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Old 11-04-2013, 12:14 AM   #1
Francis_ The_Turnip
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So i finally got my first car!! it's a 2004 WRX Wagon in platinum silver metallic with 102,242 miles on it . It is in MINT condition too! not a single scratch on it and the interior is practically flawless aswell. it is bone stock except a shift knob because when the owner/dealer bought it it didnt have one he believes some one in the auction stole it as it had one when he originally looked at it. now there is underbelly rust as there always is with cars in the northeast U.S. sadly but its not a biggy. also it has the smallest amount of piston slap like i had to stand still and practically bend over to hear it and it only lasts like 1 min or so then the car heats up and it goes away, then i have to double clutch it to shift down into first when rolling but again thats not a biggy either. but the only way i was even able to get this car was with the help of my parents. they had matched what i had saved for the car and i can't thank them enough. my father actually was the one who found this car on craigslist so they even found it for me! but thats not even the best part, so when we had officially said we are gonna buy it (me and my father) the guy said he had a surprise for the car if we want it. so we said we'd like to see what it is. so we went into his basement and he pulls out 4 Rota Grid rims!! my favorite rims ever!!! 2 new and 2 used with Dunlop direzza z1 tires off of a wrecked car but theyre in pretty good condition. but the sad thing was i couldnt afford what he was asking for em. but my father said he'd buy them for me!!!!!! gosh im so spoiled! the guy was gonna keep the car and rims for himself but he bought and 09 STI with a blown engine and he is rebuilding it himself, the rims dont fit the sti so he wanted them to go with the wrx so it was a good deal.

when we went to go get it we had another one to look at too. it was also an 04 but it was a black sedan. his had a fair amount of scratches and dings on it but wasnt in too rough condition. it was lowered an inch and a half and the guy admitted to it scraping on some bumps, it also had a pretty cheap no brand catback and pod filter on it then he had some gauges pods and hid projecting headlights to go with it, but he was asking for about 500 more and the wagon looked sooo much better.

owner/dealer i say owner/dealer because he was a dealer but this was his last car that he could sell then his dealership license was up and he was selling form his house because he had recently moved. He was born in russia and moved to the states about 7 years ago which is cool because we had adopted my little sister from russia about 6-7 years ago so my father who went over there had alot to talk about with him. he was a really really nice guy and was honest about everything even told us about the piston slap practically first thing when we originally called about it. he knew alot about subarus and even cars in general and was just a pleasure to deal with. probably going to be the best car buying experience im going to have because he even invited us o stay for dinner! but we couldnt because we didnt want to intrude. he showed us his STI he had taken apart and its engine was completely taken apart, it was really really cool as i havent seen a car engine apart before. the whole experience was just awesome and i loved hearing his stories of life in russia and what he thinks the comparison of U.S. life is to it. he also told my father he is very happy for me that i got the car and that he helped me but also made me work for it. he is a very good man with very good morals which is probably the main reason why i enjoyed buying it form him so much.

now the car is 3k away from a timing belt change and i plan on doing the whole lowdown on it with the water pump and idler pulleys too. but i need to save for that and tax and reg. as i dont have all the spending money for it now. i am 2 weeks away from my permit too so its not like i need the car right now. tomorrow i plan on giving it a good wash and interior cleaning then going through everything to see if i can find any little things that could use a fix or tune up (buttons, trim, squeaky things etc)

hopefully by the spring ill have enough money to buy 2 tires for the Rotas so i can slap em on and possibly any other mods. no power gains anytime soon ive already driven it and its peppy enough for me as a youngling.

mods im looking at would be:
fart cannon exhaust system, gotta love a huge 3" tip stickin out the back and that boxer rumble
front lip
sway bars
head unit/audio
possibly some halo HID headlights if i can find some i like

but those will come when i have a good enough cushion of money for anything to go wrong and after the maintenance tax and reg are all taken car of. tell me what you think guys id love to hear any opinions good or bad, and any tips or help of any sort im all ears





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Old 11-04-2013, 12:17 AM   #2
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so ive cleaned the car and it looks great! i love the sparkle and shine of the color! but i have something that looks like some tree sap i cant get off. any tips? will give more updates as i go on but i wanted to see if i can get a way to get this crap off before the end of the day.

here is the interior all cleaned up and the goodies! the engine bay and the turbo . also all the stuff i found through automotive archeology. the car costs me now nearly 50 cents less!

the only things i could find wrong with the car is the driver side window control panel has a broken clip on the front so it pulls up when you do with the buttons. wonder how difficult it is to find one :P also the seat belt buckles in the back are all flopped around so i just took the botton of the seat off and organized them the way they should be










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Old 11-04-2013, 12:44 AM   #3
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The first thing I would suggest to do after the timing belt and water pump replacement - a compression test and better brakes. That's a 200hp car you have.

