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Old 07-29-2013, 04:40 AM   #1
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Default Finally got my (almost) Dream car. 2006 wrx limited

Hey guys,

I am here at last. I have been patient in my search for a subaru up to my standards, and that patience has finally paid off. I am now the proud owner of a 2006 wrx limited wagon. The car I have always wanted.

Here's the scoop. Family friend happened upon this car, neighbor of a friend. It had a misfire and ran horribly, also it was beat up a bit, scratches and a softball sized dent in the right fender.

Long story short the girl who owned it had a stack of receipts, and that last shop she took it to recommended a new engine. She was done. And I purchased the car at 74,000 miles for $3000 dollars with the belief that major work would have to be done. I took it immediately to an amazing shop, ran tests, and eventually found a melted harness to cylinder 4. They built a new one and the problem was solved. I know have a good running 2006 wrx for under 4000 dollars. The reason the title says (almost) dream car......its an automatic. I couldnt let it deter me from such an awesome machine.

Glad to join the community. Here she is:

When we got her home (didnt now what was wrong, therefor had it trailered)


Inside after some serious detailing (lady had kids and abused this poor car) Notice the totally awesome automatic selector...


The wiring fix


Here she is after she is fixed, and after about 9 hours of power buffing and waxing and washing

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Old 07-29-2013, 05:48 AM   #2
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welcome onboard, mate! keep up good work then, haha
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Old 07-29-2013, 07:05 AM   #3
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Looks good, glad it worked out for you! Don't let the slushbox deter you from enjoying your ride
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Old 07-29-2013, 07:29 AM   #4
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IPT can fix you right up for the money you saved and build you a fun auto!
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Old 07-29-2013, 07:46 AM   #5
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Sweet deal
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Old 07-29-2013, 07:52 AM   #6
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You dream of an automatic WRX wagon? You need to dream bigger.

Congrats.
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:06 AM   #7
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now flip it for more and get a manual.
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Old 07-29-2013, 07:42 PM   #8
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Or just drive it enjoy it and save for a 6 speed swap.
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:06 PM   #9
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You dream of an automatic WRX wagon? You need to dream bigger.

Congrats.

you obviously did not read the whole post

thanks on the congrats though
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:10 PM   #10
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On a side note,

today i spent quite a chunk of change flushing the engine and putting in mobile 1 synthetic, all new tranny fluid etc etc.

Also had a check engine light come back on. P0410, I know its the secondary air pump. I also know it is not a necessary part but im tired of seeing that blinking cruise light and am just going to get it taken care up. I will need it to pass emissions and for the cold winters when I move to Salt Lake City
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Old 09-01-2013, 03:15 AM   #11
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you mentioned o2 sensor receipts?

If it's not sparks or coil packs then my next step (mostly first) is to replace the o2 sensors and look at the wires for sensors and their associated fuses.

Low compression could mean a few things, but it's probably some seal. Check the head gaskets? intake manifold gaskets?

EDIT: reread the OP. you said a shop redid the harness to cyl 4? I would redo that again (might be a cold solder joint somewhere) or worse yet a swapped wire or bad ground, which with many misfires could have caused a leak somewhere...

EDIT2: sorry I was going to post this on your other thread, but I had both open and posted in the wrong place...can we get a mod to move this?

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Old 09-01-2013, 08:28 AM   #12
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now flip it for more and get a manual.
This is a great idea. 3K is a outright steal for that car. Try to flip it. Worse case nothing happens and you end up owning it long term. Worth a try.
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Old 09-01-2013, 09:47 AM   #13
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You definitely got this for a steal. My husband has a 2006 wrx limited wagon, aspen white with tan interior just like yours but its 5-spd and paid $14.5k for it just 5 months ago.
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Old 09-05-2013, 12:55 AM   #14
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you mentioned o2 sensor receipts?

If it's not sparks or coil packs then my next step (mostly first) is to replace the o2 sensors and look at the wires for sensors and their associated fuses.

Low compression could mean a few things, but it's probably some seal. Check the head gaskets? intake manifold gaskets?

EDIT: reread the OP. you said a shop redid the harness to cyl 4? I would redo that again (might be a cold solder joint somewhere) or worse yet a swapped wire or bad ground, which with many misfires could have caused a leak somewhere...

EDIT2: sorry I was going to post this on your other thread, but I had both open and posted in the wrong place...can we get a mod to move this?
Hey man thanks for the response. Would a bad wiring fix cause the car to run great for a while then misfire come back?

Thanks everyone for the feedback. I thought i got a great deal too, and since its everything i want in a car and I already have about 2700 in work done (that ultimately has not yet fixed the problem) im just going to fix it and drive it with piece of mind knowing I have a solid car.

Then maybe sometime down the road I will swap in a manual....Plus i would just feel ****ty selling someone a car that only works sometimes...karma would get me

For reference and all this crap going on mechanically with this car please see http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2541420
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Old 09-05-2013, 08:23 AM   #15
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Hey man thanks for the response. Would a bad wiring fix cause the car to run great for a while then misfire come back?

Thanks everyone for the feedback. I thought i got a great deal too, and since its everything i want in a car and I already have about 2700 in work done (that ultimately has not yet fixed the problem) im just going to fix it and drive it with piece of mind knowing I have a solid car.

Then maybe sometime down the road I will swap in a manual....Plus i would just feel ****ty selling someone a car that only works sometimes...karma would get me

For reference and all this crap going on mechanically with this car please see http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2541420
Well you said it was related to that same cylinder, which to me means electrical (I learned to work on bimmers a long time ago). Essentially a bad solder job or poor current being passed over a weak connection can limit spark potential and it can also produce no spark at all. You'll get knocking and misfires when the ecu tries to compensate. ONE TIME, I saw this happen from a bad fuse (on an x5) so I just always check fuses now (cheap and easy fixes).
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Old 09-06-2013, 12:41 AM   #16
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Suggestion to the OP:

Do not use mobil 1 syn; try out rotella T6, did wonders for oil consumption and quality.
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Old 09-06-2013, 10:47 PM   #17
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Suggestion to the OP:

Do not use mobil 1 syn; try out rotella T6, did wonders for oil consumption and quality.
Noted. Understandably though, i think mobile 1 motor oil is the least of my worries right now.
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Old 09-06-2013, 11:17 PM   #18
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Here's the scoop. Family friend happened upon this car,
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Old 09-07-2013, 01:18 PM   #19
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Quote:
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Suggestion to the OP:

Do not use mobil 1 syn; try out rotella T6, did wonders for oil consumption and quality.
+1 on this. the rotella T6 is awesome oil!
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Old 09-08-2013, 02:11 AM   #20
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just to funnel all the people i can, more issues going on with this car, might be looking to a wiring harness/ecu replacement. See thread.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2541420
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Old 09-08-2013, 04:16 AM   #21
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WHAT A STEAL! Congrats! Auto or not, still a subie
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