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Old 09-23-2014, 03:59 PM   #1
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Hey guys,

I'm certain that everyone probably comes on here and asks questions about where they can purchase one of these bad boys so please bare with me for any redundancy. I'm currently living in the Vancouver area and have had the chance to drive a couple type R imprezas and have fell in love. The only thing is that I have been unable to find one that's worthy to purchase. I have been checking locally for sales as well as sifting through the auctions to find one. It's really been quite difficult as I don't see them come up to much on the auctions and when I do they're usually Rs or prety rough in shape.

My question is where would you guys suggest I look to find one worthy of buying. I don't mind overpaying a bit either. I would just like to get my hands on one at this point. I have a huge respect for these cars and just think so beautiful. I'm also a bit confused as I know I want the 2 dr model but don't quite understand which version would be best? It seems like everyone I talk to calls these things something different. To make it clear I would like to get my hands on a coupe impreza around the 98/99 year with the 2.2 engine. Any help or information would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 09-23-2014, 04:32 PM   #2
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you are looking for a 22b model? This is probably one of the most rare and sought after imprezas ever made. Expect to pay a lot for one and you'll probably have to get one right from japan. There was only 400 of them produced a fair bunch didn't stay in japan so they're extremely difficult to find. They were also only made for one year.

If you're set on one then you're just going to have to wait for one to pop up.

The regular sti with the 2liter is much more common and a fraction of the price.
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Old 09-23-2014, 04:46 PM   #3
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22b will cost You about 35-45.000 landed depending on condition
and that's before taxes
i import JDM vehicles and know a bit about prices.
anyway for now i have 99 STi coming to Vancouver next week (i think it's R or Ra just don't remember now)
and in couple of weeks 98 V-Ltd (which is R only better =o)
V-Ltd is absolutely the best car i've driven in my entire life!
well... aside EVO V w/Tomei cams and standalone(yeah, yeah i know lol)
let me know if You want to take a look when they arrive
oh and 99 B4 twin turbo lego is currently sitting in port =o)
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Old 09-23-2014, 05:00 PM   #4
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I'm sorry guys not the 22b. I meant to say 2.0 model. The 22b would be way out of my price range.
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Old 09-23-2014, 05:02 PM   #5
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22b will cost You about 35-45.000 landed depending on condition
and that's before taxes
i import JDM vehicles and know a bit about prices.
anyway for now i have 99 STi coming to Vancouver next week (i think it's R or Ra just don't remember now)
and in couple of weeks 98 V-Ltd (which is R only better =o)
V-Ltd is absolutely the best car i've driven in my entire life!
well... aside EVO V w/Tomei cams and standalone(yeah, yeah i know lol)
let me know if You want to take a look when they arrive
oh and 99 B4 twin turbo lego is currently sitting in port =o)
Is the ra a sedan and the r a coupe?
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Old 09-23-2014, 05:05 PM   #6
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I would like to get my hands on a clean 99 coupe sti. I don't know if there specific versions or certain models that would be better to look for outside of the 22b.. I guess would Like whatever version or year that would have the most reliablility and features. I would also really like to get one in blue with the blue buckets.
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Old 09-23-2014, 05:36 PM   #7
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I agree they're amazing to drive and absolutely love mine lol. These cars are so light they don't need that much power to be fun. When the car was all stock and on ****ty winter tires was when I had the most fun, couldn't believe how easy it is to slide around yet so controllable lol.

Good luck with your search!

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Old 09-23-2014, 05:41 PM   #8
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mechanically speaking, there's a lot of trash that does come our way. Why else would they be auctioned?

keep in mind the triangle
1 - speed
2 - reliability
3 - price

Most of the time, reliability is the kicker. Do your homework when it comes to replacement parts, even if you need to stock any.

I had a friend sit on auctions for about 8 months to find his perfect car, and even then, it's not 100% as pictures say (though the auctions in Japan are a bit at least more truthful than ones here for example).
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Old 09-23-2014, 05:56 PM   #9
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Well, if you know how to auction yourself that would be around $20,000 including shipping, don't let those jdm car importers rip you. I got my Wrx type Ra sit v-ltd for $5000 including shipping (then extra $3000 to tune up and fix).
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Old 09-23-2014, 06:40 PM   #10
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Is the ra a sedan and the r a coupe?
98 v-ltd is a sedan (ra)
ah, the other one 99 STi V is a sedan too

gc8c4dd there's no such thing as 99 STI for 5000 landed
unless it's in really rough shape and as you said you want to spend 3000 fixinn it.
this year prices went through the roof for no apparent reason
and yeh, some importers asking crazy amount of money for those cars.
but they take some risk and have to cover losses which are unavoidable.
i myself had two cars with knocking engines, couple with bad transmissions
and a few with slipping clutch. a few with peeling paint. and all of the above was overlooked at the auctions
well, had to fix them. and pretty much always replace timing belts just in case
so...
nevertheless the most expensive STi i sold was just a bit over 8.000 and it was V-Ltd

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Old 09-23-2014, 06:41 PM   #11
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Old 09-23-2014, 07:05 PM   #12
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98 v-ltd is a sedan (ra)
ah, the other one 99 STi V is a sedan too

gc8c4dd there's no such thing as 99 STI for 5000 landed
unless it's in really rough shape and as you said you want to spend 3000 fixinn it.
this year prices went through the roof for no apparent reason
and yeh, some importers asking crazy amount of money for those cars.
but they take some risk and have to cover losses which are unavoidable.
i myself had two cars with knocking engines, couple with bad transmissions
and a few with slipping clutch. a few with peeling paint. and all of the above was overlooked at the auctions
well, had to fix them. and pretty much always replace timing belts just in case
so...
nevertheless the most expensive STi i sold was just a bit over 8.000 and it was V-Ltd
Sorry, mine is a 96 type ra sit vltd. Not the 99 one. Yes, $5000 land with bad body shape plus some tune up...but I decided to plasti dip it. My friend imported a car himself for 98 sti ltd $8000. It really depends the auction site you pick and if you have the knowledge to import a car.

