of the car was treated.

If it's clearly a good car beyond that fault, I wouldn't worry about it.
What are viscous diffs? Sorry I'm a AWD noob on that one.
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Old 11-14-2010, 03:14 PM   #6
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The center and rear differentials are a viscous-coupling type limited slip. They use a funny silicone based fluid between the axles that's a lot like cornstarch. If the axles are spinning hugely different speeds the fluid solidifies allowing more power to go to the slow wheel.

The fluid wears out eventually, and the diffs revert to a normal open diff.
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Old 11-14-2010, 07:05 PM   #7
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The center and rear differentials are a viscous-coupling type limited slip. They use a funny silicone based fluid between the axles that's a lot like cornstarch. If the axles are spinning hugely different speeds the fluid solidifies allowing more power to go to the slow wheel.

The fluid wears out eventually, and the diffs revert to a normal open diff.
Is there a writeup or more info about this and how I can check that it is correct and no damage has been done?
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Old 11-14-2010, 07:12 PM   #8
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Don't buy that car. With the mods listed and the problem it has it will be nothing but trouble.
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Old 11-14-2010, 07:17 PM   #9
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These are the list of repairs I need to make, the car has 108k miles.

Shifter bushing must be replaced it is totally gone.
Passenger side steering rack boot torn
Timing belt change

The owner has done quite a number of things such as:
Turbo replacement
New battery
New alternator

He was a student on a visa and now is returning to Columbia. The list of a few things fixed shows he did not neglect the car when there was an issue. The car has a salvage title. I did a thorough shakedown and found it to be in very good condition other than the few things stated above.

I know this car appears to be a risk, but if this tire issue could be causing major damage or cost me even more $$$ to make right I won't be buying this car.

Please give me your thoughts.

the car is worth VERY-VERY little with a salvage title and needing all that

offer $1500....
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Old 11-14-2010, 10:32 PM   #10
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the car is worth VERY-VERY little with a salvage title and needing all that

offer $1500....
As much as I do not want to hear that I feel that you are right. My budget is $5500 and its difficult to find a decent WRX with reasonable mileage in that range. I have found two salvage vehicles at $5k, this one and one other.

This is frustrating...
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Old 11-14-2010, 11:18 PM   #11
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As much as I do not want to hear that I feel that you are right. My budget is $5500 and its difficult to find a decent WRX with reasonable mileage in that range. I have found two salvage vehicles at $5k, this one and one other.

This is frustrating...
if your budget is $5500....put it in the closet and wait until it makes $10k babies or so and find a nice car that wont cost $10k to MAKE worth $10k


FORGET a wrx at $5500....they will ALL be junk unless ya get an old ma/ladyn who just wants to sell the car
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