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Old 10-29-2002, 10:03 PM   #1
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Default Any known problems with a stock 1998 RS?

Hello everyone, I am almost 17, and I am wanting to buy a 1998 2.5 RS in the spring or summer or 03'. I have a 93 Toyota Corolla(AT) right now, and I cannot stand it. I might get some, "Punk kid, you should be grateful for what you have...blah blah blah" messages, but oh well. I am tired of pushing on the gas and waiting for the slush box transmission to go. I want something with more horsepower, better handling, and better looks. I also don't want to be a ricer like most kids my age. That is what attracted me to Subaru. They are alot higher class than a Civic, or a Corolla for that matter. Plus, the all wheel drive will really be nice in winter, but enough. Well here's my question: What are some known problems with a 1997-1999 RS? I have heard that the transmission in the new WRX's is weak(sorry, I just heard that), is this the same in the older cars? Is there anything I should be worried about right away? I will probably not be able to mod it much right from the get-go, seeing as I will be pretty broke, but I don't want to have to fix essential parts of the car right away. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 10-29-2002, 11:42 PM   #2
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The MY98-99 have a MAF sensor which could hinder you ability to get an intake cheap I made one from a Cobb CAI and I have a MY99 the MY98ís have a studier MAF than the MY99 though. Also the MY98ís are dual overhead cam (DOHC) which would make a cam upgrade more expensive. The compression ratio to a MY98 is lower than the MY00+ which could be good if you eventually go turbo. The trannyís can be weak when you start adding mods such as say a turbo but nothing really to worry about unless you hit the 250+ HP mark. If you do get an RS you will love the car very satisfying in stock form. Great to drive and AWD is always a plus
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Old 10-30-2002, 09:20 AM   #3
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Also, the '98 DOHC engines are prone to blowing head gaskets. You should run your crayola into the ground for a couple more years and save up more and get a '00-01. They worked out most of the bugs by then, respond well to mods, have a rear LSD, and they come in the best looking blue Subaru ever made
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Old 10-30-2002, 11:20 AM   #4
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Default I have a 98 2.5RS

The 98's do not have the MAF problems that of the 99. 98's use a film whereas the 99's use a wire. I have just turned 70k and if there are anything I have issues with driver's side wheel bearing.
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Old 10-30-2002, 12:57 PM   #5
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In the 98 DOHC 2.5 liter, head gaskets
In the Impreza in general, wheel bearings... I just replaced ANOTHER one
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Old 10-30-2002, 01:12 PM   #6
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The only common problem with 1998 2.5RS is rear wheel bearing failures. They are expensive suckers, though. About $300 per side, including labor.
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Old 10-30-2002, 01:13 PM   #7
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I'm putting 56K on my '98 now, and I haven't had any problems. Granted, I purchased mine used, with 33K on it, but I've probably run it a little harder than the previous owner. As well, I was able to make a CAI using a JCS j-tube and some other parts. Mainly, you'll need a MAF adapter. And my MAF hasn't broken yet.

I second the head gasket part as well, but it is nothing that paying attention to the car can't help spot early before something catastrophic. I'm waiting for mine to go, then doing Cobb heads and cams.

And the 4EAT tranny (auto) isn't that bad really. Mine is an auto (not by choice, got the car through an auction from a dealer friend of mine), but manually going through the gears provides some aspect of a manual. As well, the auto's are stronger gearboxes and can take more HP. All the years up to '01 have their benefits and downsides. I'm sure www.RS25.com has some answers in their forums as well, in case you haven't visited there yet.

Good luck finding the right car for you.

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Old 10-30-2002, 11:19 PM   #8
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I have a 98. I had a civic while I was in college and did the whole ZC engine conversion, I also had a jetta, a sentra SE-R and a 97 Maxima. I live in North Eastern PA and I snowboard and travel a lot, so I wanted AWD. I saw that car before I graduated college and fell in love. I bought mine from a dealer in Pittsburgh, it was the owner of the dealership's car. I got the car with a short throw, STI exhaust, Factory Gauge Package and 46,000 miles. I now have 65,000 on it now and it has a cracked block that Subaru won't help me out with at all. If I were about to enter college and was thinking about a Subaru, I would NEVER get one after I have seen how they treat their loving customers! As much as it pains me to say this, BUY A HONDA. They run forever. Even though you'll be a ricer, it'll be cheaper to upkeep and tune! I sold my civic to one of my best friends and he still has it running strong at 170,000! I sold it to him for $2500 and he's done nothing but brakes, tires and oil. It has the same clutch for about the last 100,000 miles!
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Old 10-31-2002, 10:42 AM   #9
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Might be hard to find a '98 when the time comes. There were only ~1500 made for '98.
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Old 10-31-2002, 01:29 PM   #10
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Default Thanks alot!

I just want to say thanks to all the guys who have helped me out. I will definately be looking into those weak points of the RS when I go try to buy one(Sorry man, I just couldn't ever bring myself to buy a Civic). I am going to have my uncle help me out, becuase he is pretty into cars and modding them. I also went to www.rs25.com, and looked around on there quite a bit. I cannot wait to get that car. I live in Midwest Minnesota(20 minutes from St. Cloud, 45 minutes from Minneapolis), so if anyone see an RS for sale, shout on the boards. Thanks again, See ya bye.
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Old 10-31-2002, 11:19 PM   #11
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I realized after re-reading my post, that my statement was a bit harsh. I am quite jaded with this whole cracked block issue; if you know what you're getting into, realize that possiblity of these problems arising and still want to make a go of it, buy the Subaru. I can tell you that it has definitely been the second favorite car that I have owned. (2nd only to my race prepped 1995 Porsche 911 C2) Can you blame me? But in all seriousness, it doesn't have the whole econobox stigmata that nissan, subaru, toyota, mistsu, etc have. It handles like a german car (without wheel lift), looks great, has low end torque (unlilke most japenese 4's) and, by ownine one, you become a member of a much higher class and elite group than if you bought a civic. Sorry if I offended any of my Suby bretheren.
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