Well, I pay for what i get
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Old 09-23-2014, 09:04 PM   #13
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These guys are absolute junk. I've been there twice and still can't get the greasy feeling off of me. Overpriced, loaded with R grade imprezas, NA supras and auto skylines. Total jokers, sorry I don't mean to be negative but yikes!
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Old 09-23-2014, 10:55 PM   #14
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Take it from the guy who's blew up 2 motors on 1997 type r. Imo save yourself some headaches and get a swapped rs from USA. You'll be able to tune it for cheap and parts are much easier to come by. And when your motor,tranny or any part inevitably explodes everything is much more available and cheap. Having a JDM is a huge timesuck in terms of looking for part numbers and finding places to order them from.
Or better yet do the rsti swap yourself.
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Old 09-23-2014, 11:31 PM   #15
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These guys are absolute junk. I've been there twice and still can't get the greasy feeling off of me. Overpriced, loaded with R grade imprezas, NA supras and auto skylines. Total jokers, sorry I don't mean to be negative but yikes!
haha i din't want to badmouth them but that's what i meant when said "crazy prices"
some guy just bought a 99 STi w/125kms from them for 13.000 and i think that's outrageous!
but whatever he thinks is right
Daniils all the parts are interchangeable, you know that =o)
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Old 09-24-2014, 12:46 AM   #16
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mines interchangeable parts are 1994 legacy turbo, its as hard as getting a jdm part lol
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Old 09-24-2014, 02:48 AM   #17
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haha i din't want to badmouth them but that's what i meant when said "crazy prices"
some guy just bought a 99 STi w/125kms from them for 13.000 and i think that's outrageous!
but whatever he thinks is right
Daniils all the parts are interchangeable, you know that =o)
Ya those boys down there must be smoking some good stuff.
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Old 09-24-2014, 02:51 AM   #18
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Take it from the guy who's blew up 2 motors on 1997 type r. Imo save yourself some headaches and get a swapped rs from USA. You'll be able to tune it for cheap and parts are much easier to come by. And when your motor,tranny or any part inevitably explodes everything is much more available and cheap. Having a JDM is a huge timesuck in terms of looking for part numbers and finding places to order them from.
Or better yet do the rsti swap yourself.
I'm confused because I'm such a nube but I wasn't aware the impreza was introduced in North America.. I mean not of the generation that I'm looking for. Are we talking about a different gen or style of the impreza?
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Old 09-24-2014, 02:55 AM   #19
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I'm confused because I'm such a nube but I wasn't aware the impreza was introduced in North America.. I mean not of the generation that I'm looking for. Are we talking about a different gen or style of the impreza?
impreza was available here from 93 but the wrx didn't come until 02. In 98 they introduced the 2.5RS which had a lot of the looks of the jdm cars but not much else.

what he is talking about is a 93-01 impreza with a 02+ wrx or 04+ sti drivetrain swap done to it.
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impreza was available here from 93 but the wrx didn't come until 02. In 98 they introduced the 2.5RS which had a lot of the looks of the jdm cars but not much else.

what he is talking about is a 93-01 impreza with a 02+ wrx or 04+ sti drivetrain swap done to it.
Well I'll be dammed.. I wonder why they didn't build it like the jdm? I can't say that I recall ever seeing one, especially a coupe.. was it a US thing only?
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Not all parts are interchangeable for example knock sensor, neutral switch, rear rotors, o2 sensor, maf on my 1997 sti are specific to jdm only and are a huge pain to find.
The biggest benefit of getting a swapped rs is reliability, tuning. Sure initially you might save on getting a jdm sti but in the long run rs will have more value and you will save more and be able to make more power out of it for less $$.
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Old 09-24-2014, 02:42 PM   #22
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Meh. Bought my STi off of velocity with 97k km on it for 9k, have ran it to whistler, evergreen speedway, kamloops and more all summer without an issue but to each their own. Good luck

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Old 09-24-2014, 07:02 PM   #23
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haha i din't want to badmouth them but that's what i meant when said "crazy prices"
some guy just bought a 99 STi w/125kms from them for 13.000 and i think that's outrageous!
but whatever he thinks is right
Daniils all the parts are interchangeable, you know that =o)
LOL i actually met the guy and had a little chat with him, actually paid 13.500 according to him
the car was in SUPER bad shape, very obvious paint over sprays everywhere... i was just lost for words when he popped his hood and i saw that 3/4 of the intercooler was sprayed in blue because this dealership didnt remove the scoop before painting it
had 3 aftermarket gauges that didnt work at all, and a few more oversprays everywhere all over the car..YIKES
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LOL i actually met the guy and had a little chat with him, actually paid 13.500 according to him
the car was in SUPER bad shape, very obvious paint over sprays everywhere... i was just lost for words when he popped his hood and i saw that 3/4 of the intercooler was sprayed in blue because this dealership didnt remove the scoop before painting it
had 3 aftermarket gauges that didnt work at all, and a few more oversprays everywhere all over the car..YIKES
Ya I've been hearing nothing but bad stuff about these guys from everyone. Seems like whoever is doing th advertising for these guys is doing a good job but if your product stinks your bound to go under. I feel bad for the poor bastards that don't do their homework and walk out of there with NA supras for like $14000 ugh just imagine.
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I was wondering if it's possible to do a 6sp swap in one of these without to much headache?
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