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Old 03-07-2013, 09:56 PM   #1
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Hey everything,

New to the forum, normally a 4x4 guy. Toyota. Looking at improving fuel consumption.

Found a nice aspen white 2006 2.5i manual trans. Looks good, interior is good. Previous owner was DoD. Car seems to be in great shape. It has 89,000 miles on it, how many more can I expect? I'm used to a Toyota with 175,000 that runs like it's brand new.

What kind of fuel mileage will I see out of this in the real world?
Won't get to drive it until tomorrow morning. What are some things I should look for? Car is originally from IL, should I be weary of rust?

Will I wish I went for a WRX (I'd rather have, but as a college student...it could be a potential empty wallet) It's very hard to find clean, stock WRX's that haven't been ridden hard and put up wet. Is there much difference between the 2.5 and the WRX other than the turbo and all it's components?

Any thing else I should know?
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:03 AM   #2
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you'll get better gas mileage out of the 2.5i. You'll get high twenties in mpg with mixed city and freeway driving. The wrx has quite a bit more power if you're looking for some speed. The 2.5i isn't a slouch for it's price point though. It all depends on what you want and what you can afford.
As far as what to look for, be on the lookout for rust or any damage that the seller has attempted to cover up.
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Old 03-08-2013, 07:55 AM   #3
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It'd be a long-shot, but it wouldn't hurt to find out if head gaskets were replaced. An unfortunate, but inevitable thing about pre-'08 2.5i's is always going to be the dreaded hg replacement.
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Old 03-08-2013, 10:10 AM   #4
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I usually get 21 - 18 mpg (06 2.5i) with mostly highway as well as my cousin with his 08 Legacy. Make sure the head gasket was done and timing belt, those are the most expensive jobs.
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Old 03-08-2013, 10:23 AM   #5
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Would be nice if water pump were replaced as well, but I wouldn't get my hopes up.
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Old 03-08-2013, 11:04 AM   #6
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I'm getting 28-29 mpg in mixed driving, mostly highway. Not too spirited, usually shifting by 3K rpm. 72K miles.
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:29 PM   #7
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I posted this in another thread for a similiar question:

I purchased my 2006 5 spd in March, 2010 with 47k miles from a private party sale. I have beeen lucky in that I have not had any problems with mine and have only had to perform regular maintenance to it. It now has 70k miles on the odometer.
If I had known what I have now learned prior to buying my Impreza, I would have spent more time checking the following things before buying it (although thankfully mine did not have any of these issues)

1. Pull the spark plug wires and check for oil pooling in the holes.
2. Check the seam on the top of the radiator for signs of leaks.
3. Check for oil seeping at the head gaskets
4. Check the tire pressure and if there is even wear on all 4 tires
5. Listen to the engine for excessive ticking or piston slap
5. After a long test drive(about 20 mins), go to a parking lot and drive in slow circles in both directions in 1st gear as well as in reverse. Check for any binding, clicking or other odd noises from the drivetrain to rule out a bad center diff or other drivetrain issues.

Of course, check any other generic stuff like the level and contamination of coolant, engine oil, transmission oil.


Update: had recently replaced clutch at 98k miles due to a squealling TOB
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Old 03-12-2013, 04:59 PM   #8
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I ended up buying it, kept the land cruiser for now. Any quick mods or anything I should do to it?
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:45 PM   #9
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Depends on if you're just think of appearance type mods, or handling type mods.
I would suggest to get a rear sway bar, everyone will agree in telling you it 100% transforms the feel of the car. making it more planted and reducing the body roll.

I recently put up a log thread in the members gallery, I've done quite a bit to my car

link: 2008 SWP 2.5i - My log
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:45 PM   #10
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You can make the non turbo models excellent handlers. Then you don't have to deal with someone else's problem that they then sold.
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Old 03-13-2013, 01:23 PM   #11
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My 2006 2.5i has gotten two enhancements so far - a oem rear sway from a WRX, and polyurethane shifter bushings. Very nice improvements. Next up are steering rack bushings to remove the slop. These all seem like good bang-for-buck mods.
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Old 03-13-2013, 02:59 PM   #12
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What exactly do the sway bars do for the car? How does it affect road manners? Long highway commutes. Anything you guys have done to the interior??

