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Old 06-09-2007, 02:15 AM   #1
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Okay so next tuesday right after work I am going to check out a local used 2004 STi...it is a one owner, clean carfax car with 31,000 miles on it mods are a ca tted PDE downpipe with the cobb accessport, protuned at XXtuning in connecticut making 282whp and 336 wtq. thats all for performance mods. it is stock on the exterior except for a set of 18'' BBS RE's in diamond black. He is including the stock 17's along with the stock tires and winter tires. It comes with the stock trunk and wing along with a wingless trunk lid. For suspension it has STi pink springs, group N tops and cusco sway bars front and rear. The guy says he has almost all services receipts if not all and said it was always dealer maintained. Question is what are some things to look for when I go check it out? Any common problems with with them or any things i should just check over to maek sure its all good. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 06-09-2007, 02:32 AM   #2
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Brakes and clutch. The stock warranty is 36K, but with the mods you may not be covered. Stock clutch is close to $1000, brake pads and rotors are nearly double that...

Rear struts may have the clunk problem too.
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Old 06-09-2007, 02:33 AM   #3
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Check for a BOV. Ask to take it to a mechanic to have it checked out. Drive it and make sure everything is sound.
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Old 06-09-2007, 02:35 AM   #4
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Brakes and clutch. The stock warranty is 36K, but with the mods you may not be covered. Stock clutch is close to $1000, brake pads and rotors are nearly double that...

Rear struts may have the clunk problem too.
he said he has already had the rear struts replaced for that exact reason
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Old 06-09-2007, 02:36 AM   #5
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Check for a BOV. Ask to take it to a mechanic to have it checked out. Drive it and make sure everything is sound.

still has the stock bypass valve
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Old 06-09-2007, 02:48 AM   #6
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he said he has already had the rear struts replaced for that exact reason
Now where did the OP say that the struts were replaced?
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Old 06-09-2007, 02:52 AM   #7
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Now where did the OP say that the struts were replaced?

where as in what dealership?
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Old 06-09-2007, 02:56 AM   #8
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where as in what dealership?
I still have my original struts with one slathering of grease to kill the clunk.
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Old 06-09-2007, 03:44 AM   #9
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Unless you absolutely fall in love with the car, try and find an unmodified example of the car.

I don't think that an STI would have any serious problems from the mods you listed, if they were installed correctly and properly maintained, but you never know.

Cars with mods are a lot more likely to have had the hell beat out of them. People don't mod their cars and drive them like little old ladies.

Plus 80% of the fun is making the car better yourself. Why start with a finished project car?
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Old 06-09-2007, 04:37 AM   #10
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Unless you absolutely fall in love with the car, try and find an unmodified example of the car.

I don't think that an STI would have any serious problems from the mods you listed, if they were installed correctly and properly maintained, but you never know.

Cars with mods are a lot more likely to have had the hell beat out of them. People don't mod their cars and drive them like little old ladies.

Plus 80% of the fun is making the car better yourself. Why start with a finished project car?
its going to be a crap shoot if he buys an unmodded version, at least the seller is not trying to yank your chain by telling you its never been modded, where as here at least you know the car was at least stage 2 and IT WAS DONE PROPERLY WITH EM. where as if the OP goes out to buy what he thinks is an unmodded STi the owner could have had an uncatted DP on there with no EM...you never know...

anyway best advice anyone can tell you is take it to a mechanic first
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Old 06-09-2007, 04:39 AM   #11
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Now where did the OP say that the struts were replaced?
uuh he is the OP?
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Old 06-09-2007, 05:01 AM   #12
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uuh he is the OP?
Wasn't in the OP.
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Old 06-09-2007, 05:35 AM   #13
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Wasn't in the OP.
right the OP said the struts were replaced after you told him to take a look at them
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Old 06-09-2007, 12:38 PM   #14
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when i say its a local car i mean its in the same state as me atleast, lol. its a good 90 minute drive from me so i dont think i'll have the time to take it to a mecahnic. Also i do not know of any around me that are really knowledgable as far as subies go. I do have a pretty good knowledge of cars myself so i was gunna just go with what i found if i found anythin at all wrong with it. Any more input on things to look for or stuff that would show signs of to much abuse?
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Old 06-09-2007, 12:44 PM   #15
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when i say its a local car i mean its in the same state as me atleast, lol. its a good 90 minute drive from me so i dont think i'll have the time to take it to a mecahnic. Also i do not know of any around me that are really knowledgable as far as subies go. I do have a pretty good knowledge of cars myself so i was gunna just go with what i found if i found anythin at all wrong with it. Any more input on things to look for or stuff that would show signs of to much abuse?
Setup an appt with the Subby dealer around the sellers area 2hrs after you plan on making the drive. It might take a little scheduling on your part to coordinate between the dealer, the seller, and yourself, but with the amount of money you will be spending it is worth it IMO.
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Old 06-09-2007, 01:22 PM   #16
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might want to see if you can look under the car also, to check if there was any damage from careless off-roading.
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Old 06-09-2007, 01:28 PM   #17
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Brakes and clutch. The stock warranty is 36K, but with the mods you may not be covered. Stock clutch is close to $1000, brake pads and rotors are nearly double that...

Rear struts may have the clunk problem too.
Wrong bumper to bumper is 3/36k ,drive train my friend is 5/60k. I just had a short block covered under warranty at 54k from a dealer different than the one i purchased the car from.
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Old 06-09-2007, 01:33 PM   #18
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might want to see if you can look under the car also, to check if there was any damage from careless off-roading.


oh i plan on lookin that thing over inside and out to the best of my ability...i really have trouble thinkin there would be any major issues really with the car that i would not be able to detect with my eyes and ears at the time of test driving it...i dont think there could be to many major hidden problems
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Check for a BOV. Ask to take it to a mechanic to have it checked out. Drive it and make sure everything is sound.
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thanks for the input every1...any1 else have any?
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