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Old 06-29-2016, 11:39 PM   #1
Jardo
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Default Jardo's 2002 Bugeye Wagon

I finally purchased my dream car on Friday 06/24/2016. My brother has had three WRX's (2002 sedan, 2014 hatch, and 2016 sedan) and I have always loved them. My favorite of his three was the bugeye, but I wanted a wagon. I was looking for roughly three months before I found my car. I drove a few modded WRX's that were for sale and after that I knew I wanted a stock WRX. There were too many ragged out cars with high miles and people asking way too much for them. I found my 2002 Sedona Red Pearl WRX wagon (manual transmission) with 84,xxx miles for 6400$ about three hours away at a small used car dealer in Greenville, SC. According to carfax I am the second owner and it is also 100% stock. I've only owned it for a few days now, but she really rides like a dream for a 14 year old car. On my drive home from picking her up the CEL came on, so I dropped it off at a local reputable Subaru shop. The CEL was a result of the wrong spark plugs being used. While it was at the shop I had the spark plugs, coil packs, front right CV boot replaced, all fluids flushed and replaced, coolent hose replaced, oil changed, and the valve cover gaskets replaced. IMO the price wasn't bad to have this work done. I wanted to do everything to make this car run 100% and I hope I will have a good car. No complaints so far. For a 14 year old car I'd say the paint is a 7/10 and the interior is very clean, just a little worn, 8.5/10. I plan to keep her stock for a while. This will be my "build thread," a very slow one. Probably just some cosmetic mods, suspension/bushings, wheels/tires, and then power mods.

Day One on the lot 06/24/2016:


Washed her up today 06/29/2016:


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Old 06-29-2016, 11:46 PM   #2
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I'm thinking about getting wheels soon. Any suggestions? Color, brands, style, etc.
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Old 06-30-2016, 06:20 AM   #3
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Great find on the car. Wish I could find one like that.

I'm partial to Enkei wheels as they are the best combo of light weight, quality and price IMO. Gold looks great on SRP too. Good luck with the build!
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Old 06-30-2016, 10:09 AM   #4
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That's a really good price. I had a similar situation, lower miles, cheaper price. Then just to be safe I had some maintenance done the first week of owning it. Good luck with everything. Is it auto or manual?
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Old 06-30-2016, 11:47 AM   #5
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Great find on the car. Wish I could find one like that.

I'm partial to Enkei wheels as they are the best combo of light weight, quality and price IMO. Gold looks great on SRP too. Good luck with the build!
Thanks man. They aren't easy to find, but there are definitely some out there.

I have been looking at gold RPF1. Just not sure which route I want to go yet. Thanks for the reply!
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Old 06-30-2016, 11:53 AM   #6
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That's a really good price. I had a similar situation, lower miles, cheaper price. Then just to be safe I had some maintenance done the first week of owning it. Good luck with everything. Is it auto or manual?
Yeah man, I figured I couldn't go wrong with this deal. I'm glad I did all of the maintenance so I don't have to worry about anything. It is a manual. Thank you for the reply.
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Old 06-30-2016, 10:25 PM   #7
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Good catch OP! I'd say you get a professional wax/buff done to the car bring back that color back.
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Old 07-01-2016, 06:34 PM   #8
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Default Jardo's 2002 Bugeye Wagon

Nice find and a nice clean car!

Make sure the timing belt is done. Remember that it's 105k OR 105 months. Whichever come FIRST!
You are way past 105 months.

I'm partial to bugeye wagons

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Old 07-20-2016, 04:47 PM   #9
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07/19/2016
I picked up some new wheels. 2004 WRX STI oem BBS in silver. 5x100 17x7.5 +53.
Before cleaning:

After cleaning:


I got them for a pretty good deal. Paid almost half of any set I've ever seen on here or CL. Two have very minor curb rash and they all have some rock chips, which I'm going to fix. They cleaned up pretty good. I want to get them powder coated oem gold or oem silver. I'm going to do my research, but if you could reply with the paint codes or know of something similar, please let me know. Also they need tires, again I'll do my research, but if you could recommend a size and brand for these wheels on a 2002 WRX wagon I'd appreciate it. Thank you in advance.
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Old 07-20-2016, 05:02 PM   #10
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Hat tip on the clean wagon find. Those wheels will look great. I had a set on mine for a while.
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Old 07-20-2016, 05:16 PM   #11
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Hat tip on the clean wagon find. Those wheels will look great. I had a set on mine for a while.
Very nice! What tires were you running? Stock suspension?
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Old 07-21-2016, 12:41 AM   #12
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I would suggest not powder coating forged wheels. Forged wheels don't like the extra heat.
I'll also add powder coated wheels are not nearly as easy to touch up as painted wheels. The paint might not be as bulletproof as powder coat, but it's so easy to fix comparatively.

I'm partial to gold too.
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