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Old 02-21-2013, 10:17 AM   #1
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Cool [newb] How to spots signs of mods on a boxer engine? Please help!

Dear Subaru lovers,

I recently graduated from college, got a decent job, and finally have enough money to seriously consider buying my first Subaru Impreza.

Currently I am considering buying a 2005 2.5RS for just about $6k with 125k miles on it. I know it's not a WRX but I can't afford WRX at the moment and would like to explore boxer engines more before I purchase a WRX. So I am stuck with a cheaper version of the car.

Problem is, I have no experience with boxer engines what so ever and do not know how to spot possible mods that have been installed and then removed. I don't want to buy a modded car because I believe it will give me troubles in the future.

The car already has Injen tech. modified intake/exhaust system. I don't think it is that bad of a modification, but I am afraid it might not have been the only one.

Also, from what I gathered, 2.5RS do not have an air scoop, but this one does. This concerns me.

In addition, it has a short throw shifter installed as well. This makes me wonder if the car was used for racing, which decreases the value of the vehicle.

Please let me know if you have any advice on what I should look for? Or any comments on the issue. Sorry for asking newb questions but any help will be highly appreciated!
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:23 AM   #2
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For $6 I'll buy it regardless of what mod it has lol.

Joking aside why not just ask the seller/owner? Open the hood and look for aftermarket parts. If it has an aftermarket intake it most likely has an aftermarket ECU Map for that intake. Having short throw shifter doesn't necessary mean it was for racing. People like the shorter throw when shifting. May be do a full inspection at a reputable auto shop if you're so worried about potential problems. I don't know how muc the car is but you're saying $6. If you mean $6k it's better to loose $100 or so for the full inspection than $6k.
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:08 AM   #3
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For $6 I'll buy it regardless of what mod it has lol.
Yeah I meant $6k. That was a typo
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:39 AM   #4
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It already has 125K miles on it. It's going to have little issues pop up after you buy it, mods or not.

I ageree, have a reputable shop take a look at it.
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Old 02-24-2013, 11:43 AM   #5
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I bought my 08 wrx and found it had a primitive rally skid plate and was pleased I didn't have to buy one. After I removed it I realized why it is now there after seeing the dent in the oil pan lol.
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Old 02-24-2013, 11:51 AM   #6
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save 2 more g's buy a regular wrx.
I only have a link to modded STI's though or else I would give it to you.
fear not though you dont have to worry too much about regular modifications with an NA machine (cat backs/ intakes) those cars dont need a re-tune for those. If you find something, take photos of it so we can see it, and good luck
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Old 02-24-2013, 11:57 AM   #7
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Those mirrors and the STi scoop's mesh are both gross.
The painted headlights though.
Typically people don't mod the engine of non-turbo Subarus so there's not much to watch out for there. The intake and exhaust are strictly for sound purposes most of the time. And I highly doubt that the car was used for racing because first: it has a baby seat in the back seat, and second: it's only a 2.5rs.
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