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Old 06-20-2003, 12:57 AM   #1
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Default Would this be a good conv car? 2wd 1.8

Found this for sale:

95 SUBARU Impreza, 2 dr, 5 spd, red, a/c, 1.8L, 2WD, 89,000 kms, CD, perf cond $5500 obo.

How hard/expensive would it be to get a car like this and change it to AWD and put a better engine, such as a 2.2 turbo, in?
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Old 06-20-2003, 03:00 AM   #2
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Engine swaps are difficult, combined with the AWD swap it would be even worse. You can find AWD Imprezas for a better price than that, just keep looking...
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Old 06-20-2003, 03:05 PM   #3
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my car had around the same km when converted from miles its a 4 door 1.8 2wd it was a 94 a/c and was less than half of that price AWD swaps or a pain but possible I'm looking in to one right now if u have the money its well worth to find an AWD impreza. the AWD swaps just bolt right in tho still a pain old bolts tend to stay stick on
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Old 06-21-2003, 04:41 AM   #4
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Default thats a terrible asking price.

consider the cost of swap parts (not to mention labor) before you price the vehicle. expect upwards of 1k for 2wd to awd conversion: fuel tank, x-member, rear sus, brakes. and another3k+ for driveline if you're lucky and brave enough to DIY. (this is being really optimistic; realistically w/ standards mods like suspension, tires, etc. you're looking at min 7k on top of purchase price) just for reference, i picked up the exact same car you're looking at w/ just a few more miles for less than half of that price. this was a CA car btw. (they tend to cost more, dunno why) in the one or two c-note range, swaps are no sweat. anything above 5k is eating into your mod budget. good luck


update: just found most of the fwd-awd conv. parts to day for under 500.this excluded, the fuel tank, rear sway, and most costly, the tranny. got: entire rear drivetrain, axles, diff, diff carrier, subframe, suspension control arms, trailing links, link subframe, heat shield, propshaft, and exhaust. were it not for an affordable tranny, this would have been well over 1k.

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Old 06-23-2003, 08:00 PM   #5
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Is that $5500 Canadian or US?

That description sounds a lot like my FWD Impreza. I bought mine for $3700 US with 72K miles on it.

Unless you find a FWD car dirt cheap, I wouldn't bother trying with the AWD swap. Just find an AWD car - makes life way easier. I'm keeping mine FWD just because I don't want to spend a ton of money for more weight and drivetrain loss.
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Old 07-04-2003, 01:17 PM   #6
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Originally posted by DoinkMobb
Unless you find a FWD car dirt cheap, I wouldn't bother trying with the AWD swap. Just find an AWD car - makes life way easier. I'm keeping mine FWD just because I don't want to spend a ton of money for more weight and drivetrain loss.
Yep, you'll save lots of time & energy if you start with an AWD car. Then, you'll have more time to spend on tweaking the engine!
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Old 01-14-2004, 03:41 PM   #7
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Default JC Sports...

I remember when the old performance parts company called JCSports put a turbo on a 1.8L FWD and it was said to be "dangerously fast," dangerous probably as in FWD. I read a about bit of 1.8L turbo'd but what about FWD? I don't know if it's tranny would hold up for long or maybe if you were easy on it in between shifts.

If someone had a cheap Impreza L, and if they were in my case low income, and no credit, this may be an option?

Any ideas?

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Old 01-14-2004, 04:08 PM   #8
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the proublems i more about torqe steer and lack of a LSD
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Old 01-14-2004, 10:18 PM   #9
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My 1.8 is FWD and turbo and it is pretty fast at about 6psi. Still has little things to work out, but it is a load of fun to drive. Tranny seems to be ok, but torque steer and the rain is an issue.

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Old 01-15-2004, 03:19 PM   #10
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Default Impreza project

If you really want an Impreza to build, I can supply a 93-96, AWD, 5spd for around $3000. + or - $500. all day long

I'm in the N.W though?

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Old 01-15-2004, 10:18 PM   #11
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boo. you guys are treating it like an actuall thread.

elegal: read the FAQ and use the search button. if i hat caught u first i would have suggested this:

build EJ22 super hyper NA +superhybrid from EJ22 and EJ25 parts. use EJ22 NA bottom end, use EJ25 DOHC heads, leave compression the same. run EJ25 SOHC Phase 2 head gasket, but use the EG33 camshaft for the intake cam on both heads. custom machine the front 2 lobes off on the timing belt side and have a thread and a key set to be able to lock downteh timing gear. then hvae a pulley fixed to the end on both sides, then run belt to small supercharger on each side. you can use teh type that they use in thailand to pump water. then add back to air path and u hvae super hybrid.
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