Congratulations!
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Old 11-04-2013, 12:53 AM   #4
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alright but a compression test sounds like a bit of a PITA on a boxer engine. any simple way of doing it? and yeah brakes sound like a good idea doesnt hurt to stop quicker lol any suggestion of a brake upgrade? thanks man! i love it alot so far! i cant help but smile everytime i see the rims in my garage and the key on my dresser then of course whne i see it in the drive way! ive been waiting for so long to own a car and now i can finally say "my car" !!
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Old 11-04-2013, 01:34 AM   #5
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Nice buy!

I like it, but I suggest a compression test on it also. I see that you have no heat shield over the turbo which leads me to think at some point the car might have been stage 2 then brought back to stock before selling. Just my .02 cents
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Old 11-04-2013, 06:42 PM   #6
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Thanks man! I love it too lol.

Alright will do with the compression test. Although i will not be driving this car this winter as i HATE how much salt is put on the roads here so i dont want it to rust. Im just gonna save to register next year. So it will be garage kept this winter and ill have all the time in the world to do the timing belt change and the compression test. But yeah i foubd that funny that i have no heat shield but i have seen no other signs of modification, but i havent snooped around ebough either :P also you guys would know more than me lol so ill follow your lead
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Old 11-07-2013, 07:30 PM   #7
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took it out for a spin today! i think im a pretty decent driver still learning the tricks of the trade with the manual trani (aka hill launching or what ever you call it.) but i did pretty good i think. even backed out my driveway

so i made a list of wants and needs for the car and hopefully by this summer ill have all the needs done and atleast 1/4 of the wants done because the summer is where i start making my money and i have deff atleast like 2/3's done by the end of the summer.

here are the lists. the sand paper and compounds are for getting that yellow crap off if i can fix the cup holder then i dont need it and the driver side window control panel has a broken clip in the front so it just pulls up no biggy but id like to make my car perfect. haha. feel free to tell me of any stupidity in these lists or any tips on what i would have to do to make them work, all comments are appreciated!


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Old 11-08-2013, 12:52 AM   #8
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Take the BOV off the wants list and you're good. Not the order I would personally do things but it's not a bad list at all.
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Old 11-08-2013, 01:45 AM   #9
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You do not need slotted rotors on your street car. You are wasting surface space.
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Old 11-08-2013, 02:52 AM   #10
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^^^ I have slotted rotors and unless you run your car hard and track it or put a decent amount of power down, theres no need for them, hell, to think of it, mine is overkill too. just stick to normal rotors. My 2008 wrx is my first car too, except I paid for everything so thats that. Congrads! have fun with it. got a girlfriend? met her dad? next time her dad ask why you got a wagon, say youre planning to start a family with it.
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Old 11-08-2013, 05:46 AM   #11
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nice pick up! my first car was a 98 Subaru Forester, i've upgraded since then

take that BOV off your want list, you don't really need it. get a short ram intake instead.

unless your going to add more power, you don't need STi Brembo's. OEM breaks are designed to stop stock power. use the money for coilovers.

you don't need spacers either. you'll just stress the hubs. the wheels you have look wide enough that you shouldn't even need spacers, just a good fender roll should be enough.
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Old 11-08-2013, 07:08 AM   #12
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Thanks for the input guys! and congrats on that 08 rex man good for you!!! Yeah man a forester was my next option next to this, they aweaome dude!

I will take slotted rotors off the list i just though they looked sweet :P. And i have sti brembos on there because ive seen some nice deals and when i have the money id like to get them as it cant hurt to stop faster right? And i dont actually want coilovers too badly right now the ride height and feel is real nice atleast to me. My rotas are 17x7.5 +48 offset with 225/45s on em so i was told i may need spacers for those rotas. And fi ally i do reaaaally love the sound of a NICE (not poo) bov so im not saying its staying on no matter what just asking for the reasons why i shouldnt get it.
But the rotors are deff off the list hahaha.

But yeah the girl situation is well tricky as always buuuut the father i think kinda likes the wagon XD.

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Old 11-09-2013, 10:27 AM   #13
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Really clean car! Read up before modifying it.

