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Old 12-21-2011, 04:24 PM   #1
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Default 2002 Impreza TS... The good, the bad, the ugly... Please advise

I know this may be redundant but sometimes it is hard to get good answers or any feedback from other posts...

So I brought my 02 Impreza TS with 155 on the clock into the dealer for the lower control arm and rear gate recalls... They performed the recall repairs no questions asked...


They did notify me that my clutch is starting to go (which I knew) and that my head gasket is leaking.... I asked if he thinks I will make it through the winter and he gave me the grease ball smirk... Quote was 3k+...

Sadly this is about as much as the car is worth... And go figure, I just installed new KYB shocks, new front brakes, new tires, and a new wheel bearing. I really like this car but I do not want to "total out" the car over the repair cost. I may consider selling it to somebody who has more time/experience to complete the repairs.

So here I am trying to get some good feedback from you guys that probably know more about DIY and cost effective solutions than the stealership techs.

I have a friend who is a great mechanic (unfortunately not a subaru guy) but he has a full shop at his house, he may be willing to help depending on the time/effort it would take. Any idea how much time/effort the clutch and/or the head gasket would be?

Any insight into either issues would be great. Thanks guys!
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Old 12-21-2011, 04:41 PM   #2
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If you have access to the tools needed to pull the engine, you could have it done in 1 day. If you're new at it, maybe a weekend. These jobs can be done with the engine in the car, but it's quite a pain.

Hell, for $3K the dealer better do house calls and include a BJ, try not to go back to them. Clutch is below $400, HG is ~$40. IM and header gaskets cost....I forget, maybe $5 each for a total of $20.
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Old 12-21-2011, 04:53 PM   #3
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lol, I agree with you on the BJ, and she better be a 10 as well... Better believe I told them to go F* themselves for that price.

It has been suggested to me that I change the water pump and radiator hoses... I'm sure this would be manageable as well... Any good resources for step by step instuctions for either clutch or HG?

Pictures would be great too, but I might be getting greedy...

I'm sure I could convince my friend to help with doing the repairs... No BJ required, maybe a case of beer and a pizza.

Thanks for the reply.
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Old 12-21-2011, 09:45 PM   #4
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I would ask myself, if the car is in good running condition after those repairs, because if you sell it and buy new, you will spend more in car payments than you do in repairs
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Old 12-22-2011, 07:46 PM   #5
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OP, you sound like a bright reasonable person. So, realizng that its an investment wouod he logical....and the guy at the dealers a douche. Save your money a buy all the parts, piece by piece, get every gasket you need, even make piles for certain parts that go together. Do all your homework, nasioc and other.close reputable foruns exist for this reason. Copy and paste and make little instruction booklets for each job. Buy the proper tools, which are minor, rent the big ones like an engine lift, and get pizza beer and some buddies and do it when it warms back up. be easy on her all winter check your oil etc, and create an experience that teaches you things. pride at the end being my favorite.
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