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Old 08-08-2019, 09:22 PM   #126
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2002 WRX Sport Wagon


OK, so I just had the lower control arms on my '02 WRX Wagon (275K miles) checked out to see if the bushings needed to be replaced, and the guy said he tested them thoroughly and they are tight. No movement that concerns him. Could that be possible? I am pretty sure they are original. Would they feel "tight"/no excessive play to a non-Subaru expert? I'm in Spokane, WA where there are tons of Subarus, so while they may not be Subaru "experts", I'm sure they have a lot come through the shop.
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Old 09-14-2019, 10:25 PM   #127
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OMGHi2U most helpful thing read all day

Really appreciative! Thanks for taking the time to write this up!
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Old 09-15-2019, 05:47 PM   #128
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Originally Posted by reaganchung View Post
Cracked my radiator pretty much the day after i read this..... 123K
Mine cracked at about the same mileage. Replaced with OEM rad and it cracked again after 30k. I then replaced with all-aluminum Koyo rad and never had any problems again and itís at 230k now.
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Old 06-10-2020, 12:50 PM   #129
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Im sitting at 90k On my 2013 wrx. Only mod is a 2015 sti steering rack swap which I did because my original rack was leaking. Amazing change for anyone who has the option. Had to replace the clutch at 80k as well. Maybe Iím a trash driver but I could have done without that expense.

Anyways Iíve been pretty good on the maintenance. I wasnít aware of just how critical it was with this engine to change oil 3k-4K miles. Owners manual says 5k-7.5k. I wonít say I didnít go over 5k once or twice, but generally Iíve changed around 4K-5k and have tried my best to take care of it.

Trying to decide now, new car or keep it going? If I keep it, how scared should I be about the ring land issues? Obviously a wide group of opinions there.

Hereís my plan For next service if I do keep it

Timing belt
Water cooler
Radiator and hoses
Replace bushings?
Replace turbo hose?

Are those items necessary for DD?

I guess just looking for feedback from folks like myself. Never interested in power mods cause this thing already hauls. I like driving and always keep pilot SS shoes on. I want a car I can keep for 180k miles, but Iím scared of the EJ blowing up on me. Looking for opinions before I commit to the next 90k miles and invest in 3k of maintenance listed above. 10k for the car and 3k in maintenance combined gets me a long way to a new car right now. Cheers
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