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Knowledge, i've always been into 4x4s. Just trying this out. Thanks!
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Old 03-13-2013, 04:20 PM   #13
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Not my video, but it is the easiest way to explain it over the internet lol


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Old 03-13-2013, 06:09 PM   #14
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^He's wrong on the weight transfer, steady state the weight distribution is the same as without. The rate of weight transfer is affected.
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Old 03-13-2013, 11:12 PM   #15
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How hard would it be to add heated seats?

I will post up some pictures soon, should be throwing my stereo in it from my other vehicle. Nice pioneer headunit, kickin' door speakers/1000w amp and a kicker 10. (as I get older, the 10 seems to sound alittle loud for my taste, may be time for an 8 soon.)

Still, should rock this little car. Especially with some Rolling Stones!

Do I need to throw on some mud/gravel/dirt flaps? Whatever y'all call them. If i felt obliged, where would I find some?

Thanks!

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Old 03-18-2013, 12:38 AM   #16
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Have been doing some long distance driving in the subie. Not impressed thus far. Manual trans is great, but check engine light came on at 3:35am and cruise control blinking and no longer working. Interior just feels baren and already noticing some rattles.
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Old 03-18-2013, 01:55 AM   #17
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Probably just the gas cap
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:02 AM   #18
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What you see is pretty much what you get. It's a seven year old 2.5i, and it doesn't pretend to be a loaded sports sedan. It is, however, a highly economical awd vehicle with adequate power and the potential for superior handling.

Tightened gas cap is always the first check, though that wouldn't explain the cruise control.
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:51 AM   #19
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If you have a CEL that automatically makes the cruise control light blink. It's a way to encourage you to get it figured out. When the cruise control light is blinking it will not work. There is nothing wrong with your car past whatever turned on the CEL
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:35 PM   #20
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Quote:
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If you have a CEL that automatically makes the cruise control light blink. It's a way to encourage you to get it figured out. When the cruise control light is blinking it will not work. There is nothing wrong with your car past whatever turned on the CEL
Good to know, thanks.
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:18 PM   #21
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I agree, it is what it is. How could i better exploit the potential or handling??
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:03 PM   #22
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I started with a larger rear sway bar. The stock one is 13 mm diameter, and you can pick up a 17 mm stock bar from a WRX for cheap (got mine for $40 shipped). Easy swap, nice difference. Rear endlinks are another typical upgrade. Or do both front and rear bars. Sky's the limit on these cars. See the stickies in the suspension section.
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:25 PM   #23
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Headgaskets, headgaskets headgaskets. I just did mine at 78k this weekend, they were leaking a hair at 40k when bought and were finally bad enough last week to find a light brown coating in my radiator.

If you look under and see them leaking external oil, it is a short matter of time before it starts getting oil into coolant -- once coolant is in the oil, bearing problems and trashed motor. That said, my motor has perfect compression, did before the headgaskets and other than a leaky valve cover gasket/spark plug well, has been bulletproof never leaving me stranded.

I used the fel pro MLS gaskets, and my own torque procedure guided by the subaru procedure and other posters experience.
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Old 03-20-2013, 02:51 PM   #24
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Thinking about some rally armor mud flaps; which ones? Just for DD and dirt roads.

The subie has been idling a little low, even cutting out a few times, when driving and then shifted into neutral to coast to a light. Any ideas?

How can i get the best mpg out of it?? Any little things?? Other than driving style, i've got that down.

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Old 03-22-2013, 02:14 AM   #25
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How resistant to abuse are these subarus??
Just watched the Top Gear Africa Special and it had me wondering.

How many miles is too many on a used WRX?
Any good places to locate stock radios for an 06 impreza?

It seems like most guys with the wagontake the roofrack crossbars off... Any reason why?

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