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Old 11-15-2003, 01:52 AM   #1
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I'm thinking (dreaming) of a sube for my daily driver and up here in Canada we didn't get turbo Imprezzas until the current body style. That's outta my range so I'm looking at the previous generation, which suits me fine because I like the body style better. I'm especially liking the 2.5 RS, which are getting down into my range.

So, I need a 2.5 RS primer. I know there's DOHC and SOHC, but I gotta admit that's about all I know. Here's my short list of questions, and thanks in advance for any help. Feel free to tell me more than I've asked for:

1) I have heard some of the twin cams had know problems - what are these?

2) Does the DOHC have twin cams per bank implying four cams??

3) What do these cars weigh, and what's the power like for the different engines?

4) How are the brakes?

5) I assume diffs are strong - hows the transmissions? What's the layout (ie transaxles or conventional with transfer case...again pardon my ignorance).

6) What's the normal price ranges for the 2.5 RS....and are the non-RS cars a better value. I don't *really* need the flash anyway ..I'm more of a stealth guy.

Thanks guys, I'm guessing this is the best place to ask these questions.
jasper
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Old 11-16-2003, 02:51 PM   #2
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So, I need a 2.5 RS primer. I know there's DOHC and SOHC, but I gotta admit that's about all I know. Here's my short list of questions, and thanks in advance for any help. Feel free to tell me more than I've asked for:

1) I have heard some of the twin cams had know problems - what are these?

The RS's w/ dohc (98's) are prone to head gasket failure somewhere after 60k miles, sooner if driven hard, and not well maintained. The newly designed hg usually solves the recourrance of the problem.
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2) Does the DOHC have twin cams per bank implying four cams??
Dohc (dual overhead cam) have 4 cams, 2 per bank of heads.
The Sohc (single overhead cam) have on cam per bank of heads, 2 total.

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3) What do these cars weigh, and what's the power like for the different engines?
around 2800 lbs. The engine is torquey, but not revy. It's got good low end grunt, but doesn't do much at high rpms. I had a legacy w/ a 2.2 I think it was simlar, with less power.
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4) How are the brakes?
not so good, with upgraded lines, and better pads, and a proper bleeding they still feel odd to most people. They are quite progressive, and the abs can be touchy. I'm adjusted to them, but wish they had better pedal feel.

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5) I assume diffs are strong - hows the transmissions? What's the layout (ie transaxles or conventional with transfer case...again pardon my ignorance).
Not exactly the most robust transmission, but I don't know the exact layout, you'll have to head over to the transmission forum. My clutch is slipping w/ 75k on it, I've only got headers, and an intake.
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6) What's the normal price ranges for the 2.5 RS....and are the non-RS cars a better value. I don't *really* need the flash anyway ..I'm more of a stealth guy.

Thanks guys, I'm guessing this is the best place to ask these questions.
jasper
Price is greatly dependant on market, here in the states, one can be had from
9-15k depending on year, and milage.
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Old 11-16-2003, 10:48 PM   #3
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