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Old 11-14-2012, 04:34 PM   #1
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2003 WRX Wagon

Default New to the Subaru game. 2003 WRX wagon.

Hey Everyone, I just bought my WRX Sunday, and I've wanted one for a while. I've been a Toyota guy since I got my first car, with some others thrown in the mix along the way. Now I have a 2003 WRX wagon, a 1993 Toyota Starlet GT Turbo, and a 1982 Toyota Tercel. The tercel was bought and has been a great DD while working on the project Starlet. Now with 238,000 miles on the Tercel, I figured I needed to replace it. Mods on the WRX are:
STI badge in grill
STI hood scoop
STI intercooler
VF34 Turbo
unknown injectors
SPT short ram intake
Tien coilovers
Cusco F&R strut tower braces
Borla Hush turbo back exhaust
Cobb AP
Alpine head unit
Alpine 10" sub
Enkei RPF-1's
I think that's all, but I'm finding new stuff every day Here are some pictures.

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Old 11-14-2012, 04:42 PM   #2
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2013 BRZ, 2006 STI


The car looks great! should be a ton of fun Whats the story with your starlet? any pics?

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Old 11-14-2012, 05:31 PM   #3
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'03 wrb de-badged wagons rule.

how many miles? did you get to know 1st owner and if mods were done in a sensible way? did you inherit maintenance history with the car?

red calipers not oem...suggest you visit subie car meets or take to a local subie performance shop to detail all your mods.

one easy mod is to bump your idle speed up from eom 500 to 900-1k with yer cobb...helps with oiling and cooling.

enjoyed mine now with 192k miles and 6spd, new 2.5l, 9 yrs and i've got it exactly were it wants me. ha.
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Old 11-14-2012, 05:48 PM   #4
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Welcome to the community! And I bet that WRX is a blast to drive. The mods done to it are very tasteful and it looks very well taken care of for a 10 year old car.
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Old 11-14-2012, 05:56 PM   #5
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Very sweet I'm hoping to get an 02/03 in the spring so this inspires me!
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:23 PM   #6
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Nice bugeye!
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:29 PM   #7
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Your car also has the FHI 4 pot front brakes. I can't see the rears to see if they are the matching 2 pots. The 4/2 pots add to the coolness factor.

Edit: sorry you are new to the game. FHI = Fuji Heavy Industries, the parent company of Subaru.
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:35 PM   #8
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I came in here wanting to make jokes about how YOU THINK THIS IS A GAME!!!!???!?

But then I saw that you've actually got a pretty decent start on your WRX

So good luck to you lol

Since you are here, I will say make your WRX last by using Shell Rotella T6 5w40 oil
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:42 PM   #9
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2002 WRX wagon 5mt


Oh, I forgot to mention that the 5 speeds are VERY picky about what fluid goes in them. Stick with Subaru Extra-S or Uncle Scotty's Cocktail. Look them up.

Also look into motor oil too. Don't use Mobil 1 5w-30! Very bad. Many have reported spun bearings using it. Lots of people on here love Shell T6 5w-40 (it's good and won't break the bank). You can look it up too.

I love my Subaru, but its a very different animal then any other car I've had. I going to keep mine till its ripped away from my cold dead hands.
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:46 PM   #10
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I appreciate the warm welcome. I wasn't sure if the front brakes were stock or not. I thought they might have been from an STI, but I wasn't sure. It has 135,xxx miles on it, and I have a complete maintenance history from the previous owner detailing every service. He was pretty straight up and honest with me about it. It was driven from here to California every couple of months and inspected (w/ receipts) every trip. I'm guessing I should be able to find out how to raise the idle by downloading the manual for the AP, so I'll look at doing that first. I will definitely be taking it to Surgeline or Outback tuning to get everything identified because I really don't know a whole lot about Subaru's, but they are just a car, so I'm sure I'll learn fast. I know he has been using Mobil 1 5w30 since he got it, and I've been using Rotella T 5w40 in my Starlet since I got it, but It is getting cold now, so shouldn't I use something a little bit lighter? I was told that this car dynoed at 312whp but looking at some of the posts in the power section, I don't know that I believe that, but I know it makes good power because I drove 6 other WRX's before this one, and they didn't feel nearly as strong as this one did. I also need to replace the clutch soon because on the way home from buying it, it started slipping a little once boost started building in 4th and 5th gear, so I'm going to be looking around for a good DD clutch that'll handle that power. I also would like to put in a boost gauge in the near future to keep an eye on it.
About the Starlet, it's a 1993 Toyota Starlet GT Turbo I've had it for about 3 years now, and it has been a fun project from day 1. When I got it it had an HKS FMIC, Tenabe Sustec Pro coilovers, Cusco Carbon fiber front strut brace, and very rough Tom's C2R wheels. now it's got:
1.5L 5efte (5efe block, 5efhe rods and crank[both stock forged])
5efhe ACIS dual runner intake
Back Yard Productions top mount exhaust manifold
Precision 3231E turbo with .48A/R exhaust housing
Trust 44mm wastegate
7mgte 440cc injectors
Tial 50mm BOV
Facetuned Tuning FMIC 2.5" FMIC piping
no name Manual boost controller
Greddy Airnx air filter
Steel braided turbo feed line
Facetuned 2.5" downpipe w/ flex joint
Competition Clutch Stage 4 pressure plate
ACT 4 puck sprung clutch disc
Jasma 2.5" Catless turbo back exhaust
TRD gas cap
Toms front bumper
Toms side skirts
Toms Rear bumper Spats
Toms adjustable spoiler
Toms 15" C2R wheels Powdercoated Satin black faces with white hoops
JD tuning rear tow hook
Tenabe Sustec Pro Coilovers
Cusco front strut tower brace
Whiteline rear sway bar
Quadlight front end conversion
PIAA headlight bulbs
Greddy Emanage Ultimate ECU
AC boost and EGT gauges
PLX M300 wideband
Pontus double DIN head unit
4 4" Focal front speakers
2 Kicker 6.5" co axial rear speakers and 2 6.5" Kicker component speakers
1 JL 10W1 sub in a sealed box
Alpine amp for mids and highs mounted under passenger seat
Kicker KX400.1 amp for sub mounted under drivers seat
Momo Steering wheel
Carbon wrapped cluster surround
20% tinted windows

That's about it for the Starlet. right now it is going through a major overhaul and I'm getting rid of the 1.5L and putting in a 1.6L 4age 20V engine with ITB's and Velocity stacks to start, then going turbo again later. Here's some pics.

I'm here to learn and am more than willing to do so.
again, thanks for the warm welcome
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:58 PM   #11
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thats a badass wagon! welcome to NASIOC. hope to see you at some meets up here in WA
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:43 PM   #12
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Oh wow beautiful wagon!! Somebody please email me a set of 4/2 pots :/

love your starlet, I was looking around on Craigslist for one...
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:37 AM   #13
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Woohoo PO! Nice wagon! I grew up there, still am around there from time to time, I'll have to keep an eye out for your wagon!
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