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Old 01-16-2018, 11:57 AM   #1
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Default Mike's Introduction - 2005 STi

Hey guys I just picked up my first Subaru off of the local Facebook Marketplace. Here are the details..

Year: 2005
Model: WRX STi
Mileage: 44,5xx
Color: Obsidian Black Pearl (OBP)
History: 2 Owner Clean Carfax Garage Kept
Mods: Catback Exhaust, Air Intake, Blow Off Valve, Single Din Head Unit, Edit: it has a Precision custom tune


The Photos

https://imgur.com/a/Pypix


The Story

So the story behind this car is a bittersweet one. I have been wanting an OBP 2005 STi for years now but I was never really in the market. Even though I was still not in the market, I came across this car on Facebook and it was advertised with only a few pictures that made the car look like it was in perfect condition. The idea of owning a super clean, low mileage STi excited me to the point where I decided to travel an hour away after work one night to go look at the car.

It was dark when I arrived, but I could tell it wasn't as clean as it looked in the pictures. Upon starting the car, the dashboard was lit up with a Check Engine Light, a Blinking Cruise Control Light, a Flashing Rear Diff Temp Light, and the Parking Break Light (the parking break light stayed on even when the parking break was down). In addition to that, the exterior of the car seemed to be in pretty rough shape. I also noticed the car idling rough and begging for a re-tune. Needless to say, I was disappointed.

I stood there, hopeful, looking at a car that was frowning back at me. I was trying to justify why buying this example would be a good idea. I came to the conclusion that it was a horrible idea, but for some reason I was still drawn to the car. So, I asked for a test drive to see if the car was at least running strong. The woman who was showing me the car was the owner, but the car was her son's. She called her son who was inside and told him to go with me on the test drive. Upon first glance at her son, it was clear that he had physical disabilities. Turns out that he was in a bad motorcycle accident and had been in a coma for a long time. During that time, he lost some of his range of motion which prohibited him from being able to operate three pedals. That is also the reason why the car was for sale.

The test drive was an absolute blast. The son was excited to finally be riding shotgun in the car that he loved most with a driver who actually knew how to drive his car (not trying to knock his mother's driving abilities). I was having an equal amount of fun listening to the turbo spool, the Blow Off Valve vent, and having boost suck the eyeballs out the back of my head. Oh.. did I mention it was snowing? The test drive sold me.

When I pulled back into his driveway, I knew I was buying the car. It was a huge risk but I made an emotional connection with the car. I saw that it had gone unloved for many years and just needed some TLC. Once it was freshened up, it would be one badass STi.

Originally, they were asking full retail for the car but we negotiated to a point where I felt comfortable buying the car. I had to factor in the costs I expected to incur with the car and costs that I could not predict as well. A few days later I came back, made the transaction, and drove the car to its new home. Thus begins the project.


The Problems

I sent the car to Subaru for a multi-point inspection to see what problems they can diagnose since I am not a mechanic. They found things that I was aware of and some other things I was not.

Cosmetic -
The car has an aftermarket front bumper in pretty rough shape, a carbon fiber hood in fair shape, a crack in the right rear bumper, and a small amount of rust on the front quarter panels.

Fuel Tank/Gauge -
On my drive home I found out that there must be some sort of air in the fuel tank because when refueling, the pump would only be able to fill about $0.10 at a time. I believe the fuel gauge may also have a problem because it won't go past 1/2 tank.

Power Steering -
The power steering fluid is leaking.

Oil Leaks/Burns -
There is a leak next to the turbo and behind the timing cover

Other Mechanical -
Needs a right front CV Boot and Clamp and a front Air/Fuel Sensor


The Solutions

I am currently searching for basically an OEM front clip. I would like to buy the Hood/Hood Scoop and Bumper Clips from a private seller off NASIOC but am having trouble finding someone with these parts. I will most likely purchase the front quarter panels from Subaru Genuine Parts.

