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Old 02-27-2004, 07:44 PM   #1
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Question repair/maintenance manual

Is there one for WRX's? or any imprezas from 2003 for that matter. I am trying to find a Haynes or Chilton type manual, but neither publishers seem to have one. Anyone know what I am talking about?
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Old 02-27-2004, 07:50 PM   #2
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Old 02-27-2004, 08:02 PM   #3
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Thanks, Samirr

what the heck is this? I don't mind shelling out a few bucks for a decent book, but having to pay for each article sounds a little rediculous.

I'm letting this soak in and my rage is subsiding......

Has anyone gone for the 72 hour subscription and just downloaded everything Impreza related? I wonder how much time and disk space that would take.
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Old 02-27-2004, 09:18 PM   #4
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The 72 hour subscription lets you download all you want - it's takes some time, but you can download the entire manual, all the tsb's, and a bunch of other stuff in only a few hours - there are also some people whom have written perl scripts to download the whole lot without going in and doing it by hand (you have to download hundreds of little pdf files to get the whole thing)
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Old 02-28-2004, 02:03 PM   #5
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I downloaded the whole thing by hand at work when I was bored one day...

Its 385 megs, lots and lots of pdfs broken up into separate categories. If someone wants a copy or wants to host it, let me know. It includes all of the STi and 2.5rs manuals as well.
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Old 02-28-2004, 10:18 PM   #6
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Just note that hosting such docs will likely get you a letter from Subaru's lawyers, as it IS their property.
I'm guessing that just about everyone able to afford an Impreza can swing the $20 for legally downloading the docs.
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Old 02-28-2004, 10:33 PM   #7
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Just to back up Armand here-
Well before your time on here, there was another member who distributed the factory manuals on CD. This was before Subaru was offering them as downloads and the only way to get them was in print for $300. He, uh, got in a bit of trouble for it.
Not worth it to save $20 and some time well spent.
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Old 02-29-2004, 01:41 PM   #8
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I drive and like Subaru very much but their gouge of ~ 300 dollars for a factory manual is ludicras. 20 dollars is well worth it but I have only a dial-up and do not wish to spend hours down loading. Why not pay Subaru the 20 dollars and down-load what you can or need for now and pay someone else for the additional stuff they down-loaded. Some of the more progressive manufactures like my daughters Hunduia has a FREE web site that has a fairly complete factory manual. I guess it's part of the idea that "thank you for buying our vehicle". We want you to be able to take good care of it. Ed Hayes
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Old 02-29-2004, 02:41 PM   #9
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Quote:
Originally posted by Mulder
Just to back up Armand here-
Well before your time on here, there was another member who distributed the factory manuals on CD. This was before Subaru was offering them as downloads and the only way to get them was in print for $300. He, uh, got in a bit of trouble for it.
Not worth it to save $20 and some time well spent.
Yeah...that link lasted all of about 8 hours or less....some of us got lucky on that one
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Old 03-01-2004, 03:39 PM   #10
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I drive and like Subaru very much but their gouge of ~ 300 dollars for a factory manual is ludicras. 20 dollars is well worth it but I have only a dial-up and do not wish to spend hours down loading. Why not pay Subaru the 20 dollars and down-load what you can or need for now and pay someone else for the additional stuff they down-loaded. Some of the more progressive manufactures like my daughters Hunduia has a FREE web site that has a fairly complete factory manual. I guess it's part of the idea that "thank you for buying our vehicle". We want you to be able to take good care of it. Ed Hayes
It may have changed since the '02s, but I was able to get the set of '02 manuals for my OBS for about 1/2 the $300 you mention. You might want to shop around at some of the online discount Subaru parts dealers. Remember, too, that you don't have to buy all 8 volumes at once, or at all; the Wiring System and Mechanism and Function volumes are probably good ones to start with.
If I ran Subaru, I'd probably charge about $100 for the set of 8 paperback manuals, so $175-200 is overpriced, but not quite gouging IMHO. Mazda has a nice policy for Miata manuals, where the full-size looseleaf manuals run something like $125, but a smaller (and thicker!) paperback version only runs about $60.
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Old 03-02-2004, 10:22 AM   #11
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I agree that the price is high but I don't think it is fair to compare these manuals with the Chilton style books that are far less expensive. I believe there have always been high priced factory manuals for cars, but most home mechanics only need the less detailed consumer versions provided by companies like Chilton.
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Old 03-02-2004, 11:41 AM   #12
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