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Old 01-15-2013, 08:44 PM   #1
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Hello everyone! I am planning on buying an 02 or 03 Wrx come early spring. I have heard many times that the manual trannys are bad, and some people say that they aren't bad. Just the person who drove them are bad drivers. With that in mind, I plan on buying one with a new tranny rebuilt/swapped recently. And, other than have the clutch replaced as well. Is there anything else I should look for? I am 18(turn 19 in May), I know most Impreza WRX/STi enthusiast look down upon young adults owning one, but I am paying for it all myself. I have most of the money saved up already. I have been driving for almost 3 years now, I've had 2 past cars, and I think it's time to start my journey with Subaru! Oh, and I am not one of those people who are going to throw a BOV on it. I have a lot more respect for the cars than that hahah.
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:54 PM   #2
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Read this:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1679821

Good luck. Remember insurance. And fill out your profile.
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:03 PM   #3
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Take it to a professional Subaru mechanic whom you give money ($100-$200) to look at any car you are considering buying. Listen to what they say.
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:29 PM   #4
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I have an 03 and so far no tranny problems, but i got the notorious piston slap
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:30 PM   #5
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Late 03 have different tranmissions, than 02 and early 03s. That maybe why you haven't been having any problems!
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:41 PM   #6
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Late 03 have different tranmissions, than 02 and early 03s. That maybe why you haven't been having any problems!
Quick threadjack but how can I tell if I have an early or late 03 transmission?
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:14 PM   #7
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You look on the drive side door next to the VIN and it should tell you the manufacturing date and year!
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