Mechanically, I have the car at the Subaru dealer right now getting an Air/Fuel Sensor, Power Steering Pump, front CV Boot and Clamp, an oil change, and they are going to look into the fuel situation for me.

Since the car leaks/burns oil, I need to have the motor disassembled and looked at. I am definitely not paying Subaru for that, so I am on the hunt for a reputable shop in or around NJ to do that for me.


In Conclusion
I bit off a lot that I am hoping I can chew. I hope to update this thread with photos and progress reports. If anyone has any suggestions, recommendations, parts that I am looking for, ect. please leave a comment or send me a PM! Thanks for reading.

- Mike W.
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Old 01-16-2018, 12:01 PM   #2
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why didn't you include any detail in the write up?
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Old 01-16-2018, 12:17 PM   #3
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why didn't you include any detail in the write up?
What exactly do you mean? I thought I went into enough detail about the condition of the car and the backstory but still kept the post fairly compact and to the point. Please let me know so I can make some adjustments!
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Old 01-16-2018, 12:23 PM   #4
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^joke

tons of information, hence joke about why you didn't include more information
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Old 01-16-2018, 12:29 PM   #5
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^joke

tons of information, hence joke about why you didn't include more information
Haha! I thought you may have had a problem viewing the full post or something
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Old 01-16-2018, 02:38 PM   #6
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Nice, congratulations on the new car. 04-05 is one, if not the best body style in my opinion.
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Old 01-16-2018, 03:24 PM   #7
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Under NASIOC Regional areas in the Tri-State Area forum, you should be able to find a reputable shop or ask someone in there since you are looking for a shop in NJ regarding the motor.
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Nice, congratulations on the new car. 04-05 is one, if not the best body style in my opinion.
Agreed!
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Old 01-17-2018, 01:03 PM   #9
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Under NASIOC Regional areas in the Tri-State Area forum, you should be able to find a reputable shop or ask someone in there since you are looking for a shop in NJ regarding the motor.
Thank you. I will start doing some research there
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Old 01-17-2018, 02:15 PM   #10
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Old 01-17-2018, 03:26 PM   #11
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Mods: Catback Exhaust, Air Intake, Blow Off Valve, Single Din Head Unit, Stock Tune
The things I've bolded are problems. The stock tune was not created to adequately compensate for the altered air/fuel ratio the aftermarket air intake and blow off valve are causing. That could be the cause of the rough idle. I recommend going back to the stock bypass valve and stock air intake.
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Old 01-18-2018, 01:50 PM   #12
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The things I've bolded are problems. The stock tune was not created to adequately compensate for the altered air/fuel ratio the aftermarket air intake and blow off valve are causing. That could be the cause of the rough idle. I recommend going back to the stock bypass valve and stock air intake.
I noticed that rather quickly after looking through some threads. Any idea where the guy STi Mikey works out of right now? He seems to have a great reputation and I'm assuming he can tune my car to adjust for these mods..
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Make sure the timing belt has been done recently. The timing belt is well past due if it has not been done. Good time since they are ripping into the engine bay
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Old 01-20-2018, 09:16 AM   #14
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Make sure the timing belt has been done recently. The timing belt is well past due if it has not been done. Good time since they are ripping into the engine bay
Good to know. Thank you!
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Great write up! Been looking for an 05 STI for awhile now. It definitely takes some searching to find a clean one!
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Congrats, and nice write up. For parts try PMP auto group, they are in Pa.
Very happy when i deal with them every time.
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Congrats on the find! Great intro, can't wait to see the cars full potential after some love and tlc.
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Old 01-30-2018, 12:37 PM   #19
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Great write up! Been looking for an 05 STI for awhile now. It definitely takes some searching to find a clean one!
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Congrats, and nice write up. For parts try PMP auto group, they are in Pa.
Very happy when i deal with them every time.
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Congrats on the find! Great intro, can't wait to see the cars full potential after some love and tlc.
Yes sometimes the cars that pick us end up being the best cars too. Thank you all!
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