I'd skip the BOV and slotted rotors. Blanks + good pads make a good difference for the street. Spend your money on a nice suspension. It's actually not hard to install at all! Or at least start with swaybars. Cake to install.
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Old 11-09-2013, 11:35 AM   #14
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Really clean car! Read up before modifying it.

I'd skip the BOV and slotted rotors. Blanks + good pads make a good difference for the street. Spend your money on a nice suspension. It's actually not hard to install at all! Or at least start with swaybars. Cake to install.
thanks man ill deff add sway bars ti the list! cant believe i forgot those! but im still iffy on suspension. its just really expensive and i already have enough things i wanna spend me money on XD
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Old 11-09-2013, 12:11 PM   #15
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Thanks for the input guys! and congrats on that 08 rex man good for you!!! Yeah man a forester was my next option next to this, they aweaome dude!

I will take slotted rotors off the list i just though they looked sweet :P. And i have sti brembos on there because ive seen some nice deals and when i have the money id like to get them as it cant hurt to stop faster right? And i dont actually want coilovers too badly right now the ride height and feel is real nice atleast to me. My rotas are 17x7.5 +48 offset with 225/45s on em so i was told i may need spacers for those rotas. And fi ally i do reaaaally love the sound of a NICE (not poo) bov so im not saying its staying on no matter what just asking for the reasons why i shouldnt get it.
But the rotors are deff off the list hahaha.

But yeah the girl situation is well tricky as always buuuut the father i think kinda likes the wagon XD.
Its not that you don't need one do a search and you'll see you just need to open up the intake and you'll get the sound you want.
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Old 11-09-2013, 01:24 PM   #16
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Its not that you don't need one do a search and you'll see you just need to open up the intake and you'll get the sound you want.
Oh really? Wow i had no idea lol. Ill have a look thanks man!!!
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Old 11-12-2013, 02:09 AM   #17
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To get the sap off just use goo-gone or even paint thinner if it's not on the outside of your car. If you don't mind me asking, what did you get the car for?

Also if you're looking for a good cat-back exhaust, look at magnaflow or flowmaster. There's many other off brands, but I have magnaflow 2.5" cat-back exhaust and it sounds amazing. Not overly loud and yet not that subtle.

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Old 11-12-2013, 07:10 AM   #18
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To get the sap off just use goo-gone or even paint thinner if it's not on the outside of your car. If you don't mind me asking, what did you get the car for?

Also if you're looking for a good cat-back exhaust, look at magnaflow or flowmaster. There's many other off brands, but I have magnaflow 2.5" cat-back exhaust and it sounds amazing. Not overly loud and yet not that subtle.
Yeh we tried goo gone already and it did nothing :/ but we paid 9k with the rims for it.

Also thanks for the suggestion ill deff look into the magnaflows and flowmasters
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Old 11-18-2013, 12:54 AM   #19
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tincy update for things to come:

my bday was saturday so im getting my permit on monday heard it wasnt hard of a test so hopefully all goes well! still not going to register my car till spring though.

got a bunch of money because it was my 16th, i did spend about 75$ to take my family out for dinner as my parents helped with the car and got the rotas for my bday. it was the least i could do. i have an amazon gift card ($25) and target gift card ($20) gonna see what car care products i can get. looking at this one for the amazon one http://www.amazon.com/Meguiars-Class...s=car+wash+kit . i dont plan on using the quick detailer on the paint though because thats what gets you those nice scratches in the paint. think it could work on the plastics and what not?.

anywho i will only be spending any more money on this DIY front lip ( http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...=diy+front+lip ) as it can be cheap and makes the car look AMAZING imo. then the rest is in the bank with my next paycheck and with all that ill have enough for taxes and rego then half of the timing belt. those things are the vast majority of the expenses of needs so that is great news for me . then im off to the fun stuff of modding. i do know i want tires for the rotas before anything then its between an exhaust system and a new headunit/ipad mini install i like both i just dont know wich one to go with. but ill cross that bridge when i come to it. just needs for now (besides the lip lol)
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Old 11-19-2013, 10:14 PM   #20
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well, of course what would car modding be without a setback?

broke my phone. of course now i need to decide if i should switch carriers right now as i plan to anyways for 200-300$ (cancelations and what not) or just use the insurance and pay only 50$. ugh why me >: (
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Old 11-19-2013, 10:20 PM   #21
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Love the car man. It looks awesome.
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Old 11-19-2013, 11:43 PM   #22
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Love the car man. It looks awesome.
thanks man! wait till i get the lip and rotas on itll look even better .
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